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GVTAA Veterinary Technician Conference

Hosted by: Office of Continuing Education
From: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm

The 2019 Veterinary Technician and Veterinary Assistant Conference will cover a variety of topics relevant to caring for small and large animal patients.  This program is worth 7 hours of CE credit, which includes 2 hours of LEAP (Approval code GBVM-2151).

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Event Information

Registration Fee : $100


UGA Veterinary Education Center
2200 College Station Rd
Athens, GA 30602
United States


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

Event Location

Event Agenda


Start Time
End Time
8:00 am 8:30 am
Check-In and Continental Breakfast

Veterinary Education Center

8:30 am 8:40 am
Welcome and Introductions
Jamie Rauscher, RVT
8:40 am 9:30 am
Nutritional Modulation of the GI Microbiome
Dr. Rebecca Bechard, Hills Pet Nutrition
9:30 am 10:20 am
The ABCs of the CBC: What, When, and Why
Dr. Dennis DiNicola, IDEXX
10:20 am 10:40 am
Refreshment Break
10:40 am 12:20 pm
Rabies – A Timeless Disease
Dr. James Freeman, Boehringer-Ingelheim

LEAP approval code: GBVM-2151

12:20 pm 1:15 pm
1:20 pm 2:10 pm
Medicating Tricks & Tips - How to Medicate Cats Positively!
Ingrid Johnson, Certified Cat Behavior Consultant, Fundamentally Feline
2:10 pm 3:00 pm
Anesthetic Considerations for the Brachycephalic Breed
Priscilla Paradise, RVT
3:00 pm 3:15 pm
Refreshment Break
3:15 pm 4:05 pm
Equine Lameness
Dr. Randy B. Eggleston, DVM, DACVS


  • Rebecca Bechard, DVM

    After graduating from Kansas State College of Veterinary Medicine in 2010, Dr. Bechard completed a rotating internship at Carolina Veterinary Specialists in Charlotte, NC. Following her internship, Dr. Bechard remained in the Charlotte area where she practiced for eight years before accepting a position with Hill’s. She has recently moved to the Atlanta area with her family and is excited to explore her new city!

  • Dennis DeNicola, DVM, PhD, DACVP

    Dr. DeNicola completed his DVM in 1978 and his PhD in 1981, both at Purdue University. For more than 20 years, he served as educator in clinical and surgical pathology and directed the clinical pathology laboratory. In addition, he directed the primary cytology and surgical pathology service at the veterinary school laboratory and ran a private pathology service for 15 years. A speaker at more than 200 national and international education symposia, Dr. DeNicola also has authored or coauthored more than 150 publications in various aspects of veterinary clinical pathology. At IDEXX Laboratories, Dr. DeNicola serves as medical affairs fellow and clinical pathologist providing educational activities and supporting the IDEXX research and development efforts. In 2017, Dr. DeNicola received the American Society for Veterinary Clinical Pathology Lifetime Achievement Award.

  • Randy B. Eggleston, DVM, DACVS

    Dr. Eggleston is a clinical professor at the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine. He graduated from Kansas State University and completed a surgery residency at the University of Georgia.

  • James Freeman, DVM

    Dr. Freeman did his undergraduate work at the University of Arkansas and received his DVM degree in 1986 from Kansas State University. Following graduation he served in the US Army Veterinary Corps for seven years with assignments in Arkansas, Germany and Texas. He left active duty in 1993 and joined a small animal practice in Cabot Arkansas.
    In 1995, he accepted a position with Rhone Merieux, Inc. (and later Merial Limited) working in technical services, pharmacovigilance and regulatory affairs. In 1999, Dr. Freeman left Merial and accepted a position with Pfizer Animal Health as a field technical services veterinarian supporting their companion animal products. In 2001, Dr. Freeman rejoined Merial as a member of the Veterinary Technical Solutions Team providing telephone support for Merial products. In January of 2004, he moved into the role of field-based Technical Services Veterinarian in Field Veterinary Services. Throughout his career at Merial, Dr. Freeman has participated in the product launches of Immiticide, Frontline, Metacam, Previcox, Recombitek and PureVax vaccines and NexGard. In January 2017, Dr. Freeman transitioned to Boehringer-Ingelheim Animal Health where he is currently a Sr. Professional Services Veterinarian assigned to the Atlanta District, which covers the northern third of Georgia and southeastern Tennessee.
    Throughout his career in industry, Dr. Freeman maintained an active commission in the US Army Reserve and retired in 2006 with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. Dr. Freeman is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the American Association of Industry Veterinarians, and the Georgia Veterinary Medical Association. In his spare time, Dr. Freeman enjoys spending time with his family, working outdoors, and indulging in a number of hobbies.

  • Ingrid Johnson, CCBC

    Ingrid Johnson is a Certified Cat Behavior Consultant (CCBC) through The International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC). She is employed at Paws Whiskers and Claws, a feline only veterinary hospital and has been working exclusively with cats since 1999.
    Ingrid operates Fundamentally Feline, providing in home and phone consultations for clients experiencing behavior challenges with their cat(s). In addition to behavior consultations, Ingrid publishes educational blog content, manages Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages, makes her own line of feline foraging toys, scratching posts and scratch pads, and litter boxes.
    In the Fall of 2016 a paper she co-authored, Food puzzles for cats: Feeding for physical and emotional well-being, was published in the JFMS and to compliment it she co-developed a website called FoodPuzzlesforCats.com. Ingrid’s home, cats, and environmental enrichment expertise has been featured on Animal Planet’s Cats101 show. She filmed for the website WebMD and has created a series of educational How-To videos of her own, viewable on Fundamentally Feline’s website. She has been appointed Co-Director of Paw Project-Georgia, working towards ending the cruel practice of de-clawing cats.
    Cat Fancy magazine’s 2008 “Home Issue” showcased her feline friendly accommodations and the aesthetically pleasing ways you can provide for your cats innate basic needs while still having a home the humans can enjoy.
    Ingrid shares her home with husband Jake, seven rescue cats, and Sebastian, a rescued Great Pyrenees Dog.

  • Priscilla Paradise, RVT

    Priscilla Paradise received her Bachelor’s degree at Purdue University’s Veterinary Technology Program with a strong interest in critical care and anesthesia. Priscilla pursued her first passion (emergency/critical care) for 4 years in Houston, TX before deciding to change the pace. Priscilla started working as an anesthesia veterinary technologist at the Veterinary Referral Surgical Practice (VRSP) in Marietta, GA in 2013. She is currently splitting her time between VRSP and Auburn’s small animal anesthesia department where she teaches the next generation of veterinarians. During her down time, Priscilla volunteers for ViDAS, a nonprofit organization that spays/neuters pets in countries overwhelmed by pet overpopulation.


Additional Information

*Program schedule is subject to change

Refund/Cancellation Policy:

  • Non-Lab Conference: Refunds are available for cancellations made by 5 p.m. ET, 10 days prior to the beginning of your event.
  • Wet Lab Conference: Refunds are available for cancellations made by 5 p.m., 45 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.
  • For courtesy and liability reasons, we prohibit children and domestic animals (except working animals, e.g., guide dogs) at our CE conferences.
  • Each conference participant may receive mail from companies or individuals who have obtained names and addresses from course registrations as permitted by the Georgia Open Records Act.

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Parking and Directions

Location Details
The event will take place at our Veterinary Education Center, which is located next to our teaching hospital on the east side of Athens, Ga. Please reference our map for parking information.

Travel Information
The Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) is the most convenient airport to use when attending a conference in Athens. Groome Transportation offers an excellent shuttle service to and from the Atlanta Airport and Athens. For more information and to schedule a reservation, please visit http://athens.groometransportation.com/.