Convention's expert offerings draw technicians

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Posted Sep. 1, 2000

Veterinary technicians attending the AVMA Annual Convention received much of their CE straight from expert technicians.

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Hands-on instruction by Dana Heath, College Station, Texas, was the key to better learning during this veterinary technician wet lab.

"Most of the speakers on this year's program [were] technicians," said Dean Knoll, section manager representing veterinary technicians on the AVMA Convention Management and Program Committee. Session participation was very good, Knoll added.

Records show 322 veterinary technicians and 16 veterinary technician students registered at the convention.

Seventy-eight hours in CE for veterinary technicians were offered this year.

Speakers represented several technician specialty groups, including the Academy of Veterinary Technician Anesthesiologists, the Academy of Veterinary Emergency & Critical Care Technicians, the Veterinary Technician Animal Behavior Society, the Association of Zoo Veterinary Technicians, and the Veterinary Technician Ophthalmology Society.

The wet labs included blood film interpretation, emergency and critical care, wound management, and radiology and ultrasound. "The radiology and ultrasound lab sold out," Knoll said. "Everyone who attended that lab walked away with positive input. They really got to dig their hands in and get busy."

The technician program was co-sponsored by Hill's Pet Nutrition Inc.