This past weekend, LazyPaw Animal Hospitals’s Melanie Lopez, CVA and Shelby Aton, CVA attended Texas A&M’s 23rd Annual Vet Tech Conference. Throughout Saturday and Sunday, they participated in several continuing education lectures and labs to achieve a more extensive knowledge of recent advancements in veterinary medicine.
The 23rd Annual Vet Tech Conference lectures covered several areas of equine and small animal treatment including: lab work techniques, anesthesia, oncology, canine distemper, equine lameness, hemodialysis, different types of emergencies, critical care, hospice care, dental care, and modern therapies. Subjects also included ways to strengthen the clinic team and client communications. This varied schedule allowed an in-depth focus on Melanie and Shelby’s chosen areas of study. Melanie focused on critical care, hospice care, and building strong relationships with patient families while Shelby focused on anesthesia, dental care, and advanced lab work techniques.
The Texas A&M’s Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences continuing education website states their “continuing education programs provide quality training for veterinarians, veterinary technicians, and various animal-producer groups,” but this conference also provided more opportunities outside of training alone. In addition to learning through lectures and labs, Melanie and Shelby networked with fellow CVAs and technicians who shared a wide range of skills and experience levels.
Melanie had nothing short of a glowing report about her and Shelby’s expanded education gained through the conference. She also expressed her excitement for future events and their positive impact on patient treatment at LazyPaw Animal Hospitals: “I loved the whole experience and campus. I can’t wait to see what new lectures they have next year to further our studies so we can continue to help LazyPaw grow”.
Melanie and Shelby’s prioritization of constant learning reflects LazyPaw Animal Hospitals’s commitment to helping patients by continuously advancing skills and learning the best techniques. Veterinary medicine is in a state of constant progression, and continuing education allows LazyPaw veterinarians, technicians, and veterinary assistants to deliver the most effective treatments and outstanding patient care.