Horseman’s and Veterinary Technician CE Programs Attract Nearly 300
The Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine carried on two important continuing education traditions during the first part of 2018, hosting both the Horseman’s Forum and the Veterinary Technician Symposium in February and March, respectively. Both events are coordinated by the College’s Office of Lifelong Learning.
Popularity of PVM Horseman’s Forum Continues
The annual Horseman’s Forum aims to educate horse owners and equine industry professionals about current horse health issues, ranging from basic preventative health care and husbandry topics to state-of-the-art medical advancements. Held Saturday, February 10, the program attracted 175 attendees to Lynn Hall, including both youth and adult horse owners and enthusiasts from across Indiana as well as Illinois, Minnesota, Kentucky, and Ohio.
The turnout demonstrated the consistent popularity of the Horseman’s Forum. The program featured lectures on such topics as nutrition, mare reproduction, pre-purchase examinations, and equine health. The presentations were given by Purdue faculty and staff as well as industry experts and Dr. Gillian Haanen, a veterinarian from the Netherlands who is completing a large animal medicine residency at Purdue and has a particular interest in neonatology, gastrointestinal, cardiology, respiratory, and infectious diseases. The forum also included popular treadmill and endoscopy demonstrations by Dr. Laurent Couёtil, professor of large animal internal medicine and director of the Equine Sports Medicine Center, and Dr. Sandy Taylor, associate professor of large animal internal medicine.
Nutrena, Progressive Nutrition, Zoetis, and Haygain sponsored the Horseman’s Forum, and provided prizes for giveaways and items for goodie bags. The successful program was organized by the Horseman’s Forum Planning Committee, consisting of Dr. Amanda Farr, clinical assistant professor of equine community practice; Dr. Tim Lescun, associate professor of large animal surgery; and Dr. Sandy Taylor, associate professor of large animal internal medicine.
PVM Symposium for Veterinary Technicians Draws Strong Turnout
The fourth PVM Veterinary Technician Symposium attracted about 100 attendees, who came from as far away as Iowa, Illinois, Kentucky, and Ohio to take advantage of the one-day program in Lynn Hall. The symposium on Sunday, March 25, covered a range of topics and included both small and large animal tracks.
The annual program is designed to provide veterinary assistants, veterinary technology students, and veterinary technicians the opportunity to obtain approved continuing education credits. Participants were eligible for up to seven hours of continuing education (CE) credits. Special speakers included several Purdue Veterinary Medicine faculty and staff.
After a welcome and opening remarks by Dr. Bianca Zenor, Veterinary Technology Program director, the symposium gave participants the chance to choose between large and small animal topics, ranging from a presentation on Management of Feline Hyperthyroidism by Dr. Catharine Scott-Moncrieff, professor of small animal internal medicine and head of the Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences, to a talk about Cattle Behavior and Stockmanship by Dr. Bethany Funnell, clinical assistant professor of bovine theriogenology. Other sessions were led by Kimberly Sederquist, cardiology technologist; Crystal Hagan, large animal medicine technician; Tami Lind, ICU/ECC technologist supervisor; Lara Luke, dermatology technician; Jordan Williams, anesthesiology technologist; and Kelly Guy, diagnostic imaging technician.
Afternoon sessions included a talk on the General Husbandry of Pet Birds by Wellness Technician Saralyn Sharp and a presentation entitled, “Behavior Modification Techniques to Reduce Reactivity and Build Impulse Control in the Canine Patient,” by Behavior Technician Melinda Cotton. Becky Murray, CVT, MA, LCPC, from the Veterinary Specialty Center in Buffalo Grove, Ill., wrapped up the program with her presentation on wellness titled “Strengthening Boundaries to Reduce Stress in the Workplace.” Sponsored by Elanco and Hill’s Pet Nutrition, the symposium also gave participants the opportunity to develop their professional networks and meet PVM staff and faculty members.
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