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2020 Spring Conference
Tuesday, April 28, 2020
Chase Center on the Riverfront - Wilmington, Delaware



Pre-Conference Session: OSHA Compliance Made Easier, Really? REALLY!

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) assures safe and healthful working conditions for working men and women.  OSHA does this through setting and enforcing standards and by providing training, outreach, education and assistance. In this short workshop, OSHA will provide an overview of employer workplace requirements and resources for small businesses. 





Carrie Jurney, DVM, DACVIM (Neurology)
Board Member, Not One More Vet, Inc; Veterinary Neurologist, Jurney Veterinary Neurology, Granite Bay, California

An Introduction to Mindfulness

If you've ever wondered what all the mindfulness hype is about, this lecture is for you. In this workshop, Dr. Jurney of Not One More Vet (NOMV) will break down some of the science behind mindfulness and discuss its benefit. We'll also be trying some of the more approachable exercises to level up our mindfulness skills.  Learn to silence your inner critic and feed your inner observer.  We promise no yoga poses or incense will be required!

Emotional Intelligence Bootcamp (Part 1)

Studies have shown that training your emotional intelligence decreases burnout amongst physicians. Managers with high emotional intelligence have happier employees. People with high emotional intelligence get higher test scores, better performance reviews, and even make more money. In part 1 of this workshop, we're going to do some of the hard work of getting to know ourselves.  What are your strengths? Weaknesses? What are your core values? How do others perceive you? Come find out!

Emotional Intelligence Bootcamp (Part 2)
In part 2 of Emotional Intelligence Bootcamp, we'll be putting our new skills to work in our interpersonal relationships. These are techniques battle tested in veterinary clinics. Do you know how to practice empathy with emotional safety? How can we talk to that screaming client without letting it ruin our whole day? How can you process that nasty yelp review so you can pen a professional response? Come work on these skills with Dr. Jurney of Not One More Vet.

Failure, mistakes, anything but absolute perfection can be a hard pill to swallow in medicine. But the reality is that medicine is practiced by human beings, and human beings make mistakes. We fail. We fumble. Sometimes we royally screw up. The good news is nothing teaches us better than failure, but we have to be able to hear the lessons. In this workshop, Dr. Jurney will lead you through some exercises so you can learn from your failures and bounce back faster.





Missy Streicher, AAS, CVT, VTS (Dermatology)
Technician Specialist II, Auburn University, College of Veterinary Medicine, Auburn, Alabama


A Technician’s Guide of Therapeutic Options for Allergic Patients

There are a variety of medications available to control allergies in small animal patients.  The pros and cons of the currently available medications used commonly in dermatology are discussed.  Expectations and communication to clients for long term management of an allergic patient is essential for success.  Technicians play a vital role in communicating with the client, between the client and veterinarian, as well as explaining medication and demonstrating how to give medications including injections and topical therapies to the owner.   This presentation should make technicians more comfortable with the different therapies used for allergic patients thereby increasing the ability to communicate with owners managing their itchy pets.


Derm PE + Samples = Perfect Spa Day

The physical exam of the integument yields a lot of information for the veterinarian in understanding the patient’s underlying cause of pruritus and dermatitis/otitis.  The distribution pattern of pruritus can help narrow down the type of allergy suspected.  The types and locations of lesions can provide a clue regarding the underlying cause as well as what type of infections may be present.  When dermatitis lesions are identified, appropriate sample collection is a part of the technician’s role providing diagnostic results for the veterinarian to prescribe a treatment plan.  Helpful sample collection techniques are discussed.  Combining the cytologic results and physical exam findings the veterinarian may recommend implementing a topical therapy regimen.  Active ingredients of topical treatments are discussed that will help both the infection as well as the skin lesions.  Communication and demonstration of proper application of these products is a very important part of the management of patients with dermatologic conditions. The technician’s role is to show owner lesions on pet, what to look for in the future, explain the cytological findings and demonstrate where, how and why the particular topical products are applied.


Otitis for Technicians

Otitis is often thought of as a problem in and of itself, however, an underlying allergic etiology is the most common reason for the ear infections.  Identification and treatment of underlying cause is necessary to manage otitis.  Technicians are often responsible for collecting and interpreting cytology samples of the ear.  Restraint and proper otoscopic exam techniques are discussed.  Common ear medications and ear flush are described.  Communication and demonstration to client of how medication is applied is an important part of controlling otitis.




Natalie Herring, LVT, VTS (Ophthalmology)
Technical Specialty Supervisor, BluePearl Veterinary Partners, Veterinary Specialty Center of Delaware, New Castle, Delaware

Around the Globe: An Overview of All Things Ophthalmology
This lecture will provide an overview of veterinary ophthalmology for technicians. Attendees expect to have a review of basic terminology, anatomy, commonly used medications and handling/restraint. Most commonly seen ophthalmic diseases and ophthalmic emergency situations will also be discussed.



7:30-8:30 am           OSHA Compliance Made Easier, Really? REALLY!
8:00-9:00 am           Registration, Continental Breakfast, Visit Exhibits - Governors Hall
9:00 am - 12:00 pm Morning Sessions (3 hours CE credit)
12:00-1:30 pm         Lunch
1:30-2:00 pm           Visit Exhibits - Governors Hall
2:00-5:00 pm           Afternoon Sessions (3 hours CE credit)


6 hours of approved continuing education credit is offered through the Delaware Veterinary Medical Association.




A limited block of discounted rooms is available at Westin Wilmington, which is connected to the Chase Conference Center, for Spring Conference attendees.  To make your reservation, CLICK HERE. The discounted room rate is $180/night and includes complimentary in-room wifi, and parking.  Reservations will be made on a first-come, first-served basis until 5:00 pm on March 27, after which reservations may be made on a space and rate availability basis only.



Please contact Christine Gacono, CMP

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