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DVMA Vet Tech Webinar Series: Emergency & Critical Care

Do you need CE credit for your license renewal at the end of July? Want to refine your skills in emergency & critical care cases or just want to learn something new? DVMA has you covered! We are offering a series of 4 90-minute webinars, presented by veterinary technicians from across the country, focused on emergency & critical care during the month of July to help you reach your goals. Register today and save your spot!


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Dates:   July 1, 8, 15, 22, 2020
Time:    7:30-9:00 pm

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Kelly Foltz, LVT, RVT, CVT, VTS (ECC)
Spec Vet Tech III, Inpatient/Urgent Care, Auburn University, Auburn, Alabama

Kelly Foltz is a 1999 graduate of Mercer University with a bachelor’s degree in English and a 2006 graduate of Athens Technical College with an associate of applied technology degree in Veterinary Technology.  She joined the Academy of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Technicians and Nurses in 2012.  Kelly is employed full time at Auburn University’s College of Veterinary Medicine. In addition to her work at Auburn, Kelly is also a lecturer and author.  She is a member of the AVMA Committee on Veterinary Technician Education and Activities and served on the AVMA Task Force on Veterinary Technician Utilization in 2019.  In her free time she enjoys renovating her 100 year old farm house in rural east Alabama, reading, spending time with her quarter horse gelding Billy, and taking naps with her five pit bull terriers.

There ISN'T a Panic Button: Improving Your ER Response
How does your practice handle emergency cases?  Is it smooth and efficient or a roller coaster ride?  This lecture is designed to help technicians update their practice’s approach to the emergency patient.  The ready area, primary and secondary surveys, triage, and common interventions are explored along with methods to streamline client consent for treatment and communicate clearly in emotional and stressful situations.  RECOVER CPR concepts will also be discussed.  This lecture is a solid review of emergency room “air traffic control” for those with experience and a broad introduction for those new to the ER.


Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Kelly Cronin, MBA, PHR, CVT, VTS(ECC)
CEO & Operations Support Manager, Success Strategies, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Kelly Cronin started in veterinary medicine by volunteering. After graduating from the University of Wisconsin Madison with a BS in Animal Sciences, she became licensed as a veterinary technician in Alaska in 2001, New Mexico in 2006, and Wisconsin in 2016. Kelly became Certified as a Professional in Human Resources in 2010, completing her Masters of Business Administration from Mississippi State University in 2012, and became a Veterinary Technician Specialist in Emergency and Critical Care in 2013.  Kelly wrote and published “In the Middle”, a book for veterinary technicians in management.  She is a national and international speaker presenting on leadership, management, and emergency and critical care medicine.  She serves as an instructor for VSPN, is the CEO of Success Strategies Veterinary Consulting, and most recently was the Director of Denovo Operations for the Mission Veterinary Partners (36 + hospital group) and currently is Operation Support Manager to a group of specialty and emergency hospitals on the east coast.  Kelly is an organizer of the VetTechLife CE on the Sea events.  She offers short courses online in management, technical topics, marketing, presenting, resume review, professional growth and financial fitness through Success Strategies University.

All Bleeding Eventually Stops 
All bleeding eventually stops, but in this discussion, we will focus on what to do with a bleeding patient.  We will cover types of bleeding and hallmark symptoms.  We will discuss laboratory testing associated with blood loss.  We will discuss early interventions and full treatment plans as well as monitoring parameters as well as briefly cover transfusion medicine.  



Wednesday, July 15, 2020

April Bays, CVT, VTS (ECC)
ER Supervisor, Bend Veterinary Specialty & Emergency Center, Redmond, Oregon

April has worked in veterinary medicine since 2001, and became certified in 2007. She earned her Veterinary Technician Specialty in Emergency and Critical Care in 2013. Her interests include pain management, metabolic, endocrine and respiratory emergencies. She has lectured for her local Veterinary Technician program, mentors hopeful VTS applicants, and is an ambassador for the Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society. She loves sharing her enthusiasm with technicians writing for journals, blogs, co-authoring a chapter in the Veterinary Technician’s Manual for Small Animal Emergency and Critical Care, and speaking at conferences across the country. More than anything, April enjoys educating technicians and pushing them to elevate themselves higher than they ever knew possible.

Sugar, You’re Going Down
In this lecture, April will cover the essentials of basic diabetes pathophysiology, into the mechanisms of propulsion to the diabetic ketoacidotic state. She will review concepts of glucohemostasis via glucagon, insulin, glycolysis, glycogen, and glycogenolysis. Processes’ including lipolysis, and proteolysis and their contributions to gluconeogenesis, ketogenesis and hyperosmolality will be discussed as well as complications of acidosis, electrolyte and volume depletion due to osmotic diuresis. With emphasis on the technician’s role in observation of these critical patients, technicians should be able to anticipate the changes in these patients providing invaluable insight to patient care.


Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Courtney Liermann, LVT, VTS (ECC)
ECC Team Lead, Central Texas Veterinary Specialty and Emergency Hospital, Cedar Park, Texas

Courtney began as a veterinary assistant in 2002 through a high school "work-study" program.  This initial employment sparked her desire to enroll in Harcum College's Veterinary Technology Program, in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania.  While enrolled in the college, she attained her first emergency position in 2005.  Upon graduation in 2006, Courtney acquired her CVT in Pennsylvania.  She continued to work in emergency medicine and eventually decided to expand her horizons, relocating to Austin in 2008.  Courtney continued to gain experience in emergency and specialty, working towards and attaining her VTS in Emergency and Critical Care.   Courtney has held teaching positions with AVMA accredited programs, including Sanford-Brown College, Austin Community College and Penn Foster College.  She works toward bringing continuing education opportunities to the central Texas community, attempting to increase the passion and drive for support staff in the area.  She enjoys speaking on the many exciting subjects that emergency/critical care covers.  She is a member of VECCS, AVECCTN, TVMA, and VTAT.  Currently, she works full-time in the Critical Care department of a large, privately owned specialty practice.  She also hosts weekly webinars with Penn Foster College, provides tutoring services to Austin Community College, and has just begun lecturing with national conferences.  She has been active with VSPN, hosting rounds sessions on a wide-array of topics.  Courtney currently lives in Cedar Park (just outside of Austin) with her (new) husband and their menagerie of fur-babies.

Heat Stroke
This lecture discusses hyperthermia patients in clinical practice; focusing on presentation, treatment, and complications of heat stroke or heat exhaustion.



Cost:     DVMA Member Veterinary Technician or Assistant
              $20 per webinar or $65 for all 4 webinars

              Non-Member Veterinary Technician or Assistant
              $35 per webinar or $95 for all 4 webinars

              Veterinary Technology Student
              $25 for all 4 webinars



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