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Connexity 2021 schedule

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Wednesday, September 22: Click to view all sessions

7:30 AM - 8:00 AM

Anesthesia Simulation Workshop Check-in Group 1

8:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Mastering the "Uh oh!": Real-Life Anesthesia Crises in Simulated Surgeries

Robert D. Keegan, DVM

*pre-registration and additional fee required. 16 spots available. 

Sponsored by Midmark 

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12:30 PM - 1:00 PM

Anesthesia Simulation Workshop Check-in Group 2

1:00 PM - 5:00PM

Mastering the "Uh oh!": Real-Life Anesthesia Crises in Simulated Surgeries

Robert D. Keegan, DVM

*pre-registration and additional fee required. 16 spots available. 

Sponsored by Midmark     

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General Registration Opens 

(2:00 PM)

5:00 PM - 5:45PM

Break

6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Opening Night at Copper Canyon


sponsored by Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health USA Inc. 

 

Thursday, September 23

6:30 AM - 7:00 AM

Sunrise Hatha Yoga

7:45 AM - 9:45 AM

Awards Breakfast, Ceremony, and Opening Keynote

*Doors open at 7:45 am

Using the Science of EQ to Stress-Proof You
Sara Ross

Sponsored by Zoetis Petcare

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9:45 AM - 10:00 AM

Break

10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

"What Should I Feed My Dog?": Putting the 2021 AAHA Nutrition and Weight Management Guidelines to work

Martha Cline, DVM, Diplomate ACVN

Sponsored by Hill's Pet Nutrition, Inc.

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Infusion Confusion: Case-Based and Practical Fluid Therapy

Garret Pachtinger, VMD, DACVECC

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Escape Anesthesia Disaster with Tools, Tips and Teamwork

Tammy Grubb, DVM,  PhD, DACVAA, and Jenn Sager, BS, CVT (VTS-Anesthesia/Analgesia, ECC) 

Sponsored by Midmark

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The 4 Ps of Positive Leadership: A Framework for Leading Thriving Veterinary Teams

Josh Vaisman, CCFP, MAPPCP

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12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Lunch 

Sponsored by Zoetis Petcare

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Cookbook for Weight Loss: How to Create a Bullet-Proof Obesity Treatment Plan Using the 2021 AAHA Nutrition and Weight Management Guidelines

Martha Cline, DVM, Diplomate ACVN

Sponsored by Purina Pro Plan Veterinary Diets

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Escape: The ER Escape Room Experience

(1:00-3:15)

Garret Pachtinger, VMD, DACVECC, and Shelby Reinstein, DVM, DACVO

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Concierge Cat Care: Using the Feline Life Stages Guidelines to Personalize Care

Amy Stone, DVM, PhD

Sponsored by Zoetis Petcare

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Staff Compensation: Meeting the Market and Making it Work for Your Practice

Karen Felsted, CPA, MS, DVM, CVPM, CVA

Sponsored by Equitable 

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2:00 PM - 2:15 PM

Break

2:15 PM - 3:15 PM

An Entrepreneur and Army Captain’s Practice Toolbox: How To Build a Mentally Resilient Team

Dan Espinal

Sponsored by Rarebreed Veterinary Partners

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Escape: The ER Escape Room Experience

(cont'd)

 

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Mouths, Messes, and Munchies: The Biggest Problems in Feline Medicine

Amy Stone, DVM, PhD

Sponsored by Hill's Pet Nutrition, Inc.

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Doctor Compensation: Meeting the Market and Making it Work for Your Practice

Karen Felsted, CPA, MS, DVM, CVPM, CVA

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3:15 PM - 3:30 PM

Break

Sponsored by Midmark

3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Reading the Room: Veterinary Triage

Alyssa Mages, BS, CVT

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The Squinting Cat: Herpes Until Proven Otherwise

Shelby Reinstein, DVM, DACVO

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I am Not Throwing Away My Shot: Crafting Individualized Feline Vaccination Plans

Amy Stone, DVM, PhD

Sponsored by Merck Animal Health

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How to Write a Client Code of Conduct

Cyndie Courtney, DVM

Sponsored by Merck Animal Health 

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4:30 PM - 4:45 PM

Break

4:45 PM - 5:45 PM

When Your Dog Eats More Than Just Your Homework: The Approach to Common Toxicities

Anthony L. Gonzalez, DVM, DACVECC

Sponsored by Vetoquinol USA

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Vaccine Protocols: Practical or Problematic at Your Practice?

George E. Moore, DVM, PhD, Dipl. ACVIM (SAIM), Dipl. ACVPM (Epi)

Sponsored by Elanco Animal Health

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5:45 PM - 6:00 PM

Break

6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

AAHA Advantage Dinner

*AAHA Advantage members only

Friday, September 24

6:00 AM - 6:30 AM

Sunrise Restortative Yoga

7:00 AM - 7:50 AM

Nutrition is Vital: Embrace the Conversation with Pet Owners

Kara M. Burns, MS, MEd, LVT, VTS (Nutrition)

Sponsored by Hill's Pet Nutrition, Inc.

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Where Did All Our Veterinary Staff Go? Ways of Building Your Team 

Justine Lee, DVM, DACVECC, DABT

Sponsored by HUB International

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7:50 AM - 8:00 AM

Break

Sponsored by CareCredit

8:00 AM - 9:45 AM

Kickoff and Keynote

Trust: Harness the Power of Authentic Relationships to Increase Trust and Client Engagement
Josh Packard

Sponsored by Merck Animal Health

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9:45 AM - 10:00 AM

Break

10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Game On: Defusing Destructive Conflict

Cyndie Courtney, DVM

Sponsored by Merck Animal Health

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Creative and Constructive Strategies for Managing Change

Sally Ryan, DVM

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Easy Wins: Using Telehealth Tools to Increase Efficiency and Save your Sanity

Tina Tran, DVM, and Jess Trimble, DVM

Sponsored by Rarebreed Veterinary Partners

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What's New in Cancer 2021

Sue Ettinger, DVM, DACVIM

Sponsored by Anivive Lifesciences

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12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Lunch

Sponsored by MWI Animal Health

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Serving Clients – How Active Listening and Validation Create Big Wins for Practices

Debbie Boone, BS, CVPM

Sponsored by Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health USA Inc.

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The Trust Edge: Building Trust, Rapport and Quality Relationships in Practice

Sally Ryan, DVM

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Specialists in the House: How Teleconsulting Makes Access to Specialty Care Part of Your Offerings

Sue Ettinger, DVM, DACVIM, Kara Burns, MS, MEd, LTV, (VTS-Nutrition), and Jess Trimble, DVM

Moderated by: Jessica Vogelsang, DVM

Sponsored by CareCredit

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 Keys to Success for Treating Allergic Dermatitis

 

Andrew Simpson, DVM, MS, DACVD

Sponsored by Zoetis Petcare

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2:00 PM - 2:15 PM

Break

Sponsored by Elanco Animal Health

2:15 PM - 3:15 PM

Making Connections with Clients Old and New

Debbie Boone, BS, CVPM

Sponsored by Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health USA Inc.

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Keys to Success for Treating Skin Infections

Andrew Simpson, DVM, MS, DACVD

Sponsored by Zoetis Petcare

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Getting the pet's weight off: Utilizing a nutritional advocate!

Kara M. Burns, MS, MEd, LVT, VTS (Nutrition)

Sponsored by Hill's Pet Nutrition, Inc.

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Cancer ABCs: Aspirates, Biopsies, and Cytology

Sue Ettinger, DVM, DACVIM

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3:15 PM - 3:30 PM

Break

3:30 PM - 6:30 PM

Solutions Carnival

 

6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Solutions Carnival Dinner

 

Saturday, September 25

6:00 AM - 6:30 AM

Sunrise Hatha Yoga

7:00 AM - 7:50 AM

A Fluid Ounce of Prevention is Worth a Liter of Cure: Approach to Changes in Water Intake

Laura Greene, DVM, DACVIM

Sponsored by Merck Animal Health

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7:50 AM - 8:00 AM

Break

Sponsored by Merck Animal Health

8:00 AM - 9:45 AM

Remembering Your Passion and Purpose

Dr. Bertice Berry

Sponsored by Hill's Pet Nutrition, Inc.

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9:45 AM - 10:00 AM

Break

Sponsored by HUB International

10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Elevating Veterinary Technicians through Better Utilization

Kenichiro Yagi, MS, RVT, VTS (ECC) (SAIM), Rebecca Rose, CVT, and Kara M. Burns, MS, MEd, LVT, VTS (Nutrition)

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Using Communication Skills to Navigate the Challenges and Opportunities for Creating Inclusive  Communities

Tina Tran, DVM and Teresa Graham Brett, JD

Sponsored by Hill's Pet Nutrition, Inc.

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Hospice and Palliative Care Standards; Growing Your Services With Compassion at the Core

Kathleen Cooney, DVM, CHPV, CCFP

Sponsored by IAAHPC

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Get on the No-Pain Train: Following the Tracks to more Effective Pain Management in YOUR Patients

Tammy Grubb, DVM, PhD, DACVAA

Sponsored by Zoetis Petcare

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12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Lunch 

Sponsored by Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health USA Inc. 

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

De-escalaton and Effective Communication

KimberlyAnn Mackey, MS, CVPM

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Serious Play: A New Approach to Better Communication in Veterinary Practice Group 1

Beth Hagenlocker, DVM and Jaime Moyer

Sponsored by Merck Animal Health

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Euthanasia Reimagined Part 1

Kathleen Cooney, DVM, CHPV, CCFP

Sponsored by IAAHPC

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Extraction Complications and Methods for Prevention

Chris Snyder, DVM, DAVDC

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2:00 PM - 2:15 PM

Break

2:15 PM - 3:15 PM

"The Waiting Game"- How to Be Irresistible to New Associates

 

Bill Schroeder and Rebecca Rose, CVT

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 Serious Play: A New Approach to Better Communication in Veterinary Practice Group 2

Beth Hagenlocker, DVM and Jaime Moyer

Sponsored by Merck Animal Health

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Euthanasia Reimagined Part 2

Kathleen Cooney, DVM, CHPV, CCFP

Sponsored by IAAHPC

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Regional Anesthesia for the Dentistry Patient- Send Them Home More Comfortable Then They Came In

Chris Snyder, DVM, DAVDC

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