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GVTAA Veterinary Technician Conference

GVTAA Veterinary Technician Conference

Sat, November 03, 2018

 The 2018 Veterinary Technician and Veterinary Assisant Conference, will cover a variety of topics relevant to caring for small and large animal patients.  This program includes 1 hour of LEAP.

Event Agenda

8:00-8:30 Check-In and Continental Breakfast - Educational Building 
  Small Animal Sessions - Alumni Hall Large Animal Sessions - Room 1915
8:30-8:40 Welcome and Introductions Welcome and Introductions
8:40-9:30  Updates in Vaccines                                                                                Ira Roth, DVM Sheep, Goats & Pigs...Oh My! Rehabilitation for companion farm animals           Jodi Seidel, RVT
9:30-10:20 Updates in Feline Lower Urinary Tract Nutrition                                   Rebecca Bechard, DVM  Equine Colic workup                                                                                         Jennifer Woods RVT, VTS (Equine)
10:20-10:40 Refreshment Break Refreshment Break
10:40-11:30 Cat husbandry - How to better serve your feline overlords                        Jeremy Owens, RVT How to approach a horse in Shock                                    Jared Williams MS, DVM, PhD, DACVS-LA, DAVCECC

Animal Hospice: An Idea Whose Time has come                               David Shuey, RVT, CHPT

Managing Equine Wounds and Bandaging                                                            Stephanie  Gabriel RVT, VTS (Equine)

12:20-  1:30 Lunch
  Afternoon Sessions will be in Alumni Hall  
1:30-2:20 Pediatric dentistry - What to look for during puppy and kitty visits     Amy Edwards, RVT, VTS
2:20-3:10 Anesthesia Machine Form, Function, & Troubleshooting       Kelli Gill, RVT, VTS
3:10-3:25 Refreshment Break
3:25-4:15 Basics of Inventory Management        Nicole Clausen
4:15 5:10 Recognizing cases of animal cruelty, abuse and neglect -LEAP   - Jo Smith, MS, VetMB, PhD, DACVIM

Event Fees

*Program schedule is subject to change*

Event Sponsors

Event Speakers

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!

Jeremy Ernst-Verhine, 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.

Ira Roth, DVM


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.

Kelli Gill, RVT, VTS(Anesthesia)


Kelli Gill graduated from The Bel Rea Institute of Animal Technology in Denver, Colorado in 2002. She has over 20 years of experience in the veterinary field working in a variety of areas, however, she has always had a special interest in anesthesia. She has worked for a technician owned and operated veterinary anesthesia machine service and sales company, Vetamac since 2016. Prior to that, spent the previous 8 years working in a busy specialty practice in the surgery department where she provided in-house training seminars, lectures for referring veterinary practices in the Atlanta area and continuing education for the community. She obtained her Veterinary Technician Specialty in Anesthesia in 2012. She is a member of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society as well as Academy of Veterinary Technicians in Anesthesia and Analgesia.

Nicole Clausen

Jodi Seidel, RVT


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.

Jarred Williams, MS, DVM, PhD, DACVS (Large Animal), DACVECC


Dr. WIlliams is a Clinical Assistant Professor, Large Animal Emergency Medicine at UGA. Dr. Williams received his Bachelor of Science (2000), Master of Science (2002), and DVM degree (2006) from the University of Georgia. He did his rotating internship at Alamo Pintado Equine Medical Center in California, and subsequently completed 2 residencies in Equine Surgery and Equine Emergency/Critical Care, and a PhD at Ohio State University. In 2013, he returned home to join the Department of Large Animal Medicine at the University of Georgia, where he is a Clinical Assistant Professor of both Surgery and Emergency and Critical Care. Dr. Williams is board certified as a Diplomate in the American College of Veterinary Surgeons and the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care. His clinical and research interests are in the areas of hypoperfusion and colic.

Jennifer Woods RVT, VTS (Equine)

Stephanie Gabriel RVT, VTS (Equine)

Jo Smith, MS, VetMB, PhD, DACVIM


Dr. Jo Smith received her veterinary degree from the University of Cambridge in 1997. 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 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.

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: Melissa Kilpatrick

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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  Block Code VET
Holiday Inn Express  513 West Broad Street, Athens, GA  * 706-546-8122
Block Code: VET
The Graduate Hotel 295 E. Dougherty Street, Athens, GA  706-5497020   Group Code UGA
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 30606

*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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