2023 Spring Technician Seminar - Speaker and Topics


Emergency Medicine
for the Registered Veterinary Technician

All Veterinary Support Staff Welcome

Sunday, April 23, 2023
8:00am — 4:30pm

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


Kimberly Boyle, DVM, DACVECC
Dr. Boyle graduated from Western University of Health Sciences in 2007. After completing her internship at VCA Emergency Animal Hospital and Referral Center, she decided to stay to complete her three-year residency in Emergency and Critical Care Medicine. Dr.Boyle became a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care and worked for VCA All-Care Animal Referral Center in Fountain Valley before making California Veterinary Specialists her home. Currently, she lives in North San Diego County with her husband, four children, three cats, and two bunnies.

Sandra Cosgrove, RVT, VTS (ECC)
Sandy graduated from Loyola Marymount University with a degree in Psychology, before realizing her love for the veterinary field. She returned to school and graduated from an AVMA accredited program for Veterinary Technology in 2002. She began working in the EmergencyService at PENN Vet's Ryan Veterinary Hospital right out of school and has been working in Emergency and Critical Care ever since, receiving her Veterinary Technician Specialty in Emergency/Critical Care in 2008. Sandy is currently the Technician Manager at VCA California Veterinary Specialists in Carlsbad, CA and enjoys the opportunity to work with technician supervisors in all specialty departments as well as teach and train technicians and assistants throughout the hospital.


Lecture Topics:

We will begin our “ER for the GP RVT” journey by setting the stage with a brief glimpse inside our 24 Hour Emergency and Specialty Medicine Hospital. We will follow that with a discussion on what the General Practitioner can do prior to transfer to set their patients up for success upon arrival to a referral center. (15 minutes)

When The Bus Unloads: The Art Of Triage
The next stop on our journey will involve a brief discussion regarding the concepts and process behind how to assess, sort and prioritize multiple emergent patients. (30 minutes)

Shock And The Tree Of Life
One of the cornerstones of emergency medicine is understanding the pathophysiology of shock, as well as, how to recognize the clinical form of shock in your patients. This discussion will review the pathophysiology and definition of shock, as well as, the various types of shock and clinical manifestations in dogs versus cats. (45 minutes)

Fluid Therapy: Evolution And Current Practices
After a brief review of the earliest beginnings of fluid therapy and its evolution over the course of time, we will finish by discussing the key current concepts and clinical practices of fluid therapy as they relate to the emergent patient. (45 minutes)

Case Presentations
We will spend the remainder of our lecture time reviewing common ER presentations. We'll present cases, including but not limited to: anaphylaxis, seizures, trauma, pleural and pericardial diseases, sepsis, respiratory distress, heat stroke, GDV, urethral obstruction, rattlesnake envenomation, common toxins, and CPR.
(3 hours, 45 minutes)


Technician Seminar Agenda:

8:00am-8:45am Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:45am Meeting Begins
10:30am AM Break
12:30pm-1:00pm Box Lunch Break
2:30pm PM Break
4:30pm Meeting Concludes







*Exhibitor room open throughout all breaks


The SDCVMA is a California Statutorily approved CE provider.