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Veterinarian Technician April 2007 (Vol 28, No 4) Focus: Summer Issues

Program Notes: NAVC 2007

    Each year, the NAVC Conference provides world-class continuing education for the entire veterinary health care team. This year's event, which was held January 13-17 in Orlando, Florida, was no exception. The conference had more than 15,000 attendees — over 10% of them veterinary technicians — and offered more than 1,400 hours of CE.

    One of the most exciting events at the conference took place during the opening ceremonies, when frequent Veterinary Technician contributor Julie Shaw, RVT, was honored as the 2006 Jack L. Mara Memorial Lecturer. Julie, a senior behavior technologist at Purdue University's Animal Behavior Clinic, was recognized for educating veterinary professionals about behavior topics, including behavior modification and training. During her lecture the following day, she emphasized the importance of the human-animal bond with a presentation titled "Finding a Friend for Life: Pet Selection Counseling."

    Several other frequent Veterinary Technician con­tributors also presented lectures. Margi Sirois, MS, RVT, EdD, and Elaine Anthony, MA, CVT, taught a masterclass on urine sediment examination; Nancy Shaffran, RVT, VTS (ECC), lectured on pain management; Darlene Riel, RVT, taught advanced courses and masterclasses on endos­copy technique and in­strument care; and Harold Davis, Jr., BA, RVT, VTS (ECC, Anesthesia), presented a basic life support/CPR workshop.

    Veterinary Technician's Technical Director, Aggie Kiefer, LVT, presented "Making a Difference — Opportunities for Technicians," during which she discussed the various career paths and accomplishments of several prominent veterinary technicians and how their achievements have opened doors for their peers. Through her presentation, Aggie encouraged attendees to take advantage of all the opportunities that are available to them.

    During the conference, NAVTA held an open meeting for its members. A highlight of the meeting was when the North Dakota State University student chapter was honored as the Student Chapter of the Year.

    The conference was also a chance for Veterinary Technician's new executive editor, Hilda Guay, to come into the spotlight. She finally got to meet several technicians and editorial board members with whom she corresponds on a regular basis.

    While advancing their education and skills, attendees also got the chance to take behind-the-scenes tours of several attractions, including Sea World and Animal Kingdom. In addition to offering a great selection of scientific lectures, workshops, and labs, NAVC gave attendees an opportunity to network and have a good time.

    NEXT: Tech Life (April 2007)
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