Sunday Labs & Workshops

November 3, 2019 (Western College of Veterinary Medicine)



Breakfast 8:30 am- 9:15 am

Morning Labs and Workshops 9:30 am - 11:30 am

Afternoon Labs and Workshops 12:30 pm - 2: 30 pm

All - Day Labs and Workshops 9:30 am - 2:30 pm

*Lab meeting spots at the WCVM are marked on the map below. (You will be escorted with your group to the actual lab location.)

**Nutrition Escape Room, Stress is an Occupational Hazard and Dental Instrument Sharpening participants can go straight to your classroom.

 For a detailed schedule, click here for the Conference at a Glance. 


Recognizing CPA and Managing CPR during Anesthesia.

Laura Schroeder, RVT, VTS (Anesthesia and Analgesia)

There will be a lecture on small animal CPR methods with particular focus on how to recognize a CPA* event under anesthesia and how to manage an anesthetic patient during CPR.  During the hands-on portion of the lab, the focus will shift to the basics of CPR techniques and groups will have time to practice the CPR knowledge they have learned on demo models. $70

*CPA =Cardiopulmonary Arrest 

Diagnostic Techniques for Dermatology - Get your Biggest Bang for Your Buck!

Jennie Tait, AHT, RVT, VTS (Dermatology)

Unresolved Derm issues are the number one reason clients leave a practice. Come learn straight forward techniques on how to get the best samples for accurate results. Once you have the right answers, your team can get your patients started on the correct therapy. This lab will give you the ability to have a bigger impact on your patients’ care and give your clients the biggest bang for their buck. We will go through collecting, processing and evaluating different samples for cytology, ectoparasites, dermatophytes, trichoscopy and skin biopsies. All the skills you need to have success with your dermatology cases. $70

Dental Instrument Sharpening

Tara Evans, Serona Animal Health

This lab is meant to provide practical, hands-on experience in instrument sharpening and maintenance. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own instruments so that what they learn will be directly useful back in their own clinic, but instruments will be available if that's not possible. $60


Food Animal Reproductive Ultrasound: From Basics to Practice

Dinesh Dadarwal, Assistant Professor (Bovine Theriogenology), BVSc&AH, MVSc, PhD, DACT

This 2-hour lab will focus on the ultrasound equipment itself and ultrasound imaging of the reproductive organs in food animals. Specifically, participants will learn how the ultrasound waves are generated, how they interact with different tissues, how images are created, how to setup the buttons or touchscreen interfaces available with different machines, what are the common ultrasound artifacts and how to take care of ultrasound machines. Further, participants will apply different ultrasound settings while scanning (cows, ewes and rams) in order to understand what is needed to obtain a better and consistent quality of ultrasound images. $80

Sedation and General Anesthesia of Equids in a Field Setting

Kate Robinson BSc, DVM, MVSc, DABVP (Equine Practice) 

In the first hour general anesthetic protocols will be discussed and explored using a live horse demo.  Topics for discussion will include safe handling, dosages and drug protocols, local analgesia, and monitoring in a field setting.The second hour will include discussion and exploration of standing sedative protocols, using several live horse demos for participants to see the effects of different drugs.  Topics to be discussed will include when and why to use different sedative protocols, approaches for the dangerously needle-shy horse, and the use of reversal agents. $80

Large Animal Internal Parasites

Dr. Roy Lewis, Merck Animal Health

Identification of large animal internal parasites through the Modified Wisconsin Sugar Flotation Technique.
Dr. Lewis will also cover the issue of resistance and development of strategic deworming protocols for livestock. $60



Erin Hendrickson, RVT 

Erin Hendrickson will be teaching a two-hour seminar in the morning about the top things that every veterinary technologist should know and practise every day with every patient. From these learnings, the afternoon session will be an escape room!! The only way to escape the exam room is if you’ve applied the morning seminar!! Only ten technologists will be accepted due to size of escape room. $60

*This all-day session is intended for RVTs who work in small animal practice and are responsible for client nutritional education on a regular basis. For more information, please email

Equine First Aid Fundamentals

Mandy Abraham, Carolyn Kemps, Miranda Wandler-Wiens, Equihealth Canada 

EquiHealth Canada, North America’s leader in equine health and farm safety training, has put together a 2 hour custom workshop for SAVT Conference attendees.  We will be running a stationed workshop featuring scenarios from both Basic and Advanced Equine Emergency First Aid. This fast paced, fully hands on workshop will include colic, choke, chest wounds, eye injuries, abscess care, nail in hoof and more! All participants receive a first aid manual, equine vitals card and certificate of completion. $70

Stress is an Occupational Hazard in Veterinary Medicine: Self-care strategies to Lower Risk, Prevent Self- Injury and Intervention Strategies to Help a Co-worker in Distress.

Dr. Kathy Keil, BA, MA, DVM

Veterinary clinic and general work stressors have been shown to lead to mental and physical ill health and can also be a factor in workplace accidents.  With these emotional and physical demands along with the long hours, it is easy to neglect one’s own well-being and life balance.  Many of us know colleagues who are unwell or no longer with us and are concerned and look for help and answers. In this four-hour session you will:

  1. Learn about the top four evidence-based strategies that have been specifically researched in a Canadian study to statistically reduce the risk of injury including burnout in veterinarians and technologists
  2. Be systemically guided in a practice of the strategies using a variety of mindfulness, behavioural and cognitive techniques  
  3. Plan out how to utilize the strategies beyond the session with the intent to enhance clinical decision making, work productivity, and personal well-being
  4. Learn and practice the simple steps on what to do to help a colleague or co-worker who is in distress 
  5. Leave the session with practical guidelines on how to start conversations about mental health in your work environment
  6. Leave the session with a local list of mental health resources. $60

Lab & Workshop Cancellations: The SAVT reserves the right to cancel labs and workshops due to low enrollment. In the event of such cancellation, delegates will be contacted to switch to another lab or have wet labs fees refunded.