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Session Descriptions

Learn more about the 2023 Fall Conference lectures and labs!
This page will be continuously updated as we receive additional session descriptions from the speakers.


Anesthesia for Cardiac Patients

During this session, attendees will gain an overview of the most common cardiac diseases and how to properly care for these patients in the perioperative period. Pharmacology of pertinent drugs will be discussed including their safety and effects on the cardiovascular system. Suggested cardiac-safe protocols will also be addressed.




Exotics 101: Getting to Know the Basics

Exotics 101: Getting to Know the Basics will cover a variety of topics to help you feel more comfortable and confident with handling and discussing species other than dogs and cats. These topics will include anatomy, restraint techniques, common venipuncture sites, sedation/anesthesia protocols, triage scenarios, and husbandry resources for exotic animals encountered in veterinary medicine. The species that will be discussed include small mammals, reptiles, and birds.



The Role of Veterinary Technicians in Photobiomodulation (Laser) Therapy

Ren will demonstrate the responsibility the technician has as the operator of this leading modality. He will create the treatment environment and give tips for a fear-free experience for patient and client. and finally, he will give tips on marketing and record keeping for optimal efficiency.

Photobiomodulation Therapy Dosing, Treatment Design and Treatment Delivery

Ren will clarify the current recommended dosing parameters as per types of tissue insult. He will give tips on how to select a treatment protocol and correct equipment as per case specs. Finally, he will give an overview of treatment techniques (on/off contact, treatment frequency) for success.



Geriatric Support & Assistive Devices Lecture and Manual Therapy Lab

In these sessions, Kim will talk about physical rehabilitation specifically for the geriatric population. You will learn about the aging process and special considerations that need to be made for our geriatric patients prior to and during therapeutic intervention. She will also discuss what can be done both in-clinic and at home to support these patients to achieve their highest level of function, independence, and quality of life.


Discospondylitis and Vestibular Disease

During this session, you'll learn what discospondylitis is and what kinds of patients are susceptible to it along with its clinical signs. You'll also learn how discospondylitis is diagnosed, treatment options and how care is given to those patients. This session will also refresh you on what the vestibular system is and review the clinical signs of vestibular disease.  We will also touch on the most common vestibular disorders and treatment options for them.

Aspire for Professional Growth and Personal Belief that You are Invaluable to the Veterinary Team! Veterinary Technician Specialities - What do you need to know?

This student session is to provide LVT students with the proper tools that they will need entering into the veterinary profession.  These tools will contribute to their personal and professional perceptions as to how they are invaluable to the veterinary team.  Also, encouraging students to aspire to learn more and venture into the realm of practice within a Veterinary Technician Specialty.  Students will have the opportunity to speak with fellow LVT's that have earned their Veterinary Technician Specialty in various areas to help answer any questions and direct them in the right direction on how to start the process.

Anesthesia and Perfusion: Strategies to Prevent, Recognize and Correct Hypoperfusion

This session will focus on how patient status, anesthetic medications and anesthetic depth affects vascular and pulmonary perfusion. Correctly identifying the cause of hypoperfusion and how to intervene appropriately will be discussed as well as the importance of individualized treatment plans.

Fear Free Handling Lab

In this session we will go over handling techniques for our feline patients, how to distinguish between anxiety and pain and when to advocate for chemical restraint. In the hands on portion, we will practice these techniques and collaborate on different approaches to likely cases we will see in practice. 

Physical Rehabilitation Modalities Lab

Introduction to various modalities utilized in physical rehabilitation of companion animals, focusing on LASER, PEMF, and therapeutic exercises. Discussion of the credentialed technician's role within the rehabilitation team and at general veterinary practices.

IVDD for the Veterinary Technician

Attendees will get a general understanding of the neurological system which will focus more on Intervertebral Disc Disease. They will watch real videos of SEVN patients and how we localize their condition and provide treatment options and care options for the patient.

Intracranial Disease and Seizures for the Veterinary Technician

Attendees will get a general understanding of the neurological system and intracranial structures. They will watch real videos of SEVN patients and how we localize their condition and provide treatment options and care options for the patient.

Physical Rehabilitation for the Orthopedic Patient

Discussion of common orthopedic conditions in canine and felines that lead to surgical intervention. Introduction to nursing techniques that help with the recovery of post-orthopedic surgery patients.

Dental Nerve Blocks and Charting

Description coming soon!


This hands-on wet lab will cover how to deliver intraarticular injections in the six major joints which are typically targeted for regenerative medicine injections.

From the Cat's Puurspective - Understanding the Likes, Dislikes and Behavior of our Feline Patients

During this discussion, we will talk about what makes the behavior of a cat unique and how to have a better understanding of the cat particularly as it relates to the veterinary practice setting.

The Cat Did it Again! - Feline "Nuisance" Behaviors - What, Why and How to Live in Harmony with your Feline Friend

During this discussion, we will talk about some common feline nuisance behaviors, the reasons behind these behaviors and how to implement helpful solutions. The goal will be to gain a greater understanding of some of these problems and offer help to frustrated clients.

Physical Rehabilitation for the Neurologic Patient

Discussion of common neurologic conditions in canine and felines that may be treated conservatively or with surgical intervention. Introduction to nursing techniques that help patients with neurologic deficits. 

Managing and Monitoring Diabetic Pet Patients

Attendees will learn about diabetes mellitus in pets, including clinical signs, diagnosis, treatment options, goals of diabetic therapy, and the different methods of monitoring diabetic patients. They will also learn about educating and communicating with the owners of diabetic pet patients.

Dental Nerve Block Lab

Description coming soon!

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