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GVTAA Veterinary Technician Conference Fall 2019

GVTAA Veterinary Technician Conference

Sat, October 05, 2019 - Sat, October 05, 2019

 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 includes 2 hours of LEAP (Approval code GBVM-2151).

Event Agenda

8:00-8:30 Check-In and Continental Breakfast - Educational Building 
8:30-8:40 Welcome and Introductions Jamie Rauscher, RVT
8:40-9:30  Making Complicated GI Issues Simple                                                                                Dr. Rebecca Bechard, Hills Pet Nutrition
9:30-10:20 The ABCs of the CBC: What, When, and Why                                   Dr. Dennis DiNicola, IDEXX
10:20-10:40 Refreshment Break
10:40-12:20 Rabies – A Timeless Disease 

Dr. James Freeman, Boehringer-Ingelheim

12:20-  1:15 Lunch
1:20-2:10 Medicating Tricks & Tips - How to Medicate Cats Positively!

Ingrid Johnson, Certified Cat Behavior Consultant, Fundamentally Feline

2:10-3:00 Anesthetic Considerations for the Brachycephalic Breed Priscilla Paradise, RVT
3:00-3:15 Refreshment Break
3:15-4:05 Equine Lameness Dr. Randy B. Eggleston, DVM, DACVS

Event Fees

Registration Fee $100       
This course offers 7 hours of CE credit, which includes 2 hours of LEAP.

Registration fees include continental breakfast, refreshment breaks, and lunch. 

*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!

Dennis DiNicola, DVM

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

Ingrid Johnson, CCBC

Priscilla Paradise, RVT

Contact Information

Contact: Cheryl Kennedy
Phone: 706.542.1451

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  
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   
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

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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