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Veterinary Technician Conference 2017

Veterinary Technician Conference 2017

Sat, October 21, 2017

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 7 CE hours and will focus on a variety of patient care topics.  A continental breakfast and lunch will be provided to all attendees and there will be a door prizes raffled off as well.                                                                              

Event Agenda

8:00-8:30 Registration- Check-in and Continental Breakfast  
8:30-8:40 Welcome and Introductions  
8:40-9:30 “How not to fail when your patient’s heart does.” Gwendolin Smith, RVT 
9:30-10:20 “Enrichment - Little things that make a big difference.” Melinda Vongkunthong, RVT, RALAT
10:20-10:40 Refreshment Break  
10:40-11:30 “I got to pee, ya’ll. Bladder management in the small animal neuro patient      Anna Santos, RVT
11:30-12:20 “Seize the day, small animal seizure management.” Susan Arnold, DVM
12:20-1:20 Lunch  
1:20-2:10 “The Suite Life. Getting your patients from the OR through recovery” Kharma Wagner, DVM
2:10-3:00 "Hey There. What is YOUR type? I am DEA 1.1 +" Canine and Feline blood typing and blood products Anna Santos, RVT
3:00-3:15 Refreshment Break  
3:15-4:05 Heartworm:  Why can't it just be simple? Andy Moorhead, DVM, MS, PhD, DACVM

Event Fees

Technician Registration $95.00
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

Gwendolin Smith, RVT

Gwen Smith has been working in veterinary medicine in the Atlanta area for the past twenty-five years. Currently, she works in the cardiology department at Bluepearl Veterinary Specialists hospital in Atlanta, Georgia. Throughout her career she has been able to enjoy and experience many facets of animal medicine; the majority working in management positions and small animal ICU. She obtained a B.S. degree in biology from Kennesaw State University and an A.S. degree in veterinary technology from Cedar Valley College. She is the proud mother of two adult daughters. Her eldest daughter, Jessica, is working on her degree at KSU. While her youngest daughter, Daralynne, is a United States Sailor in the Navy.

Melinda Vongkunthong, RVT, RALAT


Melinda Vongkunthong, RVT, RALAT is a Registered Veterinary Technician and Registered Assistant Laboratory Animal Technician. She is a graduate of the University of Georgia with a degree in Animal and Dairy Sciences and has worked in almost all the aspects of small animal medicine and currently is working in research. She lives in Athens, Georgia where, with the help of her husband of fourteen years, is raising three wonderful kids and a small entourage of pets.

Anna Santos, BS, RVT


Anna currently works at the University of Georgia Veterinary Teaching Hospital as the Small Animal Intermediate Care Nursing Supervisor, where she manages the 24/7 step down and isolation units. Ms. Santos also spent several years working in the UGA’s small animal ICU and the neurology department, as well as serving as an adjunct and full time faculty member at Athens Technical College, Veterinary Technology program. She lives in Athens Ga with her husband, Brian and Son, Zeb.

Susan Arnold, DVM


Dr. Arnold is a second year neurology resident at the UGA College of Veterinary Medicine.

Kharma Wagner, DVM


Dr. Wagner is a board-certified veterinary surgeon who joined the veterinary team at the Veterinary Referral Surgery Practice in 2007. Dr. Wagner attended the University of Florida and received her bachelor’s degree in zoology in 1998. While at the University of Florida, Dr. Wagner was a member of Beta Eta Sigma honor society. She continued her education at the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Wagner was vice president of the Student Chapter of the American Veterinary Medical Association from 2000 to 2001 and class president from 2000 to 2001. She was awarded her doctorate of veterinary medicine in 2002. Dr. Wagner completed an internship in small animal medicine and surgery at VCA Franklin Park Animal Hospital and VCA Berwyn Animal Hospital in Chicago in 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 in 2007 and was awarded her master’s degree in veterinary clinical medicine in 2007. Dr. Wagner was inducted into Phi Zeta honor society in 2005. In 2008, she was named a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons. She presented original research at the American College of Veterinary Surgeons Symposium and was published in the journal Veterinary Surgery. Dr. Wagner is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, Georgia Veterinary Medical Association, and the Cobb County Veterinary Medical Association.

Andy Moorhead, DVM, MS, PhD


Dr. Moorehead graduated from NC State University in 1997. He then pursued his Masters from Purdue University in 2002 and his PhD from Cornell University in 2008. His research insterests include the potential development of macrocylic lactone resistance to Dirofilaria immitis, canine heartworm. He is currently I am the director of the Filariasis Research Reagent Resource Center (FR3). This NIH-funded resource provides filarial reagents to researchers across North America.

Contact Information

Contact: Melissa Kilpatrick

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  BLOCK CODE: VET
Holiday Inn Express  513 West Broad Street, Athens, GA  * 706-546-8122   BLOCK CODE: VET
Georgia Center Hotel 1197 South Lumpkin Street, Athens, GA  * 800.884.1381  BLOCK CODE: 88895
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.

Registration is Closed.

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