WVTA Newsletter July 2014


President's Message

Each year I am reminded by veterinary technician student interns and recent graduates alike, that they want an exciting and diverse career like I have chosen. I have had the privilege of working with several students on internship, rotating through our hospital. I see the excitement and nervousness of the first few days. I have witnessed the first successful venipuncture and the sheer satisfaction of restraining the rambunctious Labrador. Throughout the externship I see the confidence build and completely understand the sense of accomplishment at trainings end. I was there once too and so were many of you. Day to day we can get overwhelmed by tasks and might feel under appreciated, but I am asking you to take time sometime this week to remember why you chose this career path. Remember the excitement of your first day and what really gives you a sense of accomplishment at the end of the workweek. It is worth it!

Jill Medenwaldt, CVT, VTS (Anesthesia)

WVTA President


We are excited to introduce our Thursday speakers for the fall convention! We will be introducing more speakers in upcoming newsletters. Feel free to get to know all the speakers and plan for what you would like to learn about at this year's convention. Registration is now open!

Thursday Schedule

David Liss, BA, RVT, VTS (ECC, SAIM), CVPM

What to do in the first 5 minutes!: Triage & Initial Stabilization for Techs

Nursing stat!: Critical Care Patient Nursing 101

Gasp! Respiratory Emergencies

Garbage Gut: Acute Pancreatitis

It's a bloat!: The dreaded GDV

Blood Gases: Demystify the numbers

Barbara Royal, DVM, CVA

A Day of Pain Management Strategies - Integrative and Practical Options

Part 1: Diet - Don't give up, try food

Part 2: Practical Application of Integrative Techniques in Pain Management

Katherine Dobbs, RVT, CVPM, PHR, CVPM

From Technician to Manager Track

Making the Move to Management

Is That Really MY Job? Define and Evaluate

Tough Clients: From Grieving to Grumbling

Where Does the Money Go?

Finding the Job You Love

Keeping the Job You Love

Watch for Friday's Highlights in the next newsletter or check out the full schedule: Click Here!

We can't wait to see you at this years convention! Mark your calendars for October 9-12th, 2014!!!

Important Links



2014 Convention Schedule - Detailed

Convention Registration: New or Current Member

Convention Registration: Student

Paper Convention Registration (Mail or Fax in)


2015 Membership Registration Form New or Current Member

Paper Membership Registration Form (Mail or Fax in)

2014 Technician of the Year Nomination Form

2014 Veterinarian of the Year Nomination Form

Need some incentive to nominate those deserving people you know? For each nomination (limit one tech/one dvm) you submit, you will receive a gift certificate for $15 off either membership or convention. The nominations must be valid and completely filled out.

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Annual Elections 2014

Do you love your profession, have great ideas and want to be a leader of the WVTA?! Our annual elections for our executive board will be held in October, during our annual fall convention. We are currently taking nominations for new members and we would love to have you on board. We currently have the following positions open: President-Elect (3yr), Member at Large (1yr), Member at Large (2yr). You don’t need any previous experience other than your passion for being a vet tech. Board members have a voice in our convention, CE opportunities, member drives and newsletters. To review position descriptions and submit your name for nomination, please click here.

WVTA Spring CE

The WVTA Spring CE was held on Saturday June 21st in West Bend, WI this year. Digging into Dermatology was the topic with a lecture and wet lab included. We were fortunate enough to have speaker Timothy Ness, DVM, DACVD to lecture this year. Dr. Ness works out of the Veterinary Specialty Center in the dermatology department in Buffalo Grove, IL. Dr. Ness lectured on topics such as Canine and Feline Pyoderma, Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus, Atopic dermatitis, Intradermal allergy testing, and allergen-specific immunotherapy. Sample collection and identification of clinical dermatology cases were highlighted during the lecture. Ectoparasites, skin scrapes, trichography, fungal cultures, bacterial cultures, & cutaneous cytology were topics further explored throughout the day. The group openly discussed the technician’s role and importance in dermatology cases. After the lecture a wet lab on proper biopsy procedures, cytology identification, and case studies wrapped up this very informative and fun CE. – Khrista Linnevold, CVT

Contact information for the WVTA

Website: www.WVTA.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/wisvettech

Phone: 414-379-6793

Fax: 414-529-6895

Email: jendodge@wvta.com *New email address*

Mailing Address: WVTA - 12321 W. Godsell Avenue - Hales Corners, WI 53130