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Educator, Advocate, or Coach? The Veterinary Technician’s Role in Diabetes Mellitus
Approved for 1 hour of NYSED credit
February 18, 2021
How do you prevent patients from arriving at the emergency room with DKA? Veterinary Technicians do not play an insignificant role by any means in serving as educators, patient advocates, and coaches for pet owners to manage the care of their pets who may be at risk or diagnosed for diabetes. Risk factors and preventative measures, diagnosis and treatment, monitoring of effectiveness of the treatment, are all important topics for veterinary professionals to discuss with pet owners in regards to diabetes mellitus to prevent patients from requiring emergency care.
- Describe the risk factors, diagnostics, and treatment for diabetes mellitus
- Identify key points regarding medical and nutritional management of diabetes mellitus to discuss with pet owners
- Apply simple communication techniques to help engage pet owners in discussions on diabetes mellitus management
When is it?
Date: Thursday, 18 February 2021
Time: 20:00 EST
MS, RVT, VTS (ECC), (SAIM)
During his 20 years in the field, Ken has discovered and refined his role as a veterinary technician by promoting compassionate and progressive care for the patients and their families. He obtained his VTS certification in emergency and critical care as well as small animal internal medicine and achieved his master's degree in Veterinary Science. He is currently the Chief Veterinary Nursing Officer for Veterinary Emergency Group, and the Program Director for the RECOVER Initiative. He has been awarded the NAVTA Veterinary Technician of the Year award in 2016, the California Veterinary Medical Association Veterinary Technician of the Year award in 2016, and the California RVT Association of the Year award in 2017. Ken has co-edited the Manual of Veterinary Transfusion Medicine and Blood Banking and has published various text chapters and articles in various publications. He gives presentations internationally on topics in ECC, transfusion medicine, and the veterinary nursing profession.
Ken works to encourage further recognition of the vital role of the veterinary nurses and technicians through work with organizations such as the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America co-chairing the Veterinary Nurse Initiative and serving as a board member of the Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society, the Academy of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Technicians and Nurses, and the Veterinary Innovation Council. He is also an advocate for the Open Hospital Concept, encouraging veterinary practices to invite the pet owners to “the back” as a part of the team.
Ken invites everyone to ask “Why?” to understand the “What” and “How” of our field, and to continually pursue new limits as veterinary professionals and individuals.