Virtual Conference

150+ CE Hours / Access to Replays through Aug. 2022 / Discounted Pricing Now Available

Technician Program

Kim Horne

AAS, CVT, VTS (Dermatology)

Friday, October 1, 2021


 The Technician’s Role in Managing the Derm Patient Part 1: Dermatologic conditions are common in our small animal patients and many diseases are not curable. Part 1 will enable you to recognize the importance of obtaining the patient history and learn proper techniques and helpful hints to perform dermatologic procedures accurately.

The Technician’s Role in Managing the Derm Patient Part 2: Dealing with dermatology cases can be frustrating for both the veterinary team and the owner.  Vet techs play a vital role in client education, and Part 2 will review important concepts to help improve client compliance which can lead to a more successfully managed patient.

The “Other” Canine Allergies (Focus on Flea and Food Allergies): Besides atopic dermatitis, other allergies that can cause problems for our canine patients are Flea Allergy Dermatitis and Food Hypersensitivity.  Recognize the clinical signs of the allergic dog and know the available options for diagnosing and managing flea and food allergies, as we often need to rule these out prior to reaching an atopic dermatitis diagnosis.

Understanding the Atopic Dog: Technicians play an essential role in educating owners about allergies and helping improve client compliance.  Understand the allergic conditions and feel confident explaining the process to the owner.  Treatment options and client education for both immediate relief and long term management of pruritic allergic conditions will be reviewed.

Justin Chandlr


Friday, October 1, 2021

Cardiac Emergencies

Arrhythmias: This lecture will review cardiac emergencies, specifically emergent arrhythmias, such as ventricular tachycardia, supraventricular tachycardia, atrial fibrillation, atrioventricular block, etc. The focus will be on early identification of these cases through clinical signs and examination, and how the technician can contribute to early stabilization. Some underlying pathophysiology of the problems will be included along with treatment strategies.

Swimming in Effusions. When is the Heart to Blame?: You perform a TFAST exam and find fluid in the thorax. Is it pleural or pericardial? Do you tap it or leave it be? What could cause this and how concerned do we need to be for our patient? What do we mean by tamponade? Does the volume of pericardial effusion indicate the severity? Should we administer IV fluids? These are a few of the questions that run through our heads as we assess our patient. Effusion within the thoracic cavity is always a serious finding, but how we react to it will vary depending on the patients clinical status and its impact on cardiac output and respiratory function. We will discuss the causes of pericardial and pleural effusion, the underlying pathophysiology, its impact on our patient, and treatment strategies.

CHF, Pericardial Effusion, and More: This lecture will review one of the more common cardiac emergencies: heart failure, and the technician’s role in their patient’s initial stabilization. The focus will be on early identification of these cases through clinical signs and examination, and how the technician can contribute to early stabilization. Underlying pathophysiology of the problems will be included. Treatment strategies and pharmacology will be reviewed.

Beckie Mosser


Saturday, October 2, 2021

Decision Fatigue and Service Dogs

Decision Fatigue – It’s a Thing and it’s Likely Affecting You: There is increasing understanding today about stress, stress fatigue, and the causes of mental fatigue as well as the effects it has on the body. Decision fatigue is a form of stress and mental fatigue that results from endless decision making throughout the day and often the evening into the night, that causes an overall response of stress on the body. Learn the techniques used by some of the world’s most successful business people in combating decision fatigue and still successfully navigating difficult decisions throughout the day.

Special Considerations for Servicing Service Dogs: Service dogs are becoming more popular all over the country. These special patients and their handlers are important members of your clinic. Understanding the dog and handler relationship, as well as the considerations you can make for them, can make the visit less stressful and more productive for you and your special needs clients.

Sarah Kolb

BAS, RVT, LAT, VTS (Exotic Companion Animals)

Saturday, October 2, 2021

Rabbits, Exotic Animals, Reptiles and Backyard Poultry

Rabbits 101: This lecture will provide a basic overview of rabbit medicine.

Optimizing Exotic Companion Pet Husbandry: Veterinary technicians play a vital role in collecting husbandry information and educating owners on how to provide the best possible husbandry for their pets. This lecture will focus on optimizing husbandry practices for exotic companion pets.

Reptile Anesthesia & Analgesia: This lecture will review the principles and concepts of reptile anesthesia and analgesia, including recognizing signs of pain and discomfort.

Backyard Poultry: This lecture will provide a basic overview of backyard poultry nutrition, husbandry, and medicine.

Jennifer Serling


Saturday, October 2, 2021

Livestock Toxicology and Field Anesthesia in Large Animals

Livestock Toxicology: This presentation overviews the most common plants and toxins encountered by livestock and equids in the continental US. We will cover the part of the plant that is toxic, as well as common clinical signs.

Field Anesthesia in Large Animals: Injectable field anesthesia is a frequent occurrence in ambulatory large animal medicine. We will discuss the most common drugs used, potential pitfalls and issues, and other parameters to be conscious of when administering and monitoring these patients.

Stephen Cital

RVT, RLAT, SRA, VCC, CVPP, VTS- LAM (Res. Anesthesia)

Sunday, October 3, 2021

Endocannabinoid System and CBD

The Endocannabinoid System: Ancient History in Modern Times: The endocannabinoid system (ECS) has been around since the beginning of vertebrate species, but why did we never learn about it in vet or tech school? With numerous pharmaceuticals and plant-based options targeting the ECS receptors we will delve into what the ECS really is and does in the mammalian body. We will also discuss the endocannabinoidome, which is a more recent expansion of the ECS

Cannabinoids in the Clinic – Practical Approaches: The clinical data for companion animals with the use of cannabinoids, like CBD, has thus far been lacking. In this lecture we will discuss the current and relevant literature and dosing for safe and effective use in your practice.

Saturated CBD Markets: The number of CBD products on the market is astounding. What’s actually in these products can be shocking! In this lecture we will discuss what 7 questions we can use to choose a safe and effective product, as well as interpreting a Certificate of Analysis

CBD: Keep Calm and Monitor On!: In this lecture we will discuss some of the concerns regarding the use of cannabinoid products, specifically CBD. We will also discuss practical approaches to monitor patients that are on cannabinoid containing products, potential adverse events and blood chemistry profiles for chronic users of these products.

Getting over CBD: A Look into the Other Useful Molecules of the Hemp Plant: The CBD craze is exhausting and confusing…and misguided. In this lecture we will talk about all thing’s hemp, but not CBD! That’s right, CBD is only one of many useful molecules in the hemp plant. We will talk about some of the more common cannabinoids and terpenes found in products available for veterinary use.