2023 Annual Conference

Friday | Saturday | Sunday

*Please note that all roundtable presentations will be offered on both Friday & Saturday

 Friday, August 4 I 3:30pm
 Saturday, August 5 I 4:15pm
Table 1 Compassionate Care
Angela Logsdon-Hoover

This presentation is to review key points on compassionate care, incorporating Fear Free and American Association of Feline Practitioners guidelines. Examples on how this approach can be applied to things we do in the hospital every day (radiology, exams, etc) will be discussed.

Table 2 A SOAP For Student Self Reflection--Using the SOAP Format as a Tool for Student Self-Evaluation
Catherine Colangelo, DVM
LaGuardia Community College-CUNY

All veterinary professionals are familiar with patient assessment under the acronym “S.O.A.P.”: Subjective, Objective, Assessment, Plan. This presentation will discuss implementation of the SOAP framework as a tool for student self-assessment, allowing students to set and achieve their academic goals while increasing their familiarity with the SOAP system for eventual clinical application.

Table 3 How To High School
Amanda Hackerott
, RVT, BAS, CPI - WSU Tech

In this session we will outline the planning and preparation that went into creating a Veterinary Assistant program with a local high school. We will share the program outcomes and outline curriculum highlights, and lesson plans. Part of this talk will focus on the creation of connections to industry and community, how to garner support from the high schools and how to work with your institution to create a pathway into the college level program. 

Table 4 How the heck do you hold their attention?! Ideas to engage, inspire, and excite your students, and keep them coming back for more
Erin Howard
, DVM, BS - Baker College of Jackson

Finding creative ways for students to learn and process information may seem like an easy part of lesson planning, but in actuality this can be a difficult part of building curriculum. No two students learn something the same way, and yet as instructors, we are tasked with finding a common pathway for them to travel down as they learn a particular topic or skill. Activities that excite and inspire our students can help them to remember, process, and critically think/use that information in the future.

Table 5 Patient Safety
Carolyn Spivock
Amy Ramierz, LVT, LAT - BluePearl
Rochelle Low, DVM, MHL, MaS - Mars Veterinary Health

Veterinary medicine has many parallels to human medicine, but it is uniquely different. Our patients can compare to human pediatric or geriatric patients in that they cannot communicate or advocate for themselves fully. They rely on family members to tell their stories and on doctors, nurses, technicians, and assistants, to notice changes in behavior and physical characteristics, and their response to treatment, and entrust that we will make them as comfortable and safe as possible while in our care.

Table 6 Innovation in the classroom: taking student engagement to 100%
Tara Groves
, BS, LVT - Owensboro Community and Technical College

Learn how to create a fun learning environment using innovative teaching strategies that will increase student engagement, teamwork, and critical thinking skills; all while retaining course content. This session will introduce innovative ways to deliver course content to build student engagement, teamwork, and critical thinking skills. Various methods for the classroom and curriculum will be presented to the audience, as well as different student engagement activities.

Table 7 Current Landscape of Graduate/Post-graduate Education Opportunities for Veterinary Technicians/Nurses in the US and UK.
Bonnie E. Price
, DVM, MPH - Lincoln Memorial College
Samantha Fontaine, MSc, PGCAP, BSc, DipAVN (Med), RVN, FHEA - University of Glasgow

This session aims to present an overview of the current master’s level education landscape and the routes that are available to veterinary technicians/nurses. The contemporary veterinary education landscape will be compared to the history and evolution of human nursing education. The education and role of the human nurse advanced practice provider, and how advanced education might feed into a similar novel career pathway for veterinary technicians/nurses, will be discussed. Comparisons between the US and UK professional regulation and advanced qualification’s structure will be made, thus presenting an international perspective on the current issues affecting the professional development of veterinary technicians/nurses.

Table 8 Embedding Evidence-Based Research into the curriculum of an Australian, Bachelor of Veterinary Nursing program
Courtnay Baskerville
, CertII EqStudies BBiomedSc (Hons) PhD GradCertHE
University of Adelaide

Over the last ten years, there have been huge advancements in veterinary medicine. Areas such as palliative care have emerged and newer fields like dentistry are now a mainstream essential in clinical practice. Industry professionals are constantly revising current practices and gold standards in veterinary medicine and areas such as pharmacology, clinical medicine and surgery, diagnostics and critical care have evolved dramatically, greatly benefiting both our small and large animal patients. Current understandings of disease progression, therapeutics and diagnostics and thus, advancements in patient care would not have been possible if it wasn’t for the research conducted by veterinary researchers.

Table 9 Leveling up Leadership: Tapping into an Underutilized Resource - The Technician Supervisor
Julie Drinkwater
CVT, CPhT - VCA Inc. 

In the history of the Veterinary Industry, we have long placed Technicians or Assistants into leadership roles for reasons other than having great leadership abilities and experience. Many times, Technicians and Assistants were placed in these leadership rolls because they are the most skilled or had been the longest tenured associate. Once in these roles, they were expected to just know how to be a leaders, or just know how to supervise. They had not and do not receive the tools, training or mentoring needed to become a leader. We need to change the industry by elevating Technicians and Assistants who show leadership potential and want to grow. We need to know how to mentor and guide them. We need to know what tools, training, skills and advice to give them. And we need to have patience and let them make mistakes. Great Technician/ Assistant Leaders are invaluable to hospitals and leadership teams. They are able to drive medical initiatives, ensure the best patient care, and elevate our medicine. We need to set the stage early with leadership tools, and also educate the Veterinary industry on the untapped resource they have in their Technician Leader.

*Agenda Subject to Change: UpdatedJuly 13th

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