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Valley Fever in Dogs and Cats: Think Outside the Desert

What Veterinary Technicians Across the Country Should Know to Help Recognize and Treat Valley Fever

by Julie Dinnage, DVM and David Bruyette, DVM, DACVIM / July 14, 2022 / 7:00pm EDT

Coccidioidomycosis, also known as Valley Fever, is a systemic fungal disease that causes a great deal of morbidity and mortality in affected patients and can also infect humans. Although it is primarily found in the arid southwestern United States and northern Mexico, human cases have been recently reported as far north as Washington state. Dogs and cats who live in or travel to endemic regions are at risk.

In this webinar, veterinary technicians will learn about the fungus that causes Valley Fever and the clinical manifestations, diagnosis, differentials, and treatment of the disease. The session will help veterinary technicians understand when to discuss the risks and symptoms of Valley Fever with pet owners. We will also review promising work towards development of a preventive vaccine.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the cause, geographic range, and acquisition of coccidioidomycosis
  • Be aware of the clinical manifestations and what to consider on the differential diagnosis list
  • Know what diagnostic tests to perform and key findings that point toward coccidioidomycosis
  • Understand the use of the available antifungal drugs, strengths and drawbacks, potential adverse effects, and when to stop treatment

*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 Speakers: 

David Bruyette, DVM, DACVIM (SAIM)
Chief Medical Officer, Anivive 

Dave oversees all medical and therapeutic development related initiatives at Anivive. He is one of the country’s most well-respected veterinary experts and recently served as the editor of the leading veterinary textbook on internal medicine. Prior to Anivive, Dr. Bruyette was Medical Director at the VCA West Los Angeles Animal Hospital from 1996 to 2017. He was a member of the Department of Comparative Medicine at Stanford University, and an Assistant Professor, Head of Internal Medicine, and Director of the Analytical Chemistry Laboratory at Kansas State. He received his BA from St Louis University and his DVM from the University of Missouri prior to completing his residency in internal medicine at the University of California, Davis.

Julie Dinnage, DVM
Director of Veterinary Medical Affairs, Anivive

Dr. Dinnage received her undergraduate degree from Cornell University and her DVM degree from the University of Wisconsin. She has over 18 years of experience in shelter medicine, animal welfare and animal law enforcement—and over 10 years of industry experience, as a Chief Veterinary Technical Advisor and District Sales Manager in Southwest and western US.

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4 Realities Exposed: A Visual Tour of Heartworm Disease

by Holly Cummings, LVT / August 11, 2022 / 7:00pm EDT

Veterinary technicians play a crucial role when it comes to educating pet owners about parasitology. Having a strong knowledge base on heartworm disease empowers the vet tech to protect more dogs through prevention, education, and testing. This session provides a unique and memorable perspective on heartworm disease through images of real clinic cases that illuminate the true impact of these parasites on the dog’s health.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Take a close look at the reality of heartworm disease
  2. Examine the role of the veterinary technician in educating pet owners
  3. Provide a basic review of heartworm disease pathogenesis, including relevant canine anatomy
  4. Address common misconceptions about heartworm transmission and disease through case studies, photographs, and videos provided by renowned heartworm expert Dr. Stephen Jones

*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: 

Holly Cummings is a perfect example of a veterinary technician who has purposefully pursued her career. While studying for her degree, she knew that event then she wanted to be involved in education. After starting at a small veterinary clinic in Richfield, Minnesota, she transitioned into education and was soon offered a role as the executive program chair for Broadview University at their Boise campus. She spent 7 years as an integral part of building the curriculum for this program, helping future veterinary technicians reach their full potential. She then relocated to Clarkston, Washington, where she returned to a mixed animal practice, and transitioned to the Diagnostic Imaging Department at the Washington State University Veterinary Teaching Hospital in Pullman, Washington. Ms. Cummings is an extremely passionate member of the veterinary technician community, particularly in recognizing the different important roles they play in their clinics. In particular, she feels that the diversity of experience and expertise speaks volumes to the important role vet techs play in keeping pets healthy. From administrative tasks such as reminding pet owners about administering heartworm disease preventatives every month to running laboratory and diagnostic tests, she believes that veterinary technicians have some of the most important and insightful perspectives in the industry.

She is the proud owner of a wirehaired pointing griffon named Oddly Bee.

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Food for Thought

by Danielle Conway, DVM / September 15, 2022 / 7:00pm EDT

This lecture will present the evidence based pros and cons to various nutritional dietary options. Attendees will learn how to interpret product labels, and how to talk to owners about hot topics in veterinary nutrition such as organic, natural, grain free, by-product fear, and alternative diets. We will also discuss the evolutionary diet trend and the environmental sustainability of pet food.

Learning objectives:

  • By the end of the talk participants should be comfortable discussing the pros and cons of all feeding options:
    • Commercial over the counter
    • Commercial Therapeutic diets
    • Homemade
    • Raw
  • Other
    • Understand pet food, labels, ingredients, and available options
    • How to navigate popular diet trends

*RACE approval pending

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. Danielle Conway is a nutrition residency trained veterinarian with extensive experience in evidence based integrative medicine at specialty referral hospitals and academia. Dr Conway obtained her doctorate in veterinary medicine from the University of Wisconsin after starting her career as a bench scientist at a small biotech company. Dr. Conway continued her veterinary training with a small animal rotating internship with a nutrition focus at North Carolina State University. During this year Dr. Conway’s interest and passion for veterinary nutrition and integrative medicine blossomed. She chose to specialize in these fields and completed an integrative medicine fellowship and then a nutrition residency both at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville.

Her pursuit of “helping patients live their best lives” has led to training and working alongside leading professionals countrywide. She has certifications and advanced coursework in veterinary acupuncture, spinal manipulation, rehabilitation, and nutraceutical support. Her approach is to combine traditional medicine with individualized integrative modalities to achieve optimal wellness.

Dr. Conway is currently a medical operations veterinarian with Rarebreed Veterinary partners. Rarebreed is a thriving community of veterinary hospitals that prioritizes employee satisfaction, retention, and growth through a model of valuing healthcare teams. Dr. Conway’s current role will be to provide clinical nutrition and evidence based integrative medicine education and support to all Rarebreed partner hospitals.

Dr. Conway’s personal interests include researching science based next-generation wellness techniques, environmental stewardship, and anything outdoors (gardening, skiing, biking, hiking, etc.). She is also passionate about using her integrative training to help reduce veterinary profession burnout.

Dr. Conway shares her home with her husband, feisty human primates (aka two beautiful and spirited daughters) and a variety of hooved, scaled, feathered, and furry companions.

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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.

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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!

Recorded Webinars

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

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

Please DO NOT share, copy or publish (including to Social Media)

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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