Spring
Webinar Series

April – June, 2021

Veterinary Technology Speakers

Liz Hughston, MEd, RVT,  CVT, LVT, VTS (SAIM, ECC)

 

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Wednesday, April 21, 2021
7:00-9:00 pm

Troubleshooting Anesthetic Complications & Go with the Flow: Fluid Therapy for Veterinary Technicians

In the practice of anesthesia – no matter the procedure – there is always the possibility for complications to arise.  The mark of a critical thinking anesthetist is how we react to those complications.  In this talk, we will cover some of the most common anesthetic complications, how to approach them, and when we should be really worried!  In addition, we will talk about what your monitors are actually telling you about what’s going on with your patient and what they’re NOT telling you.  Join us as we discuss approaches to: decreased pulse oximetry readings; increased or decreased end tidal carbon dioxide readings; and hypo / hypertension.

“Give a shock bolus to that dog!”  “Put that cat on twice maintenance.”  Fluid therapy is something that technicians do every day in clinical practice.  But have you stopped to think about the goals of fluid therapy or how to use the plethora of different fluids currently available?  Why does one patient get Normosol and another get normal saline?  This presentation will review the basics of fluid therapy, as well as the different fluids currently available.  We will also discuss how fluids can be used to benefit patients suffering from specific disease conditions.

Liz is the Co-Founder of the Veterinary Cannabinoid Academy and practices as a relief veterinary technician, trainer, and consultant in the San Francisco Bay Area. Since her graduation from Foothill College in 2006, Liz went on to become certified as a VTS in both Small Animal Internal Medicine and Emergency and Critical Care in 2012. Liz is dedicated to advancing veterinary technology through training, mentorship, and support. She has authored textbook chapters and served as co-editor of two upcoming veterinary textbooks. In addition to her relief work, speaking, consulting, and writing, Liz is honored to serve as President of the National Veterinary Professionals Union, Past President and current Credentialing Committee Chair of the Academy of Internal Medicine for Veterinary Technicians, and on the Editorial Advisory Board of dvm360.

Liza Rudolph, RVT, VTS (CP-CF, SAIM)

Credentials

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Wednesday, May 5
7:00-9:00 pm

Principles of Transfusion Medicine & IMHA

This lecture will provide participants with a strong foundation in the principles of small animal transfusion medicine including: blood type systems, donor selection, pre-transfusion diagnostics, product collection, component therapy, transfusion administration, and recognition and treatment of transfusion reactions. Due to the increased interest and availability of in-house diagnostics and blood products in private practice, the role of the veterinary technician in transfusion medicine will be stressed.

The presentation, diagnosis, treatment, and prognosis of Immune Mediated Hemolytic Anemia will be discussed. Special focus will be on the role of the veterinary technician in these cases and the importance of owner education in the successful treatment of this disease.

Liza Rudolph has been working in veterinary medicine for 20 years and is a graduate of the bachelor’s program in Veterinary Technology at St. Petersburg College. She is a Veterinary Technician Specialist (VTS) in Canine/Feline Clinical Practice and in Small Animal Internal Medicine. Liza provides education and training to veterinary technicians as a webinar instructor for Penn Foster, by traditional lecturing and online continuing education opportunities, and publishing informational articles. When not teaching, Liza is an active member of multiple veterinary organizations and practices as a relief veterinary technician; spending most of her clinical time in specialty practices in both the Mid-Atlantic and Midwest regions.

Liz Hughston, MEd, RVT,  CVT, LVT, VTS (SAIM, ECC)

 

Sponsored by:

Wednesday, May 19, 2021
7:00-9:00 pm 

Wrap It Up:  Basic Wound Healing and Bandaging & The Solution to Pollution: Top Toxicity Tips

This presentation will describe the stages of wound healing and the technician’s role in wound care and management.  Additionally, we will discuss bandage construction and tips and tricks for applying the perfect bandage for every situation – and getting it to stay put!  The most common bandages we place in practice will be outlined as well as new wound management and bandaging techniques that are on the horizon in veterinary medicine.

Treating toxicities is part of the bread-and-butter of emergency medicine.  This lecture will cover the basics of decontamination – both external and internal – and tips of how to avoid common mistakes encountered when treating poisoned patients.

Liz is the Co-Founder of the Veterinary Cannabinoid Academy and practices as a relief veterinary technician, trainer, and consultant in the San Francisco Bay Area. Since her graduation from Foothill College in 2006, Liz went on to become certified as a VTS in both Small Animal Internal Medicine and Emergency and Critical Care in 2012. Liz is dedicated to advancing veterinary technology through training, mentorship, and support. She has authored textbook chapters and served as co-editor of two upcoming veterinary textbooks. In addition to her relief work, speaking, consulting, and writing, Liz is honored to serve as President of the National Veterinary Professionals Union, Past President and current Credentialing Committee Chair of the Academy of Internal Medicine for Veterinary Technicians, and on the Editorial Advisory Board of dvm360.

Liza Rudolph, RVT, VTS (CP-CF, SAIM)

Credentials

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Wednesday, June 2
7:00-9:00 pm

Bringing Vaccination Guidelines to Life & Veterinary Nursing Care Plans

This session aims to educate veterinary technicians on the most current vaccination recommendations and how to increase compliance through team member and pet owner education.

Nursing Care Plans are organizational tools used in human medicine for many years to guide human nursing students and promote patient care.  Utilization of the nursing process in veterinary medicine allows veterinary technicians to function in a similar capacity to human nurses. Correct use of the nursing process requires veterinary technicians to apply critical thinking and veterinary nursing knowledge to institute a high standard of care and enhance patient care.

Liza Rudolph has been working in veterinary medicine for 20 years and is a graduate of the bachelor’s program in Veterinary Technology at St. Petersburg College. She is a Veterinary Technician Specialist (VTS) in Canine/Feline Clinical Practice and in Small Animal Internal Medicine. Liza provides education and training to veterinary technicians as a webinar instructor for Penn Foster, by traditional lecturing and online continuing education opportunities, and publishing informational articles. When not teaching, Liza is an active member of multiple veterinary organizations and practices as a relief veterinary technician; spending most of her clinical time in specialty practices in both the Mid-Atlantic and Midwest regions.

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