The VTCS Workshop

It is with great pride that we will welcome you to the 2020 Veterinary Cancer Society’s Technician Workshop, presented in October on a virtual platform!  Due to the virtual nature of this year’s workshop, the schedule has been altered. Lectures will be available live and on-demand, with many presenters at the ready to answer questions pertaining to their lectures.  Although we cannot meet in person this year, we strive to offer as much of an interactive experience as possible!

This year’s workshop opens on Thursday evening with a presentation from Amatheon Pharmaceuticals.  Following this will be the ever-popular cytology lab presented again by Dr. Davis Seelig and Dr. Daniel Heinrich of the University of Minnesota.

The Technician Workshop will continue on Friday starting with a presentation from one of our fabulous sponsors, Epicur Pharma.  We will then dive into our keynote presentation. Kara Burns, MS, MEd, LVT, VTS (Nutrition) will be discussing nutrition and the cancer patient.  With growing client awareness of the importance of nutrition, this lecture will help give technicians a better understanding of nutrition in the cancer patient, and will provide tools to help guide clients in dietary choices.

The Technician Workshop will again offer advanced and beginner tracks that will take place on Friday.  These topics have been tailored to fit the needs of all types of oncology technicians and will include discussions on chemotherapy side effects and extravasation, paraneoplastic syndromes, lymphoma versus leukemia, molecular diagnostics, cryosurgery, and electrochemotherapy. Speakers for the day include expert technicians and doctors. Other Friday highlights include a presentation by Elias Animal Health, as well as a lecture on chemotherapy safety. We finish out the day with our Radiation Therapy Workshop, brought to us by radiation oncologist Dr. Kelsey Pohlmann.  We are both very excited for this workshop, which will discuss the “ins and outs” of radiation therapy – a sort of “Technician’s Guide to Radiation Therapy”, if you will!

Our final day of the workshop will include a Technician Case Report on Feline Gastrointestinal Lymphoma presented by Racheal Rail, RVT, as well as case studies presented by our friends at Best Pet Rx.  Saturday will continue with a schedule packed full of varying lecture topics and dynamic speakers!  Lecture topics for the day will include (but certainly won’t be limited to) cancer grading and staging, oncology emergencies, anesthesia and analgesia, and treatment of mast cell tumors.  The closing session will dive into a skill necessary to all veterinary oncology technicians – communication through grief.  Danielle DeCormier, LVT, VTS (Oncology), CCFP will lead our discussion on how to effectively communicate with clients during their pet’s journey through cancer.  After this enlightening lecture, be sure to bring your “happy hour treat” and join us for an informational, LIVE discussion on applying for your VTS oncology license, led by your Technician Liaison, Brooke Quesnell, CVT, VTS (Oncology).  We will then end our conference with the closing event.

We are very excited to be hosting such a wide variety of expert speakers, as well as lecture topics designed specifically based off of feedback from YOU! While we are unable to meet in Daytona as planned, we are still looking forward to this educational, exciting, and well-rounded conference.  We hope you are, too!

Aspen Schreiner, CVT and Casey Mobley, CVT
Program Co-Chairs

 


Your 2020 Technician Workshop Program Chairs

 

Aspen Schreiner, a native to the Mid-West, grew up on a hay farm raising and training American Quarter Horses.  Her love for animals (big and small) eventually lead her to a career in veterinary medicine.  In 2012 Aspen moved to Jacksonville, Florida, where she graduated from Sanford Brown Institute with an AS in Veterinary Technology. While in school Aspen worked for Banfield Pet Hospitals, and after achieving CVT status in 2014, she began her career as an oncology technician at Southeast Veterinary Oncology and Internal Medicine (SEVO-Med).  In 2015, Aspen founded the Sisterhood of Cancer Knowledge (SOCK) nurse training rounds at SEVO-Med.  “My main career goal is to continually grow and develop my knowledge base and skill set.  I believe that through learning and growing as a technician, I can offer the highest quality care to my patients and their human family members.” Aspen lives with her fiancé (an ER veterinary technician), two year old daughter (aptly named Denver), two dogs, and two cats.  She enjoys spending time with her family and friends, and can often be found exploring the Jacksonville Zoo and the Museum of Science and History.

Aspen Schreiner, CVT
Oncology Technician

 

Casey Mobley, is a proud, native Floridian, who grew up with a love and passion for caring for animals.  She attended Sanford Brown Institute where she graduated with an AS in Veterinary Technology in 2014, and achieved CVT status shortly thereafter. After a few years working in general practice, Casey joined the team at Southeast Veterinary Oncology and Internal Medicine (SEVO-Med) in 2015 as an oncology technician. In 2019 Casey spear-headed the clinic’s involvement in an osteosarcoma clinical trial.  Her compassion for her clients and their fur-children has sparked Casey’s interest in grief counseling and motivated her thirst for continual learning and growth as a technician.  Casey enjoys spending time at the beach, fishing, camping and boating with her family, her boyfriend Jacob, and her beloved beagle, Ninja.

Casey Mobley, CVT
Oncology Technician