Hands-On Labs

A. Performing the Complete Hematologic Analysis In-House

This laboratory will begin with a brief introduction to the interpretation of the hemogram and how that is used to guide the evaluation of the blood smear. The remainder of the lab will be case presentations using a video microscope and on-screen projection of blood smears from cases with significant changes in the blood profile. The cases will each illustrate morphological abnormalities in red blood cells, white blood cells and/or platelets that have clinical significance to the diagnosis, and management of patients with hematologic and sometimes neoplastic disorders.

  • When: Friday, 1:30–4:30 p.m.
  • Speaker: Rick Alleman, DVM, Ph.D., DABVP, ACVP
  • Fee: $95
  • Max: 36
  • Level: DVM, Technician; Intermediate
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B. The Complete Client Experience

This workshop will thoroughly describe what it means to provide the “complete client experience” using traditional forms of client communication, as well as effectively using technology to provide the additional value clients demand.

  • When: Saturday, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
  • Speakers: Louise Dunn and Eric Garcia
  • Fee: $95
  • Maximum: 60
  • Level: All

C. External Skeletal Fixation

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In this external skeletal fixation (ESF) introductory course, veterinarians will be familiarized with ESF application through a blend of lecture and hands-on exercises. Participants will use bone models to emphasize correct application technique in preparation for addressing trauma cases in the clinic. Topics to be covered include basic principles, ESF case selection and post-operative care of external fixators.

  • When: Saturday, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Speaker: Jonathan Dyce, M.A., VetMB, MRCVS, DSAO, DACVS
  • Fee: $400
  • Maximum: 24
  • Level: DVM

D. Dental Extractions

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Extraction of teeth, for multiple reasons, is the most commonly performed oral surgery procedure. Beyond simple elevation of loose teeth, surgical extraction often involves appropriate selection, gingival flap excision or preparation, sectioning of teeth or alveolar bone removal, elevation of the tooth/root segments and finishing with closure of the site. Proper equipment and systematic procedures make complications less likely. Note: Cadaver parts will be used in this lab.

  • When: Saturday, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
  • Speaker: Heidi Lobprise, DVM, DAVDC
  • Fee: $295
  • Maximum: 24
  • Level: DVM
  • Prerequisites: Sessions 236–241

E. Advanced Tubes and Catheterization in Critical Care

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This hands-on lab will focus on technical aspects of catheters and tubes used in critical care. Central lines (jugular or PICC), urinary catheterization, nasoesophageal and nasogastric tubes will be covered. An overview of anatomy, techniques, nursing care, indications and contraindications involved with each task will also be explained, and common disease processes and conditions applicable for each procedure will be discussed as well. Participants will be able to practice placement of these skills with cadavers and receive written protocols for each procedure for implementation in their practice.

  • When: Saturday, 1:30 – 4:30 p.m.
  • Speaker: Kenichiro Yagi, B.S., RVT, VTS (ECC, SAIM)
  • Fee: $495
  • Maximum: 20
  • Level: Technician; Intermediate
  • Prerequisites: Knowledge of venipuncture and peripheral IV catheter placement; Session 499 recommended.