Hands-On Labs

A. Clinical Pathology for Technicians

Sponsored By

Martin Microscope

Do more than just talk about the perfect blood slide: It’s time to practice making them. Participants will evaluate slides for common cells and learn about fecal and urinalysis, all in one incredible wet lab!

  • When: Thursday, 1–4 p.m.
  • Speaker: David Liss, B.S., RVT, VTS (ECC, SAIM), CVPM
  • Fee: $100
  • Max: 15
  • Level: Technician; Beginner to Intermediate

B. Euthanasia Training

Sponsored By

Campbell Pet Company

The delivery of painless and humane death is a great responsibility to those who must do it. There can be no confusion or uncertainty that the euthanasia technician’s primary responsibility is to the animal: to ensure that the animal is treated with compassion and respect, no matter what. The purpose of this euthanasia-by-injection workshop is to teach, encourage and model this primary purpose.

This course is a two-day commitment* (continuing on Friday) that entails both lecture and laboratory instruction. Lecture will cover euthanasia and premedication agents, routes of administration and sites for administration. We will also discuss state and federal regulations, with particular focus on recordkeeping. Humane handling will be stressed. We will also discuss the impact that performing euthanasia has on a human being with an open and frank interactive discussion on compassion fatigue.

Laboratory will involve discussion of landmarks and instruction on venipuncture. Actual euthanasia will not be performed.

After the completion of this course and its examination, attendees will receive a certificate.

Shelter staff who wish to attend this lab are invited to apply for the Shelter Animal Medicine & Care Scholarship to offset the costs.

  • When: Thursday, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.; Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Speaker: Cathy Anderson, DVM
  • Fee: $395 for both days
  • Max: 24
  • Level: Technicians and Staff; Beginner to Intermediate
  • *Attendees need not register for the MVC if they plan to attend only this lab. However, if you would like to attend sessions on Saturday and/or Sunday as well, you will need to register for the MVC in addition to this lab.

C. Using Personal Protective Equipment: From Routine Clinical Use to Outbreak Response

This lab will provide hands-on, interactive personal protective equipment (PPE) training for all clinical staff and volunteers who may be exposed to occupational hazards, such as noise, hazardous chemicals and pharmaceuticals, and infectious diseases in a variety of settings. We will provide resources for developing a PPE program and infection control plan for veterinary clinics and hospitals, solicit input, and answer questions from lab attendees on practical issues and experiences encountered with PPE use in clinical practice.

  • When: Friday, 2 – 4 p.m.
  • Speakers: John D. Gibbins, DVM, MPH, DACVPM; Teresa Seitz, MPH, CIH; and Scott Brueck, M.S., CIH
  • Fee: $25
  • Max: 25
  • Level: All Audiences; Beginner to Intermediate
  • Prerequisites: Session 277 recommended

D. Feline Oral Surgery and Intraoral Radiology Techniques

Sponsored By

Henry Schein Animal Health


Veterinarians of all skill levels will benefit from this extraction, extraction complications and intraoral radiology lab. Learn tips on how to easily obtain diagnostic full-mouth radiographs in cats. Become proficient at surgical extraction procedures in feline patients and learn how to approach extraction complications efficiently with proper techniques and proper instrumentation. Participants will learn how to elevate a mucoperiosteal flap, remove buccal bone, section teeth, elevate and extract tooth roots, perform an alveoplasty, release the periosteum, vand prepare the flap for closure. We will also review root retrieval techniques.

  • When: Saturday, 8 a.m. – 12 p.m.
  • Speaker: Cindy Charlier, DVM, DAVDC
  • Fee: $275
  • Max: 24
  • Level: Veterinarian; Beginner to Intermediate
  • Prerequisites: Friday Pet Animal Dentistry Sessions 239–242

E. Cytology Wet Lab and Virtual Case Review

This will be a case-based, interactive wet lab in which we will have fun reviewing interesting cases encountered during Dr. Gunn’s career as a pathologist. An emphasis will be placed on more commonly encountered diseases, but a few “zebras” will also be part of the party. Participants will be encouraged to ask questions and share their observations of the cytologic findings to enhance the learning experience.

  • When: Saturday, 1:30 – 4:30 p.m.
  • Speaker: Rebekah G. Gunn, DVM, DACVP (Clinical)
  • Fee: $225
  • Max: 36
  • Level: Veterinarian; Beginner to Intermediate