Amy is currently employed with BluePearl Veterinary Partners as the National Veterinary Technician Training Manager.  In 2003 she became a Veterinary Technician Specialist in Emergency and Critical Care.  She currently sits on the Academy of Veterinary Emergency & Critical Care Technicians board as the Immediate Past President.  Amy is well published in over 15 subjects, is an international speaker, has received numerous awards including two speaker of the year awards and is highly involved in her community. She lives in Massachusetts with her wonderful furry kids.

Dr. Avi Deshmukh received his DVM and MS from College of Veterinary Medicine, Bombay, India and Ph.D. in nutrition from Univ. of Minnesota. After receiving his Ph.D. he worked in Biochemistry Dept. in Univ. of Minnesota for 7 years, 4 years in Minnesota Agric. Dept. as a feed regulatory officer. Then he worked in Nestle Purina Company in St. Louis as a Sr. Scientist for about 12 years in R&D. FOr the past 13 years, he has been working for the Royal Canin as a Scientific Communication Manager.

Brad Patton is the Founder and CEO of Veterinary System services, Inc. VSS is a professional services company that caters to veterinarians. VSS employs over 150 veterinary professionals all along the front-range. They help people find environments in which they can succeed while at the same time helping practices find the right people to fit their organization. Beyond staffing, VSS also provides bookkeeping, consulting, and continuing education.

Before starting VSS, Brad received a Bachelors in Business Management from the Metropolitan State University of Denver. He has almost 20 years of management experience and has been in animal medicine for almost 30 years. From shelter work, to single doctor clinics, to larger ER/specialty referral hospitals; he has seen this industry from many angles.

Dr. Hilal Dogan completed veterinary school in 2015 at Massey University in New Zealand. She has spent most of her life travelling and has a diverse cultural background. She is the founder of the Veterinary Confessionals Project and is also a certified clinical trauma professional (for humans). She currently lives and works as a relief veterinarian in Denver, Colorado. She enjoys doing both general practice as well as emergency. When she’s not busy saving animals she’s training to be the next American ninja warrior.

Josh found his way into the most rewarding field in the world when he walked up to the 6’6″ Dr. Donald Davidson Dodge at a Petsmart Veterinary Services in Boulder, CO and asked if he could volunteer. Dr. Dodge responded, “Nope, but we’ll hire you!” That was in 1995. Since then, Josh has filled every role in a veterinary hospital, excluding DVM, from reception to tech to supervisor to manager to owner in two different small animal practices.

A lifetime optimist and “happy guy” Josh was shocked to find himself completely burnt out in early 2017. Since then, he’s dedicated his professional trajectory to helping veterinary professionals and teams thrive.  To that end he co-founded Flourish Veterinary Consulting with Marianne Mallonee, CVPM to bring his vision to life.

Josh lives in Colorado with his amazing wife, three insane parrots, two Great Danes that occasionally share the couch, a 7 pound cat also known as “The Golden Child,” some fish tanks and a few bee hives.  In his “free time” he’s pursuing a Masters Degree in Applied Positive Psychology & Coaching Psychology.

Kim became a CVT in 1999 and achieved Veterinary Technician Specialist (Anesthesia/Analgesia) status in 2004. She has lectured at many local and national conferences to veterinary professionals to further their knowledge of anesthesia and analgesia. She was named the WVC Veterinary Technician Continuing Educator of the Year in 2011. She also co-authored the AAHA Anesthesia Guidelines for Dogs and Cats and is a contributing author to Anesthesia for Veterinary Technicians and Pain Management for Veterinary Technicians and Nurses. She started her own business, PEAK Veterinary Anesthesia Services, in 2013. She is also a partner at Apex College of Veterinary Technology in Colorado Springs. Kim strives to advance anesthesia knowledge and standards of care through advanced training and case management as well as through education of veterinary technology students. Kim recently served as the President of the Academy of Veterinary Technicians in Anesthesia and Analgesia.

Kristina Guldbrand is a Certified Veterinary Technician, veterinary cartoon artist, teacher, and career coach. She holds a degree from CSU and is an account manager for Veterinary Systems Services in Denver Colorado. She is passionate about personal well-being and leadership skills in the veterinary community and enjoys writing, speaking, and drawing about these topics. Personally she enjoys taking long bike rides with her dog Wesson, Hip Hop dancing, and traveling the world. 

Megan Brashear, BS, RVT, VTS (ECC) graduated in 2000 with a BS in in Veterinary Technology. She has worked in emergency and critical care since 2000. Megan earned her CVT in Oregon in 2000, her RVT in Indiana in 2019, and in 2004 became a VTS (ECC). Megan currently works as the Small Animal Nursing Manager at the Purdue University Veterinary Teaching Hospital in West Lafayette, Indiana, where she enjoys working with technician supervisors as well as interacting with technicians and students on the hospital floor.


Nutritional Assessment from the Information on Pet Food Label will simplify the complex terms and ingredients used on pet food labels and help the audience navigate the marketing terms and techniques used; this presentation will address product names, ingredients, guaranteed analysis, descriptors, negative claims, caloric statement, feeding guidelines and more.

Myths and misconception in pet food will address common myths and misconceptions about pet food such as corn, by products, gluten, grain-free diets, and more.


  1. It’s well known that as pets get older they have different needs. This is true for caring for them when they are hospitalized. There are behavioral and medical needs that are unique to aging pets when hospitalized in a veterinary clinic. This lecture will leave nurses appreciating the geriatric pet more and understanding the unique care that pet requires.
  2. Tiny patients make the easiest procedures very difficult. This lecture will discuss how to gain IV access, administer oxygen and nutrition to the tiniest of patients.
  • If you feel like your career has reached a fork in the road and you aren’t sure what to do, then it is time to make a decision. Not all organizations are created equally. There are many more options than staying stagnant in your current position, or taking just any job. Do you have what it takes to earn the opportunity you deserve, the courage to face the difficult parts of your journey? Learn the skills you need to evaluate a possible employer. Learn how to elevate your presentation to make yourself stand out against the rest. Explore your options. You need to be purposeful and strategic with career decisions, as they will affect your entire life. In which direction should you take your next step?
  1. Many veterinary technicians can point to urinary obstructions in cats when it comes to urinary tract emergencies, but are you aware and ready to treat any other potential urinary emergencies? From blockages to neurologic emergencies this lecture will cover all of the potential causes of and treatment for urinary tract emergencies.
  2. Patients suffering from trauma can present at any time – are you and your team ready? This lecture will start with the ABC basics of triaging and treating trauma cases, but then dive into fluid resuscitation, complications, and monitoring of these cases in both cats and dogs. Case studies will be discussed to solidify the learning objectives.


  1. How is it possible that returning blood supply back to an area where it was cut off could kill an animal? Ischemia-reperfusion injury produces a chain of devastating events and is a relatively new exciting topic in veterinary medicine. Attendees will learn about this devastating syndrome, how it affects patients and ways to prevent it. Case studies will be discussed.
  2. With the advances of medicine new and exciting colloids are available. The biggest debate now is, “should we be using synthetic colloids?” This lecture will dive into that debate. Attendees will learn about both natural (blood products) and synthetic colloids and how they are utilized in veterinary medicine. They will leave understanding the risks and benefits of all colloid products and will be able to better monitor their patients.
  • There are many factors that can influence your leadership effectiveness. Of these factors we are going to look at emotional intelligence and how to cultivate it. We will explore the art of making mistakes and how to utilize this resource to make your hospital a strong and collaborative environment. And lastly we will see how utilizing a coaching structure and powerful questions can help inspire responsibility and awareness in your team.
  1. Triage is not a skill only for the emergency room, but one that should be exercised in every practice. Sick patient exams, post-operative patients, and medical questions over the phone require quick thinking from your team, and a plan when they arrive. Learn how to structure a triage plan for every practice, and learn some tips for how to train your team to triage with confidence.
  2. Small animal patients can experience shock for a variety of different reasons and treatment relies on the veterinary team quickly recognizing shock and knowing how to respond. This lecture dives into the physiology behind different types of shock, why we see the clinical signs that we do, and why the treatment we perform helps these patients. A number of case studies will be utilized to bring the information together into practical application on the hospital floor.


*Space is limited. Register early to reserve your seat!

If You’re Unhappy, and You Know It, PERMA Plan!

Want to get stronger? Take up weight training! Want to feel healthier? Eat a smart diet and exercise! Want to build sustainable happiness? PERMA Plan! Join us for a lunch-time introduction to positive psychology, the science uncovering the tools for building personal and professional well-being and moving from survive to thrive.


  1. What’s the best way to give a blood product? Can you microwave plasma to warm it quickly? Can you give dog blood to a cat? Is it safe to auto-transfuse? This lecture will dive in to the facts and the fiction of transfusion medicine. It will also review basic good practices of how to administer blood products.
  2. What are best practices for evacuating chest tubes? How do you clean a tracheostomy tube? What can you do reduce the risk of urinary tract infections with urinary catheters? This lecture will review current best practices for managing tubes and drains.
  • Traumatic stress runs rampant throughout the veterinary profession with little to no recognition that it is actually occurring. Burnout, compassion fatigue, and even suicide are often the end result of a series of events that start with traumatic stress. The result is a cascade of physiologic events in the human organism that create a restructuring of the nervous system, completely unbeknownst to the person who is experiencing the trauma. This in turn manifests itself as either psychological or physical ailments, or both. This session will help you gain insight and will give you tools that you can take back with you to help yourself and your team.
  1. Toxic can be fun – as long as we’re talking about uncovering the mystery of what the pet ate and how to treat it. This lecture will cover common over the counter medications (acetaminophen, ibuprofen, supplements, and human medications) and how they affect the pets that ingest them. Attention will be paid to triage, symptom recognition, treatment, and monitoring tips.
  2. Leptospirosis cases are increasing in veterinary hospital across the country. Not only do veterinary team members need to be aware of this disease to protect themselves, but also need a good understanding of it in order to educate clients who may have been exposed. This lecture will cover how the disease is contracted, clinical signs, diagnostics, treatment, and client education of Leptospirosis in dogs.


When we scroll through Facebook, peek at Instagram, watch advertisements or read articles on things like, “Ten Ways You’re Not Good Enough,” we feel it – the Cult of Happiness. But it turns out, we can’t be happy all the time. Our brains literally aren’t built that way! There’s a healthier way to be in which we replace the Pursuit of Happiness with the Pursuit of Well-Being and create a Cult of Compassion.

In this Hot Topics session we’ll explore:

• The Cult of Happiness and the “Destination Dilemma”
• Why feeling “bad” is often normal…and healthy!
• Empathy & Resilience – the tools of choice for Cult of Compassion members.

By the end of this session you’ll understand why well-being is so much more than happiness and will feel empowered to support yourself and each other in a path toward the “good life.”


  1. While no anesthetic procedure is entirely safe, critically ill patients present a much higher level of risk and likelihood of perianesthetic complications. Awareness and anticipation of drug side effects as well as physiologic complications associated with various pathologies will help reduce the risk of and improve the likelihood of a favorable outcome from a critical anesthetic procedure. This lecture will discuss the design of anesthetic plans that are as safe as possible for critical patients. Common ER cases will also be discussed.
  2. The anesthetist’s role during any procedure is not just to monitor and respond to abnormalities in physiological parameters. One must be cognizant of other underlying physiological processes that, if allowed to significantly deteriorate, will detrimentally affect the outcome of the anesthetic procedure and the patient’s overall ability to recover without complication subsequent to the anesthesia. This lecture will address proper maintenance of acid-base and electrolyte balances in anesthetized patients.


  1. Understanding the ins and outs of the anesthesia machine is crucial to order to be a safe anesthetist and troubleshoot complications when they arise. This lecture describes the parts of the anesthesia machine as well as their various functions. The participant will learn how anesthesia machines work, how gas flows through the machine and breathing circuit, and how to inspect and perform routine anesthesia machine maintenance.
  2. The administration of fluids during anesthesia helps to maintain blood volume and cardiac output in the presence of drugs that decrease contractility and relax blood vessels, as most anesthetic agents do. Fluid support also helps offset imbalances that result from surgery, such as hemorrhage and evaporative losses from exposed tissues. This lecture discusses the importance of and recommendations for appropriate fluid resuscitation in anesthetized patients.


CACVT events are open to CACVT Members only. If you are not a CVT or an Associate or Student member with CACVT, and would like to join, please visit Certification & Membership to explore engagement opportunities.


Book your stay at the DoubleTree by April 6th using the CACVT room block.

Online Reservations:

Phone Reservations: 1-800-327-2242 ask for the Colorado Association of Certified Veterinary Technicians room block

Lodging Rate: $109.00 per night for single or double occupancy

Check-in/Check-out: 3:00PM/12:00PM

Address: 7801 E Orchard Rd, Greenwood Village, CO 80111



On or before April 6th – registration fee less a $25 cancellation fee. NO REFUNDS after April 6th. Refunds will not be granted for inclement weather or other circumstances outside of CACVT’s control unless the conference is cancelled by CACVT.


Guests are not permitted at CACVT events; individuals without registrations will not be permitted entrance to events.

Pets are not permitted at CACVT events.


Luncheon hall space is limited, register early to reserve a seat.

Registrants who will be attending the luncheon must indicate as such during registration. To do this simply check YES when asked if you plan to attend the luncheon for each person in your group who plans to attend. Reservations will be taken on a first come, first served basis. Once all luncheon seats have been reserved, the luncheon will be at capacity.

*Luncheon tickets will not be available to Sunday Only Registrants.
*If you have notified us of dietary restrictions during registration, you will receive a special luncheon ticket with your registration badge. Place this ticket at your place setting for your server upon entry to the luncheon.
*Those who reserve a luncheon seat will have indication of their luncheon registration on their badges.


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  • Flourish Veterinary Consulting
  • Royal Canin
  • Monument Pharmacy
  • Veterinary System Services

More to come…