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October 3 - 5, 2023

RACE-pending for 6 CPD hrs

Online Veterinary Nurse & Technician Conference

3 Days  |  6 Lectures  |  6 Speakers  |  6 Structured CPD Points

Attended by thousands of Veterinary Nurses & Technicians from across the globe!

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The Biggest Event of the Year

Key Highlights

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 Access

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

RACE-Pending

Get much needed Continuing Education (CE) credits before the year ends. Attend the #VNCON23 and get 6 CE credits!

Our Speakers

Event Schedule

6 Lectures Over 3 Days

The 2023 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 3


Lecture Description: In this informative talk, we will delve into the fascinating world of the microbiome and its crucial role in maintaining digestive health. We’ll explore the distinctions between small bowel and large bowel disorders, shedding light on their diagnosis and management. Additionally, we’ll discuss why simply feeding home-prepared chicken and rice isn’t sufficient for gastrointestinal health and highlight the key nutrients that should be considered in managing gastrointestinal disease. Finally, we’ll provide structure and valuable insights into which GI diet to feed when to support not only your patients GI health, but their overall well-being.

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Lecture Description: This lecture will give a brief overview of the main cardiac diseases seen in veterinary practice, using the current consensus statements that stage the diseases, into either 3 or 4 categories. The categories are:
  • Being a breed predisposed to heart failure, but no evidence of heart disease
  • A pre-clinical phase
  • Heart failure either historical or current. In cats this includes aortic thromboembolism
  • A refractory stage
The lecture will provide guidelines for diagnostic tests, treatment protocols and nursing requirements. A focus will be placed on how to obtain diagnostic tests with patients that are respiratory compromised.

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OCT 4


Lecture Description: Join Dr Sarah for a journey into the world of kidney health! We will unravel the progression of Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD), clinical signs and unveil the latest innovations in nutritional management. Discover the vital role kidneys play in a cat’s well-being and explore strategies and powerful diagnostic tools to increase early detection. Plus, we’ll show you how to activate the gut microbiome, which plays a critical role in influencing not only overall health, but also how the gut/ kidney axis can positively impact kidney health.

Lecture outcomes: Veterinary nurses will gain a holistic understanding of the nutritional aspects of managing kidney disease in pets. They will be equipped with the knowledge necessary to aid in the early detection, staging, and treatment of kidney disease, as well as new innovative nutritional approaches to improve the well-being of cats with CKD.

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Back by ever popular demand, Charisma is back with another offering of the most delicious Indian recipes that are not just easy but super delicious!

The menu and ingredients will be emailed a few days prior to the session. You can cook along or watch and make this after the livestream!

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Lecture Description: The evidence associated with monitoring the clinical condition of a patient through measurement of physiological parameters is long established within both veterinary and human centred medicine. More recently, within the medical field, focus has been directed towards the management of the deteriorating patient, and how early monitoring and associated interventions can prevent catastrophic declines.

Nurses play a critical role in monitoring the condition of their patients and this session will introduce tools used within medical practice that are used routinely to optimise monitoring and early detection of deterioration.

This topic is also being used to support a broader One Health approach whereby human centred nursing is used as a resource to stimulate discussion and debate with the aim of improving veterinary clinical outcomes.

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OCT 5


Masterpieces by Michelle Mansford –
Draw a portrait of a Dog


This will be a “follow-along” drawing class where artist Michelle will be guiding us on the process of drawing a portrait of a dog. We will be given the template and art-material list a few days prior to the session. We will be using easy to follow pencil drawing techniques.

About Michelle Mansford
Michelle Mansford is a Brisbane based artist who started Shore Studio. her vision is to bring high quality art tuition and creative experience opportunities to her students.

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Lecture Description: In this presentation, we will explore some common dog-to-dog issues veterinary staff encounters in clinics, with the main focus on understanding and managing leash reactivity in- and outside of the clinic environment.

Vet nurses and technicians are first respondents not just in case of pet emergencies, but also when communicating with clients about their dogs’ well-being. Emotional well-being is just as important as physical health, but owners of reactive dogs may feel embarrassed about their dog’s behaviour to ask for help. Or they may not know how to recognise earlier signs and manage reactive behaviour.

The outcome of this talk is to empower vet nurses and technicians to provide useful, force-free and practical advice to clients on how to manage dog-to-dog interactions inside and outside of the clinic environment.

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OCT 6

 19:30 AEDT  - Movie Night
Napoli Dogs

Grab a glass of your favorite beverage, gather with your friends and join us online for a watch party where we will be screening this beautiful movie “A Dog’s Purpose”. This is a story of how a dog goes through four lifetimes with different owners through various time periods. During this journey, he steadily understands his real purpose.

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Missed the live event? No worries!

You can now access all recorded lectures, lecture notes, and download your CE certificates easily!

Join thousands of Veterinary Nurses & Technicians from across the globe!

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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!

Gillian

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

Jane

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

Bec

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

Sue

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

Michele

Register FREE to Watch All On-Demand Lecture Recordings
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!

Gillian

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

Jane

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

Bec

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

Sue

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

Michele

If you are a resident of Australia, your information will be shared with Hill’s Pet Nutrition Pty Limited ("Hill's AU"). Hill’s AU handles your personal information in accordance with its privacy policy, available at https://www.hillspet.com.au/legal-statement-and-privacy-policy.

If you are a resident of New Zealand, your information will be shared with Hill’s Pet Nutrition (NZ) Limited ("Hill's NZ"”"). Hill’s NZ handles your personal information in accordance with its privacy policy, available at https://www.hillspet.co.nz/legal-statement-and-privacy-policy.

For collection of personal information of participants based in Australia and New Zealand:

If you are a resident of Australia, your information will be shared with Hill’s Pet Nutrition Pty Limited ("Hill's AU"). Hill’s AU handles your personal information in accordance with its privacy policy, available at https://www.hillspet.com.au/legal-statement-and-privacy-policy.

If you are a resident of New Zealand, your information will be shared with Hill’s Pet Nutrition (NZ) Limited ("Hill's NZ"”"). Hill’s NZ handles your personal information in accordance with its privacy policy, available at https://www.hillspet.co.nz/legal-statement-and-privacy-policy.

It's fun attending VNCON! Experience it yourself!

Congratulations to the Winners of Vet Nurse/Tech Have Talent Contest

Victoria Koks

Practice Development Advisor
BGenStud (Sec Ed), CVN, AVN, RVN, VTS (Nutrition)

For over 15 years Victoria has dedicated her career to the pursuit of knowledge and excellence. Victoria passion for the continued development of the profession, and for incorporating technology to raise the standard of patient care, has seen her sought after to deliver seminars and workshops to both domestic and international audiences.
Victoria has advanced through the roles of Veterinary Nurse Manager, Practice Manager, Regional Manager, Training and Development Manager and Consultant with Animal Industries Resource Centre and Crampton Consulting Group. Vicky is now a Nutritional Consultant for Hill’s Pet Nutrition and is a proud Veterinary Technician Specialist in the field of Nutrition.

Charlotte Pace

BA (Hons) RVN VTS (Cardiology-IM) PG Cert (Vet Ed) FHEA

Charlotte Pace qualified as a veterinary nurse in 2003, whilst working in practice in London. In the same year she moved to the Royal Veterinary College to work as a medicine nurse. In 2006 she became the dedicated cardiology nurse for the Queen Mother Hospital for Animals.
In 2010 she passed American veterinary technician exams and became the first nurse to hold the Cardiology qualification outside the US. From 2012 to 2015, Charlotte taught veterinary nurses on both degree and diploma programmes. In 2015 she returned to veterinary practice, is a visiting lecturer, and continues to write and lecture on veterinary cardiology. Her new book, ‘Practical Cardiology for Veterinary Nurses’ is out now. She is an active clinical coach and a member of the editorial board for the Veterinary Nurse, a position she has held since 2012. She is currently President of the BVNA.

Dr Sarah Robson

BVSc(hons) MANZCVS(pharm) MVS MVSc GCCT

Dr Sarah Robson graduated with honours from the University of Melbourne in 2009 and went on to work in small animal practice. She then returned to U-Vet in 2012 to complete a clinical pharmacology residency and become a lecturer and general practice veterinarian in the busy teaching hospital.
Sarah is a member of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists in pharmacology and has completed a masters thesis investigating antibiotic resistance. Sarah joined Hill’s Pet Nutrition in 2021 and is currently a Professional Consulting Veterinarian.

Helen Ballantyne

PG Dip BSc (Hons) RN RVN

After graduating with a degree in Pharmacology in 2002, Helen qualified as a Registered Veterinary Nurse in 2005. She worked as a locum nurse nationally and internationally, gathering experience in referral medicine and surgery, charity practice, emergency nursing and exotics.
Helen obtained a Post Graduate Diploma in Adult Nursing in 2013 and her current role is Clinical Nurse Specialist for Living Kidney Donation where she supports living kidney donors through the process of donation and organises kidney transplant surgeries. As part of this role, she also works a Transplant Coordinator managing the logistics of matching, retrieving and transplanting abdominal organs from deceased donors Helen remains a Registered Veterinary Nurse and has developed a strong interest in the principles of One Health and is the Chair of the UK One Health Coordination Group. She regularly lectures and writes about concepts and ways of working that may be shared between the professions to support clinical and professional practice. Her first textbook, Veterinary Nursing Care Plans: Theory and Practice was published in 2018. She has just completed her MSc in Healthcare Management and is looking for her next big project!

Dr Philip Judge

BVSc MVS PG Cert Vet Clin 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) – 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.

Bea Labady

MA CPDT FFCP Dog Behaviour Consultant and Trainer

Bea Labady is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer based in Brisbane. She has been working in busy shelters, private veterinary behaviour practices and helping dogs with problem behaviours though her own training business, Embark Pet Care.
She also assesses therapy and assistance dogs.

Bea has a special interest in dog behaviour and completed the nationally recognised professional dog training course, Certificate IV in Companion Animal Services through the Delta Institute in 2017. Since then, she became a Fear Free certified professional and gained her Low Stress Handling certification too.

Bea is a member of the Pet Professional Guild and the Delta Institute, both organisations promoting force-free training methods.

She enjoys educating people about dog behaviour and body language so dogs and humans can live a more harmonious life together.