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Care and Management of Senior and Hospice Companion Animals 
for Veterinary Technicians and Support Personnel

presented by CACVT, USVTA, and KVTA

Join CACVT, USVTA, and KVTA for a curated, live webinar series on the care of senior and geriatric companion animals. Earn up to 8 hours of RACE-approved CE over 2 half days while focusing on the importance of dental care, proper nutrition, common age-related disease processes, pain management, hospice, end-of-life, and client-care and communication. Further your knowledge and understanding of the human-animal bond while networking with veterinary technicians from across the region at this unique event. This event will only be offered live, so don't miss out!

Registration is now closed for this event.

*This event is approved by the AAVSB RACE to offer a total of 8 CE credits.  This RACE approval is for the subject matter categories of: Medical (7 hours) and Non-Medical (1 hour-Supporting the Pet Parent During Hospice & End-of-Life)

Event Schedule (all times in MT) **this event will only be offered live**
Saturday, November 14th Sunday, November 15th

9-950a: Staying Golden: Managing Senior Pet Pain
Speaker: Tasha McNerney, CVT, CVPP,
VTS (Anesthesia & Analgesia)

11a-1150a: Keeping Senior Pets Youthful with Nutrition
Speaker: Kara Burns, MS, M.Ed, LVT, VTS (Nutrition), 
VTS-H (Dentistry, Internal Medicine)
955-1045a: Discussing Diabetes Mellitus: Empowering Technicians
Speaker: Kara Burns, MS, M.Ed, LVT, VTS (Nutrition), 
VTS-H (Dentistry, Internal Medicine)
1155a-1245p: The Art of Hospice & Palliative Care in the Small Animal Setting
Speaker: Rebecca Giacomini, CVT, VTS (ECC)
1115a-1205p: A Proactive Approach to Osteoarthritis
Speaker: Mary Berg, BS, RVT, RLATG, VTS (Dentistry)
115-205p: The Art of Humane Euthanasia in the Small Animal Setting
Speaker: Rebecca Giacomini, CVT, VTS (ECC)
1210-100p: Senior Pets Need Dentistry Too!
Speaker: Mary Berg, BS, RVT, RLATG, VTS (Dentistry)

210-3p: Supporting the Pet Parent During Hospice & End-of-Life
Speaker: Elizabeth Danelek, BSSW, CVT, CHPT

Event Pricing Members Non-Members Students
Full Event $15 $40 $10
Saturday Only $10 $25 N/A
Sunday Only $10 $25 N/A


Speaker Information

Tasha McNerney

Tasha McNerney, CVT, CVPP, VTS (Anesthesia & Analgesia)

Tasha is a Certified Veterinary Technician form Glenside, PA. She is also a Certified Veterinary Pain Practitioner and works closely with the IVAPM to educate the public about animal pain awareness. She became a board member for the IVAPM in 2019.  Tasha became a veterinary technician specialist in anesthesia in 2015. Tasha loves to lecture on various anesthesia and pain management topics around the globe. Tasha is the creator and co-administrator of the Facebook group Veterinary Anesthesia Nerds which has over 36,000 members around the globe and helps to facilitate discussions on providing the best anesthesia and pain management practices. Tasha is also a contributor to many publications including dvm360, Today’s Veterinarian, Clinicians Team Brief, and In her spare time Tasha enjoys reading, spending time with her son, and waiting patiently for that petition for a GOT season 8 rewrite to catch fire.

 Kara Burns

Kara Burns, MS, M.Ed, LVT, VTS (Nutrition), VTS-H (Dentistry, Internal Medicine)

Kara Burns is a licensed veterinary technician with a master’s degree in physiology and a master’s degree in counseling psychology.  She began her career in human medicine working as an emergency psychologist and as a poison specialist dealing with human and animal poisonings.
Kara is the Founder and President of the Academy of Veterinary Nutrition Technicians. She teaches nutrition courses around the world. Kara is an independent nutritional and well-being consultant as well as a consultant for the Lafeber Company and Emeraid.  Kara is the Director of Veterinary Nursing for NAVC as well as the Editor in Chief of Today’s Veterinary Nurse.
She is a member of many national, international, and state associations and holds positions on many boards in the profession: American Academy of Veterinary Nutrition executive board;  Western Veterinary Conference Technician Education Manager; NAVTA Past President;  Society for Veterinary Medical Ethics board member; Pride VMC board treasurer; International Society for Sports Nutrition; and the Pet Nutrition Alliance President Elect, to name a few.
She has authored many articles, textbooks, and textbook chapters and is an internationally invited speaker, focusing on topics of nutrition, leadership, and technician utilization. Kara and her wife Dr. Ellen Lowery developed the Pet Nutrition Coach Certification course through NAVC.
Ms. Burns has been featured on the cover of the Veterinary Technician Journal and the NAVTA Journal and most recently has been featured in PetVet Magazine.  She was named the North American Veterinary Conference Technician Speaker of the Year in 2013 and in 2016. She was granted an honorary VTS (Internal Medicine) in 2011. She was also granted an honorary VTS (Dentistry) in 2012.  She is the 2010 NAVTA Veterinary Technician of the Year, as well as the 2011 Dr. Franklin Loew Lecturer.  Kara has also been named the National Association of Professional Women ‘Woman of the Year’ for 2010-2011 and the Cambridge Who’s Who in Professionals V.I.P. for 2010-2011. She was accepted into the International Women’s Leadership Association in 2012.

 Mary Berg

Mary Berg, BS, RVT, RLATG, VTS (Dentistry)

Mary received her B.S. in Biology/Microbiology from South Dakota State University, her A.S. in Laboratory Animal Science from Redlands Community College, and her A.S. in Veterinary Technology from St. Petersburg College. 
She is a Charter member of the Academy of Veterinary Dental Technicians and received her Veterinary Technician Specialty in Dentistry in June 2006. Mary worked in research for over 28 years, specializing in products aimed at improving the oral health of companion animals and continues to work with companies to evaluate the efficacy of their products. In addition to her research background, she was the practice manager and dental specialist at a general practice for seven years. 
Mary is the founder and president of Beyond the Crown Veterinary Education, a veterinary dental consulting service, and is an adjunct professor for two veterinary technology programs. Mary is actively involved in NAVTA, AVDT, and KVTA.  She also served on committees for the F4VD, AVMA, and AAVSB. Mary was named the NAVTA Veterinary Technician of the Year by NAVTA in 2020 and received the AVDT’s Excellence in Dentistry Education in 2019.  She has authored or co-authored over 80 publications, including publications in the Journal of Dental Research, multiple veterinary and veterinary technician journals, and will be releasing a textbook in 2020.  Mary is a speaker and wet lab instructor at numerous state and national conferences.

Rebecca Giacomini

Rebecca Giacomini, CVT, VTS (ECC)

Rebecca is a certified veterinary technician and a Veterinary Technician Specialist in Emergency & Critical care with over 16 years of clinical practice in small animal emergency and specialty medicine. She has worked at multiple high volume tertiary care facilities in Colorado and Virginia where many patients present critically or terminally ill. Rebecca has practiced and perfected the art of the euthanasia in the small animal veterinary setting where the last living connection of the human-animal bond can, and should, be honored to the best of our ability.
Elizabeth Danelek

Elizabeth Danelek, BSSW, CVT, CHPT

Elizabeth (Liz) has been a CVT in Colorado for 15 years now.  She has worked in a variety of settings such as emergency, canine rehab, and general practice. In 2017 she became one of the first technicians to become certified in hospice and palliative care for animals through the International Association of Animal Hospice and Palliative Care. She graduated in 2020 with a bachelor’s degree in social work and is currently attending MSU Denver where she is enrolled to earn her master’s degree in social work.  She has a passion for veterinary social work and has an interest in supporting the wellbeing and mental health of the pet parent and the veterinary professional.

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