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Technician Speakers

Danny Walker

DVM

 

Saturday, February 10

  • Seven Habits of Highly Effective Veterinary Technicians

Danny Walker is the Professor of Veterinary Science and Technology at the University of Tennessee at Martin and has taught there for 12 years. Danny graduated with his B.S. degree in Animal Science from UTM in 1975 and received his D.V.M. from Auburn University in 1979. Danny and his wife of 49 years, Susie, resided in Jackson, Tennessee for 32 years while practicing at the Jackson Animal Clinic and North Madison Animal Hospital. He has 2 children, Matthew married to Valerie Morse in Destin, Florida, and Lee Taylor and his wife Erin who reside in Fort Worth, Texas. Danny enjoys sporting events, church activities, playing with five grandchildren and travel.

Austin Huff

Saturday, February 11

  • Happy Hardworking Humans: How to Improve Your Employee Experience

Austin Huff is a co-founder and the head of customer experience at hound. Huff spent time in venture capital, building verticalized talent marketplaces, and scaling veterinary start-ups. Huff works with thousands of veterinary practices to modernize the employee journey, improve culture, and equip leadership with strong workforce analytics. Professionally, he loves networking and acting as a conduit, pulling people together to solve complex problems across multiple facets.

Meg Harrington

BS, CVT

 

Saturday, February 11

  • Veterinary Technician Careers & Utilization: Let’s Max Out Your Potential

  • Large Animal Necropsies: Techniques & Sample Collection for Veterinary Technicians

  • Bovine Respiratory Disease & Diagnostic Procedures for Veterinary Technicians

Meg Harrington BS, CVT is a Certified Veterinary Technologist that specializes in Livestock Consulting and Production Animal Care for Nashville Animal Hospital located in Nashville, Arkansas. Meg is a 2022 Applicant with the Academy of Internal Medicine for Veterinary Technicians seeking a Veterinary Technician Specialty in Production Animal Internal Medicine. Growing up on a cow/calf operation in southern Indiana she has always had a passion for the cattle industry. She graduated from Purdue University School of Veterinary Medicine with a degree in Veterinary Technology in 2009 with an emphasis on Herd Health & Production Medicine. Her previous experience includes working for the Purdue University Animal Science Beef Research Center and as a Large Animal Veterinary Technologist in veterinary practice. In 2013 Meg relocated to Arkansas, became a Veterinary Technology Program Director, and built a curriculum for a two-year program seeking AVMA accreditation. Within one year Meg was hired at Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health where she spent 8 years educating producers and veterinary professionals about cattle health, collecting diagnostic samples, participating in research projects, and consulting with herd veterinarians on unique medicine cases alongside her technical services veterinarian. Meg currently resides on a ranch in Sheridan, Arkansas where she runs a registered cow herd with her husband Cody and 4-year-old daughter Hadley. Meg has a strong desire to educate and develop herd health programs specific to the needs of her producers through risk assessment and disease surveillance in addition to helping them see the economic benefit of utilizing certain products to boost production through weight gain, increased reproductive performance, and facilitate ways to decrease morbidity and mortality in high-risk cattle. Meg advocates for keeping our production animals healthy, keeping our food supply safe, and keeping America fed. One of Meg’s most recent contributions to supporting her clients is the facilitation and development of an autogenous mastitis vaccine after identifying an increased number of clinical mastitis cases in dairy herds when commercially available mastitis vaccines were permanently discontinued.

 

Yvonne Brandenburg

RVT, VTS (SAIM)

Saturday, February 11

  • “Normal” Cat Vomiting: There’s No Such Thing

  • Evans Syndrome: A Technician’s Role

With over 19 years of veterinary experience, Yvonne Brandenburg, RVT, VTS (Internal Medicine – Small Animal) was the 2021 President of the Academy of Internal Medicine for Veterinary Technicians, and founder and co-host of Internal Medicine For Vet Techs Membership and Podcast. She works as a Clinical Trainer for a specialty practice and loves to teach about a variety of medicine topics. Yvonne is passionate about elevating our profession and veterinary technicians and nurses around the world. To find out more about her, visit the Internal Medicine For Vet Techs website.

 

Yvonne Brandenburg

RVT, VTS (SAIM)

 

Sunday, February 12

  • Hematology?! Using the Stuff You Forgot (Blocked) From School

With over 19 years of veterinary experience, Yvonne Brandenburg, RVT, VTS (Internal Medicine – Small Animal) was the 2021 President of the Academy of Internal Medicine for Veterinary Technicians, and founder and co-host of Internal Medicine For Vet Techs Membership and Podcast. She works as a Clinical Trainer for a specialty practice and loves to teach about a variety of medicine topics. Yvonne is passionate about elevating our profession and veterinary technicians and nurses around the world. To find out more about her, visit the Internal Medicine For Vet Techs website.

April Bays

CVT, VTS (ECC)

 

Sunday, February 12

  • Sugar, You’re Going Down

  • Anesthesia in the Critical Patient

  • Excuses, Excuses-When Pain Meds are Underutilized

April is a CVT with more than 22 years of experience, she became a Veterinary Technician Specialist in Emergency and Critical Care in 2013, and a Veterinary Cannabis Counselor in 2021. She enjoys teaching emergency topics and the art of critical care and critical thinking. She created Elevative Veterinary Training Solutions in 2020 to share her passion for excellence and emphasize technician empowerment and utilization. When she’s not eliminating pain or writing proceedings, you can find her supporting the many local breweries, backpacking, and getting lost in the wilderness.

 

Craig Reinemeyer

DVM, PhD, DACVM (Parasitology)

Sunday, February 12

  • What Really Happens in Animal Research

Dr. Reinemeyer is a native of Ohio and graduated cum laude from the Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1976. After 5 years in mixed animal practice in Kent, Ohio, he returned to OSU to pursue PhD studies on the epidemiology of parasitic nematodes of horses. Dr. Reinemeyer joined the faculty of the University of Tennessee, College of Veterinary Medicine in 1984 and taught veterinary parasitology there for 14 years. Dr. Reinemeyer left academia in 1998 to found East Tennessee Clinical Research, a privately-held contract research organization that conducts pharmaceutical development studies for commercial sponsors. Dr. Reinemeyer is a member of numerous professional organizations and served as the President of the American Association of Veterinary Parasitologists from 2003 to 2004.

Carrie Thistle

CVT, VTS (ECC)

Sunday, February 20

  • Toxicology for the Veterinary Technician

Carrie has spent the better part of the last 16 years working in emergency and critical care.  She received her CVT in 2010, followed by her VTS (ECC) in 2015.  She is a proud member of the Academy of Veterinary Emergency & Critical Care Technicians and Nurses and currently sits on their application committee.  Her professional interests include critical care nursing, exotics and wildlife medicine, and technician training.  Carrie is currently working as the Emergency Services Patient Care Manager at Nashville Veterinary Specialists.

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