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Case Report Presentation 


Each year, NAVTA hosts a full day of case report presentations at NAVC. In 2016, 18 cases were submitted, and 12 were chosen to be presented to NAVC attendees. Authors of all case report must have had a significant role in the case and be credentialed veterinary technicians, with limited lecturing experience. The wide variety of cases presented represented the diverse range of our profession. All of the presenters did a wonderful job presenting their cases - their passion for what they do was inspiring!


Each technician is allowed 15 minutes to present their case with an additional 5 minutes allotted for questions from the audience and judges, followed by an oral critique from each judge. Criteria for evaluation of the case report presentation include quality, case quality, the ability to present the case within the allowed timeframe, and the ability to answer questions. 


Congratulations to Sergio Melgar, RVT the 2016 Case Report Presentation Winner!


                                                             2016 Case Presentation Participants



The following twelve interesting cases were presented by these inspiring future technician speakers!

Radiation Therapy as an Adjunct Treatment for Canine Lymphoma, by Sergio Melgar RVT. Tegan, a nine-year-old female spayed Boston Terrier presented for palliative radiation therapy for chemotherapy non-responsive lymphoma. Sergio Melgar has been an RVT since 2005 and in the veterinary field since 1998. He was in the United States Navy from 2005-2009 and has been practicing oncology medicine since 2009. He has worked with the cobalt and linear accelerator 1800 and recently upgraded to a Clinac 21EX with cone beam CT capabilities.


Pheochromacytoma, Oh My! by Brynn Schmidt, BA, LAT, CVT, RVT, VTS (Anesthesia/Analgesia). The case of Buddy, an 11-year-old, castrated male Labrador Retriever who presented for the removal of a right adrenal tumor. Brynn started her career as a research specialist at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  She changed careers in 2008 when she started working at the UW School of Veterinary Medicine’s teaching hospital in the anesthesia department.  In 2014, she earned her Veterinary Technician Specialty (VTS) in Anesthesia and Analgesia.  In early 2015, she relocated to Los Angeles and is currently the surgical supervisor at VCA West Los Angeles Animal Hospital.


The Misleading Blood Smear: An Experience with the Pelger-Huet Anomaly, by Cassie Brown, RVT. The importance of an experienced veterinary technician evaluating the blood smear in illustrated in the case of Bradley, a 2-year-old neutered male Australian Shepherd. Cassie Brown, RVT is a resident Floridian imported to the state of Kansas several years ago.  In addition to her position in a small animal practice where she is currently working to develop an exotic animal program she recently began teaching skills to a new generation of veterinary technicians in the Wright Career College Mobile Lab. Her passion in veterinary medicine lies with the birds, bunnies, and reptiles she sees, and she has her own motley crew of three birds, two dogs, a snake, a cat, and one very patient husband.


HBC - Trauma in the ER, by Rachel Kinser, BS, RVT. The case of Ringo, a 12 year-old castrated male Boxer mix who was hit by a car demonstrates the importance of veterinary technicians and veterinarians working together as a team in emergency medicine. Rachel has been working in veterinary medicine for 12 years and in emergency medicine for the past 5 years.  She completed her degree in veterinary technology in 2011 and has a bachelors degree in Zoo Science from Friends University.  She currently works at Veterinary Specialty Hospital of the Carolinas as an emergency technician.  Rachel submitted her application for her VTS (ECC) in December 2015.  She participates in providing CE to local veterinary practices through events given by VSH. 


A Behavior Case Report:  Overcoming Fear of a Vehicle, by Rachel Lees RVT, KPA CTP. Sophie, a 2 1/2-year-old Landseer Newfoundland who was involved in a car accident and has displayed increased fearfulness when transported in a vehicle. Rachel Lees RVT, KPA CTP has been practicing as a veterinary technician since May of 2009.  She worked in a multi doctor general practice for a total of 4 years before accepting a position at The Behavior Clinic located in Olmsted Falls, Ohio.  At The Behavior Clinic, Rachel assists her veterinarian with behavioral consultations, client communication, and runs her own behavioral therapy appointments. Rachel graduated from the Karen Pryor Professional Dog Trainer Program in April of 2014 and is currently working toward her VTS-Behavior certification.  In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her Miniature Pincher, Connor and her Orange Tabby Cat, Ernie.


Progressive Degenerative Myelopathy: Keep Them Moving, by Taylor Stallings-Pinnick, CVT. A case of Maggie, an 11-year-old spayed female Pembroke Welsh Corgi, who received a multifactorial treatment plan from her rehabilitation technician and clinician. Taylor Stallings-Pinnick is a certified veterinary technician at Aloha Pet and Bird Hospital in Indian Harbour Beach, Florida. In addition to nursing care experience, she has extensive training in traditional Chinese veterinary medicine and is actively pursuing her rehabilitation certification through the Canine Rehabilitation Institute.


Computed Tomographic (CT) Finding of an Abscess in the Lung of a Dog, by Saleema Lookman, RVT. The use of appropriate diagnostic imaging modalities, a pulmonary mass in a senior, large breed dog with a history of neoplasia was found to be a treatable condition rather than a terminal illness. "Saleema Lookman has worked in the veterinary field since 2009 and is currently a supervising technician at a high caseload, small animal emergency and specialty hospital in Los Angeles, CA. The educational environment of the teaching hospital has inspired her to pursue a career in academia where she plans to share her knowledge and passion for veterinary medicine. Saleema works primarily in the Diagnostic Imaging department but also has special interests in oncology and feline medicine."


Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy in Cats, the Silent Killer, by Jamie Rauscher, RVT. The case of Spiderman, a young DSH cat diagnosed with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy illustrates the importance of diagnostic testing. Jamie Rauscher is a Registered Technician from Georiga. She received her RVT in 2008. She is the Technician Director at a busy, 6 doctor practice just north of Atlanta. She has been at the practice for 16 years since it opened. She is also the current President of the Georgia Veterinary Technician and Assistant Association. Her interests include sick patient care, anesthesia and pain management. She and her husband Mark have 1 child, a son named Ty.  They also have a golden retriever, 3 cats and 2 goldfish.


Post-operative Care of a Dog Following Second Exploratory Laparotomy, by Heather Lynch, LVT. This case report describes the management of a 5-year-old female spayed Miniature Australian Shepherd following a second exploratory laparotomy due to suspected persistent biliary leakage post cholecystectomy. Heather has been an ICU technician for over 15 years and is currently the supervising technician at Blue Pearl Arizona Gilbert.


Using Laser Therapy to Heal a Crushing Injury, by Renaud “Ren” Houyoux, CVT, LVT, CVDT, VNA. This case report demonstrates how LASER therapy was used as an adjunct to traditional veterinary medicine to heal a crushing injury to the carpus of a canine patient. Ren is an LVT from Reno, Nevada. Credentialed in 1998, he has worked coast to coast in both general practice and specialty facilities. In the past several years, he has taken a particular interest in the field of laser therapy.


Feline Patent Ductus Arteriosus, by Sheridan Opitz, CVT. The case of a 5-month old male intact Munchkin feline was presented for evaluation of a continuous heart murmur with a history of exercise intolerance and tachypnea. Sheridan Opitz is a Cardiology technician working at the University of Minnesota Veterinary Medical Center.  She graduated from Argosy University with a degree in Veterinary Technology in 2013 and immediately began an internship at the University of Minnesota VMC.  Upon completion, she accepted a position in the Cardiology department.  She currently lives in Carver, MN with her husband and their daughter.


Anesthesia with Increased Intracranial Pressure, by Tiffany Bartlett, LVT.  A case of a 14-year-old, neutered male Cairn terrier mix that presented for evaluation of hind limb weakness. Tiffany Bartlett has been an LVT for 5 years and in the veterinary industry for 7 years. She currently works at Sugar Land Veterinary Specialists, an entity of the Best Friends Total Pet Care Group. She has been in the surgery/neurology department there for 2 1/2 years.




Case Reports for the 2017 presentation will be due October 1, 2016. For more information, please contact Ed Carlson, CVT, VTS (Nutrition)


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