AHNA’s Fall Season Full of Classes for Staff

Our staff have been kept quite busy attending continuing education seminars and conferences this fall. We thank them for keeping us up-to-date on the ever-evolving knowledge available to provide the best care for your pet.

Registered Veterinary Technicians Kelly, Robin and Lisa attended the Greater Smokey Mountains Veterinary Conference, October 29 through November 2. Each one attended variety of different lectures and all came back excited about the new information they had gained. Kelly enjoyed learning more about proteinuria, feline pancreatitis, and diabetic ketoacidosis. Robin concentrated on new methods of bandaging following surgery, post op rehabilitation following ACL surgery, and treatments for ear diseases. Lisa learned more about diagnosing renal failure and about adrenal disease.

Registered Veterinary Technicians Jen and Ginamarie flew all the way to Chicago for the VetBloom Veterinary Technician Anesthesia Symposium on October 14 and 15. It was two intense days of class but they were thrilled to learn even more about performing local nerve blocks, epidurals, and the latest on anesthetic protocols for geriatric patients and those with cardiovascular disease and respiratory problems. 

Dr. Sim and Registered Veterinary Technicians Emily and Jodi flew to Minneapolis to attend the Veterinary Dental Forum from October 29 through November 2. Dr. Sim studied the latest and more advanced ways to anesthetize sick and chronically diseased patients for oral surgery, as well as learning advanced fracture repair for fractured jaws, new approaches to orthodontics, and oral tumor removal and treatment. Jodi and Emily studied the registered veterinary technician’s role in crown therapy, how to incorporate feline friendly techniques into dentistry (and were happy to learn that we already go above and beyond what was taught), newest information on nerve blocks and anesthetic protocols, and the technician’s role in educating clients about the need for dental care in their pets.

Dr. Plankenhorn visited Washington, DC, from November 3rd through the 6th to attend the American Association of Feline Practitioners meeting. This year’s focus was on feline behavior and respiratory diseases. She looks forward to sharing some great information with our doctors and staff, and with our cat-loving clients in future newsletters.

We are most excited to announce that Registered Veterinary Technician Evelyn took a nine-hour certification course to become certified in Fear Free Veterinary Care. She is the first of our staff to become individually certified but many more will follow. On November 9th, thirty of the AHNA doctors and staff attended a two-hour lecture by Marty Becker, DVM who is leading the Fear Free movement across America. Our goal is always to provide Fear Free veterinary care and we were proud to learn that we are already following many of Dr. Becker’s recommendation. We look forward to using this training to continue to improve your pet’s experience at our hospital.