Join us on Sunday, October 15, 2023 for the BCVTA Fall Conference 

08:30 AM - 09:00 AM: OPENING REMARKS

09:00 AM - 10:00 AM: Ups & Downs: Riding Life's Waves for Better Careers. Dr. Dave Nicol, DVM  (1 Credit)

The current talent crisis has placed practices in peril due to the lack of qualified staff to meet demand. Burnout is one of the issues highlighted as an underlying cause of this shortage. In this session, we will explore the two high risk periods many veterinary professionals report career burnout.The first 12 months post graduation and the period roughly five years after. In this session we explore the causes of burnout in each situation and explore a goal setting framework which can be used to stay focussed, get clear on purpose and create self esteem building moments for happier careers. In doing so, catch and ride a career wave. 

Life and our careers require us to ride more than one wave. "Success", purpose and opportunity has to be built again and again. Listen in to this inspiring talk and learn how to ride that personal growth wave. 

10:30 AM - 12:30 PM: Goodbye "Utilization", Hello, "Mobilization"! Becky Taylor, RVT (2 Credits)

Who's tired of being "utilized" or "underutilized"? This narrative has been circling the profession for over 30 years and it's time to write a new story. RVTs, lets engage with clients in a way that supports the great care we give to patients, enhances the client experience and builds revenue for the practice. It's time to engage with clients and each other by building our dialogue skills, making the difficult conversations into rewarding one and bringing the joy back into our profession. We got this!

Interactive Session Overview
  • What is Mobilizing RVTs? How RVTs are redefining our role.
  • Introducing core dialogue skills that improve communication.
  • How to put dialogue skills into action.
  • Tips to make each day brighter & celebrate Veterinary Medicine.

12:30 PM - 1:00 PM: LUNCH

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM: The Complete COHAT: Dental Tips and Tricks. Brittany Harmening, RVT, VTS (Dentistry) (2 Credits)

A guide to completing a Complete Comprehensive Oral Heath Assessment and Treatment (COHAT), including tips and tricks to help you succeed. From the pre-op physical exam, dental instrumentation, charting, cleaning and radiograph technique, and tips for increasing efficiency and keeping your patients warm.

3:05 PM - 3:25 PM: Reset and Recharge: Yoga Breath & Flow For Mind, Body, and Spirit . Tracy Heyland, RVT

Tracy Heyland will be your teacher for this 20-minute session, guiding you through a breathing exercise to help with relaxation, and a series of yoga poses that can be completed on a chair or standing, aiming to provide relief to chronically overused muscles and tight fascial planes.
Poses will be appropriate for anyone brand new to yoga and offer variations for those wanting more challenge. Tracy is known for her calming style of yoga and unifying the breath with body awareness to get the most out of a pose, whether you are at work or at home, and especially if
you are taking a few minutes to yourself in the middle of a hectic day.

How to Prepare:

  • Wear comfortable clothing that you can easily move in.
  • Use a chair that is stable. Ideally a fold out or kitchen table chair with no arms. If using an office chair, adjust your chair height so when your feet are flat on the floor, your knees are even with your hips. If you can lock your office chair in place or have it against a wall preventing it from rolling around, that will be beneficial.
  • Avoid a full stomach so you can bend forward over your legs with comfort.
  • Turn off your computer and phone notifications, better yet – close out all apps and turn off what you can. These 20 minutes are for you and arranging your environment to avoid interruptions will help you get the most of your time.
  • Trust your body and do what feels good. If a certain pose is not right for you that day, choose to repeat one of the previous poses until we move on to another.
  • Bring your smile and a willingness to have some fun!

3:30 PM - 4:30 PM: What's Up With Nutritional DCM? Understanding the Condition and Current Research, Robin Saar, RVT, VTS (Nutrition) (1 credit)

Nutrition plays a large role in pet health with the ultimate goal of feeding complete and balanced diets. Nutrition can support many health conditions and should be recommended to every patient, but how do we manage situations where the diet has been implicated as a causation of the disease? This session will discuss nutritional dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) and how it differs from a previously identified genetic type of DCM. Current research will be reviewed, along with techniques on how attendees can share this information with pet parents to help them make a decision about their pet’s nutritional health. 

Please email our Executive Director at for any questions. We look forward to seeing you there! 

BCVTA 2023 Fall Conference

  • Sunday Oct 15 2023, 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
  • Online
    VIA Zoom