Las Vegas is more than gambling, fast track marriages and topless dancers. Your vet tech is getting smarter about treating paralyzed dogs in my hometown. The city is hosting the Veterinary Technician Symposium called Surgery, Pain Management and Rehabilitation. The event takes place August 6-8, 2018.
The symposia which is produced by WVC (Western Veterinary Conference) is designed to increase the knowledge and skills of licensed veterinary technicians. It is the only “stand-alone, hands-on continuing education event” specifically for vet techs.
This is the third year WVC has organized the Veterinary Technician Symposium (VTS). Attendance to this event is so popular that it sold-out.
Why your vet tech is getting smarter about treating paralyzed dogs at VTS
Before I explain what vet techs will learn, I want to applaud WVC for recognizing the benefits of rehabilitation for animals. I can’t say that was the case when my dog Sophie became paralyzed in 2008. Today, the veterinary community is more proactive about physical therapy for pets; whether it is for recuperation after surgery or as ongoing care due to a medical condition.
The Veterinary Technician Symposium (VTS) is set up to provide veterinary technicians with in-depth knowledge about surgery, pain management and rehabilitation.
Each segment is taught by fellow vet techs who are experts in their field. The sessions share today’s most innovative information and the latest technology.
Attendees learn their new skills in two different ways. First they train in small groups and then they practice the techniques in rotating learning stations.
“Participants get hands-on training from experts and are able to practice new skills under direct supervision,” said Dr. Anthony Pease, chief veterinary medical officer at WVC. “In this highly collaborative environment, technicians share their experiences, instructors share best practices, and everyone is able to learn in a collegial environment with extensive face-to-face time. These events help us foster a community of highly-trained professionals that will return to their practices ready to improve patient care.”
VTS is held at the famed Oquendo Center
Vet techs learn their new skills at the 70,000 square-foot, world-famous Oquendo Center. The center is a one-of-a-kind facility that caters to all aspects of veterinary training and education. It has played host to more than 30 professional courses so far this year.
Attendees get the opportunity to work with state-of-the-art equipment under the guidance of veteran instructors.
The professionals in charge of teaching rehabilitation
Each segment of VTS is taught by respected leaders in their field. The rehabilitation classes will be taught by two leading canine physical therapists.
Melissa Conarton, LVT, CCRP, VTS, CVPP
Melissa is a founding member of the Academy of Physical Rehabilitation Veterinary Technicians. She is certified in Canine Rehabilitation through the University of Tennessee. She is also certified through the International Veterinary Association of Pain Management and is a Veterinary Pain Practitioner.
Because of her compassion for animals Melissa has become a voice for the care and comfort of companion pets. In her free time, she hangs out with her horse, “Whiskey”, her cat “Ella” and a variety of foster animals in need of rehabilitation.
Kristen Hagler, BS, RVT, CCRP, CVPP
Kristen has worked in Canine Physical Rehabilitation since being certified in 2005. She is President of the Academy of Physical Rehabilitation Veterinary Technicians. She has additional certifications in veterinary pain management and is a Certified Veterinary Pain Practitioner. Kristen also specializes in canine massage and osteoarthritis management.
Her philosophy is for every animal to maintain their core strength and physical conditioning.
WVC and the sponsors of VTS
VTS is funded by Banfield Pet Hospital, NAVTA, and Pathway Vet Alliance.
It is producted by WVC which is a non-profit organization that has served the veterinary community for 90 years. The group organizes the annual Western Veterinary Conference in Las Vegas each Spring. It attracts professionals from every state in the U.S. and from more than 40 countries.
I’ve attended the annual conference the past 3 years to check out the latest and greatest products for paralyzed pets.
Here are my finds from the 2018 WVC.
I’m impressed with the progress veterinary medicine has made in treating handicapped pets. Have you seen an improvement in your community?