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Knowledge is Our First Ingredient (Nutrition Truths)

by Vicky Ograin, MBA, RVT, VTS (Nutrition) / October 13, 2022 / 7:00pm EDT

Getting clients on board with a nutrition plan can be challenging and the rampant misinformation available at clients’ fingertips after a two minute session with “Dr. Google” only further complicates this issue. In this seminar, we will address the most common nutritional myths the VHCT needs to be prepared to discuss with clients by first discussing how to help clients tell the difference between fact and fiction and how to educate pet owners about these challenging topics. This seminar will then provide the necessary facts to help the VHCT counter common nutritional myths including high protein foods, whether or not pets can digest carbohydrates, raw foods, and home cooked diets

Learning objectives:

  1. Understand why pet owners may buy into the nutritional myths they read online and how we can educate them to see the facts
  2. Understand the importance of protein in a pet’s daily meal and why too much protein can do more harm than good
  3. Understand the differences between the canine and feline digestive systems and how this relates to the foods they can tolerate
  4. Understand the risks of raw food and home cooked diets and how to navigate these discussions with pet owners.

*Live session is RACE Approved for 1 hour of CE

This Webinar is FREE to NAVTA members, there is a $45 registration fee for non-members. Not a NAVTA Member? For just $15 more, you could join NAVTA for the full year and get every webinar for free!  Click HERE for more details.

About the Speaker: 

Vicky received her technician degree from Los Angeles Pierce College in 1983. She served in private practice for many years in California, and then 20 years ago began a career with Hill’s Pet Nutrition, where she is an Engagement Specialist, the US Professional Veterinary Affairs department, where she focuses on veterinary technicians in tech schools and graduates as well as developing and educating on nutrition.

In 2007, she completed a Bachelor of Science and in 2008, she completed a Masters, both in Business Administration. Vicky obtained her Veterinary Technician Specialty (VTS) in nutrition in June 2013 and serves as secretary for the Academy of Veterinary Nutrition Technicians. She is a member of the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America (NAVTA), and was the 2014 president of NAVTA. Currently she serves as the NAVTA CE Committee chair.  Vicky speaks nationally and internationally and is a published author.

Sponsored by:
Mars Veterinary Health

Culture of Safety – for our Patients and our Teams

by Jessica Sewell, BAS, CVT, LVMT, LVT, RVT, CPhT / November 3, 2022 / 7:00pm EST

“To Err is Human” – we are all human which means we all make mistakes. It’s time to accept this and help our teams grow by supporting them through errors as well as teaching them how to prevent adverse events. A culture of patient safety is one of shared values, beliefs, norms and procedure related to patient safety among members of an organization, unit or team.  We must look at the environment where our teams work to prevent error from happening and withhold individual blame when an error does occur. We must look at the systems in place and improve or change them to avoid future adverse events.

Learning Objectives

Attendees will gain an understanding of the following:

  • What is Patient Safety?
  • Why is patient safety important?
  • Why do mistakes happen and how can we prevent them?
  • What is a Patient Safety Culture?
  • What are some Patient Safety Tools and how can they be helpful?

*LIVE session RACE Approved for 1 hour of CE

This Webinar is FREE to NAVTA members, there is a $45 registration fee for non-members. Not a NAVTA Member? For just $15 more, you could join NAVTA for the full year and get every webinar for free!  Click HERE for more details.

About the Speaker: 

Jessica graduated from Gwinnett Technical College with her Associate’s in Veterinary Technology in 2003. In 2011, she earned her Bachelor’s in Veterinary Technology (cum laude) with a combined focus in clinical practice and hospital management from Florida’s St. Petersburg College. Jessica has been a part of the VCA family since 2005 having spent time in emergency, specialty, and general practices. She has served in a variety of roles and is currently the Regional Technician and Assistant Director for the South Atlantic Group (AL, GA, NC, SC, TN, FL, KY, VA, IL, IN, MO). Besides VCA, Jessica has worked at Auburn University in Auburn, AL as an ICU Supervisor in the Small Animal Teaching Hospital and was adjunct faculty at a local technical college for their Veterinary Technology Program. She has been a speaker at veterinary conferences and continuing education programs throughout the years and continues to enjoy these engagements. Jessica currently sits on the Georgia State Board of Veterinary Medicine as the first ever LVT appointed and on the executive board of the Georgia Veterinary Technician & Assistant Association (GVTAA) as their Vice President. She is also the immediate past President as well as a previous Fall Continuing Education Conference Coordinator. Jessica serves on committees for the Georgia Veterinary Medical Association’s (GVMA), is a member of the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America (NAVTA) and actively served on a committee and was one of five veterinary technicians selected to serve on the American Animal Hospital Association’s (AAHA) Veterinary Technicians Board Input Group. She currently sits on the advisory boards for various veterinary technology programs. In 2021 Jessica became a Certified Compassion Fatigue Professional and QPR Gatekeeper to help better support the mental wellbeing of veterinary professionals. In August of 2022, Jessica will begin working towards her master’s in veterinary clinical care at Lincoln Memorial University’s College of Veterinary Medicine. Jessica’s special interests include leadership and team development, mentoring, practice management, and public speaking and instruction.

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NexGard

Lone Star Ticks: An Expanding Threat to Pets and Humans

by Janet McConnell CVT / November 10, 2022 / 7:00pm EST

This program is a live continuing education presentation targeted toward a veterinary technician audience. As such, it is a part of Boehringer Ingelheim’s Vet Tech Champions (TC) program. The goal of the TC program is to empower veterinary technicians in speaking to dog owners specifically about the lone star tick. By pairing technical information on the disease state with communication tools and techniques, veterinary technicians will leave this presentation feeling empowered to educate pet owners on how to keep dogs safe from tick-borne diseases.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Learn the health risk associated with lone star ticks, which transmit more pathogens to dogs and people combined than any other US tick
  2. Recognize how the geographic expansion of these ticks puts more dogs and owners at risk
  3. Understand why year-round protection is necessary

*Live session is RACE Approved for 1 hour of CE

This Webinar is FREE to NAVTA members, there is a $45 registration fee for non-members. Not a NAVTA Member? For just $15 more, you could join NAVTA for the full year and get every webinar for free!  Click HERE for more details.

About the Speaker: 

Janet McConnell graduated from the Veterinary Technician Program at Harcum College in 1981 and has worked as a technician in clinical, management, and education roles ever since. She is currently the Program Director for Veterinary Nursing Development at NVACompassion-First Specialty/ER hospitals, a network of more than 100 ER & Specialty hospitals across the country, where she drives the education and career development for veterinary technicians and assistants.

Janet is passionate about growing the veterinary technician profession, and co-developed and is the program director for one of the first NAVTAapproved veterinary assistant programs, at Brookdale Community College, in Lincroft, New Jersey. She is the immediate Past President of the New Jersey Veterinary Technicians and Assistants, is the New Jersey State representative to NAVTA, and in 2015, was named NAVTA’s Veterinary Technician of the Year. Janet firmly believes in making learning fun and memorable!

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Zoetis

Focus on Anesthetic Safety: Diagnostics for Patients with Comorbidities – Encore Presentation

by Tamara Grubb DVM, PhD, Diplomate ACVAA / December 8, 2022 / 7:00pm EST

Appropriate pre-anesthetic patient preparation prior to the administration of any anesthetic drugs is critical for anesthetic safety. Preparation includes evaluation of general and specific diagnostic test results, especially in patients with comorbidities like diabetes and renal disease. In this case-based session we will discuss crucial diagnostic testing and, based on the test results, will develop stabilization plans and anesthetic protocols for safe anesthesia in every practice.

Learning Objectives:

At the end of this session the attendee will:

  1. Understand the critical importance of patient preparation as a component of safe anesthesia.
  2. Utilize appropriate diagnostic testing and physiologic support to optimize patient anesthetic safety.
  3. Develop specific anesthetic/analgesic protocols based on diagnostic testing and patient health status for patients with renal disease.
  4. Develop specific anesthetic/analgesic protocols based on diagnostic testing and patient health status for patients with diabetes.

*Live session is RACE Approved for 1 hour of CE

This Webinar is FREE to NAVTA members, there is a $45 registration fee for non-members. Not a NAVTA Member? For just $15 more, you could join NAVTA for the full year and get every webinar for free!  Click HERE for more details.

About the Speaker: 

Dr. Tamara Grubb is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Anesthesia & Analgesia with a strong focus in pain management. She owns an anesthesia/analgesia/continuing education consulting practice which serves both small and large animals (VetAACE). Dr. Grubb is a national/international educator and lecturer, a certified acupuncturist, an Adjunct Professor of Anesthesia & Analgesia at Washington State and is President-Elect of the International Veterinary Academy of Pain Management’s (IVAPM). She is co-author of two books, including ‘Veterinary Anesthesia & Pain Management for Nurses & Technicians’. Dr. Grubb’s favorite achievement is winning the Distinguished Teaching Award at two Universities.

Recorded Webinars

Food For Thought

Danielle Conway, DVM / September 15, 2022

Question Writing: Avoiding the Common Mistakes That Can Derail Your Assessment

Dr. Bernard Hansen, DVM, MS, DACVECC, DACVIM (Internal Medicine) / June 7, 2022

Testing 101: Best Practices for Developing, Administering, and Evaluating Certification Assessments

Bernard Hansen, DVM, MS, DACVECC, DACVIM (Internal Medicine / April 27, 2022

The ABCs and 123s of the CBC

Dr. Denise Wunn, DVM, MS, DACVP, MRCVS / November 16, 2021

ARM: Attracting, Retaining and Motivating Veterinary Talent in Today’s HR Marketplace

Dr. Taylor Tillery, DVM / July 22, 2021

The Latest Standards of Joint Supplements – Get Moving with Science

Kara Burns, MS, M.Ed., LVT, VTS (Nutrition) / June 24, 2021

Vet Techs in Hospice Care

Rebecca Rose, CVT / June 22, 2021

When Being the Worst Makes You First: The Art of Triage

Courtney Waxman, MS, CVT, RVT, VTS (ECC) / October 17, 2020

Simple Solutions in Self-Care

Mary Berg and Rebecca Rose / October 12, 2020

The New “Abnormal”: The Next Stage of Practice with Covid-19

Leslie Boudreau, BASVT, RVTg, CVPM, PHR, PHRca, SPHR and Elaine Myers, MS, RVT, CVPM

Feedback on Model Scope of Practice Language

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Differentiating 2yr vs 4yr Vet Tech degrees

Dr. James Lloyd

Gaining Dental Compliance in Your Practice

Mary Berg, BS, RLATG, RVT, VTS (Dentistry)

Healthy Workplace Boundaries; Imperative for Self-Care and Career Success

Rebecca Rose, CVT

Evidence-Based CPR: The RECOVER Guidelines

Kenichiro Yagi, MS, RVT, VTS (ECC, SAIM)

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