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UC Davis Presents Annual Back to School Continuing Education Seminar


July 20, 2016

The Back to School Seminar offers up to 16 hours of continuing education for veterinary technicians and assistants.

The Back to School Seminar offers up to 16 hours of continuing education for veterinary technicians and assistants.

This weekend on July 23-24, UC Davis will host the annual Back to School Seminar for veterinary technicians and assistants to earn continuing education credits. Back to School is the largest program targeted to these veterinary professionals produced by the Center for Continuing Professional Education. Growing every year in size and scope, this year’s conference expects more than 300 participants from the Western United States to converge on the campus in Davis. The professional background of attendees ranges from general medicine to emergency/critical care, and specialty practice to research. The presentations are provided by clinical staff and faculty of the UC Davis veterinary hospital and the larger School of Veterinary Medicine team.

The program also includes special invited speakers from academic and private practices including:

•    Tony Buffington, DVM, PhD, DACVN (California)
•    Ken Yagi, RVT, VTS ECC, SAIM (California)
•    Danielle Browning, LVMT, VST Surgery (Tennessee)
•    Jason Nicholas, BVetMed (Oregon)

Most speakers are veterinary technician specialists or board-certified veterinarians simultaneously lecturing in three adjacent rooms where participants can acquire up to 16 hours of continuing education credits during this two-day program. This year’s seminar will include lecture tracks entitled:

•    Emergency & Critical Care
•    Surgical Nursing
•    Environmental Enrichment
•    Foundations in Practice
•    Exotic Companion Animals
•    Anesthesia


This program has a long-term partnership with the California Registered Veterinary Technician Association (CaRVTA), which conducts its business meeting during this conference, as well as presents the California RVT of the Year Award. The foyer of Gladys Valley Hall is always filled during this weekend program with energetic participants learning, networking, and discovering new items, products, and diagnostics from the exhibitors.