Veterinary Nursing Symposium Draws Crowds

Friday, April 1, 2022

Registered attendees for the 8th Annual Veterinary Nursing Symposium filled the large conference room at Lynn Hall for the day-long lecture series on a wide range of topics.

Returning as an in-person event at Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine following last year’s virtual program, the eighth annual veterinary nursing symposium drew 200 attendees from Indiana and several other states, including Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, Ohio and Wisconsin. The day-long program at Lynn Hall on Sunday March 27 covered a wide range of topics of interest to veterinary nurses working with large and small animals.

The annual symposium is designed to provide veterinary nurses, as well as veterinary assistants and veterinary nursing students, with practical information that they can use in clinical practice. Participants were entitled to a maximum of seven hours of continuing education (CE) units.

After a welcome and opening address by Dr. Chad Brown (PU DVM 2001), director of the Purdue Veterinary Nursing Program, the symposium offered attendees a choice between large and small animal tracks. Speakers included faculty and staff from Purdue Veterinary Medicine as well as veterinary professionals from corporate sponsors Hills, Vetamac and Elanco Animal Health. Small animal presentations covered topics such as hypothermia, urology, rehabilitation and anesthesia. Topics covered in the large animal sessions included ruminant and bovine medicine, equine dentistry and diagnostic imaging.

The lunchtime presentation, given by Christie Siminski, RVT, of Hill’s Pet Nutrition, Inc., focused on recommendations for improving teamwork and communication in practice. Earlier today, Heidi Lescun, RVT, of Vetamac, gave a talk on anesthesia machine form and function. The closing session on “Pets, Parks and Parasites” was presented by Dr. Sarah Peton, Elanco.

In the afternoon, participants heard presentations on transfusion, cardiology and pain management. In addition, the event allowed participants to develop their professional networks while interacting with each other and with the suppliers present at the symposium.

In addition to Dr. Brown, eight other Purdue Veterinary Medicine staff and faculty have lectured, including:

  • Tami Lind, BS, RVT, VTS (ECC)supervisor of emergency and intensive care veterinary technicians – “Fever vs hyperthermia”
  • Julie Commons, RVT, VTS (SAIM)Small Animal Nephrology/Urology Technologist – “Subcutaneous Ureteral Bypass (SUB) System in the Feline Patient”
  • Jessica Bowditch, RVT, CCRP, VTS (Physical Rehabilitation)Neurology and Physical Rehabilitation Technician – “Stifle Your Excitement: Rehabilitation for the Orthopedic Patient”
  • Kyle Clever, RVT, CVT, CF, AASEquine Field Service Technician – “Equine Dentistry”
  • Christy DeYoung, BS, RVT, VTS-DIDiagnostic Imaging Technologist – “Diagnostic Imaging”
  • Katie Mowery, BS, RVT, VTS (ECC)emergency and intensive care technologist – “Transfusion infusion: an overview of blood products”
  • Kimberly Sederquist, BS, RVT, VTS (Cardiology)cardiology technologist – “Bradyarrhythmias give me tachycardia”
  • Dr Emily CurryClinical Assistant Professor of Mobile Surgery and Shelter Medicine – “Avoiding Sterilization: Purdue Priority 4 Paws Anesthesia and Pain Management Protocols”

The event was made possible by symposium sponsors Elanco, Hill’s, Noah’s Animal Hospital, Vetamac and Woodland Veterinary Center. Special thanks to the event planning committee chaired by Clinical Skills Lab Manager Danielle Buchanan, RVT, and including Distance Education Technologist Courtney Waxman, RVT, and Dr. Stephanie Inoue, Lecturer in the Department of veterinary administration.

Susan Xioufaridou |

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