Continuing Education

Technicians Short Course

Saturday, November 18, 2017

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8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Veterinary Medicine Basic Sciences Building
2001 S. Lincoln Ave.
Urbana, IL 61802

Registration fees: $95 on or before October 29, 2017
($115 after October 29, 2017)


Vet Med Room 2251

Vet Med Room 2258

8:00-8:50 a.m.

Using the Peripheral Blood Smear as a Diagnostic Tool
Anne Barger
The Art of Triage: Sorting to Save
Alysha McDaniel

9:00-9:50 a.m.

Components of the CBC
Anne Barger
CPR: Getting Them Back
Alysha McDaniel

10:00-10:50 a.m.

Anne Barger
Blood Transfusion: What to Give, When, How, and to Whom
Natasha Hodgson

11:00-11:50 a.m.

Fecal Cytology, It’s More Than Just Poop
Anne Barger
Toxicosis Cases in the ER: Recognition and Treatment
Natasha Hodgson

11:50 a.m.-1:00 p.m.


1:00-1:50 p.m.

Daniel Duffy
Nursing Care of the Down Dog
Denise Weber and Carrie Chandler

2:00-2:50 p.m.

Difficult Intubations
Justin Lancaster
Shake, Rattle, and Roll: A Review on Seizures
Denise Weber

3:00-3:50 p.m.

Staying Alive: The Importance of Monitoring Small Animal Patient Parameters During Anesthesia
Jessica Risley
Animal Cruelty Investigations for the Veterinary Technician
Adam Stern 

4:00-4:50 p.m.

Drugs Not Hugs: Review of Pain Management Drugs and Protocols
Jessica Risley
Sample Submission and the Importance of Good Medical Records
Adam Stern


Anne BargerDr. Anne Barger

Dr. Barger is a clinical professor and has worked at the University of Illinois since 2002.  Her research interests include cytology and immunocytochemistry.

Daniel Duffy[Dr. Daniel Duffy]

Dr. Duffy is a clinical assistant professor of small animal surgery at the University of Illinois.


Justin Lancaster

Justin is a veterinary technician at the University of Illinois Veterinary Teaching Hospital. He specializes in veterinary anesthesia.



Alysha McDaniel

Alysha McDaniel is a veterinary technician at the University of Illinois Veterinary Teaching Hospital. Alysha is an ER technician at the clinic.


Dr. McMichaelMaureen McMichael

Dr. McMichael received her BS from Columbia University in 1991 and DVM from Cornell in 1995.  She had a residency at ECC Tufts and was Assistant Professor at Texas A & M from 2001-2007.  She currently is Associate Professor at the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine.

Adam Stern

Dr. Adam Stern is a clinical associate professor in the Veterinary Diagnostic Lab at the University of Illinois. His current research is looking at intraocular pressure of deceased dogs in order to determine postmortem intervals (amount of time that has elapsed since death). Dr. Stern is also looking at various test that can be used for detection of human biological material obtained from sexually abused animals.

Jessica Risley

Jessica Risley is a veterinary technician at the University of Illinois Veterinary Teaching Hospital. Jessica specializes in anesthesia and analgesia.


Denise Weber

Denise Weber is a veterinary technician at the University of Illinois Veterinary Teaching Hospital.


Event Information


The Technicians Short Course will be held at the Veterinary Medicine Basic Sciences building, located at 2001 South Lincoln Avenue in Urbana, Illinois. Please enter through the main doors, located at the circle drive.


Parking is free and available in Lot F27, which is directly in front of the Basic Sciences Building.

Continuing Education

Veterinary technicians can obtain 8.0 CEs for attendance. Participants will receive their continuing education verification via email after the session.


Questions? Please contact the Office of Public Engagement at 217-333-2907 or