Sponsored by Hills


Speaker: Kara M. Burns, MS, MEd, LVT, VTS (Nutrition)
VTS-H (Internal Medicine, Dentistry)
Date: June 27th (part 1) and June 28th (part 2) from 6:30pm-8:30pm CST
CE: 4.5 CE credits

Online format via zoom
$50 for WVTA Members
$125 for Non Members

1. Making Nutritional Recommendations to Pet Owners
Proper nutritional management is one of the most important factors in managing health and disease in pets. As clients become more aware of the importance of nutrition in their own health, they will expect this same higher standard of nutritional care for their pets. The veterinary healthcare team should be the preferred, expert source of the best nutritional information for pets. Veterinary teams that understand and promote clini­cal nutrition and demonstrate in-clinic behaviors consistent with this conviction will benefit their patients, their clients, and their practices. Proper nutritional management is one of the most important factors in maximizing health, performance, and longevity in addition to managing disease conditions.

2. Busting Nutritional Myths
Pet owners and veterinary healthcare team members have access to a great deal of information regarding pet nutrition via the internet, news sources, blogs, etc. Along with this wealth of information comes confusing and often incorrect nutritional information. As veterinary nurses/technicians, we need to educate ourselves on proper companion animal nutrition and sort through the minutiae to educate well-intentioned owners on what constitutes proper nutrition for their pet. There is a lot of misinformation regarding pet food; veterinary teams should be viewed as the expert when it comes to veterinary medical questions, including proper nutrition. This session will review and bust some of the common myths we face.

3. Nutritional Management of Pancreatitis
Pancreatitis can be managed through a focus on key nutritional factors and diligent owner compliance. The healthcare team’s role in managing pancreatitis is crucial, beginning with proper identification of pancreatitis vs. other vomiting and diarrheic conditions. This session will focus on the healthcare team’s role in identifying and managing pancreatitis and the key nutritional factors responsible for minimizing signs and symptoms associated with pancreatitis.

4. FLUTD: What’s all the stress?
This presentation will focus on the causes of FLUTD, the veterinary nurses’ role in diagnostics, nutritional management, and the veterinary nurses’ role in producing a positive outcome. New nutrients and nutritional management options, specifically relating to FIC and stress in cats, will be discussed.