Veterinary Technician Symposium

September 30 - October 2, 2019
CE Hours: 24
Instructors: Debbie Martin, Kara Burns, Ed Carlson, Benita Altier,
Candice Hoerner, Kate Lenio, & Bryan Stephens

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About This Course

The event is a unique opportunity for veterinary technicians to increase knowledge and sharpen skills in nutrition, dentistry, and imaging over three days. Offered at the world-famous Oquendo Center in Las Vegas, NV, expert instructors using today’s most innovative instructional approaches and technology present skill-based training in critical practice areas.

Learning Objectives

  1. Experience hands-on exercises that translate immediately to new skills.
  2. Master and practice techniques in the superbly equipped Oquendo Center.
  3. Interact with a like-minded group of technicians who are serious about their careers.
  4. Enhance proficiency to improve patient care.
  5. Have FUN in the entertainment capital of the world.


  • Date(s): September 30 - October 2, 2019
  • Venue: Oquendo Center | Las Vegas, NV
  • Category: Imaging, Dentistry & Nutrition
  • Enrollment Capacity: 120
  • CE Hours: 24

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Keynote Speaker...

Debbie Martin, LVT, CPDT-KA, KPA CTP, VTS (Behavior)
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Instructor ...

Kara Burns, MS, MEd, LVT, VTS (Nutrition)

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Ed Carlson, CVT, VTS (Nutrition)
Ethos Veterinary Health


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Benita Altier, LVT, VTS (Dentistry)
Washington State Association of Veterinary Technicians 


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Candice Hoerner, CVT, VTS (Dentistry)
Big Sky Veterinary Dentistry Education, LLC



Kate Lenio, MS, EdD

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Bryan Stephens, PhD
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Participate in fun exercises to improve your identification of common oral pathology, build confidence using dental equipment and become an expert in dental radiology. 


  1. Explore techniques to properly image strategic teeth such as the maxillary pre-molars and molars.

  2. Learn specifics on how to identify, hold and use dental instruments as well as sharpening common dental tools.

  3. Determine the reasons clients don't say yes to dental care, and what role we play in educating them otherwise.

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At the completion of this unit of instruction, students will be able to describe ultrasound principles (physics, echogenicity, artifacts, image formation) and describe basic image optimization tools (frequency, depth, focus gains).


  1. Be able to describe CT principles (x-ray generation/detection, rotation/translation logistics, rotation/translation logistics, difference between scout/helical/axial scan, differences between cone beam/slice CT)

  2. Learn how to position a patient and set up a CT protocol, acquire CT in a variety of protocol/reconstructions and view/manipulate/visualize the study in 2D/MPR/3D

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Discover a variety of important skills which are necessary to educate clients on nutrition, answer client questions about pet food, and make nutritional recommendations, grain-free diets and feeding tube placement and so much more!


  1. Learn important calculations such as: calculating a patients RER, calculating the daily caloric requirement of patients at different life stages, and calculating dry matter basis to compare a canned food to dry food. 

  2. How to place NE & NG feeding tubes, including proper suturing techniques.

  3. Understand the facts, health risks and common misconceptions of grain-free diets.

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Oquendo Center...

Where Cutting-Edge Technology Meets State-of-the-Art Education

All the tools you need to succeed, all in one extraordinary learning environment. Oquendo Center, WVC’s one-of-a-kind medical education facility, is devoted to practical, clinical, experience-based learning. Distinctively designed for medical professionals to collaborate, teach, and learn, this cutting-edge center is fully equipped with advanced technology, a large luxury theater for group learning and expert-led lectures, and a variety of intimate spaces for workshops and small-group discussions. Oquendo Center continues to be a sought-out destination for forward-thinking education and innovation, optimized to advance the field of medicine.

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Monday, September 30
Registration: 7:30a
Breakfast: 7:30a
Lunch: 12:00p

Welcome Reception: 5:30p - Will include hors d’oeuvres & one drink per person

Tuesday, October 1
Breakfast: 7:30a
Lunch: 12:00p
Dinner to Go: 5:30p

Wednesday, October 2
Breakfast: 7:30a
Lunch: 12:00p
Wraps to Go: 5:30p


Monday, September 30
7:00a –From Tropicana Las Vegas to Oquendo Center

6:30p – From Oquendo Center to Tropicana Las Vegas

Tuesday, October 1
7:00a – From Tropicana Las Vegas to Oquendo Center

5:30p – From Oquendo Center to Tropicana Las Vegas

Wednesday, October 2
7:00a – From Tropicana Las Vegas to Oquendo Center

5:30p – Transportation from Oquendo Center to McCarran International Airport and Tropicana Las Vegas


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    1. WVC scrubs are available upon your arrival if needed.
    2. Closed-toe shoes are required during labs.
    3. A light sweater for indoor areas.
    4. Plenty of sunscreen.
    5. Electronic charging device to power up.
    6. Valid ID—We highly recommend you carry your ID at all times in Las Vegas.

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Tropicana Las Vegas
3801 Las Vegas Blvd South
Las Vegas, NV 89109

Booking link:
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Rate: $75/night + $10 resort fee + 13.38% tax

Resort fees to include

  • High-speed wireless internet access in your guest room
  • (2) Two bottles of Tropicana Water
  • Unlimited fitness center access
  • Access to their award-winning resort pool
  • 2-for-1 Show tickets to Laugh Factory (Sun – Thurs)
  • 2-for-1 Cocktails at Oakville Steakhouse from 5:00p – 8:00p
  • Local Calls
  • 800 calls
  • Printing of boarding pass

Check-in – 3:00p
Check-out – 11:00a

  • A charge of $25 will be added for each guest over the double occupancy with a maximum of four guests per room
  • The group rate will be honored until September 4
  • Early departure fee - $50

Transportation will only be provided from the Tropicana.

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Participant Reviews

“Excellent Course. I feel capable of doing all of these procedures following the instruction given. Great materials to take home for refresher, as well. Thank you.”
Oral and Maxillofacial Participant

“There was a lot of attention to detail. We had excellent lectures balanced with hands on lab. Everything we needed was available in  abundance. The assistants and instructor were most helpful.”
Edward McGuiness