AHTA OF BC Conferences
We are excited to announce that the 2014 AHTA of BC Spring Conference will be held on April 4th and 5th in Kamloops, BC, at the Thompson Rivers University Conference Centre, located at 900 McGill Rd, Kamloops, BC, V2C 0C8.
Registration for the 2014 Spring Conference is through Eventbrite only – visit http://AHTAofBCSpring2014.eventbrite.ca to register.
Discounted early-bird rates are available now through February 28th, with fees increasing on March 1st. Preprinted conference notes will be available for purchase at time of registration only – no printed notes will be sold at the conference. Complimentary flash-drives pre-loaded with conference notes will be provided at the conference for all attendees should you choose not to pre-purchase notes.
The conference is being held early this year due to availability issues, so we urge those of you travelling to Kamloops via the Coquihalla to drive safely.
There are also potential discounted flights if you book early enough – visit WestJet.com or AirCanada.com if flying is an option.
*All fees include continental breakfast and lunch on both conference days.*
TICKET TYPE Early Bird After Feb 28th
RAHT 1 day $90 $100
RAHT 2 day $140 $150
NON-RAHT 1 day $100 $110
NON-RAHT 2 day $150 $160
VOA 1 day $100 $110
VOA 2 day $150 $160
Veterinarian 1 day $100 $110
Veterinarian 2 day $150 $160
Student 2 day flat rate $90 $100
Special discounted fees are available for Registered Animal Health Technologists on Maternity or Paternity leave. Please contact Christine Watson AHTABC@gmail.com for more information.
FRIDAY, APRIL 4TH
0800 – 1530 Registration Open
0900 – 12:15 Kara Burns, RVT
0900 – 12:15 Dr Clair Thunes
1215 – 1330 Lunch – Grand Hall
1330 – 1630 Katherine Dobbs RAHT
1330 – 1630 Dr Jennifer Jackson
Evening: Dinner sponsored by Associated Veterinary Purchasing to be held in the Terrace Room at the Campus Activity Centre
SATURDAY, APRIL 5TH
0730 – 0815 All Levels Yoga sponsored by Boehringer Ingelheim
0800 – 1400 Registration Desk
0900 – 1000 Dr Ken Gummeson
1000 – 1400 Trade Show
1015 – 1215 AHTA of BC Annual General Meeting
1215 – 1410 Lunch – served in the Mountain Room
1400 – 1630 Dr Eliot Kaplan
1400 – 1630 Dr Jennifer Jackson Wet Lab at Circle Creek Ranch
Biographies and Lecture Topics
Ms. Katherine Dobbs, RVT, CVPM, PHR, began as a registered veterinary technician (RVT) in 1992. Since that time, she has become a Certified Veterinary Practice Manager (CVPM), and created interFace Veterinary HR Systems, LLC. She is also a Professional in Human Resources (PHR) and a Certified Compassion Fatigue Educator. Katherine has been published in various veterinary journals in the United States, UK, and Canada, and has published three books through AAHA Press.
FINDING AND KEEPING THE JOB YOU LOVE The first step in getting the job you love is to prepare for the interview process. We’ll learn how to walk in with questions and answers that will help you to negotiate a fair wage and benefits. You’ll also learn how to ask for more money and/or benefits along the way once you are happily employed. A good job also fits with your personal ethics, so we’ll discuss how to determine your own “deal breakers” so your morals are maintained in your job. We’ll explore Moral Distress and Ethics Exhaustion, either of which can lead to a tough employment situation and your back against a wall. On the job, there will be times when you need to assert yourself, maybe even to maintain your technician position’s legal boundaries in practicing medicine, and this is a skill that can be learned to ensure effective communication.
DR. KEN GUMMESON was born and raised in BC. After completing pre-vet studies at the UBC Faculty of Agricultural Sciences he went on to the Western College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Saskatchewan, graduating in 1997. After a year of mixed practice in his home town of Chilliwack, he moved to Kamloops where he has been ever since. After working a few years of small / mixed practice before moving to the Kamloops Veterinary Clinic in 2001, where he was in small animal practice until 2012, he is now doing locum work province-wide. He was an elected Councillor of the BCVMA from October 2008 until that organization was replaced by the CVBC in September 2010, then with the CVBC from September 2010 until August 2012. He served as Secretary- Treasurer from October 2009 until March 2011, and as President from March 2011 to March 2012. He was then appointed Interim Registrar from September 2012 to February 2013, and is currently an Inspector of the CVBC, assigned to the Unauthorized Practice Committee.
CVBC and AHTs A discussion of updates to the CVBC bylaws and how they relate to Animal Heath Technologists, as well as a review of CVBC bylaws and what Animal Health Technologists are allowed and are not allowed to perform in today’s practices.
DR. JENNIFER JACKSON was raised on a cattle ranch at Napier Lake, South of Kamloops. She attended public school in Kamloops and then attended TRU (during which time it was still called Caribou College). She was accepted into Western College of Veterinarian Medicine at the University of Alberta. After graduating from Western College of Veterinarian Medicine in 1994, she then completed an internship at Cornell University in New York. Jennifer returned to Kamloops in 1996 to work with Dr. Paul Christensen and Dr. Craig Dorin. Jennifer has an amazing husband, Dr. Paul Hunter, who owns Summit Veterinarian Hospital. Jennifer and Paul have two boys, who joined their family in 2008.
Creating Happy, Willing Equine Patients This session will discuss how to use positive reinforcement in the workplace, and discussions of the physiology of horses to improve handling, as well as developing a system of positive, stressfree handling. Also to be discussed: the physiology behind behavior and how to use it to your advantage.
DR. ELIOT KAPLAN graduated from University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine, May 1984. He went on to a Small animal surgery and medicine internship at University of Saskatchewan Western College of Veterinary Medicine 1984-1985, and became a Diplomate in the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners in 1991 making him a specialist in canine and feline practice. Dr. Kaplan has been an owner of Tri-Lake Animal Hospital since October 1992 and was a Member At Large of the Veterinary Wound Management Society from 2008-2009. He set up Lake Country Veterinary Specialist Hospital in March 2010 and taken referrals for scopings, transfusion medicine, etc. ever since.
Immune-Mediated Madness: A GP’s Perspective. This talk will deal with immune-mediated hemolytic anemia, the most common immune-mediated disease seen in dogs, idiopathic thrombocytopenia which sometimes accompanies this condition (Evans syndrome) and is also considered immune-mediated, and transfusion
medicine which is often required to effectively treat these two conditions. Emphasis will be placed on how the AHT can aid in diagnosing these syndromes via platelet counts, spherocyte identification, screening for auto agglutination, looking for and appreciating the significance of icteric plasma and serum. In addition, tips will be given on how to best treat the effected patients which are often severely immunosuppressed from the employed therapy in order to avoid life-threatening complications such as sepsis and thromboembolism. Transfusion medicine will also be reviewed. Techniques for obtaining blood from donor dogs will be covered as well as blood typing, cross matching and the best techniques to administer whole blood or blood components. My ultimate goal is to have the AHTs pick up a technique or pearl that they can take back to their practices and use to help their patients which would benefit the facility at which they are on staff.
CLAIR THUNES, PHD As an equine nutritionist Dr Thunes has worked with a wide range of horses from lactating mares to competitive driving horses, with a variety of physiological problems including insulin resistance and muscle myopathies, and is happy to work in conjunction with your veterinarian. Dr Thunes believes in finding the right balance not only in the horse’s diet but also between the horse’s needs and the client’s resources. Equally able to work with the individual horse or an entire barn, Dr Thunes enjoys the challenges of each unique situation, working with owners to find the optimal solution. She believes her clients should understand why various
recommendations are being made and works hard to clearly explain her suggestions. Additionally Dr Thunes shares her knowledge talking with local equestrian groups on a range of nutrition related topics.
Common Pitfalls in Equine Diets The horse’s nutrient requirements are a function of body weight and current physiologic state. The feeds used to meet these requirements should account for the horse’s specific digestive anatomy and for this reason all equine diets are created on a foundation of forage. Items in the
ration such as grains or supplements are added to provide specific nutrients that are not provided in adequate amounts by the forage. This seminar will discuss
common equine nutrition pitfalls. In doing so information necessary to assess a horse’s diet including body weight and condition estimation, nutrient profiles of hays and feeds available in British Columbia and how to select the right one, as well as when supplements may be necessary will be discussed.
MS KARA BURNS is a licensed veterinary technician originally from New England, now living in Kansas. She holds Master’s degrees in Physiology and Counselling Psychology. She began her career in human medicine as an emergency psychologist in the Maine Medical Center and has also worked at Maine Poison Control dealing with human and animal poisonings. She moved to veterinary edicine and worked in small practices in Maine. Kara is the Founder and President of the Academy of Veterinary Nutrition Technicians, and has attained her VTS (Nutrition). She teaches nutrition on the VIN/Veterinary Support Personnel Network and on
VetMedTeam, is a contributor to Lafebervet.com, is an independent nutritional consultant, and was named the 2013 North American Veterinary Conference Technician Speaker of the Year. Granted an honorary VTS (Internal Medicine) in 2011 and an honorary VTS (Dentistry) in 2012, she is the 2010 NAVTA Veterinary Technician of the Year, as well as the 2011 Dr. Franklin Loew Lecturer. Kara has also been named the National Association of Professional Women ‘Woman of the Year’ for 2010-2011and the Cambridge Who’s Who in Professionals V.I.P. for 2010-2011. She was accepted into the International Women’s Leadership Association in 2012. She enjoys spending time with her wife Dr. Ellen Lowery and their children.
Nutritional Management – Vomiting & Diarrhea Vomiting and diarrhea are two of the main reasons owners bring their pets to the hospital. It is important for veterinary
technicians to identify these clinical signs and ascertain a complete history and evaluation, and nutritional management is a crucial part of therapy in the management of vomiting and/or diarrhea.
Re-feeding after Critical Illness In this presentation will review starvation and malnutrition and its effect on the physiology of the patient, how to manage this syndrome. It will also focus on the importance of nursing skills, key nutritional factors, & nutritional management in re-feeding syndrome.
Critical Care Nutrition Malnutrition in critically ill patients can lead to increased morbidity and mortality. Therefore, nutritional requirements of critically ill patients must be evaluated and addressed. This presentation will review nutritional assessments in critically ill patients, determining the route of nutritional support, and nutrients essential to combating malnutrition in critically ill patients.