Attendance Demonstrates Ongoing Popularity of Annual Purdue Veterinary Nursing Symposium

Friday, March 29, 2024

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The opportunity to learn the latest information and insights on a variety of topics relevant to the work of veterinary nurses attracted about 175 participants to the tenth annual Veterinary Nursing Symposium hosted by the Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine. Attendees came from across Indiana and multiple other states including Illinois, Iowa, Michigan, Ohio, and Wisconsin. The one-day event, held on Sunday, March 24, featured an extensive program covering diverse topics relevant to veterinary nurses working in both large and small animal practices.

The annual symposium is designed to provide veterinary nurses, veterinary assistants, and veterinary nursing students practical insights applicable to their clinical roles. Participants were eligible for up to seven hours of continuing education (CE) units.

After hearing a welcome and opening remarks by Dr. Chad Brown (PU DVM 2001), Purdue Veterinary Nursing Program director, participants had the opportunity to choose between sessions offered in large animal and small animal tracks. Symposium speakers included Purdue Veterinary Medicine faculty and staff as well as other veterinary professionals. Outside speakers included Jamie Guiberson, CVT, VTS-EVN, a veterinary emergency and critical care nurse at Penn Vet’s New Bolton Center, and Heidi Lescun, BS, RVT, a service technician/sales associate for Vetamac, which provides anesthesia service and sales.

Small animal presentations offered at the symposium covered the topics of ultrasound, critical thinking, heart and hormones, anesthesia, radiation, and canine lymphoma. Large animal sessions included equine medicine, colic care, podiatry, care of the equine neonate, and dentistry. In addition, the event gave participants the opportunity to develop their professional networks as they interacted with one another as well as exhibitors who set up interactive displays. Special thanks go to the symposium sponsors: Broad Ripple Animal Clinic, Emergency Veterinary Care Centers (EVCC), Noah’s Animal Hospital, Alliance Animal Health, Vetamac, and Boehringer-Ingelheim.

Writer(s): Kevin Doerr and Andrea Kellogg |

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