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Labs / Workshops

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Speaker:  Megan Brashear
Track:  Vet Tech Specialty I
1:00 - 2:50 p.m.
Critical Thinking Workshop

The key to a good technician becoming a great technician is critical thinking.  Anticipating doctor and patient needs, interpreting results, and full understanding of your job through critical thinking comes with time and practice.  In this workshop, the audience is in encouraged to participate by talking through real cases giving thoughts on what to do next. what to prepare for, and how to prioritize treatments. Click here to view a flyer.


Speakers:  Cindy Voglewede / Saralyn Sharp
Track:  Vet Tech Specialty
1:00 - 2:50 p.m.
Lab on the Beyond the Side of the Bag - Interpreting labels/Advertising

This lab will be hands-on-experience comparing food labels, deciphering ingredient lists, and opening bags/cans to look at processed/frozen diets so that we can share these finding with our clients and make better diet recommendations to help our patients live longer, healthier lives. Click here to view a flyer.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Speaker:  Dr. Yava Jones-Hall
Track:  Necropsy Wet Lab 

Session 1
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. 

Repeat of Session 1
2:00 p.m.  -  4:00 p.m.

This web lab will re-familiarize session attendees with proper necropsy techniques, gross evaluation, sample collection, and sample submission as well as general disease recognition by organ system.  Registrants will necropsy a piglet while being instructed and supervised by a diagnostic pathologist. Click here to view a flyer.

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Speakers:  Dr. Sara Bennett / Dr. Niwako Ogata
Track:  Shelter Medicine
2:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Volunteers and Foster parents:  Setting shelter pets up for behavioral success in long-term homes.

Attendees will learn and practice techniques introduced in the morning lectures, such as how to use systematic desensitization and counter-conditioning for basic routine handling such as examining ears and performing nail trims, how to use two basic towel wraps for restraining cats, how to teach a pet to readily take a pill and how to trade a dog for a guarded item. Attendees will also have the opportunity to practice the technique of  properly fit and teach a dog to wear a basket muzzle as time allows.  Stuffed animal cats and live dogs will be used during the Lab.  Lab participants must attend the morning lectures. Click here to view a flyer.