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GVTAA Emergency Critical Care Conference

Hosted by: Office of Continuing Education

This conference will be offered virtually and offer 8 hours of continuing education, which includes 1 hour of LEAP. The conference will be offered on-demand, beginning October 18, 2020. The course access will close on November 30, 2020, allowing you approximately 6 weeks to complete.

Registration is now closed.

Event Information

Veterinary Technician/Assistant Registration Fee : $110


Office of Continuing Education
Phone Number: (706) 542-1451
Email: cheryls@uga.edu

Event Agenda


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Current Recommendations in Veterinary CPR
Ryan Cheek, RVT, VTS

(This session will provide 2 hours of CE)

Exotic Companion Animal Emergencies and Triage
Ashley A. McGaha, BAS, RVTg, VTS (Exotic Companion Animal)
Ophthalmic Emergencies: An Overview
Maggie Li Puma, DVM
Radiographing the Critical Patient: Positioning under Pressure
Amber Goldman, RVT
What's in a Name? The Debate Over the Veterinary Nurse Name Change (LEAP GBVM-2404)
Anna Santos, RVT

(This session provides 1 hour of LEAP CE)

Venomous Encounters: Snakebite Envenomation in Companion Animals
Damion Asselin, RVT, VTS
'Tis the Season: Common Holiday Hazards
Damion Asselin, RVT, VTS


  • Anna Santos, RVT

    Anna began working at the University of Georgia Veterinary Teaching Hospital in 1998.  She spend 1 year in the small animal internal medicine, 8 years in the SA ICU, and 4 years in the UGA neurology department.   Anna also did several years of adjunct work with the Athens Technical College Veterinary Technology program before becoming a full time faculty member in 2011.   In 2015, Anna returned to the University of Georgia Veterinary Teaching Hospital, to supervise the newly created Small Animal Intermediate Care Ward, where she still currently works. She lives on her family farm, in Athens, GA with her husband Brian and son Zeb.

  • Ryan Cheek, RVT, VTS (ECC)

    Ryan was part of the first graduating class of the Veterinary Technology department at Gwinnett Technical College.  Upon graduation he spent time working at Zoo Atlanta and in an exotic animal practice.  However, it was emergency/critical care where Ryan found his passion and worked for 15 years before coming into the educational side of veterinary medicine.  Ryan became a registered veterinary technician in 1999 and earned his Veterinary Technician Specialty in Emergency/Critical Care in 2005.  He also holds a BAS in Veterinary Technology-Clinical Medicine and a MS and PhD in Instructional Technology.  He is certified in basic and advanced veterinary life support as well as being a certified BLS/ALS instructor.

    Ryan has served as a consultant to the NASPHV’s Compendium of Veterinary Standard Precautions for Zoonotic Disease Prevention in Veterinary Personnel, has spoken at numerous state and national veterinary conferences, published several articles in peer reviewed veterinary journals, and is the co-editor and contributing author of Exotic Animal Medicine for the Veterinary Technician, currently in its 3rd edition.

    Ryan is a member of NAVTA, GVTAA, VECCS, and ACVECCTN.  He served on the Executive Board of the GVTAA for 10 years and currently serves as a mentor to veterinary technicians wanting to achieve diplomat status in ACVECCTN.

    His interests in veterinary medicine includes toxicology, transfusion medicine, the application of human nursing theories and strategies to veterinary patients, non-diet related environmental enrichment in captive exotic animals, and the relationship between captive feeding techniques/nutrition and wild feeding behaviors/diets in birds and reptiles.  With regards to education, Ryan has an interest in assessing student achievement in clinical settings and non-traditional methods of student assessment.

  • Amber Goldman, RVT

    Amber Goldman, a native to the suburbs of Atlanta, began her career in veterinary medicine in 2012 at a downtown general practice.  She has always been driven by furthering her knowledge and medical skills, therefore joined the team at Saint Francis Veterinary Specialists and Emergency in 2013. She attended a distance education veterinary technology program at Cedar Valley College, completing her course work and achieving her RVT license in 2015 while also working full time as a veterinary assistant. Today, she is the lead nurse of the Saint Francis Radiology Department which supports a multi-specialty practice of 12 doctors. Mentoring is an important part of her job as she also coordinates intern schedules and serves as primary preceptor to veterinary nursing students from Gwinnett Technical College. Amber’s career goals include furthering that mentorship throughout the veterinary field by delivering lectures and teaching nurses the importance of diagnostic imaging with the clinical pearls she has learned along the way. In her free time, you’ll find Amber outside playing, working on her house or with her nose stuck in a book. She is the only daughter of 5 children and aspires to be known as “the cool aunt” in coming years. Oliver, her sassy orange kitty can usually be found nearby, if it suits him, of course.

  • Damion Asselin, RVT, VTS

    Damion Asselin graduated from St. Petersburg College in 2010 with a BAS in veterinary technology and received his VTS accreditation from the Academy of Veterinary Emergency & Critical Care Technicians and Nurses in 2017. He has worked in the Emergency & Critical Care unit at the UGA Veterinary Teaching Hospital since 2012.

  • Ashley A. McGaha, BAS, RVTg, VTS (Exotic Companion Animal)

    Ashley is originally from Macon Ga. She was accepted into the Veterinary Technology program at Fort Valley State University in Fort Valley, Georgia in 2007. In August 2010, she received her Bachelors of Applied Sciences degree in Veterinary Technology. Ashley was then hired onto the Zoological Medicine service at the University of Georgia Veterinary Teaching Hospital as an RVT. She has worked under Dr. Stephen Divers and Dr. Joerg Mayer since 2010 and enjoys being able to teach veterinary and veterinary technician students about zoological medicine. She was published in the “Exotic Animal Medicine for the Veterinary Technician” for the chapters on chinchillas and hedgehogs in 2016. She had her 15 minutes of fame in 2017 when she was on the cover of the Jan/Feb issue of “Today’s Veterinary Nurse.” On September 30 that same year, Ashley gave birth to a beautiful baby girl named “Willow.” In December of 2019 she completed her biggest career accomplishment to date by becoming specialized in Exotic Companion Animal medicine. When not at work she enjoys spending time with her family and her animals, 2 dogs, 1 cat, and 1 crested gecko.

  • Maggie Li Puma, DVM

    Dr. Li Puma is a current first-year Ophthalmology resident at the University of Georgia. She  completed her undergraduate work and DVM degree at Colorado State University, and a rotating internship in Small Animal Medicine and  Surgery at the University of  Georgia. She was a technician for the Ophthalmology service at Colorado State University’s  Veterinary Teaching Hospital throughout veterinary school.


Additional Information

This conference is offered in partnership with the GVTAA.

Full refunds are available for cancellations made by 5:00 p.m., 10 days prior to the beginning of your event. If a course is cancelled for any reason, the CVM will not be responsible for any charges related to travel.