2023 Annual Conference

Thursday | Friday | Saturday | Sunday

*The exhibit hall will be open from 7:00 AM - 5:00 PM

 Friday, August 4
8:00 AM Registration & Visit Exhibitors
9:00 AM Welcome

9:15 AM

Community Plenary Session

Once They’re Gone, They’re Gone - Garth Jordan, CEO - AAHA

Nearly a third of those in clinical practice are planning to leave, and once they’re gone, just 10% would consider returning. Learn what factors employees value most in a practice—and how that differs by role so you can build a retention plan that truly works.

10:15 AM  Break & Visit Exhibitors
10:30 AM - Breakout Sessions
General  Team-Based Learning and Team-Based Health Care. Why TBL works in VT programs!!!
Jennifer Serling, CVT RVT BVSc VTES | Appalachian State University
Leigha Wright, RVT, LVT, MBA | Appalachian State University & Blinn College
Ann Wortinger, LVT, BIS, VTS | Appalachian State University
Room 1  Becoming a Veterinary Technician Specialist
Vicky Ograin, MBA, RVT,  VTS (Nutrition)
Hills Pet Nutrition
Room 2  Utilizing Vital Connections from Industry for Your Program and in the Classroom.
Gordon Smok, DVM, BA, AS, USDA accredited, ECFVG cert
City College
11:30 AM Lunch Sponsored by NAVTA | Visit Exhibitors
12:30 PM Transition | Break | Visit Exhibitors
1:00 PM - Breakout Sessions
General   How to Avoid Your Students Saying: Ugh Not Another Class Project!
Amanda Colon, DVM | Mercy College Veterinary Technology Program
Lisa SchenkelDVM, CCRT, CVMA | Mercy College Veterinary Technology Program
Room 1  Well-being: What Educators and Veterinary Professionals Need to Know to Support Students as They Enter the Field
Lori L. Stose
Fort Valley State University, Department of Veterinary Science and Public Health
Room 2  The Real World: Preparing Students for Externship and Job Opportunities
Ellen Chesnut, RVT
Heartland Veterinary Partners
2:00 PM Transition | Break | Visit Exhibitors
2:15 PM - Breakout Sessions
General   Building Student Confidence Using Animal Models
Trevor Walling, DVM
Baker College of Owosso
Room 1  The VTNE—What’s on the New Content Outline?
Irene Moore
D.V.M., M.Sc., B.Sc.(Agr.) | University of Guelph Ridgetown Campus
Nancy GrittmanMBA, BA | American Association of Veterinary State Boards
Room 2  Overcoming Roadblocks: Transitioning to an Online Competency Tracking Platform
Jeff Dykstra, MBA, SSGB
Platinum Educational Group
3:15 PM Transition | Break | Visit Exhibitors
Roundtable Discussions
View Roundtable Schedule
4:30 PM

Resort Time!
The resort has so much to offer as everyone gathers together for this annual conference. We hope that you will start your evening with a visit to Pinz and Pints to enjoy happy hour from 4:30pm to 5:30pm.

The evening continues on Friday night, as the hotel hosts Hello Weekend from 5:30pm to 6:30pm. You can enjoy complimentary chips and salsa, along with sangria. Once you have made your rounds, we encourage you to look at any number of the resort's restaurants. There are many options, including the Chef’s Secret Window with food that you can eat poolside.

Please note some presentation slides may not be available.

*Agenda Subject to Change: Updated May 9 at 5:00 PM 

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*All times listed in PST.

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