Medicine for the Technician: Emergency and Critical Care

5th Annual Gulf-Atlantic Veterinary Conference

Acute Kidney Failure: Nursing Them Through

Saturday, December 2
2:10 PM - 3:00 PM
Location: Galeria North


The kidneys are instrumental to the body being able to function normally and when they fail, multiple other organ systems can be affected. These patients are often critical and require a nursing team familiar with the complications and what to look for during their treatments. This lecture will cover the reasons for acute kidney failure, emergency treatment, and nursing skills required for these animals.

Megan Brashear

Specialty Technician Trainer
VCA Northwest Veterinary Specialists

Megan Brashear, BS, CVT, VTS (ECC) graduated from Brigham Young University in 2000 with a BS in Animal Science with an emphasis in Veterinary Technology. She worked during tech school as a veterinary assistant in general practice and made the jump to emergency and critical care in 2000. Megan earned her CVT in Oregon in 2000, and in 2004 became a VTS (ECC). Megan is the Specialty Technician Trainer at VCA Northwest Veterinary Specialists in Clackamas, Oregon where she works on the clinical floor training technicians and medical staff to provide top-notch specialty care.

Megan has served as a Member at Large on the board of the Oregon Veterinary Technician and Assistant Association and is currently the Legal Committee Chair for the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America. She enjoys lecturing on emergency veterinary nursing topics and the opportunity to meet veterinary technicians and nurses around the world. Her special interests include exploring the beauty of the Pacific Northwest, mastering the personality quirks of German Shorthaired Pointers, and helping technicians to learn to think critically.


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