TVMA ANNUAL CONFERENCE

RVT, CVA, Hospital Managers & Other Clinic Staff

Friday, February 28, 2014 • 7 – 10 p.m.

Marketing Is a Team Sport: Bringing Your Team into the Marketing Mix
Behind the scenes marketing involves participation from the whole team on a daily basis to connect with your clients and patients and forever bond them to your practice.   Building a marketing strategy, which targets your client’s wants and patient needs should not be left to chance.  This engaging session will include strategies your whole team can utilize to enhance compliance, adherence, client communication and patient care.

Marketing Yourself and the Veterinary Profession
Finding the perfect position can be as challenging as finding the perfect employee. This is a session for anyone who is considering looking for a new employment opportunity.  We will cover what employers are looking for and how to position yourself to be the number one candidate. Clients don’t understand the level of education, experience and responsibilities of a licensed veterinary technician. Let’s educate them! Strategies to get the word out and build respect and understanding both outside and inside the practice.

Speaker: Sandy Walsh, RVT, CVPM (Wilton, California) 
CE credits = 3


SATURDAY, March 1, 2014 • 8 am - Noon

Fluid Therapy...Too Many Choices
Choosing the right type of fluid for your patient can be difficult. This lecture discusses how fluids are selected, the differences between colloids and crystalloids and what rate is appropriate for the patient. Differences between crystalloids will be discussed. Technicians will gain a better understanding of fluid.

Bad Vein: How to Gain Venous Access on ‘Naughty’ Veins
Attendees will be taught a variety of different techniques on what to do with “naughty” veins. Catheter selection and vein selection will be discussed. A variety of troubleshooting methods will be reviewed. Videos and step-by-step pictures will be shown to help participants conquer “naughty” veins.

Creating a Disaster Plan
Everyone assumes, “It won’t happen to me.” It is better to be prepared for a disaster than to regret not being after one happens. This lecture will give attendees the step-by-step instructions on how to create their own disaster plan for their clinic.

Speaker: Amy Breton, CVT, VTS (ECC), (Veterinary Emergency and Specialty Center of New England)
CE Credits: 3.5
 

SATURDAY, March 1, 2014 • 1:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Thoracic Radiology Reviews: Seeing the Hidden Stuff
Technicians are taught how to take radiographs, not what they are looking at. This lecture will review how to interpret a radiograph and common disease processes that you may see in the chest. Technicians will be able to identify emergent issues so that patients can receive faster treatment.

Abdominal Radiology Reviews: See the Hidden Stuff
Technicians are taught how to take radiographs, not what they are looking at. This lecture will review how to interpret a radiograph and common disease pro- cesses that you may see in the abdomen. Technicians will be able to identify emergent issues so that patients can receive faster treatment.

From Poop to Vomit: Gastrointestinal Diseases of the Dog and Cat
This lecture reviews the basic anatomy of the GI tract and discusses both common and uncommon diseases and injuries in both the dog and cat. Participants will walk away fully understanding the complexities of the GI system, diseases/injuries that can occur and treatment options that are available. Participants will be able to communicate to owners more efficiently when dealing with GI ailments, understand antiemetics, diagnostics (radiographs to endoscopy) and treatment options.

Speaker: Amy Breton, CVT, VTS (ECC), (Veterinary Emergency and Specialty Center of New England)
CE Credits: 3.5

 

SUNDAY, March 2, 2014 • 8 am - 12:30 pm

NSAIDs: Because Inflammation Is a Real Pain
NSAIDs (non-steroidal, anti-inflammatory drugs) are used for the treatment of both acute and chronic pain. The presentation will cover:

• The pharmacology of commonly used NSAIDs in veterinary patients
• Side effects of NSAID use
• Practical use of NSAIDs as a part of a multimodal pain management plan

Sedation and Pain Management in Routine Cases
Pain and stress may contribute to patient morbidity and mortality. Developing an effective sedation and pain management plan will maximize complications of healing and recovery. The presentation will aid the attendee in gaining a foundation of pain recognition/ assessment, the use of pre-emptive analgesia and understanding the advantages of the use of multiple modalities (anxiolytics, opioids, alpha-2 agonists and loco-regional techniques).

Do You Have the Nerve to Block? Local and Regional Nerve-Blocking Techniques
The use of local and regional nerve-blocking techniques in patients undergoing painful procedures decreases surgical pain, lowers the general anesthetic dose requirement and helps to smooth recovery. The presentation will describe techniques such as nerve blocks, ring blocks, brachial plexus blocks, epidurals and testicular blocks.

Advanced Pain Management for Difficult Cases
This lecture will focus on tough cases in which standard pain management just isn’t working. Using a case-based approach, treatment options for patients experiencing either acute or chronic pain will be discussed.

Speaker: Elizabeth Martinez, DVM, (TAMU/CVM Faculty)
CE Credits: 4

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