Pacific Northwest Veterinary Conference

Pacific Northwest Veterinary Conference

October 1, 2021 Friday, 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Kim Horne

Kim Horne

AAS, CVT, VTS (Dermatology)

Kim graduated from the University of Minnesota Technical College of Waseca. After working in a few private practices, she joined the U of M Veterinary Medical Center, finding her career passion in Dermatology, and has recently retired. Kim is active in her state association and is a Charter Member of the Academy of Dermatology Veterinary Technicians (ADVT). She was ADVT’s first President and is currently serving as Past-President and Exam Committee Chair. She has lectured nationally and authored journal articles and was co-editor of the Small Animal Dermatology for Technicians and Nurses book.

8:00am
- 8:50am
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.
9:00am
- 9:50am
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.
10:30am
- 11:20am
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.
11:30am
- 12:20pm
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.
Prerecorded Canine Demodicosis
Generalized canine demodicosis is a severe dermatological condition that is frustrating to manage and requires a lot of commitment from owners. The role that vet techs have in client education is crucial to improve compliance and reach a successful parasitological cure.
Prerecorded Feline Skin Diseases
Demodicosis is being recognized more often in our feline patients and can be difficult to manage. Cheyletiellosis is another parasitic dermatosis seen more commonly in cats. These diseases and other selected feline dermatologic conditions will be discussed
Prerecorded Fighting the Dermatophytosis
Dermatophytosis is a difficult disease to manage. It is important that veterinary technicians have a good understanding of this disease to prevent the spread of this infection to people and other pets. Basic principles, appropriate diagnostic tests and treatment options will be covered.
Justin Chandlr

Justin Chandlr

AAS, CVT, LVT, VTS (ECC)

Justin started in the veterinary field in 1998. He graduated in 2007 from San Juan College with an AAS in Veterinary Technology. He joined Garden State Veterinary Specialists in May 2007 to pursue his interest in E/CC. He earned a position as an overnight shift supervisor overseeing the technical staff and mentoring new veterinary interns. After years of advanced training and intense learning, he applied for and passed the certification exam for the Academy of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Technicians and Nurses (AVECCTN), earning his Veterinary Technician Specialty (VTS) certification in Emergency and Critical Care in 2014. In 2016, he became the Head Veterinary Technician for Greater Staten Island Veterinary Services. Justin has been active with AVECCTN, volunteering with the mentoring and appeals committees. He is currently a Member at Large as part of the Board of Directors for AVECCTN. Justin has lectured at local, state, and national conferences and teaches courses online. His special interests include trauma, shock, cardiovascular emergencies, veterinary math, and more. He has a passion for teaching and has enjoyed the opportunity to mentor and teach both veterinary technicians and veterinarians.

1:30pm
- 2:20pm
Cardiac Emergencies: Arrhythmias
3:00pm
- 3:50pm
Cardiac Emergencies: Swimming in Effusions. When is the Heart to Blame?
4:00pm
- 4:50pm
Cardiac Emergencies: CHF, Pericardial Effusion, and More
Beckie Mosser

Beckie Mosser

7:30am
- 8:20am
Decision Fatigue. It’s a thing and it’s likely affecting you.
Objectives:
Define and understand the concept of Decision Fatigue
Understand how Decision Fatigue sabotages our success in health, wealth and concentration
Learn techniques to combat Decision Fatigue
Abstract:
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.
8:30am
- 9:20am
Special Considerations for Servicing Service Dogs
Objectives:
Understanding the terminology and laws associated with working dogs
Explore areas of service in the veterinary practice where clients with service dogs can be better served
Discuss areas of treatment and handling service dogs as they apply to successful veterinary visits and long-term health for the working dog.
Abstract:
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

Sarah Kolb

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

Sarah earned her veterinary technician credentials in 2005. Shortly after, Sarah began employment with Iowa State University Lloyd Veterinary Medical Center in the Exotic Companion Animal Department and the Wildlife Care Clinic, dedicating herself to the medical care of exotic animals and wildlife for the past 14 years. Sarah began employment with the University of Wisconsin-Madison National Primate Research Center in March 2020. Sarah achieved VTS status with the AVTCP in exotic companion animals in 2015 and earned her BAS in veterinary technology in 2018. Sarah is currently serving as the Vice-President for the AVTCP for 2020-2021 and will serve as President for 2022-2023. Sarah is also a VSPN instructor, has lectured at various national conferences, and has published multiple articles in both the NAVTA Journal and Veterinary Nurses Today. Sarah is committed to life-long learning and sharing her knowledge about exotic animals through lecturing, writing, and instructing online courses.

10:00am
- 10:50am
Rabbits 101
11:00am
- 11:50am
Optimizing Exotic Companion Pet Husbandry
1:00pm
- 1:50pm
Reptile Anesthesia and Analgesia
2:15pm
- 3:05pm
Backyard Poultry
Jennifer Serling

Jennifer Serling

CVT, VTES, BVSc

Jennifer Serling has been a certified veterinary technician in Arizona since 1992. Her specialty is in large animal nursing; however, her vast experience encompasses all facets of veterinary medicine. She has been a veterinary technician educator since 2007. Jennifer has a Bachelors in Veterinary Science from the University of Arizona and an Associates of Science from Penn Foster College’s Veterinary Technician Program. She is the program director at Pima Medical Institute in Tucson, Arizona. Jennifer has written two veterinary technician textbooks for Bluedoor Publishing on pharmacology and large animal medicine and nursing and contributed to several others. In addition to teaching and writing, she is a firm believer in giving back to the community and serves on the board of directors for three animal welfare and rescue groups, and donating her time to several veterinary charity events throughout the year. Her passion is large animals, and she loves sharing that excitement with her students. Jennifer is a nationally known speaker delivering engaging talks on large animal medicine as well as veterinary technology education. Jennifer has served as a Director-at-Large and is now President-elect for the Association of Veterinary Technician Educators. She is also a founding member of the Academy of Veterinary Technician Specialists in Education (AVTSE) and holds the advanced certification of VTES (Veterinary Technician Education Specialist).

3:40pm
- 4:30pm
Livestock Toxicology
This presentation is an overview of 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.
4:00pm
- 4:00pm
Equine Diseases
Illness in horses can be catastrophic for both the owner and the animal. Early detection can prevent widespread diseases in a herd and reduce economic loss. Many diseases can be eliminated by adhering to recommended vaccinations and others can be minimized with proper diagnosis and treatment. We will discuss the most commonly seen equine viral, bacterial, parasitic, and metabolic diseases.
Prerecorded Zoonotic Disease
Livestock and equids can be potential threats to human health. This presentation will cover some of the most common zoonotic diseases seen in these species and what preventative measures can be taken as well as what to watch out for when working with large animals.
Prerecorded 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

Stephen Cital

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

Stephen originally started college to become a registered human nurse but did not enjoy working with humans as patients. Instead, Stephen became an RVT and then obtained certification as a Surgical Research Anesthetist through the Academy of Surgical Research, followed by a Registered Laboratory Animal Technician designation through the American Association of Laboratory Animal Science soon after. Most recently, he became one of the first Veterinary Cannabis Counselors in the country while continuing to educate veterinary professionals on the safe and effective use of cannabis in the clinical setting. He is one of a handful of Certified Veterinary Pain Practitioners in the country through the International Veterinary Academy of Pain Management. Stephen is the Executive Director for the Academy of Laboratory Animal Veterinary Technicians and Nurses, holding a Veterinary Technician Specialist certification in Laboratory Animal Medicine (LAM) with an anesthesia focus. He is currently employed by Howard Hughes Medical Institute at Stanford University in the Department of Neurobiology. Stephen is an award-winning international lecturer on anesthesia, pain management, cannabis, and best practices in research. He enjoys teaching and serves on advisory boards, is a key opinion leader for multiple pharmaceutical/device companies, COO for the Veterinary Anesthesia Nerds and Veterinary Cannabis Academy Facebook and webpages. Stephen was the 2020 Chair for the Committee of Veterinary Technician Specialties. He has served as the President of the Society of Laboratory Animal Veterinary Technicians, Vice President for the California RVT Association, and member at large for the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America. He was also a column coordinator for one of Nature’s journals and has contributed to numerous textbooks.

8:30am
- 9:20am
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
9:30am
- 10:20am
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.
10:30am
- 11:20am
Saturated CBD Markets: Choosing the right product
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
11:30am
- 12:20pm
Hemp CBD Basics for Veterinarians
This lecture will discuss the basics of CBD and the endocannabinoid system. It will also cover the research done to date and how all CBD is not the same.   We will discuss the difference in formulas and the importance of dynamic cannabinoid and terpene profiles for increase efficacy.  
1:00pm
- 1:50pm
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 product available for veterinary use.
Kristen Cooley

Kristen Cooley

BA, CVT, VTS (Anesthesia)

Kristen Cooley is a Veterinary Technician Specialist in anesthesia and analgesia and a certified veterinary cannabis counselor. She has spent over 15 years at the University of Wisconsin, School of Veterinary Medicine where she has honed her passion and skill for anesthesia and pain management running cases, and teaching in the DVM curriculum. Currently, Kristen is the founder and CEO of the Wisconsin-based anesthesia consulting business, VAST, Veterinary Anesthesia Support and Training where she helps clinics improve their practice of anesthesia and pain management through expert instruction and in-clinic training. Kristen is a published editor, author, and illustrator of anesthesia-related textbooks as well as an internationally recognized and frequently sought-after speaker and award-winning instructor. She lives in Madison, Wisconsin with her 8-year-old twins, and a houseful of misfit pets.

8:30am
- 12:30pm
A Dash of Calm; Dealing with anesthetic emergencies
It is best to be proactive rather than reactive when it comes to anesthetic emergencies. Planning and protocols can take the guesswork out of dealing with critical cases. Start with proper patient stabilization, mix in some vigilant physiologic monitoring, add in a dash of calm and viola! You have a patient that is not just alive, but able to thrive.