October 12 - 14, 2021

Up to 6 CE Points

Online Veterinary Nurse & Technician Conference

Join thousands of Veterinary Nurses & Technicians from across the globe! 3 Days | 6 Lectures | FREE TO ATTEND

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Why should you attend?

The Vet Education Online Veterinary Nurse and Technician Conference is an outstanding FREE, RACE-approved online event for veterinary nurses and technicians everywhere.

6 Outstanding Speakers

This event showcases some of the world’s top veterinary specialists who will be delivering amazing lectures in real-time.

Have More Fun

Not only do you get outstanding clinical lectures, but this year we’ve got even more in store for you, with some fun and interactive activities – just for you!

Free to Attend

Yes, that’s correct! This exciting event is absolutely free-to-attend for veterinary nurses and technicians worldwide.

RACE-Approval Pending

Get much needed Continuing Education (CE) credits before the year ends. Attend the #VNCON21 and get 6 CE credits!
Meet the Speakers

Our Speakers

The 2021 program features 6 outstanding speakers, who will interact with you LIVE over the 3 days of the conference, on practical, and relevant topics to your practice!

Event Schedule

6 Lectures Over 3 Days

The 2021 program is will also feature some exciting surprises and fun activities in between the lectures! All sessions will be recorded. If you are unable to attend the live lectures, a link to the recordings will be shared with you a few days following the event.

OCT 12

Speaker: Philip Judge

Topic Description: Aggressive clients can be a real challenge in our profession. They have the potential to derail patient treatment, and their abusive behaviour can have serious consequences on the individual or individuals the behaviour is directed at. Knowing how to manage client behaviour on the other hand, can empower the veterinary team, improve professional relations with the client, and as a result, can positively affect the treatment of the patient. Join us as we delve into the reasons why clients display angry behaviour, and how we, as animal health professionals, can identify strategies to defuse our client’s anger, and get them to positively participate in their pets health plan.

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Speaker: Heidi Knightley

Topic Description: In this program, participants will learn about the important role of avian clinical pathology in practice and understand that even in a clinical setting where the avian patient is not common, the veterinary staff can perform some basic tests to get a baseline on the health of the avian patient. Avian patients are the masters of deceit and will hide a myriad of diseases due to being a prey species. We will discuss what tests can be done, from basic non-invasive testing to the more extensive testing options. Demonstrate sampling techniques and which technique is best suited to each test. Discussion on blood volume and the difference between avian and mammalian cells. Finally, we will look at the interpretation of the test results and what this means for our avian patient.

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Speaker: Charisma Judge

About this Fun Event: Take a break and join Charisma as she walks you through the process of whipping up a light, nutritious and simple Indian vegetarian meal. Watch it live or play it back for a cook-along.

An answer to “What’s For Dinner?” is not a conundrum any longer!

Join Dr. Charisma Judge don the chef’s hat, as she guides you through a meal of Dahl (lentil curry), Cumin Fried Rice (a fragrant pilaf), Cucumber Raita (a yoghurt based dip), and a scrumptious Mango lassi (a refreshing fruit based beverage).

Keep an eye out for the ingredient list as we email it to all participants!

Delicious comfort food in a warm bowl is just the thing to keep you satiated as you sit down to watch your next lecture of the Online Vet Nurse/ Tech Conference 2020 series.


This special session will broadcast live on our Facebook Page!

Speaker: Sam Clutterbuck

Topic Description: Birds carry a higher anaesthetic mortality and morbidity rate than domestic pets, such as cats and dogs.

While there are many ways to help reduce this risk, emergencies will unfortunately happen. Being prepared with equipment, emergency drugs and doses and the knowledge to use them can mean the difference between life and death. This webinar will cover ways to prevent anaesthesia emergencies as well as how to react once an issue has become apparent.

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OCT 13

Speaker: Phil Tucak

Topic Description: In this webinar, Dr Phil Tucak the Wildlife Outreach Vet joins Dr Annabel Robertson, Professional Veterinary Affairs Manager from Hill’s Pet Nutrition to explore responsible cat ownership to reduce the impact of cats on Australia’s wildlife. The presentation will highlight the impact of cats on wildlife, and detail the factors involved in being a responsible cat owner, along with advice on keeping cats indoors and how to ensure they stay happy and healthy. Educating clients about responsible cat ownership is an important aspect of veterinary advocacy, and the presentation will provide an overview of the options for how to educate clients about the impact of cats on wildlife, along with highlighting the resources available which provide further information on responsible cat ownership in Australia.

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Speaker: Julie Ashton

Topic Description: In this lecture, participants will learn about what causes dogs stress in the veterinary setting. Participants will increase their confidence in interpreting dog body language and subtle signals to avoid those cases which ‘bite out of the blue.’ The discussion will cover the physiological consequences of stress and why we should care as veterinary professionals! Finally, participants will learn about ways we can reduce stress, covering handling, veterinary clinic set up and finally touching on appropriate use of anxiolytics.

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OCT 14

Speaker: Danielle Mauragis

Topic Description: At the end of the presentation the participant will have the ability to evaluate diagnostic images for quality control by recognizing particular anatomy and the aspect of positioning. With the images provided the participant should be able to duplicate the concepts presented and be able to produce a diagnostic image. This discussion will present a three step approach to radiographic quality control and address the importance of executing them. This presentation will cover the most common radiographic exams that are performed in general veterinary practice are the thorax, abdomen, pelvis, stifle, and elbow. Of course, there are numerous other body parts that are radiographed such as the skull, spine, and the distal extremities but not as commonly.

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Speaker: Loren Mawby

Topic Description: In this program, participants will learn about the prevalence and common causes of allergic skin disease and dietary allergies in dogs. Participants will then learn the role nutrition plays in managing dietary allergies and the mechanisms involved in the most common allergic cause of itching in dogs – canine atopic dermatitis. The discussion will review the clinical evidence supporting the efficacy of a new nutritional solution for dogs, showing skin healing in as little as 21 days by utilising a proprietary blend of nutrients to dampen the skin’s reaction to environmental allergens and strengthen the skin’s natural barrier whilst containing a single intact animal protein, with low allergenicity to manage potential underlying dietary allergies.

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Here’s what past participants said about the event.

As usual Philip and Charisma, you have run a stellar conference, with amazing speakers, acutely relevant topics and your own fabulous insights – thank you so much!


wow, what a fabulous lineup of great topics and top quality lecturers.


Thank you so very much 🙂
We have loved every minute of the conference! Best CE of the year!


Thank you so much for putting on this fabulous webinar series for us. Lovely!


Very good lectures with excellent presenters. Presentations where great and allowing for interactive questions during presentation.



Dr Philip Judge

BVSc MVS PG Cert Vet Stud MACVSc (Vet. Emergency and Critical Care; Medicine of Dogs)
Philip graduated from Massey University in New Zealand in 1992, and spent 7 years in small animal practice before undertaking a 3-year residency in veterinary emergency and critical care at the University of Melbourne in 1998. Following his residency, Philip worked for nearly 6 years at the Animal Emergency Centre in Melbourne, becoming the Senior Veterinarian at the centre in 2004. In 2006, Philip undertook a 1-year surgical externship before moving to Townsville to take up the position of Senior Lecturer in Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care at JCU. Philip is also co-founder, and director of Vet Education Pty Ltd (www.veteducation.com.au) – one of Australia’s leading providers of online continuing education for veterinarians and veterinary nurses.
Philip has published numerous manuals and guides concerning emergency medicine, including a CRI manual, haematology and biochemistry interpretation guide, emergency anaesthesia guide, and a ventilation therapy manual for small animals, in addition to being published in peer reviewed literature. Philip’s key interests in veterinary science include respiratory emergencies, ventilation therapy, envenomations, and toxicology.
  • Consultant in Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care
  • Internationally renowned lecturer and published author
  • Dedicated to providing you with innovative and exciting online learning

Heidi Knghtley

BSc VN DipEventMgmt
BSc (Biological Sciences), VN, Cert III in Equine Nursing, DipEventMgmt

Heidi is a qualified small animal and equine veterinary nurse and has a Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences. Heidi is currently employed as the Nursing Manager at Cannon and Ball Veterinary Surgeons in Wollongong NSW, a small animal and exotics vet and has been at the clinic for almost 7yrs. Heidi has been veterinary nursing for over 17 years and has lectured all over Australia on exotic and avian medicine to veterinary nurses.
Heidi grew up on a 200 acre farm so has a lifetime experience with animals’ great and small. Heidi has a particular interest in orthopaedics, animal nutrition, exotics medicine, mentoring/training new staff, lecturing, & online marketing.

2 fur kids currently live with Heidi and her husband Rob. ‘Kelsie’ is a 12yr old Kelpie who was the runt of her litter and no-one wanted her so in swopped Heidi to add to her family, Kelsie still acts like a puppy and loves to chase anything and everything. ‘Princess’ is a 13yr old Standardbred horse who was trialed to race but was too slow, so come to live out her life with Heidi and is now fat and fabulous and occasionally thinks she is a rodeo horse when being ridden.

Now if she wasn’t already busy enough, Heidi and her husband currently manage a 250 acre cattle property, right next door to the farm she grew up on, and currently have over 100 cows & calves to manage plus chickens. Together they also run a local cafe called Bean 2 the Valley.

Phil Tucak

BSc, BVMS, Veterinarian
Dr Phil Tucak is a veterinarian, communications manager and veterinary journalist. As the Wildlife Outreach Vet, he works to share the conversation about conservation. Phil works in clinical practice at Cottesloe Vet in Perth, along with working as a writer and communications manager for several veterinary businesses and science and conservation organisations.

Julie Ashton

BSc, BVSc, MANZCVS (Vet Behaviour), MRCVS
BSc, BVSc, MANZCVS (Vet Behaviour), MRCVS

Dr Julie became increasingly passionate about the emotional wellbeing of the animals in her care during her time at vet school and decided early on that this was the direction her career was going to head in. In 2009 she graduated from Bristol University (UK) with a BSc in Animal Behaviour as well as her BVSc as a vet. She spent a couple of years working in a busy North London practice before heading ‘down under.’ She spent the next 9 years calling Sydney her home. In 2014, she obtained Membership of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists in Veterinary Behaviour. The same year, she set up Life on Four Legs – a veterinary behaviour referral service – servicing much of Sydney.

In 2019, she returned to the UK and is now taking referrals from the South East of England. She is an ASAB and ABTC registered Clinical Animal Behaviourist and an ABTC registered Veterinary Behaviourist.

Danielle Mauragis

Danielle Mauragis, CVT, recently joined the Choice Medical Systems, Inc. Team after retiring from the Diagnostic Imaging Service at University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine. During her 30 year tenure at the University of Florida Veterinary Hospitals her responsibilities included performing radiography, computed tomography, and nuclear medicine studies; assisting with ultrasonography; and teaching physics, techniques, and quality control of radiology to veterinary students. The last 7 of those years were solely dedicated to performing and teaching ultrasound at the UF Veterinary Hospitals and various conferences. Ms. Mauragis co-authored the Handbook of Radiographic Positioning for Veterinary Technicians and was a contributing author for Small Animal Radiography: Essential Positioning Guide, and Small Animal Ultrasonography. Ms. Mauragis received her associate’s degree in veterinary technology from St. Petersburg College in Largo, Florida.

Loren Mawby

Dip Animal Tech, Dip VN (General Practice)
Loren is a very passionate veterinary nurse at heart and has nursed in both general practice and emergency/referral clinics in South Australia since 2010. During this time she discovered her love for nutrition and the important role it plays in aiding recovery and improving quality of life for patients under veterinary care. She holds a Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing, Diploma in Animal Technology and Diploma of Veterinary Nursing (General Practice). She currently works for Hill’s Pet Nutrition as a Territory Manager and assists the Hill’s Professional Veterinary Affairs team with special projects such as the Nurse Nutritional Consultation Program and Social Media engagement.