Meet our 2024 Speakers...
...though you are probably already familiar with these fine folks.
We are so grateful to have this absolutely insane line up of educators!
This section contains not-boring descriptions of their sessions as well as slightly scandalous takes on their bios. This IS Vets Against Insanity...after all.
Kenichiro Yagi, MS, RVT, VTS (ECC), (SAIM)
👉 We need blood stat! Emergency Transfusions 🩸
Let's talk about blood. A working knowledge of these how to use transfusion therapy and blood components can make the life or death difference in your patients. Maximize your ability to save lives by being aware of all the transfusion options, the value of component therapy and blood banking, and gain awareness about indications and contraindications of blood products.
👉 Evidence-based CPR: The RECOVER guidelines on basic and advanced life support 🚑
A unresponsive and not-breathing patient with an absolutely unhinged owner presents at your office. Do you know what to do next?
(pssst freak out is not an option)
In this lecture we will talk about CPR techniques, monitoring during CPR, and identify key communication tools and cognitive aids. It's going to be awesome.
👉 True or False? 🤥 Demystifying Common Emergency Practice Misconceptions and Truths
If you've ever wanted to hear the T on emergency, then this is for you. This session will explore many prominent emergency care myths and discuss the methods of incorporating evidence into our practice.
👉 RECOVER Workshop - get certified in CPR!
Go to our workshop page to learn more and sign up for this awesome hands on opportunity to learn with Ken.
Ken has been reimagining veterinary nursing for over 20 years. He is a double VTS in emergency and critical care and small animal internal medicine, and has a master's degree in Veterinary Science.
Currently Ken is running the ship over at Veterinary Emergency Group as the the Chief Veterinary Nursing Officer. He's also the Program Director for the RECOVER Initiative - we are so lucky to have him at the conference running a workshop!!!
Over the years, he has received multiple Veterinary Technician of the Year Awards for his work to bring further recognition of the vital role of the veterinary technicians and nurses through work with organizations like NAVTA. He's published multiple times, a globally in demand speaker, and also a dad.
Ken is a Sinek fan (as are we) and invites everyone to ask “Why?” to understand the “What” and “How” of our field, and to continually pursue new limits as veterinary professionals and individuals.
If Ken were a scented candle, he would be lavender.
Lori Teller, DVM, DABVP (canine/feline)
Session: Taking the Insanity Out of Telemedicine
Learn how you can incorporate telehealth into your practice to improve efficiency, client compliance, and convenience for all. In this session you will learn about the laws and regulations regarding the utilization of veterinary telemedicine, how vetmed telemed is different that human telemed, and what cases are best for telemedicine.
Lori is a graduate of Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine (TAMU CVM), and a board-certified diplomate of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners (ABVP) in Canine and Feline Practice.
She has worked worked at the same veterinary clinic since she was 12.
She is also a Clinical Professor at TAMU and is loves her teaching role.
Lori is the Immediate Past President of the American Veterinary Medical Association, and serves on the Board of Directors of ABVP. She has a monthly radio spot in Houston, Texas discussing veterinary care for pets and continues to mentor veterinary students and recent graduates, because she 👏 is 👏 the 👏 goat.
If Lori were a scented candle, she would be haters gonna hate. 😜
Laura Greene, DVM, DACVIM (SAIM)
Merck Sponsored Sessions:
👉 Fabulous Felines but Difficult Diabetics: Approach to Complicated Diabetic Patients 🐈
Diabetic patients can always be a challenge, but our fabulous felines can at times provide unique challenges of their own. In this session, learn a step-by-step approach that streamlines your management of difficult diabetics, and briefly visit some key aspects of diabetic management, including communication, comorbidities, treatments, and monitoring.
👉 Stop the Devastating Drip: Management of Urinary Incontinence 💦
Urinary incontinence is one of those conditions that can be a calamitous for both the owner and the patient, threatening the human-animal bond and creating a stressful situation for all involved. In this session, review causes and rule-outs, approach and diagnostics, and the treatment options for this frustrating presentation.
👉 Immune Checkpoint Inhibition: The Rising ⭐ in Oncology Therapeutics
Immunotherapy is revolutionizing the world of veterinary oncology and provides an important additional option for owners to consider when deciding if they wish to pursue advanced treatment for their pet's cancer. In this session, learn more about how immunotherapy is used to treat pets with cancer, and how immune checkpoint inhibition is a major new milestone in the treatment of certain cancers.
Laura graduated with her DVM from NC State's College of Veterinary Medicine, completed a rotating small animal internship at the University of Georgia, and then returned to NC State for her residency in small animal internal medicine. She is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine and spent several years in specialty private practice before joining Merck Animal Health as a Senior Professional Services Veterinarian and member of the Veterinary Insights and Medical Affairs department. She is published in multiple journals, speaks all over the world on multiple topics including immunology, endocrinology, and oncology. In her free time, she enjoys watercolor painting, digital art, and spending time with her family and her Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Primrose.
If she were a scented candle, she would be balsam and cedar. 🌲
Darin Dell, DVM, DACVD
👉 Common-ish feline skin diseases
Do you cringe when you see a cat with skin problems on your schedule? Cats operate differently than dogs but there are still reliable patterns to many of their skin conditions. In this lecture we’ll review five common feline skin problems. I’ll provide realistic treatment protocols and, of course, I’ll include lots of pictures of my own cats.
👉 Not every allergy dog scratches
Newer medications that reduce allergy related pruritus have changed how veterinarians treat allergy patients. However, there is more to canine allergy than just itch. In this lecture we’ll talk about other allergy related skin problems in dogs. I’ll give you suggestions on how to quickly answer your skeptical clients’ allergy questions and provide several sample treatment plans.
👉 CPR for sewer ear
The yellow ear wax road is long and winding. You’ll need help from some friends, but you can succeed! Too often the conversation around otitis externa focuses solely on infection. While it needs to be addressed, it isn’t my first priority. The real goal of treating otitis externa is to return the ear canal to a normal, healthy state. We’ll review commercially available otic medications as well as review effective treatment plans for various situations.
Darin began working at a veterinary clinic when he was 14. His experiences along with the guidance of Dr. David Lott sparked his love of Veterinary Medicine. He completed his DVM from University of Illinois in 2001. While he knew he loved dermatology, he felt that he wanted to be back into general practice (just small animal, those large animal vets get injured too often).
After six years working in general practice Darin felt like he wanted something more and decided to start a private practice dermatology residency. Unfortunately, that program did not work out well and halfway through he was forced to change course again. For the next two years Darin worked overnight ER at a small specialty hospital, did relief work at a small animal general practice, and collected data for a dermatology research project. Finally, Darin finished his residency with Animal Dermatology Group became a boarded Dermatologist in 2012. Darin currently practices in the Denver area at Wheat Ridge Animal Hospital.
If Darin was a scented candle, he would be wood shop.🪵
Karen Bradley, DVM
👉 ✨Keynote✨ A Veterinary Career: Beautiful Petals Despite Many Thorns 🌹
Join Dr. Bradley on an inspiring and often hilarious tour of her veterinary (and other) life: celebrate the petals and learn from the thorns along the way.
👉 Map Your Confidence 💯
If your busy veterinary professional life is anything like mine, you find yourself with decision indecision too often. Understanding how to get out of that place can make us more efficient and confident in our decisions. And when life is presenting too much chaos, at least we can understand why we are stuck and work toward more control and certainty. We will work through some real-life examples and then work together to develop solutions.
Dr. Karen Bradley graduated from the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine so long ago we can't even talk about it. Early in her career she worked companion animal relief and emergency medicine in the Atlanta area before relocating to Vermont. There she became a co-owner of Onion River Animal Hospital in 2003 and owns the practice with her practice manager and another veterinarian today. She has been very active in organized veterinary medicine in her Vermont VMA and the AVMA. In 2013, Dr. Bradley helped found the not-for-profit and kick ass WVLDI, which inspires and supports women in seeking leadership, policy, and decision-making positions within all areas of veterinary medicine. As an advocate, Dr. Bradley has spoken at many conferences nationwide over the last 10 years. Her work with WVLDI led her to be listed on the “14 Vets to Watch in 2014” list by Veterinary Practice News and in 2016, she was voted WVC Practice Management Speaker of the Year. She co-authored the JAVMA commentary, “A Renewed Call for Veterinary Leaders” in 2015 and in 2017, she received the Distinguished Alumni Award from her alma mater, the UGA CVM because she literally is, that good. She is exudes passio for encouraging veterinarians to buy into veterinary practices, get involved in organized veterinary medicine, and seek the leadership skills to succeed.
If she was a scented candle she would be spice. 🌶️