CAVT Continuing Education Courses

20-09: Stabilizing the Orthopedic Trauma Patient – Team Success in 3 Cases

Saturday, September 19; 1pm-5pm Mountain Time via
RACE approved for 4 CEUs

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Colorado Academy of Veterinary Technology Fall 2020
Virtual Continual Educational Interaction

Saturday, September 19; 1pm-5pm Mountain Time

20-09: Stabilizing the Orthopedic Trauma Patient – Team Success in 3 Cases

RACE approved for 4 CEUs

Jen Swiderski, DVM, DACVS-SA, MS: From a very early age it was obvious Dr. Jen Swiderski would become a veterinarian; she was just 13 years old when she landed her first job in the veterinary field as a kennel technician. She earned her BS in biology in California then moved to Colorado State University Veterinary School and worked as a surgical technician, ultimately earning her veterinary degree in 2002. Dr. Swiderski’s love of surgery led her to pursue an internship in small animal medicine and surgery at VCA West Los Angeles Animal Hospital in 2003. Following her internship, Dr. Swiderski returned to Fort Collins, Colorado to be a surgery resident at Colorado State University. After completed a three-year residency in small animal surgery, Dr. Swiderski achieved board-certification as a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons in 2008. She joined the MOVES team in the Fall of 2019, where she serves the greater Colorado Springs area as a mobile veterinary surgeon. Dr. Swiderski now partners with Colorado Academy of Veterinary Technology to teach and offer specialty surgery to rescue organizations.

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Ken Crump, AAS, AHT: Ken Crump graduated from Bel Rea Institute of Animal Technology in 1981 and joined Colorado State University where he specialized in anesthesia. He has authored two books and many scientific articles and abstracts, and has made dozens of Continuing Education presentations across the United States and Canada. Ken was also Anesthesia faculty for the Front Range Community College Veterinary Technician Program for four years. Since retirement he served as Secretary of the Steering Committee for the North American Veterinary Anesthesia Society (NAVAS), and wrote a blog called Making Anesthesia Easier.


Stephanie Winters, CVT, VTS (ECC): Stephanie Winters graduated as a CVT in 2003 from Bel-Rea Institute of Animal Technology. She has spent most of her career in small animal emergency/critical care with a special interest in anesthesia. In 2010, she earned her Veterinary Technician Specialist in Emergency and Critical Care, VTS (ECC). For well over a decade, she has written and presented continuing education classes to Denver area CVT’s and DVM’s. Education has always been one of her passions and since 2017 she has taught Anesthesia and Directed Clinical Practice as a full-time instructor at the Colorado Academy of Veterinary Technology (CAVT). In 2019 she accepted CAVT’s Veterinary Technology Program Director position.

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Session Contents: This virtual continual education interactive presentation will cover three small animal urgent long bone injuries utilizing most effective capabilities of the entire staff to address the patient’s needs humanely, the owner’s concerns promptly, and any follow up care, but… we might see a few twists and turns in the case to put you to the test at a moments’ notice! Participants are encouraged to attend with teammates: veterinarians, veterinary technicians, and veterinary support staff. The speakers will present and work through the case focusing on primary, secondary, and tertiary diagnoses, unexpected parameters, preparedness, out-of-the-box cognitive processes, and forethought. Participants should come away with teamwork skills and be able to use this at work immediately to add to their hospitals’ effectiveness and patient care. The session will include interactive polls, questions/answers with the speakers, an end of session cumulative quiz (required for certificate of attendance and completion); and a course end survey.

Course Area Open: 12:00pm MST, Friday, September 18 – 8:00am MST, Tuesday, September 22, 2020
Live Time Session: Saturday, September 19, 2020; Virtually via Zoom (; 1pm – 5pm MST (USA).

*If you have not participated in a ZOOM session before, please go to the ZOOM training resources and watch the tutorials prior to the course open date: The speakers will be using audio and the Q/A functions for this session; a headset or speakers will be needed for the audio portions.

CAVT-CE Course:This program has been approved for four (4) hours of continuing education credit in jurisdictions that recognize RACE approval for veterinarians and veterinary technicians.

Course Description: This course is a four (4) hour, live-time virtual session. Participants will be expected to be participating the entire 4 hours which will be tracked with attendance login/out and in-course polls and question/answer participation. A required course end quiz will be provided for those wishing to obtain a certificate of completion and must be completed with a passing score of 70% or better by the course close time/date to obtain the certificate. A course end survey will also be provided for solid feedback on the case delivery/discussion/presentation and speakers and all participants are encouraged to complete this before the course closes on September 22, 2020. The speakers will be presenting the case together. Dr. Swiderski will provide the veterinarian diagnoses, treatment plans, and discussion of customer care. Stephanie Winters will triage the patient including items your hospital does/doesn’t do and Ken Crump will incorporate sedation, anesthesia, and pain medication considerations. Stephanie and Ken together will be ensuring discussion and review of machines, set up procedures, items to organize and prepare/plan for the veterinarian, and include Dr. Swiderski for team planning to minimize critical time-wasting during pre-plan, treatment plans, stabilization, and release/follow up. Together participants and the speakers will troubleshoot the patient’s welfare plan for best results. Three cases will be presented: 2 dogs and 1 cat.

Level and Prerequisites: This moderate to advanced course provides opportunities to learn and understand methods cohesive veterinary team functioning when working with emergent fracture patients. Three case discussions will cover team coordination for efficiency, observation, patient well-being, and timely treatment as well as the team thinking outside the box for recognizing additional issues in critical cases and when communication within the team is needed to ensure the best patient comfort and care possible.

Upon completion of this course participants will be able to:

  • team triage urgent care fractures of the extremities.
  • discuss possible additional injuries and where and when they might occur in the treatment plan.
  • extrapolate for various potential patient issues to provide seamless veterinarian/support staff set up and processing of the patient to minimize discomfort, effectively stabilize the extremity, and prepare the client for procedural follow up: immediate surgery, referral surgery, bandage and return for reassessment at a later date, etc.
  • determine the protocol to follow when an anomaly presents by rule out methods to determine equipment malfunction, underlying or pre-existing causes, medications, etc.

Course materials:
Course materials will be available in the course area library including the three patient backgrounds.

$ 0 for enrolled students of the Colorado Academy of Veterinary Technicians (CAVT)
$75 for Certified Veterinary Technicians
$75 for hospital staff (Hospital staff, including veterinary assistants, managers, receptionists, etc., are welcome to participate to review their important roles for these emergent cases.)
$125 for veterinarians

*Registration will close at noon MST on Friday, September 18, 2020 to enable participants to explore the course area including access to the ZOOM area and review the ‘Joining a Zoom Meeting.’

*Registrants are encouraged to check with their licensing jurisdiction(s) for information regarding recognition by their board.

*Registrants must attend, participate, and complete the end of session cumulative quiz with a required passing score of 70% if a certificate of completion is desired), and program evaluation. The course will close on September 22, 2020 at which time all participation in the course must be completed.

Course withdrawal and refund policy: FOR THIS COURSE, due to the current Coronavirus Pandemic, we are holding this conference in a virtual online environment. The registrant understands that a solid Internet connection, computer, headset or speakers will be needed to attend and participate in this conference. Withdrawals and/or refunds will be handled on an individual basis and are not guaranteed. Withdrawal requests must be received prior to the listed start date of the course.


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  2. Complete the registration application.
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For further assistance call 719-219-9636 or email

Nanette R. Walker Smith, MEd, RVT, CVT, LVT
CAVT-CE Course Coordinator

Steve Rubin, DVM, CEO Colorado Academy of Veterinary Technology * 719-219-9636