August 14-15, 2021
After the success of our first two veterinary conferences, we decided to form one that was created just for technicians! That’s why this summer’s conference is called NoodleU Tech: a brand new interactive learning experience innovated with veterinary technicians in mind.
What's On the Menu
Pastabily the Best Topics for Technicians!
Together, we’ll go over key topics that veterinary technicians need to know to make this conference as valuable to you and your time as possible, including:
We’ll ask questions like: “What does it mean to have a well-behaved pet and how can you recognize when one is acting out because of pain or due to a lack of proper training?” Good behavior can mean the difference between a house pet and a surrendered animal: come learn from some key veterinary behaviorists on what you can do to bring these necessary training skills to your practice.
You entered this profession because you love animals and you want them to live their best lives possible. Healing pets is an incredibly rewarding job—but then there comes a time when all pets prepare to cross the rainbow bridge. How do you help both the pet and their owner with this part of their pet health journey? Join us as we talk about end-of-life care.
It’s no secret that many veterinary technicians bear the brunt of the customer service duties at most veterinary practices, which can lead to you being the messenger (and receiver) of unkindness from frustrated pet owners. Learning how to take care of your mental health is crucial in this field, and we’ll cover all this and more!
All practices have to be prepared for unexpected and urgent treatment. When a pet’s health suddenly declines you may find yourself in an emergency care situation. Learning tips on how to stay level-headed and make the best choices possible can make all the difference.
What is the latest advice on how to anesthetize pets from the size of a chihuahua (or even a chinchilla!) all the way to a Great Dane? Together we’ll discuss what the experts are saying about proper anesthesia techniques that you can bring back to your veterinary practice.
Like all living things, our pets can live with chronic pain which can seriously affect their quality of life, and cause them to become unhappy, lethargic, and generally unlike themselves. Come and learn about the latest options available for pets of all shapes and sizes.
After their appointments, pet owners will turn to you to explain to them what they need to do in order to care for their pets at home. Communicating medical information simply and effectively is one of the most important skills a veterinary technician can have. Join us as we discuss the most effective ways to communicate with pet owners no matter the conditions or circumstances.
And much more!
We’re so excited to bring you the content veterinary technicians have been asking for so you can get the most out of your RACE-approved CE!
Meet Your Professors
Megan Brashear, RVT, VTS (ECC)
Megan has been carrying on a love affair with veterinary emergency and critical care since 2000 when she took an ER position immediately after graduating from tech school. Too stubborn to give up, she still works the occasional swing shift in the ER and ICU to remind her adrenal glands why they exist. One of her favorite activities is sharing her knowledge and weird sense of humor with veterinary technicians and nurses around the world while advocating for this amazing group of professionals. Since 2018 Megan has loved her calling as the Small Animal Veterinary Nursing Manager at Purdue University where every week there are fresh young students who have yet to hear stories of her glory days. When not at Purdue, Megan is cultivating an impressive expanse of weeds for Elliot, her German Shorthaired Pointer, to romp through.
Monique Feyrecilde, LVT, VTS (Behavior)
Monique Feyrecilde (pronounced "Fair-child") is a veterinary technician and VTS Behavior working full time in small animal practice. An experienced teacher, Monique loves presenting to small groups like individual clinics and huge audiences at major conferences alike! She strives to bring you information you can immediately put into practice the day you return to your clinic. As a contributor to Fear Free, author of the book Cooperative Veterinary Care, chapter author of multiple textbooks, and so much more, Monique brings practical experience combined with advanced knowledge for an applicable and often humorous learning experience.
Erin Spencer, CVT, VTS (ECC)
Erin has been working in the veterinary field for over 20 years. Early on she found a passion for emergency medicine and went on to earn her VTS (Veterinary Technician Specialty) in Emergency and Critical Care in 2011. Her next passion became education and she earned her Master’s in Adult Education in 2015. Her career has brought a variety of opportunities and roles from management, to teaching in a veterinary technology program, to running field clinics in under-served communities on Native American reservations. In 2019, Erin started her own business which provides in clinic training on a variety of topics and consultation on team utilization. As of 2021, Erin joined Veterinary Emergency Group as their Director of Veterinary Nursing Development. Erin is highly involved in the Veterinary Technology community. She is a Past President of both the Massachusetts Veterinary Technician Association and NAVTA. She is the Treasurer for PrideVMC and President-Elect for the Academy of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Technicians and Nurses. Erin lectures nationally and has published articles and a book chapter.
Mary Gardner, DVM
There is nothing better to Dr. Gardner than a dog with a grey muzzle or skinny old cat! Her professional goal is to increase awareness and medical care for the geriatric veterinary patient and to help make the final life stage to be as peaceful as possible, surrounded with dignity and support for all involved. A University of Florida graduate, she discovered her niche in end of life care and is the co-founder and CIO of Lap of Love which has over 200 veterinarians around the country dedicated to veterinary hospice and euthanasia in the home. Dr. Gardner and Lap of Love have been featured in Entrepreneur Magazine, The New York Times, the Associated Press, The Doctors and numerous professional veterinary publications. She also won VMX Small Animal Speaker of the year in 2020!