Veterinary Technicians - Thursday

Thursday, February 13, 2020

8:00 – 9:00 a.m. Not just a Vet Tech: Business Opportunities for Veterinary Technicians - Tabitha Kucera RVT
For professionals that want a career outside of the typical hospital setting there are more paths than ever to utilize your talents. During this session we will discuss alternative routes for professional fulfillment. Increase your earning potential and gain the insight needed to start your own business, work as a consultant, and more! 
9:00 – 10:00 a.m. Keeping Your Cats Busy, Not Bored: Enrichment for Your Cat - Tabitha Kucera RVT
Cats are amazing creatures. They are intelligent, curious, and active. Their lifestyle reflects the predatory skills and behaviors needed to hunt food in the wild. A cat’s day includes the need to rest, stalk, chase, pounce, kill, play, eat and groom among other things. When we don’t provide them opportunities to do these things, they get bored. Boredom can lead to a variety of problems such as destructive behaviors, aggression, anxiety, and more. We all want our cats to be living their best lives! In this session, I will discuss what is enrichment including why it is needed and benefits. I will also discuss practical applications of enrichment that respect all 5 your cat’s senses.
10:00 – 10:30 a.m. Break – Visit the Exhibits
10:30 – 11:30 a.m. It Doesn’t Have to Hurt: Recognizing Chronic Pain in Cats - Tabitha Kucera RVT
As a certified cat behavior consultant and veterinary technician, I am lucky to bring a clinical eye to the home environment. Many behavior concerns have medical roots that would otherwise go unnoticed. Cats are unique in that they are both predator and prey animals. Due to this, assessing their pain is challenging not only for pet owners, but also for veterinary professionals. As veterinary technicians, it is crucial that we are able to identify pain in cats and communicate its significance to our clients. Through lecture and video demonstration, this session will hone your pain assessment skills and provide you with the resources that you need to administer effective client and in-clinic questionnaires.
11:30 – 12:30 p.m. Lunch
12:30 – 1:30 p.m. Do You Speak Cat? Feline Communication for the Veterinary Team - Tabitha Kucera RVT
Veterinary team members often express doubt about handling cats. The best way to know a cat’s emotional state and whether they are relaxed enough to cope with the stress of veterinary procedures is to watch their body language. This session will help you understand how cats communicate with us and determine how to tell when they are fearful, stressed, anxious, or happy. This is the first step to Fear-Free and Feline Friendly handling.
1:30 – 2:30 p.m. No more cat wrangling! Techniques for force free feline handling - Tabitha Kucera RVT
In this session, we will discuss the effects and how to identify the signs of fear, anxiety, and stress in our cats.  We will also discuss tools and handling techniques that can help reduce fear, anxiety, and stress in cats thus making the shelter, veterinarian and home an overall less stressful and happier place for cats, visitors, employees, and volunteers. When a cat’s fear and anxiety is reduced, animals will be more adoptable and more likely to stay in long-term, loving homes.
2:30 – 3:00 p.m. Break – Visit the Exhibits
3:00 – 4:00 p.m. When Caring Hurts: Managing Compassion Fatigue Panel
Compassion Fatigue is finally getting the attention it desperately needs. Learn more than just the signs and symptoms, hear from colleagues in various areas of practice, their stories and struggles, and their strategies to deal with the elephant in the room. 
4:00-5:30 p.m. Clinical Techniques & Practical Tips for Exotic Animals - Sarah Kolb RVT
This lecture will review the basic clinical approach to exotic animals presenting to a small animal practice. Restraint and handling, nursing management, and sample collection methods for various exotic species will be discussed.