2022 Spring Technician Seminar - Topics and Speakers


Exploring Endocrine, GI, and Hematology
for the Registered Veterinary Technician

Veterinary Support Staff Welcome

Sunday, April 24, 2022
9:00am — 4:30pm

​Breakfast, Lunch, and Refreshment Breaks
6 Continuing Education Units


Yvonne Brandenburg, RVT, VTS (SAIM)

Yvonne is a Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT) in the state of California and obtained her Veterinary Technician Specialist (VTS) designation in Small Animal Internal Medicine (SAIM) in 2016. She is an author and a speaker at both local and international conferences, as well as a co-host with Jordan Porter, RVT, LVT, VTS (SAIM) of the Internal Medicine For Vet Techs Podcast. Yvonne started working in a general practice in 2003. After seven years she decided to challenge herself and became a veterinary technology program instructor at Carrington College California. She worked as an instructor for several years, as a vet tech program director for a year, and then found her way into a specialty hospital in 2012 where she gets the privilege of working with patients diagnosed with intricate diseases and helping them feel better. Yvonne has presented on subjects related to SAIM at American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine Forum in 2017, SAGE Small Animal Symposium in 2017, 2018, 2019, and 2020, VSPN in 2020, and in the Internal Medicine For Vet Techs Membership.

In 2018, she founded Internal Medicine For Pet Parents, a website designed to help educate pet owners about the diseases their pets were diagnosed with. Visit www.internalmedicineforpetparents.com for resources for pet owners.

In 2019, Yvonne realized there was a need for a place dedicated to veterinary professionals interested in small animal internal medicine and Internal Medicine For Vet Techs was born. In 2019, she and her business partner, Jordan Porter, started the Internal Medicine For Vet Techs Podcast. In 2020, the company gained it's AAVSB RACE approved provider status and added the Internal Medicine For Vet Techs Membership site for continuing education courses and a dedicated veterinary community. 

Yvonne is the Founder and Chief Education Director for Internal Medicine For Pet Parents and it's subsidiary, Internal Medicine For Vet Techs. She is the 2021 President for Academy of Internal Medicine for Veterinary Technicians. Yvonne loves all things internal medicine. "I want to empower both pet owners and veterinary technicians to make a difference in the lives of the pets they love."


Lecture Details


Continuous Glucose Monitors: How To Use Them In Your Practice
Learn how a continuous glucose monitor (CGM) works, application techniques, and client communication on using a CGM. The course focuses on the FreeStyle Libre 14-Day System from Abbott.

Diabetic Ketoacidosis: Too High For Too Long
How can a veterinary technician help manage a patient with Diabetic Ketoacidosis (DKA)? Understanding how to recognize and treat patients with newly diagnosed diabetes or an uncontrolled diabetes, helps both clients and patients have a better quality of life.


Normal Cat Vomiting: There’s No Such Thing
This course covers vomiting seen in feline patients and how to educate pet owners when to seek medical attention. We will discuss diet trials, medical management, and diagnostics commonly used in these patients. Many clients feel cats “normally” vomit and don’t seek out medical attention for a potentially life-threatening symptom. This course will help attendees navigate client conversations to help alleviate vomiting in feline patients.

Diarrhea Large Bowel Or Small Bowel: The Scoop On Understanding the #2
This session covers diarrhea in our canine and feline patients. Attendees will better understand the difference between large bowel and small bowel diarrhea, diagnostics commonly used for these patients, and how to treat diarrhea. This course will help attendees navigate client conversations to help the quality of life for both patients and clients.


Evans Syndrome: A Technician's Guide
This course covers Evans Syndrome, or immune mediated thrombocytopenia and immune mediated hemolytic anemia, how it relates to our patients, and what veterinary technicians need to know when treating these patients. We will discuss diagnostics, treatments, and client communication for Evans Syndrome.

Going Beyond The Quick And Dirty Crossmatch & Manual Platelet Counts
Let’s analyze the basics of canine and feline blood types, cross matches, and performing manual platelet counts.


Technician Seminar Agenda

Sunday, April 24, 2022
8:00am-8:45am Check-in and Breakfast
8:45am Meeting Begins
10:30am-11:00am AM Break
12:30pm-1:00pm Box Lunch Break
2:30pm-3:00pm PM Break
4:30pm Meeting Concludes
*Exhibitor room open throughout all breaks