2021 Winter Meeting Annual Conference 

February 6, 2021

8:00a-5:40p Vet Tech Winter Meeting

8:00-9:00a: “An HBC Enters Your Clinic … Step by Step of What to Do” Amy Newfield, CVT, VTS (ECC)

9:10-10:10a: “Evan’s Syndrome: Breaking Down ITP & IMHA” Amy Newfield, CVT, VTS (ECC)

10:20-11:20a: “How to Survive in This Field as A Veterinary Technician” Amy Newfield, CVT, VTS (ECC)

11:20-12:20p: “Bad Vein … How to Gain Venous Access on Naughty Veins & What to Use” Amy Newfield, CVT, VTS (ECC)

1:30-2:00p: Lunch/ AVTA Business Meeting

2:15-3:15p: “What Options Are Left? Pain management options beyond NSAIDS and Tramadol for osteoarthritic patients.” John Nielsen, CVT, VTS (ECC, Physical Rehab.), CVPP, CCRP

3:30-4:30p: “They Say We Gotta Go to Rehab: Creating Rehab Protocols in General Practice” John Nielsen, CVT, VTS (ECC, Physical Rehab.), CVPP, CCRP

4:40-5:40p: “Physical Rehabilitation – More Than Just Post-Operative Patients!” John Nielsen, CVT, VTS (ECC, Physical Rehab.), CVPP, CCRP

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With over 20 years in the industry, Amy brings her passion and love for education to VETgirl. After working in general practice, Amy found her passion in emergency medicine and in 2003 she became a Veterinary Technician Specialist in Emergency and Critical Care. She has held several board position in the Academy of Veterinary Emergency & Critical Care Technicians including President. Amy is well published in over 15 subjects, is an international speaker, has received numerous awards including two speaker of the year awards and is highly involved in her community. She is the author of the book Oops, I Became a Manager: Managing the Veterinary Team by Finding Unicorns. She lives in Massachusetts with her wonderful furry kids where you can find her eating chocolate, running in the woods, competing in agility and diving in the ocean.


John Nielsen CVT, VTS (ECC, Physical Rehabilitation), CVPP, CCRP

John Nielsen, CVT, VTS (ECC, Physical Rehabilitation), CVPP, CCRP is a graduate of the Medical Institute of Minnesota. His wide variety of experience includes practicing and teaching at the University of Minnesota Veterinary Teaching Hospital, working in small animal and exotic general practice, and working in emergency and specialty medicine. John became a Veterinary Technician Specialist in Emergency and Critical Care through the Academy of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Technicians in 2007.  In 2011, he earned the title Certified Veterinary Pain Practitioner from the International Veterinary Academy of Pain Management and in 2013 he became a Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner through the University of Tennessee. He has also received special training in Canine Myofascial Trigger points through Myopain Seminars and is currently completing requirements to become a Certified Canine Fitness Trainer through the University of Tennessee as well as additional classes in veterinary kinesiology taping techniques and nutrition.
Since 2012, John has been instrumental in the development of the Spot & Strength Department at the Animal Emergency & Referral Center of Minnesota in Oakdale, MN where he serves as the Senior Rehabilitation Technician.  He is actively involved in a number of professional organizations including volunteering on committees for both the IVAPM and APRVT.  His particular areas of interest include, performance and working dogs, neurology, osteoarthritis management, myofascial issues and pain management.