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GVTAA Spring Veterinary Technician Conference 2019

GVTAA Spring Veterinary Technician Conference

Sat, April 13, 2019

You are invited to attend the GVTAA Spring Veterinary Technician Conference at the University of Georgia, Veterinary Medical Center.  This event will provide 7 CE hours (including 1 hour of LEAP) and will focus on a variety of patient care topics.  

Event Agenda

8:00-8:30 Registration- Check-in and Continental Breakfast  
8:30-8:40 Welcome and Introductions  
8:40-9:30 Birds, Goats, and Pigs… Oh My! (rehabilitation for exotic and companion farm animals)     Jodi Seidel, RVT, CCRP
9:30-10:20 Maybe she’s born with it, maybe you’re just feeding your dog too much (weight loss and joint health) Jodi Seidel, RVT, CCRP
10:20-10:40 Refreshment Break  
10:40-11:30  Updates on Cat husbandry Jeremy Owens, RVT
11:30-12:20 Current Case Reports - round table discussions GVTAA Panel
12:20-1:20 Lunch  
1:20-2:10 Updates on CPR - A refresher on the recover guidelines and the ECC technician's role in CPR Damion Asselin, BS, RVT, VTS 
2:10-3:00 Paraneoplastic Syndromes: The Cancer Indicators Madeline Ederer, RVT, VTS
3:00-3:15 Refreshment Break  
3:15-4:05 Bioethics and Animal Hospice and Palliative Care for Veterinary Nurses  (LEAP) David Shuey, RVT, CHPT

Event Fees

Technician Registration $100.00
Student Registration $75.00
This event will provide a total of 7 CE hours  

This event will provide a total of 7 CE hours

Event Sponsors

Event Speakers

Jodi Seidel, RVT, CCRP


Jodi Seidel graduated tech school from Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids Iowa and became a registered vet tech in 2005. After graduation she moved to Columbia MO and worked as the small animal orthopedic surgery technician at the University of Missouri. She is currently the small animal rehab service supervisor and has been helping build the new service at the VMC since her arrival.

Jeremy Owens, RVT


Jeremy has been in veterinary medicine for 18 years, starting in September of 2000. He has worked in a variety of hospitals with different focuses, including several years at an exotics practice. In 2004 he became an EMT and worked in the streets for a 911 service in the Metro Atlanta area. In early 2007 he received his LVT from the state of Georgia and juggled both careers until 2009 when he stopped working as an EMT to focus on strengthening the human-animal bond among his clients. In 2010, after receiving his LVT from the commonwealth of Virginia, he started working for the Chesapeake Humane Society in their low cost spay/neuter clinic, which serviced communities in southeastern Virginia and northeastern North Carolina.
Returning home to Georgia in 2012, Jeremy began working at a cat only practice, where he could put his behavioral and fear free knowledge to practical work.

He lives with his wife, 4 cats, 2 dogs, and 2 birds in their home in Marietta, Ga and works at a small animal practice in Kennesaw, Ga that focuses on client education and fostering fear free relationships between medical staff, patients, and their people.

Damion Asselin, BS RVT, VTS (ECC)


Damion Asselin graduated from St. Petersburg College in 2010 with an BAS in veterinary technology. He has worked in the Emergency & Critical Care unit at the UGA Veterinary Medical Center since 2012.

Madeline Ederer, RVT, VTS (Oncology)


Madeline Ederer has been in the field of veterinary medicine for 11 years. She is currently employed with the University of Georgia Veterinary Teaching hospital, where she works as a radiation oncology veterinary technician. Madeline received her VTS in oncology with the Academy of Internal Medicine for Veterinary Technicians in 2016. Madeline’s love for oncology started when she began working in the field 7 years ago. She strives to stay current on the ever changing standards of care and routinely attends the Veterinary Cancer Society’s annual conference.

David Shuey, RVT, CHPT


Dave Shuey is a Veterinary Nurse, pianist, horse-owner, and (very) amateur dressage rider. He holds certifications from the International Association for Animal Hospice and Palliative Care, the Companion Animal Euthanasia Training Academy, and the Human-Animal Bond Research Institute. He served for several years at the University of Georgia Veterinary Teaching Hospital in Athens, GA in Anesthesia and Large Animal ICU, before pursuing his passion in end-of-life care. Dave is the Senior Technician at Main Street Vet in Madison, GA, providing hospice and palliative care including euthanasia, as well as education for clients, staff, and the community. He is also a sought-after conference speaker and writer on end-of-life topics. Dave holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in piano performance and pedagogy, and performs solo recitals in public from time to time. He lives in Greensboro, GA with his wife Jenny and their four horses, two dogs, and six cats.

Contact Information

Contact: Cheryl Kennedy

Driving Directions

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Event Parking


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

Event Hotels

Holiday Inn 197 East Broad Street, Athens, GA 706-549-4433
Springhill Suites 220 South Hull Street Athens, Georgia 30605  Group Code: UGA VET GVTAA
Georgia Center Hotel 1197 South Lumpkin Street, Athens, GA  * 800.884.1381  GROUP CODE: 91549 
Hilton Garden Inn 390 Washington Street, Athens, GA  * 706.363.9948 
The Hotel Indigo 500 College Avenue, Athens, GA * 706.546.0430 
Courtyard by Marriott  166 North Finley Street, Athens, GA  * 706.369.7000 

*Registration fee includes: continental breakfast, refreshment breaks, lunch, and instructional materials.

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.

The University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine, founded in 1946, is dedicated to training future veterinarians, to conducting research related to animal diseases, and to providing veterinary services for animals and their owners. Our research efforts are aimed at enhancing the quality of life for animals and people, improving the productivity of poultry and livestock, and preserving a healthy interface between wildlife and people in the environment they share.

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