We have an exciting new location!!

The Element Vancouver Metrotown

5988 Willingdon Ave, Burnaby,  604-568-3696

We understand and acknowledge the many paths and challenges faced by RVTs.

For this fall we are focusing on teamwork and communication, celebrating our strengths and banding together to work through our differences. From emergencies to client communication we are dedicated to our patients.

Registration Information

www.eventbrite.ca –  search event: BCVTA fall conference

Costs (includes Breakfast and Lunch):

       RVT $85, Student $55, Other Vet Staff $100

Sunday October 22, 2017


Registration and

Continental Breakfast

Sponsored by Royal Canin


Toni Laoutaris RVT, VTS (Anesthesia & Analgesia)

  “STAT Triage” – An Updated Approach to CPR

Why the ABCs are now the CABs

Cardiopulmonary arrest (CPA) in patients can, and will, occur in any hospital setting. Whether it be the triaged pet who just walked in the door, the critical/hospitalized patient or a patient undergoing general anesthesia, successful resuscitation and survival rates rely on swift action and a team based approach to cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).  This lecture covers the updated Reassessment Campaign on Veterinary Resuscitation (RECOVER) guidelines, emphasizing team structure within the various roles required of the team members involved in CPR.

Defying the ‘Old’ Fear that Age is Considered a Disease

Anesthetic Considerations for the Geriatric Patient

The role of the companion animal has evolved over the years: Pets are commonly thought to be part of the family!  They are living longer lives due to advances in veterinary medicine, offering a greater variety of available medical and surgical procedures.  While we’ve all heard the saying that “age is not a disease” preparing to anesthetize a geriatric patient may still be intimidating, or even stressful, for veterinary personnel. Particularly if concurrent disease processes are present.  This lecture will help guide the veterinary anesthetist through the preparation and implementation of a tailored and effective analgesic and anesthetic plan for the senior canine or feline citizen.


Toni graduated from Georgian College in 2006 and began working in an emergency/referral hospital setting, within emergency/critical care and surgery services, ten years ago.  A passion for anesthesia resulted in her obtaining her specialty with the Academy of Veterinary Technicians in Anesthesia and Analgesia (AVTAA) in 2014.  Toni relocated to beautiful British Columbia from Ontario in 2016, feeling extremely fortunate to have the opportunity to join the amazing team at the Vancouver Animal Emergency and Referral Centre as lead technician and anesthesia technologist.





 Jayne Takahashi DVM, MBA

Why Don’t We See Eye to Eye?

Focus: Recognizing and understanding diversity

Within any group of people, we will find diversity that stems from differences in personal experiences, perceptions, interpretations of what is seen or heard, abilities to manage stress, and approaches to solving problems.  Diversity within a group can have its challenges however, diversity is a powerful driver of innovation, best practices, and progressive teams if the differences are acknowledged and appreciated. During this fun, interactive seminar we will discover why ‘everyone does not think just like me” and to create a strong understanding of the differences encountered with clients as well as colleagues.

You Are The Client!

Focus: Reviewing our communication with a client’s perspective in mind

In this seminar, we will look at commonly encountered communication scenarios from a client’s perspective.  Collectively, we will discuss how we can effectively structure our conversations with clients, address client concerns, make effective follow up phone calls, and achieve higher compliance with our home care instructions.

Dr. Jayne Takahashi loves all things communication!  Throughout her diverse career, professional communication skills have remained her focus and her passion.  Jayne has held a number of positions including companion animal veterinarian, pet nutrition counsellor and educator, national marketing manager in the pet food industry, Vice President of Communications for Canada’s largest network of veterinary practices and currently, communication consultant through her company, Communication Leads.  In each of these roles, her focus is educating, coaching and training individuals and teams on the power of communication skills with clients and with each other.