Minnesota Association of Vetrinary Technicians
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MAVT 2014 Convention

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Feb 7 & 8th, 2014



MAVT members registering for both days of the convention will receive a $15 discount if registered online by Jan. 17, 2014. You must pay with MasterCard, Visa or Discover Card when registering online.


Pre-convention Events

Wednesday, Feb 5, 9:00 am – 4:40 pm, 6 CE credits

Special Invitation from MVMA for MAVT Members!

MVMRC Training (Minnesota Veterinary Medical Reserve Corp)

Check off on registration form (lunch on your own)

The Changing Landscape of Veterinary Disaster Response, Cold Weather Response MN DMAT 1, Veterinary Support for Disaster Shelter, Veterinary Support for Working Dogs, Assessment: Preparing Your Practice for a Disaster, Radiation Emergency Program

Program is open to all veterinarians and veterinary technicians interested in learning more about disaster response preparedness and training, and in participating in reserve corps activities.

This event is offered at no charge, but you must pre-register. Space is limited


MVI 2014 series on Dentistry & Oral Surgery, Wednesday, Feb 5 8:oo am - 4:30 pm - MVI dental CE program Dentistry & Oral Surgery (First lecture in the MWI Dental Series)

Lectures, Wet Labs, Online Interactive Case Studies

MVI's goals are to offer unique and more in-depth continuing education programs to Minnesota veterinary practitioners and technicians. MVI's strategic course design will enable you to study one subject extensively and immediately apply your newly learned lecture material by participating in hands-on wet labs. The institutes' combination of lectures, wet labs and online interactive case studies will help you to develop the knowledge, skills and expertise to successfully implement the program into your practice. For additional information about the series, cost and registration information visit: www.mnveterinaryinstitute.org

New! Veterinary Technician Package for only $400, worth 16 credits

Thursday, Feb 6 - Practice Management Sessions

This year we are excited to welcome Kelly Baltzell, CEO & Eric Liens Beyond Indigo with Online Marketing Strategies for our joint MVMA/MAVT Sessions. Beyond Indigo companies have developed all types of veterinary websites and marketing campaigns small animal, exotic, specialty, equine, mixed animal) that now reach millions of people each year. As of 2013, Beyond Indigo Pets is AAHA’s preferred provider for websites. Kelly’s depth of experience, passion, and visionary approach to the industry make her an unparalleled leader in Internet marketing. Eric’s branded messaging and marketing strategy for veterinary clinics will deliver user-friendly, field-tested curriculum.

The Thursday Practice Management sessions are included with your one or two day convention registration, but you need to pre -register for the Thursday sessions on your convention registration form.

9:00 – 10:15 am - Tracking the Numbers: Where Do Your Pet Owners Shop?

10:45 – 12:00 noon - Online Reviews: Learn to Love Them, Not Hate Them 2:00 – 3:15 pm - Search Is a New Universe: Learn How It's Changed - Part 1. 3:45 – 5:00 pm - Build your Search Engine rocket - To New Worlds, pt 2


The above events are in the days prior to the MAVT Convention Attend if you can!

Online Registration Discount Available! 
MAVT members registering for both days of the convention will receive a 
15$ discount if registered online by Jan 20, 2012.  Mastercard, Visa, and Discover are accepted. Visit www.mavt.net 
Registration Desk 
Registration packets include name badges, proceedings, booklets, etc. 
Continuing Education Card 
Just like last year, CE Form will be in your registration materials.  This form has space to list the seminars that you attended.  One credit per one hour of lecture.  Be sure when you fill out the form, you keep it for renewing your VT certification.  
Breaks/Exhibitor Hall 
Use break times between lectures to visit the Exhibitors Hall.  Remember to thank our sponsors for their support.  
Friday CE Luncheon 
Getting Engaged:Creating a Bigger Voice for the Profession Sandy Sponaugle, NAVTA Communications Director.  There is a $20.00 charge for lunch. 
End of Convention Event 
Come and have some fun and relaxation with appetizers and a cash bar. Entertainment will be provided by Shivers Belly Dancing Troop. 
Cancellation/Refund Policy 
No refunds will be made after January 25, 2012. 
Refunds are made only if the registrant has 
contacted MAVT (Jackie White, Convention 
Chair), in writing requesting reimbursement 
prior to January 20h 2012.  A $10 handling fee 
will be assessed for all cancellations. 
Send requests to: Jackie White-Convention 
Chair at whi820@aol.com. 
Special Labs  
Friday-Canine and FelineCPR Certification 
Amy Butzier, MEd, CVT, Mount Ida College 
10:00 to 12:00pm and 2:00 to 4:00pm 
Only 20 people per lab.  Sign up at registration desk. 
Saturday- Advanced Hematology for Veterinary Technicians - 
Sara Hill, DVM, Clinical Pathologist.  Limited attendance.  Sign up at Registration Desk 
Saturday luncheon with MVMA 
featuring Animal Awards and Temple Grandin speaking on Understanding Animal Behavior. 
Saturday 12:00 to 2:00 
There is a charge for this lunch. 
**MAVT Annual Meeting Moved to** 
Saturday Morning Breakfast 
If you are a member of MAVT, plan on attending our Annual meeting and find out what is new in the organization.  We will elect new officers as well as present the Technician of the Year award.  Come have a delicious breakfast and win door prizes!  Pre-registration is required, but there is no charge for the breakfast. 
Exhibitors Event 
Friday night 5:30 - 8:30 
Come and hang out with MVMA and the exhibitors as they cut loose with  Casino Night!

Proceeding Notes - NEW - All registrants will have access to the 2014 Proceedings online where you will be able to view, print and download lecture notes prior to and after the convention. Login information to access these notes will be emailed out in mid January. No CD will be provided. To order printed notes, for a fee, you MUST pre- order on the registration form.


Friday CE Breakfast - Join the MVMA for breakfast and speaker for an hour of discussion to learn how the Affordable Care Act may impact you and your veterinary practice.

Friday February 7th Wet Lab - Improving Radiographic Techniques – Sign up for this wet lab to learn about improving restraint and positioning techniques to obtain quality radiographs.

Friday CE Luncheon ––Be sure to signup to join us for lunch to learn about Veterinary Technician Specialties

Exhibitors' Reception - Friday, 5:30 - 8:30 PM -Enjoy some up close and personal encounters with a wide variety of wild animals with Wild Kingdom’s Peter Gros, Wildlife Expert!

Saturday CE Breakfast - - Join the MVMA for breakfast and speaker for an hour of discussion on the Best Practices in Wound Closure.

MAVT Annual Meeting - If you are a member of MAVT, join us for lunch and our Annual MAVT Meeting  and find out what is happening within our organization. We will elect new officers as well as present the award for Technician of the Year.

Continuing Education Card
MAVT will provide CE Forms with your registration materials. These forms have space for you to check off the seminars you attend and add up the hours earned for re-certification. One credit for one hour of lecture. Be sure to fill out the form and keep it in your CE File for verification when you renew your veterinary technician certification. For additional information on continuing education guidelines click here.


Breaks/Exhibitors Hall 
Use break times between lectures to visit the Exhibitors Hall and remember to thank our sponsors for their support.

Exhibitor Hall hours are:

Thursday, February 6th, 12pm - 5:30pm 

Friday, February 7th, 8:00 am - 5:30pm 

Saturday, February 8th, 8:00am - 12pm


MAVT Booth - Be sure to stop by MAVT's booth in or near the exhibitors hall.


Questions about the Convention?
Amanda Baird at Phone (651)207-3724 Email: convention@mavt.net


Cancellation/Refund Policy 
No refunds will be made after January 25, 2014. Refunds are made only if the registrant has contacted MAVT (Amanda Baird, CVT – Convention Chair), in writing requesting reimbursement prior to January 25, 2014. A $10 handling fee will be assessed for all cancellations.

Send requests to: Amanda Baird, CVT – Convention Chair, 5224 Greenwood Drive, Mounds View, MN 55112 Phone (651)207-3724 fax (855)420-5735

Email: Convention@mavt.net


Hotel/Convention Information


1001 Marquette Ave.
South Minneapolis, MN 55403
Online Reservations 


Call for reservations: A block of rooms has been reserved for the MAVT/MVMA with a contracted rate of $99 if your reservation is made by January 15TH, 2014. Please request the group rate for the MAVT/MVMA or enter discount code "VET", self parking is complimentary for one car, if you stay at the Hilton Hotel. Directions to the Hilton - see page 7

Parking is available immediately beneath the Hilton, or at several nearby ramps for a fee. For additional parking options and compare cost visit http://www.ci.minneapolis.mn.us/parking/rates.asp

Directions to the Hotel:

From the East: Take 94 West toward Minneapolis. Take the 11th Street exit and stay in the right-hand lane. The parking garage entrance is on 11th Street on the right between 2nd Avenue and Marquette. For valet parking, continue past the garage entrance to Marquette and turn right. Follow Marquette to the main hotel entrance.

From the West: Take 94 East toward Minneapolis. Nearing downtown, take the Hennepin-Lyndale exit and stay in the left lane. Take a left at the first stop light onto Dunwoody Blvd. Turn right onto 12th Street. Follow 12th Street to Marquette Avenue and turn left. Follow Marquette one-and-a-half blocks to the main hotel entrance for valet parking. For self-parking, follow Marquette past the Hilton to 10th Street and turn right. Follow 10th Street to 2nd Avenue and turn right again. Enter the parking garage to your right.

From the North: Take 35W South to 94 West. Enter 94 West - do not take the exit for 11th Avenue. On 94 West stay in the right-hand lane and take the 11th Street exit. Proceed on 11th Street staying in the right-hand lane. The parking garage entrance is on 11th Street on the right between 2nd Avenue and Marquette. For valet parking, continue past the garage to Marquette and turn right. Follow Marquette to the main hotel entrance.

From the South: Take 35W North toward Minneapolis. Nearing downtown, follow ''Downtown Exits'' (#65, a left exit). Take the 11th Street exit. Proceed West on 11th Street staying in the right-hand lane. The parking garage entrance is on 11th Street on the right between 2nd Avenue and Marquette. For valet parking, continue past the garage to Marquette and turn right. Follow Marquette to the main hotel entrance.

From the Light Rail: Light Rail is accessible from both the Humphrey and Lindbergh Terminals at the Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport. Follow signage towards “ground transportation”. Route 55 services downtown and runs every 7.5 minutes during rush hour and 10-15 minutes during non-rush hour. Travel time is approximately 25 minutes and fares vary between $1.75 - $2.25.

Proceed to the Nicollet Mall Station (5th Street & Nicollet). Take the “Free Nicollet Mall Bus” to the 11th Street stop (11th Street & Nicollet). Walk one block east to 11th and Marquette Avenue. Hotel located on corner of 11th Street and Marquette Avenue.


Course Descriptions

A day in the life of veterinary dentistry - Reviewing select cases of oral pathology, causes, and the associated treatment plan to help gain insight on some commonly and not so common dental maladies.

Abnormal Cell Identification in the CBC of Dogs and Cats – This presentation will be an overview of abnormal cell identification in the CBC of dogs and cats. This will cover White Blood Cells, Red Blood Cells, Platelets and tips on differentiation.

Avian Handling, Diagnostics and Disease – Review of avian restraint, history taking, diagnostic procedures (venipuncture, radiography) and common disease presentation encountered in general practice.

Basic Cell identification in the CBC of Dogs and Cats – This presentation will be an overview of the basic cell identification in the CBC of dogs and cats. This will cover White Blood Cells, Red Blood Cells, Platelets and tips on sample handling and peripheral blood film preparation.

Biosecurity in Veterinary Clinics: The Technician’s role in the Fight Against the Superbugs – Biosecurity, security from exposure to harmful biological agents, is emerging as a hot topic in veterinary hospital and clinics. As more diseases and superbugs are being discovered clients and the community are becoming more aware of what protocols are in place to ensure that their animal is safe while under the care of a veterinary care team. This presentation will explain what a veterinary hospital/clinic Biosecurity team looks like and how veterinary technicians are evolving to become the leader of this important and essential team.

Blood Pressures: What should they mean to you? – Review of blood pressure control mechanisms and responses to disease alterations. Review of blood pressure measurement techniques, pitfalls and obtaining blood pressures you can trust.

Canine and Feline Vaccine Protocols, What’s the latest? - More clinics are tailoring their vaccine schedules to individual patient “lifestyles.” This presentation includes an overview of the latest AAHA, AVMA, and AAFP vaccination guidelines, including core vs. non-core vaccines and vaccination sites, as well as a practical approach for discussing changes in vaccine protocols with clients.

Chemotherapy – Understanding the Basics! - Chemotherapy is frequently recommended for pets with cancer. This lecture will be an overview of chemotherapy (general indications and side effects), as well as discussing many of the myths surrounding chemotherapy in veterinary medicine.

Client Communication: Open Ended Questions & Empathetic listening - Effective communication is the critical piece of our ability to connect with clients. In this session, you will learn how to effectively utilize empathy, reflective listening and open ended questions to increase your effectiveness in communicating with clients and how to flex these skills based on their personality type. Highly recommended (not required) to attend prior lecture as this session will build on the prior content.

Client communication: personality styles - Have you ever been frustrated with the way a client communicates with you? In this session, you will learn about your own personality and communication style, how to identify others style and gain skills to flex your style to be more successful in communicating to different personalities, both at work and beyond

Creating a Loyal Client. Customer service & Value delivery in the veterinary hospital – What is it that makes clients love us? Learn about key factors to deliver a client experience that matches the level of medicine and care that you deliver in your hospital.

Equine Ophthalmology: Basic techniques of an equine ophthalmic examination - This presentation will describe ‘how to’ perform an equine ophthalmic examination - including sedation, regional nerve blocks, and evaluating the adnexa, anterior and posterior segment of the equine eye. Images of normal and various abnormal findings will be included in the presentation. Basic diagnostic procedures will be discussed.

Feline Inappropriate Urination: Tips and Tricks – Inappropriate elimination is a common reason cats are relinquished to shelters. This presentation includes a brief review of the diagnostic approach for determining the cause(s) of inappropriate urination, as well as practice for helping cats return to good litter box behavior.

Feline Nutrition- Cats are Not Small Dogs - Proper nutrition and care throughout a cat’s life maximizes health, longevity and quality of life. Domestic cats and other members of the superfamily Feloidea are strict or obligate carnivores. This difference from dogs is supported by specific behavioral, anatomic, physiologic, and metabolic adaptations of cats to a strictly carnivorous diet. This presentation will investigate the unique nutritional needs of cats in various life-stages and disease conditions.

FLUTD – What is the New News? - This presentation will focus on causes of FLUTD, the technicians’ role in diagnostics, treatment options, nutritional management, and the technician’s role in producing a positive outcome. Also, we will review any new research regarding nutritional mangement of FLUTD.

Hemangiosarcoma in Dogs and Cats – what we know and what we need! - Hemangiosarcoma can be a devastating diagnosis. This lecture will be an overview of hemangiosarcoma. In dogs, we will cover hemangiosarcoma of the spleen, the heart, and the skin. In cats, we will cover hemangiosarcoma within the abdomen.

Here’s something you don’t see everyday - Interesting and/or unusual cases seen in our emergency room.

Heritable Equine Regional Dermal Asthenia (HERDA) - HERDA is currently the most common devastating heritable disease of horses worldwide, yet it still goes unrecognized by veterinarians, veterinary technicians and horse owners alike. The diagnosis, prevention and economic impact of HERDA will be discussed.

Hey Doc ... Muffy stopped breathing - we need to start CPR STAT! - This discussion will review the new veterinary guidelines on CPR that have been established by the RECOVER initiative. These guidelines are the results of a systematic review of a large body of literature that has allowed for a true “veterinary” focus. The participant will learn the elements of both basic and advanced CPR and the clinical application of the arrested patient.

Human Health Issues Related to Petting Zoos and Fairs. - Petting zoos provide important opportunities for the public to observe animal behavior, learn about animal agriculture, learn where food really comes from, and experience the human animal bond. Learn how to minimize the risk of disease transmission while maximizing the benefits of animal contact.

Interactive Parasite Challenge - Part 1 and 2

These interactive presentations will offer an opportunity for participants to check, refresh, and increase their knowledge about parasites commonly encountered in veterinary practices. In a casual and fun setting we will review parasite identification techniques, life cycles, treatments, and other interesting aspects of veterinary parasites.

Itchy horses - Environmental and nutritional management of the itchy horse. - Allergic horses can become difficult to manage due to the intensity of their symptoms. Horses often have a combination of allergies; and may be sensitive to multiple allergens such as insects, food pollens or other environmental antigens. Controlling multiple factors may be necessary to obtain adequate control of the dermatitis.

Nutritional management of acute vomiting and diarrhea - Vomiting and diarrhea are two of the main reasons owners bring their pets to the hospital. It is important for veterinary technicians to identify these clinical signs and ascertain a complete history and evaluation regarding these frequent signs in presenting pets. Nutritional management is a crucial part of therapy in the management of vomiting and/or diarrhea. Certain key nutritional factors play a role in managing vomiting and diarrhea in cats and dogs – through enteral and parenteral nutrition – and veterinary

Other common and uncommon inherited diseases of the horse. - Genetic diseases of the horse range from simple hair discoloration such asinheritedvitilagotolifeendingdiseasessuchasGBED(GlycogenBranchingEnzymeDeficiency)andlethalwhitesyndrome. Manyof these diseases are preventable by knowledgeable breeding practices and simple DNA testing.

Parasite Resistance to Medication – I will discuss anthelmintics and how certain parasites are becoming resistant to them.

Pet Food Labels – Demystifying the Package - It's a common belief that pet foods are more or less the same and it can be challenging to identify differences, especially using information on the pet food label. Proper nutrition is a critical component for maintaining the health of pets so it's important to make a nutritional recommendation for your patients. This presentation will review the role of nutrition in health maintenance and provide practical guidelines for evaluating the quality of pet foods.

Practical approach to Acute Pain Management – Part 1 – Join us for a rich discussion around easy ways that you can approach acute pain management, particularly around the perioperative surgical environment.

Practical approach to Chronic Pain Management – Part 2 – Building off of the principles of the prior session, we’ll transition from the discussion around acute pain to challenges in the management of chronic pain, particularly around osteoarthritis

Preparing for a mobile boarded veterinary surgeon - The lecture will cover the importance of client communication, imaging, patient preparation and positioning. There will be a review of anesthesia protocols and sterile techniques. We will also discuss pain management, bandaging and the role of veterinary technicians in the operating room.

Preparing for a mobile boarded veterinary surgeon- The lecture will cover the importance of client communication, imaging, patient preparation and positioning. There will be a review of anesthesia protocols and sterile techniques. We will also discuss pain management, bandaging and the role of veterinary technicians in the operating room.

Puppy Power!: Optimal Nutrition for Life - Growth is a complex process that involves genetics, nutrition, and environmental influences. Nutrition plays a key role in the health and development of growing dogs. The goal of a feeding plan for puppies is to create a healthy adult. This presentation will look at the objectives of a feeding plan for puppies - to achieve healthy growth, optimize trainability and immune function, and minimizing obesity and developmental orthopedic disease.

Rabies Part 1 - is an overview of everything you need to know about rabies to understand the why behind recommendations such as confining and observing a dog for 10 days after they bite and for 45 days after something bites them. Rabies myths will be busted!

Rabies Part 2 - will cover new Minnesota Rabies Rules that became effective in April 2013; what factors to consider when assessing rabies risk in animals and people; how to handle bat exposures and animal bites; and how to keep yourself safe.

Raw Milk Movement: A Minnesota Perspective - is a look at the science and policy surrounding raw milk consumption as demand for natural, unprocessed, and locally grown foods increases, and consumers demand the freedom to eat what they choose.

Re-emerging, catastrophic and reportable diseases that every veterinary technician, horseman and veterinarian should recognize. - A case based format will be used to review the relevant re-emerging, catastrophic and reportable diseases of the horse.

Sled Dog Medicine 101 for the CVT - This is an introduction to the veterinary side of sled dog medicine. Included is a brief introduction to the sport with a more in depth discussion on the medical conditions the athletes may develop.

Small Animal Ophthalmic Testing and Exam Room Procedures - Discuss frequently preformed ophthalmic testing on small animal patients. Including tear production, intraocular pressure, stains and sample collection. Learn what each of these tests can tell you and when they are indicated. We will also discuss exam room procedures such as, corneal cytology, indolent ulcer treatment, along with conjunctival biopsy.

The basics of Equine Dentistry - The basics of equine dental examination and treatment of the most common dental problems will be covered.

The Patient is in Shock. How What? - Approaching the patient in shock, things we should monitor and perform to increase the odds of positive outcome.

The S.A.F.E. approach for unobstructing the urethra of male cats- Urethral obstruction is one of the most common urologic emergencies the veterinary practitioner will encounter. This seminar will focus on the essential steps to quickly make the diagnosis and practical steps to relive the obstruction while minimizing the iatrogenic damage to the urethra. In addition this interactive seminar will discuss the best supplies to make the process simple.

Treating Wildlife in the Private Practice Part 1 and 2 - Despite best efforts veterinary offices are often the go-to resource for wildlife questions. Whether officially treating wildlife or not, varied practices will be faced with an assortment of questions regarding injured/orphaned wildlife. Often, wildlife will be brought into clinics without warning. Being knowledgeable in these topics is valuable to not only triage and stabilize wildlife, but to instill confidence in your clients. This lecture will cover the answers to the most commonly asked questions regarding injured/orphaned wildlife, how to stabilize and temporarily treat wildlife and the legalities surrounding these issues. Triage: Who goes first? An interactive discussion of triage classification with real life scenarios.

When is a positive a negative? Challenges in diagnostic testing and interpretation – In this session, we’ll discuss some of the challenges that we face in the interpretation of common diagnostic testing. In this session, we’ll also discuss tips, tricks, and techniques to increase accuracy in our in-house diagnostic tests.

Who Let the Dogs In?????? - Ever wondered why there are so many more assistance dogs in public? What are they for? How do we approach them? This hour will delve into why we are seeing more of these dogs, how they are trained and what should happen in a clinic setting. We will also touch on how to work with clients with disabilities in a clinic.

For full schedule of breakout sessions, wetlabs and events, please download the brochure (833kb PDF).


February 7th, 2014 7:30 PM   through   February 8th, 2014 7:00 PM
1001 Marquette Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55403
United States
Friday and Saturday
Member 2 day mail in registration $ 200.00
Member 2 day online registration $ 180.00
Non-Member 2 day mail in registration $ 300.00
Non-Member 2 day online registration $ 280.00
Student Member mail in registration $ 60.00
Student Member online registration $ 50.00
Student Non-Member mail in registration $ 100.00
Student Non-Member online registration $ 90.00
Friday only
Member (fri) mail in registration $ 140.00
Member (fri) online registration $ 130.00
Non-Member (fri) online registration $ 300.00
Non-Member (fri) mail in registration $ 280.00
Saturday Only
Member (sat) mail in registration $ 140.00
Member (sat) online registration $ 130.00
Non-Member (sat) mail in registration $ 300.00
Non-Member (sat) online registration $ 280.00
Meals and Special Events
Early Bird Badge Pickup $ 0.00
CE Luncheon Friday , Feb 6th $ 22.00
Annual MAVT Membership Lunch Meeting Saturday – Members only $ 0.00