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Learn more about the 2020 VVC lectures below. This page will be continuously updated as we receive additional session descriptions from the speakers.

Friday, February 28th

 Rebekah Gunn-Christie, DVM, DACVP


Maximizing your Diagnostic Yield with Cytology - The first of this two-part lecture series will address important topics including selection of lesions for cytology and how to collect an appropriate sample. This will include various sample collection and slide preparation techniques as well as staining slides and adjusting the microscope for cytology samples. 

Mountains and Molehills - The second of this two-part series will address important topics including basic approach to slide examination, interpretation of selection common conditions, and finding the value of cytology samples that don't give the expected results (including the utility of "nondiagnostic" samples.

 Julie Antonellis, LVT, VTS (ECC)

Introduction to Ventilation - This lecture will give an overview of why we use ventilators, both anesthesia and critical care, in our practice. It will discuss what our blood gases and monitoring equipment are telling us and how we can interpret what they are saying to help our patients. Participants will be given tips on patient setup, nursing care and trouble shooting the ventilator. There will also be discussion about potential complications seen when using ventilators with our patients. 

  Sara Schillinger, DVM, DACVS

Pain Management in Surgical Patients - This session will focus on a case-based approach to pain management in surgical patients. We will discuss multi-modal analgesia for intra- and post-operative patients in a specialty surgical setting.

  Amanda Compton, LVT, EDT

The Happiness Project - This interactive session will be a combination of tips, info, and data about work/life balance and one's perception of working in a veterinary practice and how it affects you and others around you.

Saturday, February 29th

  Tasha McNerney, BS, CVT, CVPP, VTS (Anesthesia)

Anesthesia without Opioids - This lecture will cover all of the analgesic adjudicative drugs you can use in your practice to help minimize opioid use while creating balanced multi-modal protocols. There will be a special focus on local anesthesia drugs and how they play a vital role in blocking pain signals and reducing post-operative opioid consumption. 

Choose your own Anesthesia Adventure - This fast paced and highly interactive lecture will examine multiple cases in depth. Attendees will be asked to examine proper protocols from the pre-surgical period to the weeks following surgery. We will discuss practical ways for you to take your anesthesia and pain management to the next level. Topics will include: choosing the "perfect" pre-medication, implementing pain scores, calculating CRI's, and quick tips to make your patients more comfortable.

Anesthesia Breed Considerations - This lecture will explore the various nuances associated with brachycephalic breeds, sighthounds, Dobermans, Boxers, and the other special breeds and how they specifically relate to anesthesia. Topics will include pre-medication selection, induction, maintenance, and recovery of all these special patients. 

  Michaela Meissner, LVT, VTS (Dentistry)

Malocclusions - An in depth look at dental malocclusions in the dog and cat. Discussion will include types of malocclusions, their common complications, and options for treatment. 

Dental Radiology - This lecture will provide an overview of intraoral radiograph technique and positioning. Normal anatomy and common pathology found on radiographs will also be discussed. 

Feline Tooth Resorption and Stomatitis - This lecture will provide veterinary technicians with a review of two oral diseases in the feline patient. Topics include: etiology, treatment, and aftercare.

  Laura Call, LVT and Kim Hill, LVT

Blood Bank Transfusion - Have you ever donated blood? I bet you haven't thought much about your dog or cat donating blood to save another pet's life. This introductory course will cover the basics of blood banking including: donor selection, recruitment, screening protocols, collection methods, and quality component processing and storage. It will also include transfusion indications, initial testing, component therapy, transfusion set-ups and calculations, monitoring and adverse reactions. At the end of this session, we hope that you will have a better understanding of the blood banking process and be better equipped to administer and monitor patients requiring transfusion therapy. 

   Angela Small, LVT

"All for One and One for All" Implementing Self-Awareness to Promote a Positive Veterinary Team - If you need some self-motivation, self-empowerment, and tips to improve team morale to enhance your overall well-being within the workplace then you need to join us in this presentation. This presentation will be very informal, engaging and interactive.

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