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Session Descriptions

Learn more about the 2022 Fall Conference lectures and labs! This page will be continuously updated as we receive additional session descriptions from the speakers.

Saturday, October 22nd

8:30-10:10am


Cody Redmond, LVT, RCS

"How to Make a Rewarding Career as Your Own Boss & The Technician's Role in Echocardiography: Basic Views and Measurements for General Practice" - This lecture will cover the options available to an LVT for a rewarding career in veterinary medicine that are outside of the normal status quo. The lecture will also include a tech's role in echocardiography, basic measurements, basic views, and point of care ultrasound findings.



Richard Hartigan, DVM

"Advances in Leptospirosis Diagnostics" - This presentation provides an overview of canine leptospirosis and advances in leptospirosis diagnostic testing. 

"Preventive Care Diagnostics at Every Life Stage" - This lecture provides evidence supporting preventive care diagnostics and the benefits preventive care initiatives offer to every veterinary practice. Consistent preventive care can identify early systematic health problems in animals with no apparent clinical signs, allowing early investigation and appropriate care if needed. We review diagnostics most valuable to preventive care protocols through clinical cases where preventive care testing had a positive impact on patient care and outcome.


Emmett Wooten

"Best Practices in Diagnostics" - Lab results can be affected by a variety of controllable factors, from patient preparation to sample collection and storage. This session will review best practices with regards to sample handling for high quality and accurate lab results. 



Meg Carrasco, BS, LVT

"Tubes and Holes Lecture & IO Drill Lab" - An overview of a variety of advanced, supportive care cannulas and catheters and their placement. Students will be given the opportunity to place IO catheters using the EZ IO Drill post lecture.



Sharon Lentz, RVT, VTS (ECC)

"RECOVER CPR Training" - RECOVER certification signifies one’s knowledge and skills are up to date with current evidence-based guidelines. RECOVER offers certification for veterinary professionals in Basic Life Support (BLS) and Advanced Life Support (ALS) through a 2-step process involving online and in-person training. Certification is maintained by completing the online recertification course every 2 years


Cathleen Lombardi, DVM, CVA

"Small Ruminant Emergencies" - Traditionally, goats and sheep were used as large-scale production animals. Today, more people are keeping small ruminants as pets or are using them for their own food production needs. This means that often they are in geographic areas that do not have a dedicated food animal veterinarian.  Equine and small animal practices are often utilized to care for these animals, especially when owners have an emergency. This lecture will discuss how to perform a basic small ruminant physical exam and common clinical skills utilized in their emergency care. Common emergencies and their treatment will be covered including reproductive emergencies, neurologic or weak animals, trauma and urolithiasis


    10:30-12:10Pm

     
    Scylenea Alley, LVT

    "Emergency Animal Response" - The number one reason people will not evacuate during an emergency is because they can not take their animals with them. Thus, the animal response teams were formed. We will discuss what a community and state animal response team is and what it does. How to become a member and the requirements for deployment will also be discussed.


     
    Angela Small, LVT

    "Cultivating your Trademark to Achieve Professional Success" - Description Coming Soon!



    Annette Hildabrand, DVM, MPH, DACLAM, DACVPM

    "Reptiles & Amphibians and Swine Medicine" - Description Coming Soon!



     
    Cody Redmond, LVT, RCS

    "Ultrasound Lab" - This lab will allow you to practice basic echocardiography/ T-fast views and perform basic measurements to aid your physician in treatment. 



    Sharon Lentz, RVT, VTS (ECC)

    "RECOVER CPR Training" - RECOVER certification signifies one’s knowledge and skills are up to date with current evidence-based guidelines. RECOVER offers certification for veterinary professionals in Basic Life Support (BLS) and Advanced Life Support (ALS) through a 2-step process involving online and in-person training. Certification is maintained by completing the online recertification course every 2 years



    Cathleen Lombardi, DVM, CVA

    "Equine Emergencies" - In this lecture, attendees will learn about the technician's role in common equine emergencies. History taking, exams, set up and performance of selected procedures as well as client education will be covered.  Emergencies such as colic, choke, lacerations, severe lameness and eye injuries will be reviewed.


    1:45-3:35Pm

     

    Beckie Mossor, BIS, RVT

     

    "Talking Hookworms and Roundworms: 6 Strategies to Improve Knowledge Transfer and Retention" Intestinal parasites are a hidden problem in dogs, which can make prevention a challenging topic for veterinary professionals to discuss with owners. That’s why it’s so important that we are clear and attentive in our communication——especially when it comes to talking about the treatment and control of parasites in dogs. This presentation explores the LEARNS acronym: linking, emotion, anchoring, repetition, novelty, and storytelling. By using 1 or more of these 6 strategies when educating clients on roundworms and hookworms, we make pet health messages more memorable to our clients.

    "4 Realities Exposed: A Visual Tour of Heartworm Disease" - Veterinary technicians play a crucial role when it comes to educating pet owners about parasitology. Having a strong knowledge base on heartworm disease empowers the vet tech to protect more dogs through prevention, education, and testing. This session provides a unique and memorable perspective on heartworm disease through images of real clinic cases that illuminate the true impact of these parasites on the dog’s health.



    Denette Cooke, DVM, CVA, CVMMP

    "Introduction into Acupuncture: It's Science, not VooDoo" -Topics covered will be: Why does acupuncture work? What is Qi and how does it flow? How many treatments are needed and when is AP recommended? What can AP treat? When to recommend it?

    "Case Studies of Integrating Modalities: TCVM Can Even Make your Life Better!!!" -Case studies using AP that improve, where Western medicine could not help, are powerful examples of the benefits to know AP and TCVM. TCVM can be predictive of illness and behavior once you know the secret...and that is how it makes your life better!



    Brad Ryan, MSc, DVM, MPH


    "KeyScreen - The KEY to Protect Pets & People plus Bears, Foxes, Raccoons OH DEER!" -Description Coming Soon!




    Abe Jonatan, BVSc

    "Tubes and Holes Lab" - A refresher of ECC skills; tips and tricks in using available specimens to practice placing and securing feeding tubes; central line (Seldinger technique - jugular catheters, PICC line); Urinary catheterization (male/female, cats/dogs).



    Sharon Lentz, RVT, VTS (ECC)

    "RECOVER CPR Training" - RECOVER certification signifies one’s knowledge and skills are up to date with current evidence-based guidelines. RECOVER offers certification for veterinary professionals in Basic Life Support (BLS) and Advanced Life Support (ALS) through a 2-step process involving online and in-person training. Certification is maintained by completing the online recertification course every 2 years


    4:00-5:40Pm

    Marsh Davis, LVT


    "Addison's and Cushing's Disease" - Description Coming Soon!



    Melody Nelson, LVT

    "Exotic Medicine: Avian and Rabbits" - Description Coming Soon!




    Abe Jonatan, BVSc

    "Tubes and Holes Lab" - A refresher of ECC skills; tips and tricks in using available specimens to practice placing and securing feeding tubes; central line (Seldinger technique - jugular catheters, PICC line); Urinary catheterization (male/female, cats/dogs).



    Kaylyn Jarrett, LVT

    "Ophthalmology Diagnostics and Ocular Emergency Triaging Lab" - Learn the basics of Ophthalmology diagnostic tests, what they do and how to preform them. Learn about common ocular emergencies and recommended treatments before referral


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