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Veterinary Technology

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Mary Berg, LATG, RVT, VTS (Dentistry)
President, Beyond the Crown Veterinary Education, Lawrence, Kansas

A Review of Dental Anatomy and Charting
When performing dental procedures on our patients, it is vital to know the anatomy of the oral cavity. Oral anatomy involves more than just how many teeth each species should have in their mouth. As veterinary professionals, you need to know the normal structures in the mouth and how healthy anatomy appears so that pathology or abnormal pathology can be recognized and treated appropriately. It is equally important to correctly record the pathology on dental charts. A thorough dental examination includes both conscious and anesthetized examinations as well as charting disease processes, pathology and anomalies, and treatment plans.

OMG!! What is That? Oral Pathology
It is important to be able to identify oral pathology and anomalies. The most commonly and not so common oral pathologic conditions will be discussed including but not limited to: periodontal disease, gingivostomatitis, tooth resorption, fractures and oral masses.

The Gold Standard for Veterinary Dental Care
Performing a complete dental prophylaxis entails much more than removing plaque and calculus from the teeth. A thorough dental prophylaxis consists of educating the client, an oral examination, charting disease process, pathology and anomalies, radiographs, both supra and sub-gingival plaque and calculus removal, hand scaling, polishing, irrigation, perioceutics and home care instructions.

Dental X-rays Made Easy – Tips and Tricks
Dental radiographs are in essential part of the oral exam. The crown is just the tip of the iceberg. Approximately 42% of dental pathology is found subgingivally. Radiographs will help diagnose pathology that is not visible from the surface, confirm suspect pathology as well as help demonstrate the pathology to the client. Learn some tips and tricks to get diagnostic x-rays every time.

Block That Pain! Pain Management for the Dental Patient
Pain management is more than the latest popular terminology; it is an important part of veterinary dentistry. Many of the procedures performed on animals are painful and it is our duty as veterinary technicians to ensure that our patients are as comfortable as possible. The delivery of local nerve blocks prior to performing many dental procedures or oral surgery is a great way to create preemptive analgesia. This can easily be incorporated into a multimodal plan for pain control. Not only will the patients be alleviated from pain during the procedure, anesthesia requirements will be lowered and patient recovers pain free. Start creating a win-win situation for your patients today!

Gaining Home Care Compliance
Oral disease is one of the most prevalent diseases in dogs and cats. 80% of adult dogs and cats have some form of oral disease yet only about 14% receive the proper veterinary dental care needed to treat the disease. Why is the incidence of dental disease so high and the rate of treatment so low? Is it due to lack of compliance or the lack of educating the client about the importance of dentistry? Pet’s living longer lives, is one reason that oral disease is more prevalent. We are already improving so many aspects of their lives, but dental care seems to still be lagging behind.




Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS (ECC)
Specialty Technician Trainer, VCA Northwest Veterinary Specialists, Clackamas, Oregon

Acute Kidney Failure: Nursing Them Through
The kidneys are instrumental to the body being able to function normally and when they fail, multiple organ systems can become affected. These patients are often critical and require a nursing team familiar with the complications and what to look for during their treatments. This lecture will cover the reasons for acute kidney failure, emergency treatment, and nursing skills required for these patients.

Canine Heatstroke: Keeping Your Cool
Thermal injury can quickly lead to multiple organ involvement and a critical patient. This lecture will cover heat induced organ injury system by system focusing on recognition by the nursing team, immediate treatment, and ongoing nursing needs. An emphasis on nursing plans and critical patient monitoring is prevalent throughout the lecture.

Emergency Anesthesia: Planning for the Unexpected
Emergency anesthesia brings with it potential for chaos and risk. The veterinary nurses monitoring these patients must be comfortable making quick decisions on pain management, blood pressure management, fluid therapy needs, respiratory support, and anesthetic needs often all at the same time. This lecture will cover emergency anesthesia from a broad perspective before discussing specific cases to highlight the importance of thinking and planning ahead to make even emergency anesthesia feel routine.

Emergency Care for the Seizure Patient
Seizure disorders are frequently seen in the veterinary clinic. This lecture will cover emergency care for status epilepticus including emergency drug dosages and routes. The bulk of the time us spent discussing the nursing care necessary for monitoring these patients to ensure the nursing team can recognize changes in minimally responsive patients, and discusses nursing care for recumbent neurologic patients.

Don’t Be Traumatized by Trauma Patients
Patients suffering from trauma can present to any hospital at any time – are you ready? If not accustomed to treating trauma, some teams can freeze up, not knowing what to do first. This lecture breaks down the early stages of triage, pain management, diagnostics, and treatment plans for trauma patients. An emphasis is placed on critical thinking and anticipation so technicians are ready for anything. Case studies are included to help the audience put what they learn into practice.

Endocrine Nightmare: Addison’s Crisis
You may see patients with Addison’s Disease, but are you comfortable with all the ins and outs of this disease? The lecture covers hypoadrenocorticism including common affected breeds, effects of the disease on electrolytes and organ systems, and what happens in a crisis with these patients. These emergency patients will be covered in detail so that technicians can recognize a potential crisis on blood work and understand treatment strategies.

Interactive Case Study Lab (Sunday)
Interactive Case Study Lab (Sunday)




Erin Spencer, MEd, CVT, VTS (ECC)
Assistant Professor, Mount Ida College, Newton, Massachusetts

First Impressions are Lasting Impressions: Triage and Initial Interventions in an Emergency Setting
Veterinary technicians are often the first ones to interact with incoming emergencies. Understanding the importance of triage and how to effectively execute triage is key to expediting and prioritizing care for every patient. Next, moving through a survey exam of each patient allows for initial interventions to be targeted and further prioritization of care.

The Hypos: Common Pediatric Emergencies
Regardless of underlying disease process pediatric patients often present with one or more “hypo” state. This talk aims to provide an understanding of each of these states including causes, consequences on the pediatric body, and treatments.

Healthy Newborns: Considerations for Successful Neonatal Resuscitation after C-Section
Ensuring viable neonates starts from the moment the dam enters your hospital. The first half of this talk will focus on physiology considerations between the dam and fetuses that may ultimately affect the viability of the fetus both pre- and intra-op. The second half of the talk will focus on neonatal resuscitation and keys for improving outcomes.

Stayin’ Alive: Tips for Improved CPR Outcomes
Basic life support (BSL) will be the primary focus of this talk. BSL is the building block for CPR; without it, all other efforts are somewhat futile. Additionally, there are steps that can be taken to be as prepared as possible for cardio-pulmonary arrest in your practice. As such, emergency preparedness will all be discussed.

The Song of My People: The Role of Monitoring Equipment in Critical Care
Monitoring equipment and their relative importance will be discussed with a focus on CPR and other critical care situations. Understanding which monitors will be most helpful and what these monitors are truly telling us can increase our understanding of the valuable information provided amidst all those soothing beeps and harsh alarms.

Vampires Have the Right Idea! Uses for Blood as a Treatment in ECC
While most of us are familiar with blood component transfusions, there are a variety of ways whole blood and blood components are utilized in other ways for treatments in emergency and critical care situations. This talk will touch on familiar transfusions but also move beyond to autologous transfusions and other uses for blood and serum.