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

Ever wish you could conjure up a specialist with the snap of your fingers? Have we got a trick for you! In this session, we're talking about the magic of teleconsulting, and how it can bring specialty care right into the heart of your practice in real-time. Please join us for a discussion of how technology can close the geographical gap between patients and specialists, while keeping you at the center of the cycle of care.


  • Learn why a formal teleconsult is better for everyone than the “quick phone call”
  • Show how teleconsulting is cost efficient for the client
  • Come up with plan for monetization
  • Learn how to structure the visit to retain a VCPR in any state

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Jess Trimble, DVM

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Jess Trimble is a veterinarian who is passionate about how virtual health and new technologies can improve the lives of the whole veterinary team and enhance practice operations, while also improving pet health and making care more affordable. Dr. Trimble is an experienced general practitioner, telehealth consultant, speaker, and the chief veterinary officer of Anipanion.

Sue Ettinger, DVM, DACVIM

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Sue Ettinger is a practicing veterinary cancer specialist, international speaker, book author, and YouTube vlogger (video blogger) with a popular Facebook page that has more than 40,000 fans. A dynamic and engaging speaker, she was voted the 2019 Western Veterinary Conference Small Animal Continuing Educator of the Year. She is one of approximately 450 board-certified specialists in medical oncology in North America and currently practices at Veterinary Referral and Emergency Center in Norwalk, Connecticut. She is co-founder and chief medical officer of Fidu, a teleconsulting company bringing together general practice veterinarians and boarded veterinary specialists. She received her veterinary training at Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine and did her residency in medical oncology at the Animal Medical Center in NYC.

She is most passionate about raising cancer awareness and has developed “See Something, Do Something, Why Wait? Aspirate.®” to promote early cancer detection and diagnosis. She is a frequent contributor to Today’s Veterinary Practice, Today’s Veterinary Business, Clinician’s Brief, Veterinary Team Brief, and DVM360.


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

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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. She made the move to veterinary medicine and worked in small animal private practice and a small animal and avian practice in Maine. 

Kara is the Founder and President of the Academy of Veterinary Nutrition Technicians, the tenth recognized specialty for veterinary technicians and has attained her VTS (Nutrition). She teaches nutrition courses around the world on digital platforms and in person. She also is a consultant for the Lafeber Company/Emeraid and is Director of Veterinary Nursing for NAVC Publishing and is editor in chief of Today’s Veterinary NurseKara also works as an independent nutritional consultant.

Kara is a member of many national, international, and state associations and holds positions on numerous boards; AAVN executive board technician liaison; Western Veterinary Conference Technician Education Manager; PrideVMC board Treasurer; Society of Veterinary Medical Ethics Board; and the Pet Nutrition Alliance executive board, just 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.

Jessica Vogelsang, DVM

Jessica Vogelsang
Dr. Jessica Vogelsang is a veterinarian, international speaker, bestselling author of All Dogs Go to Kevin, and Veterinary Content Strategist for AAHA. As the founder of Pawcurious Media back in 2009, she was one of the first veterinarians to explore how the internet was going to impact the profession and build community. In that time she reached hundreds of thousands of pet owners around the world, helped launch sites such as DrAndyRoark.com and Snout School, and created the Veterinary Telemedicine community in response to COVID-19. She currently sits on the boards of the Mark Morris Institute and the Veterinary Virtual Care Association.