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GTVAA Veterinary Technician Conference

GTVAA Veterinary Technician Conference 2016

Sat, November 05, 2016

You are invited to attend the Georgia Veterinary Technician and Assistant Association's Fall Conference at the University of Georgia.  This event will provide a total of 9 CE hours.  We will be offering 2 amazing tracks this year and 1 hour of LEAP.  Topics will include vaccinations, nutrition, dentistry, nutraceuticals, CPR, behavior and urine analysis, orthopedic development disease, bandaging and wound management, orthopedic radiology positioning, as well as a Physical Therapy/Rehabilitation lab. In addition to breakfast and lunch will be raffling off door prizes throughout the day.  


Event Agenda

8:00-8:20 Registration Check-in and Continental Breakfast
8:20-8:30 Welcome
  Tract 1- GVMA Room 1907 Tract 2- Alumni Hall 1920
8:30-9:20    Urine Sediment Analyzer:the complete Urinalysis
Dr. Rita Chapman, sponsored by Idexx
Development Orthopedic Disease
Steven Fredrick, RVT
   9:20-10:10          Fatty Acids in Veterinary MedicineDr.
Bruce Klink, sponsored by Bayer
Immune Mediated Polyarthropathy
Colleen Ruderman, RVT, VTS (SAIM)
10:10-10:30 Refreshment Break
10:30-11:20 Nutritional Management of
CKD in Dogs & Cats
Dr. Acaia Roman-Latorre,
sponsored by Royal Canin
Care and assessment of the orthopedic patient
following major trauma
Dr. Kevin Winkler
11:20-12:10 Over Vaccination- Myth or Reality
Dr. Bonnie Bragdon, Sponsored by Merck
Bandaging for Orthopedic cases & wound management
Dr.Kahrma Wagner
12:10-1:30 Lunch-Leap Lecture
Dr. Jo Smith
1:30-2:20 Rabies-A Timeless Disease
Dr. James Freeman, sponsored by Merial
Bad Bones and Broken Backs:
Tips  for Small Animal Orthopedic &
Neurologic Radiographic Positioning
-Dr. Mason Savage
2:20-3:10 Low stress handling for cats
Every technician's dream come true
Dr. Leticia Dantas, sponsored by Vetoquinol
Osteoarthritis, rehab, and the multimodal approach.
Jodi Seidel, RVT, CCRP
3:10-3:25 Refreshment Break
3:25-4:15 CPR: You CAN do it!
Jennifer Hardy, RVT, VTS ECC
PT Lab: 
*Will include 3 stations:
hands on palpation, laser applications,
and underwater treadmill and TherEx demos
-Jodi Seidel
4:25-5:05 Tactical Detection of Tooth Resorption for Technicians
Amy Edwards, RVT, VTS Dentistry
PT Lab
*Will include 3 stations:
hands on palpation, laser applications,
and underwater treadmill and TherEx demos
-Jodi Seidel

Event Fees

Veterinary Technician $95.00
Veterinary Technician Student $75.00
Vet Tech Lecture and PT Lab
(Limited Capacity: 30)
This course provides 9 CE hours  

Event Sponsors

Event Speakers

Steven Frederick, RVT


Steven has worked in the surgery department at Georgia Veterinary Specialists since March of 2010, where his practice was limited primarily to the orthopedic service in 2014 – the same year he was admitted to the Academy of Veterinary Surgical Technicians (AVST). He enjoys teaching and research, especially pertaining to orthopedic surgery. He is currently serving as the president elect of the AVST.

Bruce Klink, DVM


Dr. Bruce Klink is a graduate of The Pennsylvania State University College of Agriculture and the University Of Pennsylvania School Of Veterinary Medicine. He practiced companion animal medicine for ten years in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania and Wheaton, Illinois and enjoyed special interests in surgery and reproduction. Dr. Klink joined Bayer Animal Health in December 2006.

Colleen Ruderman, RVT, VTS (SAIM)


Ms. Ruderman graduated from Gwinnett Technical College in 2001 with an AAS in veterinary technology. Her focus has primarily been in internal medicine and in 2008 she obtained her veterinary technician specialty in small animal internal medicine. I have been with Blue Pearl Georgia Veterinary Specialists since 2004. My interests are primarily in endocrine and infectious disease processes. I recently accepted the roll of hospital technician trainer for the 3 BluePearl Georgia locations in March of this year.

Acaia Roman, DVM


Dr. Roman-Latorre earned her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Tuskegee University School of Veterinary Medicine in 1994 and owned a mixed animal practice in Puerto Rico from 1995-2008. In 2008, Dr. Roman relocated to the state of Georgia and worked as a small animal practitioner until June 2012. Dr. Roman has participated in continuing education programs on nutrition and presentation skills. She is a RACE certified speaker on Royal Canin continuing education programs in areas such as nutritional management of diseases of the skin, gastrointestinal tract, urological tract and obesity. She is also a member of the American Association of Veterinary Nutritionists.

Kevin Winkler, DVM, DACVS


Dr. Kevin Winkler received his BS and DVM from the University of Georgia. He continued at the University of Illinois, where he completed an internship and surgical residency. Board certified in veterinary surgery. Dr. Winkler is a small animal surgeon with Georgia Veterinary Specialists in Atlanta, GA. He is a member of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons, the American Veterinary Medical Association, the Georgia Veterinary Medical Association, the Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society, and the Veterinary Wound Management Society.

Kahrma Wagner, DVM, MS, DACVS


Dr. Wagner completed an internship in small animal medicine and surgery at VCA Franklin Park Animal Hospital and VCA Berwyn Animal Hospital in Chicago from 2002 to 2003; she received the Intern of the Year Award in 2003. She went on to complete a residency in small animal surgery at the University of Illinois from 2004 to 2007 and was awarded her Master’s Degree in Veterinary Clinical Medicine in 2007. In 2008, she was named a Diplomat of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons. Dr. Wagner is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association and the Veterinary Orthopedic Society.

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 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. He is currently a Sr. Technical Service Veterinarian assigned to the Atlanta District which covers the state of Georgia.

Mason Savage, DVM, DACVR


Dr. Savage has many clinical interests to include congenital and anatomic diseases (such as portosystemic shunts, ectopic ureters and congenital brain and spinal diseases) and vascular diseases (pulmonary and other vascular embolic diseases, AV malformations and portal vein diseases). He got his DVM from the University of Georgia. Dr. Savange did an internship for Small Animal Medicine and Surgery and his residency for Diagnostic Imaging at North Carolina State University. He is Board Certified in Veterinary Radiology

Leticia M. S. Dantas, DVM, MS, PhD, DACVB


Dr. Dantas earned her DVM at the Universidade Federal Fluminense in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in 2003. She obtained a M.S. on feline medicine and welfare in 2008 and a Ph.D. on domestic cat social behavior and environmental enrichment for shelter and communally housed cats in 2010. Dr. Dantas has over 15 years of experience working in academia. She has taught Ethology, Behavioral Medicine, Bioethics and Animal Welfare Science and trained senior veterinary students in Clinical Behavioral Medicine. In 2009, she came to the U.S. to work at at the Behavioral Medicine service at the University of Georgia’s Veterinary Teaching Hospital, where she also did her residency. She is the co-founder and director of ZooPsych, Inc., a consulting business in behavioral medicine and animal mental health, is a member of the advisory panel for the Fear Free initiative and is currently the director and attending faculty of the Veterinary Teaching Hospital’s Behavioral Medicine Service.

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. In 2008 she became certified in canine rehab and helped build the small animal rehab program at Missouri. In 2010, she went on to work in a private practice rehab and surgery facility in Roswell, GA until she accepted a position at UGA in 2015. She is currently the small animal rehab service supervisor and has been helping build the new service at the VMC since her arrival.

Jennifer Hardy, A.A.S., B.S., CVT, RVT, VTS (ECC)


Jennifer graduated from Colorado State University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Equine Science. She then continued her education at Bel-Rea Veterinary Technology in Denver, CO.; on completion also received certification as a Certified Veterinary Technician (2004). Jennifer has been working as a veterinary technician for over 12 years and has achieved her Veterinary Technician Specialty in Emergency and Critical Care (VTS) ECC. Jennifer’s passion is triage and emergency. She is inspired by the detective thrill, pathophysiology, thinking outside the box and complexity of a diversity of critical cases in ECC.

Amy Edwards, RVT, VTS


Amy Edwards is originally from NC where she graduated from veterinary technician school in 1997. She relocated to GA with her husband Keith in 1999 and has been employed with Atlanta Veterinary Dental Services since 2004. In 2011 she was awarded the title of Veterinary Technician Specialist in Dentistry after completing the 2 year process and passing the board exam in dentistry. She enjoys teaching others the value that dentistry has on the overall health of pets and how to implement dentistry into their clinics.

Kristen Chapman, DVM


Kristen graduated from Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2000. She practiced small animal emergency medicine in Dallas Texas for 5 years and then moved to Houston and spent 8 years at a small animal practice near NASA’s Johnson Space Center. In June 2013 she entered the pharmaceutical industry as a Professional Services Veterinarian with Novartis Animal Health and then a Regional Consulting Veterinarian for Elanco Animal Health. In July 2016 she joined the Professional Services Veterinary team at Idexx.

Jo Smith, MS, VetMB, PhD, DACVIM


Dr. Jo Smith received her veterinary degree from the University of Cambridge in 1997. After a year in private practice she returned to Cambridge to complete a PhD in immunology. This was followed by internships at Davies White Veterinary Specialists, UK, and Purdue University, before her residency in small animal internal medicine at the University of Tennessee. She has worked at the University of Tennessee as a Clinical Instructor and lectured in veterinary endocrinology at the University of Nottingham, UK. She became board-certified by the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (Small Animal Internal Medicine) in 2007.
In January 2009, she joined the University of Georgia.

Bonnie Bragdon, DVM


Dr. Bragdon received her DVM and her MS degree from the Ohio State University. She started out as an Associate Veterinarian at Southpointe Animal Hospital and currently works for Merick Animal Health as a Technical Services Veterinarian. She is a member of American Veterinary Medical Association and the American Association of Industry Veterinarians.

Contact Information

Contact: Melissa Kilpatrick

Event Location

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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  
Holiday Inn Express  513 West Broad Street, Athens, GA  * 706-546-8122
Georgia Center Hotel 1197 South Lumpkin Street, Athens, GA  * 800.884.1381 
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 
Springhill Suites 3500 Daniells Bridge Road, Athens, GA

*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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