Education Calendar

We hold free lunch time and evening community education events for members of the veterinary community every month of the year. Programs are posted as soon as the seminars are scheduled, so check back often!

AERC Spring Conference for Technicians


April 28, 2018

Our Spring CE will held at our Oakdale clinic and will be separated into three days. On April 14, 2018, we will have the Veterinarian Track. On April 21st, 2018, we will have the Practice Manager Track. On April 28th, 2018, we will have the Technician Track. Each track will have four speakers and offer 6 credit hours. Attendees are welcome to register for multiple tracks! A continental breakfast and lunch are also provided.

We encourage you to register right away! Since seats are limited, we cannot accept walk-in registrations on the day of the event.

Technician track courses were not approved by the MN Board of Veterinary Medicine for credit for veterinarians.  Technicians can still attend and submit these courses for credit with your accrediting body as usual. 

CCL, TTA, TPLO, CBLO: Simplifying the Alphabet Soup of Canine Cranial Cruciate Ligament Repairs by John Nielsen, CVT, VTS (ECC), CCRP, CVPP, and Brooke Knotek, CVT, Sport and Strength Department, AERC Cranial cruciate ligament repairs are among the most common orthopedic surgical procedures performed in general veterinary practice. With the wide variety of procedures performed to correct this prevalent problem, there is often confusion with the details of each procedure. In this lecture on canine stifle locomotion and structure, we will review the most common similarities and misconceptions about these procedures. We will close our discussion with home exercises routinely recommended to ensure post-surgical success and help reduce the incidence of complications.

Communication for Grief and Loss by Colleen Crockford, MSW, LICSW This training will focus on understanding what normative grief looks like and the factors that can make grieving animal loss challenging. Participants will learn about effective verbal and non-verbal communication tools to engage wtih grieving clients and will practice these techniques. This training will review the components of a bond-centered clinic to further support clients in grief and enhance client relationships. (1.5 CE credits approved by MN Board of Vet Medicine)

Staying Centered Amongst the Chaos: A Technician’s Guide to Personal Wellness by Cherie Dilts, CVT, Emergency & Critical Care Service, AERC Practical, bite-sized tips to staying centered throughout the chaos of our workday and home life. We’ll cover outlets like making time for yourself, yoga, journaling, and yes...even meditation! (Trust me, it’s not as weird as you think!)

I’ve Got Your Back: Common Causes and Treatments of the Down Dog by Nadia Dukic, CVT, Neurology Service, AERC  This presentation will discuss different causes of down dogs seen in practice. Topics will include IVDE including Hansen Type I and II, traumatic disks, FCE (Fibrocartilaginous Emboli) and also inflammatory causes such as discospondylitis. 

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