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Learn more about the 2020 Fall Conference lectures! This page will be continuously updated as we receive additional session descriptions from the speakers.

Saturday, September 19th

 Beckie Mosser, RVT 

"Let's Talk LifeStyle Vaccines: Having the Conversation with Pet Owners" - This presentation will outline the role technicians play in informing pet owners about non-core/lifestyle-dependent vaccines in dogs (specifically CIRDC, leptospirosis, and Lyme disease). This session will cover epidemiology, prevalence, and changes in distribution over time; risk factors, pathogenesis, and clinical signs; diagnostics; and prevention and vaccine protocols. It will also cover how to engage pet owners in conversations relating to vaccination.

Learning Objectives:
1. Review disease agents for canine infectious respiratory disease complex (CIRDC), leptospirosis, and Lyme disease
2. Understand the importance of investigating patient history
3. Develop effective tools for client communication, including tips for recommending lifestyle vaccines.


 Adrienne Kruzer, RVT, LVT, Fear Free Certified

"Nutritional Supplements 101" -Nutritional supplements, i.e. nutraceuticals, are regulated differently than pharmaceuticals but scientific research has been performed to establish safety and efficacy of several commonly used ingredients despite it not being required. This presentation will discuss what nutraceuticals are, how the FDA is not involved in the production of products, how to pick a safe and effective nutraceutical, why nutrition is important in all pets, why owners want to use nutraceuticals, why nutraceuticals should be included as part of a multi-modal veterinary medical plan, and why veterinary technicians should be knowledgeable resources on pet nutrition in order to offer advanced veterinary care to their patients.

 Dr. Kim Chappell

"Canine Leptospirosis" - Description Coming Soon!

  Dr. Richard Hartigan

"COVID Testing" - We will review current understanding of the SARS-CoV-2 novel coronavirus, causative agent in the human respiratory COVID-19 (coronavirus disease 2019) pandemic, along with updated information on the risk of COVID-19 infection in pets. We will share testing options along with guidance on whether, when, and how to test. We will also provide guidance on how to manage a positive patient.

Sunday, September 20th


 Dr. Cory Penn

"The Future is now: 21st Century Fecal Testing Technology in your Practice" -The presentation will look at the importance of fecal exams to detect intestinal parasites and how advances in recognition will improve detection and diagnostic testing for our patients. The learning objectives for the presentation are: 
1. Understand current advances in recognition technology
2. Understand common parasites that can be detected on a fecal examination with this technology
3. Understand importance of fecal examination to diagnostic testing

"Sample Handling Best Practices" -Once completed, participants will understand the techniques used for sample collection, handling and processing in relation to the VETSCAN VS2 analyzer and VETSCAN HM5.


 Jeannine Moga, MA, MSW, LCSW

"Stress-Related Syndromes in Veterinary Practice" - Between curbside care and overwhelming caseloads, the growing demands of veterinary practice are leaving many of us feeling depleted.  This session is aimed at helping technicians to "name and tame" stress-related syndromes in practice. Blending research from veterinary medicine, human medicine, and the social sciences, we will explore the processes and indicators of compassion fatigue, burnout, and moral distress, as well as introduce evidence-based strategies for preventing and transforming the physical, emotional and cognitive effects of chronic stress.  Attendees will walk away with real-time tools to enhance their well-being, both on the job and at home.


 Dr. Wendy Weirich

"Evidence-based Management of Feline Idiopathic Cystitis" -We will explore nutritional options for addressing Feline Idiopathic Cystitis and stress in cats. We will also discuss diagnosis and nutritional management of struvite and calcium oxalate uroliths, and review specific nutrients of concern. We will end with a discussion on how to successfully recommend dietary changes to the pet parent.

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