OAVT Ottawa Symposium 2019

Saturday, September 21, 2019 - Ottawa Conference & Events Centre

Our Speakers

The following session materials are available to attendees of the OAVT Symposium:

Royal Canin - 5 Steps to Change the Conversation

Royal Canin - Diet History Form

Royal Canin - Nutritional Assessment Checklist

Royal Canin - Yes! ByProducts Postcard

Royal Canin - Yes! Corn Postcard - English

Royal Canin - Yes! Corn Postcard - French

Session Slides - Emmeline Tan 


Allison Wara, DVM, Dipl ACVN
Corene Murphy, RVT, VTS (Cardiology)
Emmeline Tan, DVM, DVSc, Diplomate ACVP (Clinical Pathology)
Dr. Allison Wara was born and raised near Ottawa, Ontario. She graduated from the University of Guelph with a Bachelor of Science degree in Honors Zoology and later, the Atlantic Veterinary College with a Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine. Following graduation, Dr. Wara worked for several years at a small animal general practice hospital in Ottawa before pursuing a post-doctoral residency program in clinical nutrition at the University of Missouri. She worked for 3 years on faculty at the University’s Veterinary College where she taught senior level vet students in the clinical years of the curriculum. During this time, she also served as Director of the veterinary hospital’s Physical Rehabilitation and Nutrition Clinic. Dr. Wara is currently a Diplomat of the American College of Veterinary Nutrition and works as a Veterinary Clinical Nutritionist and Scientific Communications Specialist for Royal Canin Canada.
 Corene graduated from the Veterinary Technician program at Seneca College in 2000.   During this time, she started working for a general practice in downtown Toronto where she continued to work for 5 years.  Originally from the Ottawa Valley, Corene jumped at the opportunity to relocate closer to family when an opportunity to work in Internal Medicine at Alta Vista Animal Hospital became available.  Since 2004 she has been part of the Internal Medicine team, focusing primarily on Cardiology since 2007.  In 2010 she completed the VTS (Cardiology) exam and became the first certified VTS in Cardiology in Canada. Dr. Tan received her DVM from the Ontario Veterinary College in 2000. After several years in companion animal practice, she returned to OVC to complete graduate training in clinical pathology, receiving ACVP certification in 2009. She has taught veterinary students and mentored pathology graduate students at the University of Guelph, and has been with IDEXX since 2013. She is currently embedded in the VCA-Mississauga-Oakville Veterinary Emergency Hospital and Referral Centre in Oakville, Ontario.

Session Details

NUTRITION TRACK - 9:00am - 12:00pm

CARDIOLOGY TRACK - 1:00pm - 4:00pm


5 Steps to Success

Would you like to increase your confidence regarding nutrition recommendations? Are you interested in improving how to navigate client objections? Dr. Allison Wara will lead attendees through a five-step approach for developing successful nutrition plans for small animal patients.

Throughout the morning, participants will also discuss several case studies that RVTs are likely to encounter.

Nutrition Advocacy in Action!

The final part of the morning general session will feature local RVTs as they showcase various ways in which they've implemented change in their respective practices by becoming a Nutrition Advocate.
What is this Rhythm I’m Seeing?? ECGs Simplified
The sheer thought of having to interpret an ECG can be downright nerve-wracking. It is a skills area that many RVTs avoid, wishing and hoping the knowledge would just somehow be infused into their brains.  After learning a few simple techniques, this interactive session will hopefully simplify and demystify ECG interpretation for emergent cases, focusing on patterns associated with common cardiac, systemic, drug- and anesthesia-induced and fatal arrhythmias.

Heart and Lung Auscultation for the RVT
They say a person needs to listen to over 400 hearts before they are able to accurately describe what they are hearing.  Measurable differences in hearing occur as the result of training, despite individual hearing sensitivity!!  By incorporating a review of anatomy, proper auscultation techniques, as well as descriptions and audio clips of heart and lungs sounds, participants will hopefully come away from this session with a better understanding of how to listen to and describe what they are hearing.

Hematology and Cytology Review for RVTs: Getting the most out of diagnostic testing

Diagnostic testing can make up a large portion of the average veterinary bill, whether these tests are part of routine health monitoring or part of work-up for the sick patient. Therefore, getting the most out of these tests is crucial. Although factors inherent to the tests themselves are important, what happens at the time of sample procurement, well before the tests are performed, can greatly affect test outcome and interpretation. In this session, we will review practical aspects of hematology and cytology, including the importance of blood smear preparation and evaluation; the advantages and limitations of cytopathology (i.es, Do’s and Don’ts); and proper collection, preparation, and shipment of materials for cytological evaluation.

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