VetCE conferences have been created to provide the veterinary industry with a unique experience different from the typically larger events.
We are pleased to offer you the first in our VetCE Virtual series of mini-conferences. Established to provide you with multiple, RACE-approved CE credits in a concise, half-day virtual format (with limited registration). The conference provides you with the opportunity to benefit from educational sessions presented by authoritative speakers, with a minimal time commitment, all from the comfort of the clinic or your home.
The VetCE Virtual series will give you knowledge-based learning presented by industry experts that cover medical and practice management topics relevant to everyday clinical situations. With only limited seats available, the next edition of VetCE Virtual on September 30 will focus on the latest pain management techniques lead by a trio of experts featuring Karen M. Roach, RVT, VTS (ECC), Joanna Robson, DVM, CVSMT, CMP, CVA, CSFT, CIT, eCPR, VHSC, CMT-MTI and Kristen Cooley, BA, CVT, VTS.
If you are a veterinarian, veterinary technician, assistant, practice or hospital manager, or front-line administration looking to advance your career, this mini-conference series is for you!
Please join us for comprehensive RACE learning, valuable insights, and thought-provoking discussions. We look forward to seeing you at VetCE Virtual!
October 17-18th, 2021
Hyatt at Olive 8
1635 8th Avenue,
Seattle, Washington, 98101
Biography – Rhonda W. Bell, CVPM
Rhonda Bell has spent much of her adult life following her Marine husband from duty station to duty station, all the while collecting pets wherever she went. Despite the nomadic lifestyle, she was able to turn her love of animals into a career as she began working as a Veterinary Assistant in a small animal practice in San Diego, and not long after that, promoted to Veterinary Practice Manager. Rhonda graduated with a business management degree from Western International University in 2006 and earned her CVPM in 2015. A life-long learner, she is currently pursuing another training program in Digital Marketing, Search Engine Optimization, and Content Strategy. She recently completed a Social Media Marketing Specialization from Northwestern University. She has also completed courses on Viral Marketing and Crafting Contagious Content from the University of Pennsylvania. She left full-time practice management to pursue her dream of combining her three loves; People, Pets, and Practice Success. She has incorporated them all into a successful consulting business focused on veterinary social media marketing and education. She has a passion for helping veterinary practices implement cost-effective processes to increase revenue and improve client retention. She specializes in streamlining processes and forming strong client bonds between the practice and their clients, by emphasizing a client-first philosophy through a comprehensive customized social media presence. She is a die-hard educator and is currently working with VetMedTeam.com developing several new courses within management, social media, and front office skill building. She also works on their various social media and marketing objectives. Rhonda has published an article in Firstline Magazine, Feb 2018 ‘Empowerment doesn’t work on autopilot’. Rhonda enjoys living in South Texas with her husband Jay and their children, grandchildren and the rest of their large family. Despite her busy life, she has still managed to collect and care for a menagerie of pets that include a pug, 3 “rescue” cats, and a bearded dragon.
BA, CVT, VTS
For veterinarians, veterinary technicians, students and other veterinary professionals requiring expert assistance with anesthesia and pain management, Kristen brings a wealth of knowledge and experience. For more than 7 years, she has earned a reputation for providing skilled and practical guidance as an anesthesia consultant, instructor, trainer and talented anesthetist. For pet owners, Kristen is available to provide expert anesthesia care for high-risk pets Kristen is an active member of the Academy of Veterinary Technician Anesthetists through which she is recognized globally as a veterinary technician specialist in anesthesia. She found her niche in anesthesia and pain management while working at the University of Wisconsin, School of Veterinary Medicine. Currently, Kristen provides anesthesia support for the Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital and a variety of research projects at the University. She also continues to teach there as part of the Small Animal Practice Laboratory/Junior Surgery course.
Kristen is an active board member of both the Wisconsin Veterinary Technician Association (current and past President) and the Academy of Veterinary Technician Anesthetists (President-elect, Conference Committee Chair). She is a nationally recognized speaker and has presented at many conferences including Central Veterinary Conference in 2009 (CVC), Western Veterinary Conference in 2010 (WVC), and International Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Symposium 2011, 2012 (IVECCS). Kristen is also a published author and illustrator of anesthesia related textbooks.
DVM, CVSMT, CMP, CVA, CSFT, CIT, eCPR, VHSC, CMT-MTI
Dr. Joanna Robson is a 2002 Washington State University Honors Veterinary Medicine Graduate with a dual B.S. in Animal Sciences and Veterinary Sciences. After graduating with her DVM, she completed a rotating internship in medicine and surgery at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in Saskatoon, Canada, and then returned to private small animal practice in the San Francisco Bay Area, focusing on general medicine and orthopedics.
Dr. Robson’s passion has always been rehabilitation and physical therapy, including holistic options. Frustrated with traditional medicine and wanting a holistic approach, Dr. Robson attended the Healing Oasis Wellness Center and completed her Veterinary Spinal Manipulative Therapy certification in 2005. In 2006, Dr. Robson received a Certificate in Veterinary Acupuncture from the Renowned Chi Institute of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine in Gainesville, Florida while also completing certificate courses in Advanced Acupuncture, Applied Kinesiology, and Advanced Neurology.
Having worked with Master Saddlers for over 15 years, Dr. Robson is also a Certified Saddlefit Technician through Saddlefit4 Life and is a major contributor to their curriculum. She is also a Certified Level 1 Infrared Thermographer through Infraspection Institute and have been the longtime Technical Director of EquineIR, an equine infrared education and interpretation service.
The industry is changing...and Veterinary Wellness and Leadership are essential as colleagues and peers confront compassion fatigue, moral stress, high burnout rate, staggering student loans, and one of the highest professional suicide rates. To combat these challenges, Dr. Robson is a certified eCPR Trainer and is completing certificate coursework in Veterinary Social Work and Veterinary-Human Support through the University of Tennessee Veterinary Social Work program.
Outside of practice Dr. Robson loves spending time with her two awesome horses and competing in Western Dressage. She is also a certified NASM/AFAA group-fitness instructor, an Advanced Les Mills Bodycombat(TM), Bodypump(TM) and Les Mills Sprint(TM) instructor. She’s also a long-time Krav Maga practitioner and certified instructor who enjoys coaching people to challenge their limiting beliefs, to build community, and bring people together to do things they never thought possible with the support of friends and peers.
Oh - and she helped develop a street dog medicine program in Myanmar...but that's a story for a different day.
Certifications & Achievements:
• Certified Veterinary Spinal Manipulative Therapist (Healing Oasis) Certified Veterinary
• Acupuncturist (Chi Institute)
• Certified Massage Practitioner (Pacific School of Massage) Certified Saddle-Fitter (Saddlefit4Life)
• Certified Infrared Thermographer (Infraspection Institute)
• Certified Mindfulness Teacher (Mindfulness Training Institute, IMTA)
• Veterinary Human Support Certificate (University of Tennessee VSW) Registered with California Veterinary Medical Reserve Corps
• NASM/AFAA Group Fitness Trainer
• Certified Les Mills Advanced BodycombatTM Instructor
• Certified Les Mills SprintTM Instructor
• Certified Les Mills BodypumpTM Instructor
• Certified Krav Maga Instructor (KMWW)
Karen M. Roach, RVT, VTS (ECC)
Karen is originally from the East Coast of Canada. She graduated from the Nova Scotia Agricultural College’s Animal Health Technology program in 1994. In 1997, after working for several years in general practice, she accepted a position with the newly opened Metro Animal Emergency Clinic in Halifax, Nova Scotia, the first after hours veterinary emergency clinic to open in Atlantic Canada.
In 2000, she completed a one-year Veterinary Technician Internship at The Animal Medical Center in New York City. It was here that a keen interest in anesthesia, and emergency and critical care medicine began. After completing the internship, she returned to Halifax, Nova Scotia, and the Metro Animal Emergency Clinic, and eventually began working towards becoming a Veterinary Technician Specialist in Emergency/Critical Care. She completed this designation in 2013, and in June 2014, left her native Canada and made the move to New Jersey. After 4 years at NorthStar Vets, she decided to make a change and became the ICU Training Mentor at Mount Laurel Animal Hospital in September 2018.