Technicians Program

Live & In-Person

Tacoma, WA


Sept. 30 - Oct. 2


140+ Hours of CE

Amy Newfield
Friday, Sept. 30
Becoming a Unicorn Team

Want to help create and work for a team of unicorns? What skills are needed to be the best team? This lecture dives into the top 10 ingredients needed to ensure you have the best team. Even if you aren’t in a leadership role you can impact your team with some of these tips.

Turn the Negativity Around: How to Convert a Team's Thinking

Love gossip? Tolerate coworkers showing up late? Welcome high turnover? No one does. This lecture gets to the route of some of the most important topics no one wants to talk about; the negative team. It will review how to foster the best team and create a welcoming and productive team environment.

How to Move From the Floor to a Supervisor

Often times technicians or assistants are given promotions to a supervisor or manager. There is no training that is offered. Instead, they are thrown into the role. What does it mean to be a supervisor? This lecture will focus on the key points that separate a supervisor from a floor role.

How to Make the Veterinary Profession a Sustainable Career

Currently the veterinary profession is struggling. Hospitals are short staffed, turnover is high and the veterinary profession has one of the highest suicide rates of any profession. The veterinary profession is not sustainable. Let’s talk about 3 key ingredients needed to sustain the profession.

How to Make a New Hire Quit in Under 6 Months

Veterinary professionals are in short supply. Finding and keeping a good qualified one is tough. What can you do to retain your new hire on your team and, better yet, get more to join your team? This lecture will discuss those things and more.

Dealing with Emotions During Busy Hospital Days

Your schedule is full. You don’t have time to take a break. Clients are angry. What tools can you use to handle the stress of the busy hospital and still go home happy? This lecture will talk about ways to relax in the middle of chaos.

How to Create a Change: Change Management

Is your hospital stuck in a negative rut? Is there a negative person running the show? How can you make a change in your hospital? There are key steps to making a change. Participants will be able to talk about their situations and plans will be created so attendees leave with next steps on making a change

Julie Bitan
Friday, Sept. 30
Hands-Free Radiography: Into Radiation Safety Basics

Radiation safety basics, common misconceptions, tools, and techniques for chest and abdomen.

Hands-Free Radiography: Techniques

Common orthopedic techniques and sedation for imaging.

Hands-Free Radiography: Where do I Start?

Philosophy of change, positive discussion with the team, review the ranges of “hands-free”, baby steps, and remembering diagnostic quality.

Heidi Reuss-Lamky
LVT, VTS, Fear Free Certified Professional
Friday, Sept. 30
AVST Advanced Surgical Skills: Surgical Instrument Care and Sterilization

This session will cover detailed information regarding all aspects of surgical instrument care, including guidelines for proper instrument processing, packaging, steam sterilization, and quality control methods, as part of the educational requirements for the Academy of Veterinary Surgical Technicians’ core surgical skills. This information is beneficial for anyone interested in pursuing a specialty in surgery through the Academy of Veterinary Surgical Technicians or for those just wanting to ensure they are following industry standards regarding proper sterilization practices.

Role of the Veterinary Surgical Scrub Tech

Often described as the surgeon’s primary assistant, veterinary surgical scrub technician (VSST) play an important role as part of the surgical team. Notable features of a great scrub tech include familiarity with the surgical procedure, surgeon’s preferences and needs, as well as the ability to anticipate, even when things go wrong. VSSTs can augment the veterinarian’s recommendations to the client surrounding their pet’s surgical procedure as well as assist with client education during all phases of care (pre-, intra- and post-operative.)

"Oh Sew Easy" Understanding Suture Materials

Suture selection is a crucial and integral factor to ensuring successful surgical outcomes. Suture materials are considered surgical implants because they remain inside in the patient’s body upon discharge. Suture material choices must be based on the anticipated wound healing times and tissue types as well as considerations unique to each patient. Using the wrong suture material may lead to unintended consequences such as wound dehiscence, abscess formation or tissue reaction. This session will enable veterinary technicians to understand the basis for suture material selection and usage.

Perioperative Surgical Patient Care: Honoring the Bond

A veterinary patient’s perioperative experience is based on so much more than the surgeon’s skill. Veterinary technicians play a vital role in the care of perioperative patients and educating pet owners. Strategies for supporting patient comfort and emotional wellbeing while assuring successful surgical outcomes will be discussed, such as the importance of fear-free handling techniques, perioperative analgesia, and nutrition tactics for the veterinary team. Join this lecture for practical ideas that elevate the perioperative experience by nurturing the human-animal bond and exceeding client expectations.

Amy Newfield
Saturday, Oct. 1
Liver Physiology and Disease

This lecture will discuss the physiology of the liver and diseases and injuries that can cause both dogs and cat to turn yellow. Testing and treatment will also be discussed. Attendees will leave understanding how the liver functions, liver enzymes, common diseases and treatment options.

The Spleen: Function, Injury and Disease

Lecture reviews everything from physiology to common diseases (everything from torsion to hemangiosarcoma) and treatments. Attendees will have a better understanding of the spleen, how diseases can affect it and treatment options.

The Cat & the Kidney

Anyone who has worked in veterinary medicine for even 24 hours knows that cats and kidneys just don’t seem to get along. This lecture discusses everything from the physiology of the kidneys to the various diseases that can affect cats.

The Dog & the Kidney

This lecture discusses diseases/illness/injuries that causes kidney failure in dogs. All treatment options will be discussed from IV fluids to CRRT.

Abdominal Radiology Review: Seeing the "Hidden Stuff"

Technicians are taught how to take radiographs, not what they are looking at. This lecture will review how to view a radiograph and know what you are looking at. Common disease processes that you may see in the abdomen will be shown. Technicians will be able to identify emergent issues so that patients can receive faster treatment

Thoracic Radiology Reviews: Seeing the "Hidden Stuff"

Technicians are taught how to take radiographs, not what they are looking at. This lecture will review how to view a radiograph and know what you are looking at. Common disease processes that you may see in the thoracic cavity will be shown. Technicians will be able to identify emergent issues so that patients can receive faster treatment

Radiology Case Review

After discussing how to interpret radiographs, this lecture discusses the importance of radiology safety, positioning and then showcases several cases to test the attendees newest skill.

Ellen Carozza
Saturday, Oct. 1
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Feline Vaccine Guidelines: Take the Guesswork Out of Understanding Why Cats Need to be Vaccinate and Why the Gudielines Changed

Ellen will take you on a whirlwind tour of feline vaccines, the latest recommendations and more! Vaccines are just as important for our feline friends to keep them healthy.

Kitten Conundrums: Common Emergencies Seen in Practice and Nursing Care

Neonates and pediatric kittens need advanced medical care too, but they still continue to receive limited care in the clinic. Learn how caring for the smallest, and youngest patients in the clinic can be rewarding by understanding WHY, HOW, and WHAT you can do to succeed.

Super Seniors: Keeping Our Senior Cats Happy and Healthy

Cats are considered ‘senior’ by the age of seven (7), but what can we do to ensure their long nine (9) lives are comfortable and happy with their human companion? Caring for the senior cat isn’t as hard as it sounds and all it takes is some modifications with their medical care to help them enjoy their senior years. In this session, we go over the medical, physical, and emotional well-being of the oldest patients in the clinic

131 Room Maintenance, Radiation Safety and Oral i131 Administration

What really goes on behind the closed doors with the cats that receive I131 therapy for hyperthyroidism, and why is caring for these cats so different from regular boarding cats? Come take a tour with me providing treatment to the cats, radiation safety for you and their family while they are in quarantine, and tips on room maintenance.

Jade Velasquez
Saturday, Oct. 1
Why There Needs to be and "I" in Team: Self Care for the Veterinary Professional

In this discussion we will discuss the tendency of veterinary professionals to put themselves on the back burner regarding care. We will go over how not practicing and being mindful of self-care contribute to our mental, physical and professional deterioration. We will discuss the romanticism of self-care and how taking a real-life approach betters our chances of succeeding in this field. Then we will come up with ways to create a game plan to implement self-care into our daily lives.

When Helping Hurts the Human-Animal Bond

When “helping” feels like it hurts the human/animal bond. The effect on our psyche and the emotions we feel not being able to treat. When we are unable to treat due to a patient’s temperament or reaction to said treatment, it is easy to feel like our goal to heal and practice gold standard medicine gets lost in the shuffle. As caregiver’s we can feel frustration, guilt and failure. Often times these emotions cloud our judgement and seem to make our jobs even harder. By acknowledging we feel these emotions and that not every case will follow our plan, we free ourselves from our harshest critics; ourselves. By changing the perspective from admitting defeat to doing the best we can in the situations presented to us I hope to create conversation that shows we all have the human/animal bond as our focus and that less-than-ideal situations do not equate poor standards of care

Managing Conflict: Ways to Keep Cool in Tense Situations

Most people avoid conflict at all costs. Conflict is an uncomfortable emotion that leaves many of us questioning what we could have done differently. It’s human nature to avoid any perceived conflict in the veterinary practice. In this lecture we will look at situations of conflict that we face every day in our clinics and how we can diffuse tense situations while building feelings of trust with our clients and teams. If we shift our perspective from “winning an argument” to “having tough but necessary conversations”, we can not only improve relationships but also grow as individuals.

Heidi Reuss-Lamky
LVT, VTS, Fear Free Elite Certified
Sunday, Oct. 2
Anesthetic Monitors: Understanding Their Use and Limitations

Technicians interpret data from anesthetic monitors on a routine basis. This presentation covers various monitoring modalities used in assessing the anesthetized patient, as well as common pitfalls and precautions that should be taken while interpreting the data provided by them. Monitoring modalities discussed include esophageal stethoscope, ECG, blood pressure, pulse oximetry, capnography and temperature.

Who Needs an Anesthetic Plan? YOU DO!

Every dog and cat that enters your hospital is a unique biologic unit. Do you know how to develop an anesthetic plan that ensures their safe passage throughout the anesthetic episode? Careful pre-anesthetic assessments are essential to identify physiological, pathological or drugrelated factors that may complicate a patient’s anesthetic management. Learn the components of developing an anesthetic plan and the steps necessary to optimize the surgical procedure and expected outcome for each and every patient.

Anesthesia Ventilators 101

Many practices may at some point find it necessary to provide temporary or short-term ventilatory support for their patients. Learn the basic principles behind ventilatory support duringthis presentation, utilizing mechanical ventilation with the Hallowell® 2000 Anesthesia Ventilator as a demonstration model. Capnogram interpretation and troubleshooting tips will also be discussed.

Anesthesia Mistakes Awareness

The pressures facing anesthetists today are great; the anesthetist must fully understand physiology, pathophysiology, pharmacology, anesthesia equipment, and monitoring devices as well as recognize their limitations. Although the goal is to assure a successful surgical or procedural outcome while ensuring the patient receives the finest possible anesthetic care, mistakes can and do happen. During this 1-hour session, discover the most common causes of anesthesia-related errors as well as some insight on how to prevent them.