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Fractious, Fearful, or Frustrated? Uncover Causes of Human-directed Feline Aggression

Dr. Christopher Pachel, DVM, DACVB, CABC

Cat behaviors are commonly misunderstood, and their patterns of human-directed aggression are no exception to that rule. This presentation will take a deep dive into the "why" behind these aggression patterns and what you can do about them. Cases will be used to illustrate the various types of aggression and the intervention options that you can share with your clients.

Too Much Teen Spirit? Navigating Adolescence in Puppies & Kittens

Kristen Klebba, LVT, KPA, CPT 

Adolescence can be a trying time for dog and cat owners with their pets becoming increasingly more independent and training problems or behavior disorders becoming more pronounced. This presentation will discuss common behaviors that arise during this period, how to address these issues and how to identify actions that could potentially lead to a more severe behavior problem if left untreated. 

More Than Just a Naughty Cat: Understanding Feline Nuisance Behaviors

Dr. Christopher Pachel, DVM, DACVB, CABC

"Not quite a behavior problem, but not exactly well-behaved either..." Do you have any feline patients that fit that description? Normal cat behaviors aren't always appreciated, they may be creating discord in your clients' homes, and they may even be risking the surrender or euthanasia of your patients. Knowing how to respond to client questions about everyday behavior patterns, efficiently (!), can mean the difference between frustration and enjoyment, and potentially between life and death.


Reducing the Stress of Vet Visits for Cats

Kristen Klebba, LVT, KPA, CPT 

Clients who own fearful cats are less likely to bring them in for wellness or interventional care due to the stress it causes them. This presentation will discuss how to set cats up for success before the visit, during the visit, and on the trip home.  

Psychotropic Medications and Nutraceuticals for Fear Free Veterinary Visits – Pre-treatment for dogs and cats before the vet visit

Dr. Theresa DePorter, DVM, MRCVS, DECAWBM, DACVB

In this session we will look at how we can prepare our patients to have a better experience at the veterinary clinic by strategic use of situational medications and nutraceuticals.

Compassionate Care Euthanasia 

Dr. Kate D. Renyolds, DVM, CCRP, CHPV, CVPP

Animals give so much to humans: companionship, support, service, unconditional love. When end of life comes, we can provide them with the comfort, kindness, and love that they deserve, including a peaceful and pain-free passing. In this hour, you will learn about euthanasia, performed in a way that brings as little Fear, Anxiety, and Stress (FAS) as possible to the patient and the humans involved (both family and veterinary staff).

The Two-Legged Animal: Working with the Human Side of Animal Welfare – Effective and Positive Communication, Empathy, and Compassion Fatigue

Angela Schmorrow, MSW, CPDT-KA, KPA-CTP, CSB-D and Lowell Zuckerman, MSW, CPDT-KA, CDBC

Whether we work in animal training, shelter and rescue work, veterinary medicine, or any animal welfare-related field, the animals we most frequently work with are still humans. Yet while we strive to continue to build our skills and knowledge in working effectively with the four-legged animals in our care, we too often neglect the importance of working with the human component effectively, efficiently, and compassionately. In this workshop, we will discuss skills related to working with our colleagues and clients, such as using effective, non-violent communication and positive methods for shaping behavior. We will also discuss extending that kindness to ourselves, and talk about how to recognize compassion fatigue, and know when and how to look for help.



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