Medicine for the Technician: Emergency and Critical Care

5th Annual Gulf-Atlantic Veterinary Conference

Handling the First 15 Minutes of Trauma

Saturday, December 2
9:00 AM - 9:50 AM
Location: Galeria North


Patients suffering trauma can present to any hospital at any time – are you ready? If not accustomed to treating trauma, some teams can freeze up – not knowing what to do first. This lecture breaks down the early steps of triage, pain management, diagnostics, and treatment plans for trauma patients. An emphasis is placed on critical thinking and anticipation so technicians are ready for everything. Case studies are included to help the audience put what they learn into practice.

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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