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Learn more about the 2019 Fall Conference lectures and labs below. This page will be continuously updated as we receive additional session descriptions from the speakers.




 Chad Brown, DVM


"Be your Clinic's 'Go To' Anesthesia Technician"
 Part I - Do you want to be the technician that confidently monitors anesthesia? To be a "go to" technician, you must have a thorough understanding of the basics. Join us as we dive into a deeper understanding of the most common premeds and induction agents used in practice today.

"Be your Clinic's 'Go To' Anesthesia Technician" Part II - Let's face it - anesthesia can sometimes cause real stress! To be a "go to" Technician, you must be able to stay calm under the pressure. We will discuss tips and tricks on how to handle a multitude of different anesthesia scenarios such as monitoring pediatric patients, cardiac/liver/renal disease patients, etc. You don't want to miss it.

"Fill a Need - Adding Small Ruminants to your Small Animal Practice" - Do you have an interest in farm animals but want to stay indoors? Adding small ruminant medicine and surgery to a small animal clinic is much easier than one may think. Sometimes all it takes is a motivated veterinary technician willing to take the initiative.

"Utilizing LVT/RVTs in a Food Animal Practice"- The goal of this presentation is to explore areas where veterinary technicians can be utilized both in traditional veterinary practices as well as herd health/ production medicine practices. During our discussion, we will talk about the laws that must be followed when using an RVT as well as ways to utilize a technician to their (and the clinic's) fullest potential. 

"Hospital Hacks to Ensure a Happier Veterinary Team" - Veterinary medicine is hard. The demands on today's veterinary team seems to only  be getting more difficult to successfully accommodate. But fear not, my friends. This presentation is a compilation of the best practice management ideas from my visiting over 20 different veterinary clinics. Even 1 or 2 of these ideas, if implemented, can change your entire work environment by saving time and sanity.

"The Essentials of being an Irreplaceable Equine RVT/LVT" - Equine practice really is the best of both worlds; it offers progressive medical and surgical procedures while also allowing techs to keep working with large animals. The best part - you can easily separate yourselves from the others in the field by knowing the essentials discussed in this session. 




 Dj Cannon, MPH, LVT



"Zoonosis - Exercise your Responsibility of the Emergence"


"Build Your Roadmap: Where do you want to go? Zoo? Research? Non-clinical?" Dj will share his experiences in zoo, wildlife, academia, outbreak investigations, politics and help you through creating your career plan with the "To-Do's" on how to get yourself there.




 Janyce Cooper, LVT


~*LAB*~ "Dental Nerve Blocks"

~*LAB*~ "Dental Radiology"


Jess Dyer, LVT



"Wildlife Care and Rehabilitation through a LVT Lens" - Wildlife patients present unique challenges and opportunities for care takers. Jess will discuss wildlife emergency care from a veterinary technician's perspective. Topics include legal considerations for treating wildlife, wildlife capture and restraint, physical exam techniques, clinical and laboratory assessment of wildlife, and creating wildlife care plans. 

 


 Jaime Hicks, LVT, VTS-EVN


"Equine Emergencies"
 




 Leigh-Ann Horne, LVT, CWR

~*LAB*~ "Wildlife Bandaging" -Wrap it Up!  Applying an appropriate bandage can be a fast and effective method for preventing further damage and pain to our patients.  In this lab you will get a hands-on lesson in applying wing, leg and feet bandages to wild birds and mammals.



 Kris Keane, BAS, LVT


~*LAB*~ "Fecal Cytology"
~*LAB*~ "Urine Sediment"
 




 Hanna Maskalkova, DVM, CVA COS



"Basics of Acupuncture and Alternative Medicine"
-Since early times people in different areas of the World has been seeking ways to stay healthy, heal quickly and slow down the deterioration of ones body. So far no one has found a single modality that will do it all. Different conditions can be treated and improved by considering external and internal factors leading to undesirable changes. Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine encompasses methods of bringing body into balance with the help of needles, herbs, food and mechanical manipulation ( tui-na massage). Some other holistic modalities include ozone therapy, chiropractic adjustments, aroma therapy, light therapy, etc. All these modalities where adapted form human body to different species of animals. It is still an evolving process. 

 


Emma Mason, LVT, KPA, CTP



"Fear Free Handling"
- What is Fear Free veterinary care, and why as veterinary professionals we should be using Fear Free practices. How to begin incorporating Fear Free into your own hospital.

~*LAB*~ "Cooperative Care for Horses" - A combination lecture and lab on how and why to use positive reinforcement methods to train horses to cooperate in their own medical care.

 

Janice Raab, DVM, CVA



~*LAB*~ "Alternative Medicine / Acupuncture"

 

 
 Jessica Sanderson, LVT


~*LAB*~ "Troubleshooting Anesthesia Machine Problems"

~*LAB*~ "Using/Troubleshooting Monitoring Equipment"

 


 
Sara Schillinger, DVM, DACVS



"Pain Management in Surgical Patients"
The session will focus on a case-based approach to pain management in surgical patients.   We will discuss multi-modal analgesia for intra- and post-operative patients in a specialty surgical setting.





  Leslie Sheridan, DVM




~*LAB*~ "Suture Lab"
- In the state of Virginia, it is legal for LVT's to place skin sutures. Come learn how! Using models and cadavers, we will review the basics of suture material and surgical instrument handling, as well as placing basic suture patterns (pearls of wisdom included).


 


 Angela Small, LVT




"How to Build Yourself and Your Team Up When the World Tries to Tear You Down"
 - If you need some self-motivation, self-empowerment, and tips to improve team morale to enhance your overall well-being within the workplace, then you need to join us in this presentation. This presentation will be very informal engaging and interactive. 



 Lark Walters, DVM, DACVIM (Oncology)


"Common Cancers in Cats & Dogs" Common Cancer in Cats and Dogs will introduce the most common cancers that are seen in each species. We will also go through how to diagnose these cancers, the different treatment options, and the prognosis.

 


 Michelle Welch, Senior Assistant Attorney General



"State Animal Rescue and Response"
- This workshop will explore the limits of animal crime, particularly how to respond as Vet Technicians to abused animals presented to us in our everyday practice. Welch will outline how to respond when an abused animal is presented and what measure a Vet Tech should take. She will outline what is an animal crime and documentation regarding that crime. She will also explore scenarios in which violence may be evident in our every day practices.




 
Emily Westphal, DVM, DACVIM (Cardiology)


"Canine Dilated Cardiomyopathy - Primary, Secondary and Nutritional Causes" - Dilated cardiomyopathy is an important disease in dogs, with a high prevalence in several breeds. We will discuss different etiologies, diagnosis, treatment, and prognosis for this disease. Brief discussion on nutritional causes for DCM including the recent FDA findings will be included with recommendations regarding grain-free/"BEG" diets.

"Feline Cardiomyopathies - Diagnosis and Treatment"  - Cardiac disease affects a large portion of the feline population. The most common types of cardiomyopathies will be reviewed and compared, as well as potential outcomes. We will discuss various ways to diagnose and treat these diseases, including biomarkers, radiographs, and echocardiography. 

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