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Learn more about the 2024 VVC technician lectures below.
This page will be continuously updated as we receive additional session descriptions from the speakers.

9:30-10:20am | Animal Cruelty: Why Should LVTs Care?
This session will explore Virginia Law for animals and how animals are protected under the law. Animal neglect, animal cruelty, and animal fighting will be highlighted, and we will discuss what signs to look for when animals come into a veterinary practice. We will also consider examples of cases and when the authorities should be called.

10:30-11:20am | Anesthesia Monitoring
Understanding the basics of Anesthesia depth, the numbers on the machine, and what you can do about it.

12:45-1:35pm | Blood Pressure - Behind the Numbers
An in-depth look and what blood pressure is, and a look into how to interpret the numbers and what they are telling you.

1:45-2:35pm | Pain Management and the Rehab Patient
Session description coming soon!

3:00-3:50pm | So Your Dog has a CCL Injury... Now What? Surgical and Conservative Management, a Rehab Perspective
Session description coming soon!

4:10-5:00pm | Dystocia
Session description coming soon!

8:00-8:50am | Cytology and Biopsy Sample Prep & Submission
Discussion on how to properly submit cytology slides, fluid samples, and biopsy specimens. Additional discussion on properly submitting appropriate information to aid in the diagnosis.

9:00-9:50am | Blood Smear Prep & Interpretation
Discussion on how to properly prepare blood smears, with numerous images on identifying the different leukocytes, red blood cell abnormalities, and various other hematologic disease processes.

10:10-11:00am | Digital Cytology Dos & Don'ts
Discussion on how to identify a good cytologic specimen, with how to best obtain diagnostic images for digital interpretation.

11:00-11:50am | The Pain Pathway: How To Go the Extra Mile
Do you feel limited in resources to provide adequate pain control without a pure mu opioid? This lecture provides a basic overview of the pain pathway and highlights the non-opioid medications associated with it. The goal of this lecture is to instill confidence that adequate analgesia can still be achieved with the addition of non-opioid medications that act upon various points along the pathway.

1:00-1:50pm | Neurology 101
Performing a neurologic exam is a crucial step in diagnosing various neurologic diseases. Learn to perform a neurologic exam and how the findings can aid in diagnosing different neurologic diseases.

2:00-2:50pm | Shake, Rattle, and Roll: A Primer on Seizures
Seizures are a common neurological condition. Learn ways to differentiate between seizures and possible other conditions. Topics to be discussed include commonly prescribed anti-epileptic medications, ongoing monitoring for long-term management, and the treatment of emergent seizures.

3:10-4:00pm | Clinical Cytology and Dermatologic Cases
In this session, we will review key concepts of clinical cytology and discuss dermatologic cases commonly encountered in general and specialty practice. The goal of this discussion is to equip you with the practical tools needed to be proficient in obtaining, reviewing, and interpreting cytologic samples, so that you can best care for the patients and disease-states you manage on a routine basis.

4:10-5:00pm | Small Animal Ophthalmology: Triage, Testing, and Conditions for Support Staff
Eye problems are a common complaint for pets to present to the primary care veterinarian and are often emergent issues requiring prompt treatment. In this program, we will review the comprehensive ophthalmic examination and minimum ophthalmic database, including how to perform baseline ophthalmic testing and when to avoid certain diagnostics. We will also discuss some of the most common ophthalmic emergencies and review cases.

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