We have invited some amazing speakers to join us this year.


Kelsey Beth Carpenter RVT

Keynote Lecturer

9am “Let Them Watch! The Pro’s and Con’s of Working in an Open Hospital”

Kelsey Beth Carpenter is a Registered Veterinary Technologist working in the ICU and ER at a large, 24hr practice in the San Francisco Bay area. She also acts as the social media manager for DrAndyRoark.com and the Uncharted Veterinary Conferences, and she manages her own personal brand (“Vet Tech Kelsey”), where she writes,records and performs original songs about veterinary medicine. She is most passionate about video production, emergency medicine, content creation, promoting the “Open Hospital” concept, bringing humor to the veterinary community, and giraffes.

Kelly St Denis DVM, DABVP (feline practice):

Lectures Saturday April 4th

9am “Feline House Soiling – Medical, Behavioral or both?”

10:30am “The Senior Cat: Managing Quality of Life”

1pm “Blood Pressure Monitoring: Who, What, Where, When and Why”

3:15pm “Feline Checkups: Tips for a Less Stressful and More Complete Exam”

Dr. Kelly St Denis has a passion for feline health care. From preventative medicine to feline welfare, pain management and enviromental enrichment, the goal is to help individual patients, as well as assist veterinarians all over the world as a consultant on VIN with targeted, specialized care of the feline patient.

Senani Ratnayake RVT, BSc

Lectures Friday April 3rd

10:15am “Rallying the Troops – Team Strategies for Success”

1:30pm “Influencing Your Workplace to Fulfill Your Personal Brand”

Senani Ratnayake has been educating veterinary professionals for over 16 years. She began her career as an RVT in small animal practice, discovering her niche after recognizing that many of her colleagues chose veterinary medicine because they felt more connected to animals, than people. She used her experiences, knowledge and natural way with words to become a catalyst for change within the industry by founding Motivatum Consulting. Having worked in both practice and industry she has gained a unique perspective and utilizes these insights to engage her audience. She currently works as the Director of Learning and Engagement for P3 Veterinary Partners, a Canadian group of veterinary hospitals. Senani is best known for her sessions on customer service, management, leadership, team building, compliance and communication. Her goal is always to provide practical tools and applicable solutions for the everyday realities of the veterinary profession. She is a Past President of both the Ontario Association of Veterinary Technicians and the Toronto Academy of Veterinary Medicine. In Senani’s world, feeling valued builds connection, connection motivates learning, learning leads to change, and change creates measurable results.


Lectures Saturday April 4th

9am  “Cruciate Disease – A Rehabilitation Perspective” and “Neurological Rehabilitation – Practice Makes Perfect”

Dr. Tara Edwards graduated from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in 2002. She obtained her certification as a Canine Rehabilitation Therapist in 2006 from the Canine Rehabilitation Institute. In 2012, she obtained her certification as a Veterinary Pain Practitioner through the International Veterinary Academy of Pain Management and achieved board certification through the American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation. In the fall of 2014, certification in Veterinary Medical Acupuncture was added to her practice to improve the quality of patient care. Her areas of interest include improving the quality of care for geriatrics and raising the bar for pain management. She is currently overseeing the rehabilitation and acupuncture service at Tri Lake Animal Hospital & Referral Centre in Winfield, BC

Daniel Harvey RVT

Lectures Saturday April 4th

1pm “RVTs Role in Hospital Acquired Infection and Microbial Resistance to Antibiotics and Disinfectants” and “Cleaning, Decontamination and Sterilization of Medical Devices”

Daniel graduated from the Medical Device Reprocessing program at Vancouver Community College in 2015, from the Animal Health Technology program in 1997 and the Nursing program in 1988.

Daniel started his veterinary technologist career in a mixed practice, and since he moved to Vancouver, he kept working in the animal care field in both research and clinical. He also volunteered with the Canadian Animal Assistance Team as a Board of Director member as well as a technician during both Katrina post-hurricane and Peru post-earthquake projects.

Daniel is currently working at the Vancouver Animal Emergency and Referral Centre as an inventory coordinator, infection preventionist, and Medical Device Reprocessing Technician where he successfully implemented a quality assurance and control program to ensure that all medical devices are safe for use during medical procedures.

Daniel also started his consulting business called Steri Plus Consulting. He offers support and training in medical reprocessing related tasks, e.g. disinfection, decontamination, cleaning medical devices and surgical instruments, assembling surgical sets, sterilization, storage and handling of sterilized sets.

WEt labs saturday april 4th 9-12 and1-4

Spaces are Limited, so sign up now!


We need a minimum of 8 per session, labs will be cancelled if we do not reach our minimum.

Veterinary CPR Workshop Rescuer Certification – 3 CE Credits

Become a RECOVER Certified Rescuer in Basic and Advanced Life Support. Learn evidence-based CPR, because their lives are on the line. Pre-requisite required: Online Basic and Advanced Life Support online course (recoverinitiative.org)

Rehabilitation CSI – “Case Series Investigation” 3-hour case lab – 3 CE Credits

Join this special rehabilitation unit as we work together to investigate the evidence in a series of unsolved orthopedic and neurological cases. Top unsolved cases include: “Tip Toe Cruciate”, “Hoppy FHO”, “Wobbly Disc”, and the “Creaky Cat”. We are looking for individuals with a special interest in nutrition, anatomy, rehabilitation, pain management, and client care to join this elite team in improving patient care.

Hands Free Radiology – 3 CE Credits

This initiative was created to promote radiation safety awareness in the veterinary workplace with the goal of reducing occupational radiation exposure of veterinary personnel through a combination of ‘hands-free’ techniques workshop, innovative restraint devices and industry educational resources.

Full Conference Schedule:
Friday April 3rd, 2020

8-8:45  Registration/Breakfast

8:45-9:00  Welcome

9:00-10:00 Keynote: Kelsey Beth Carpenter RVT “Let Them Watch!”

10-10:15 Break

10:15-11:15  Senani Ratnayake RVT“Rallying the Troops”

11:15-12:30  AGM

12:30-1:30  Lunch/Meet the RVT

1:30-3:30  Senani Ratnayake RVT“Influencing Your Workplace”


Marine Mammal Rescue RVTs present case studies

3:30-5:30  Trade Show/Job Fair

5:30-9  Tapas, Awards and Kelsey Beth Carpenter sings!


Saturday April 4th, 2020

8-8:30 Registration/Breakfast

8:30-9 Welcome/Meet the RVT

9-10:00 Kelly St. Denis DVM “Feline House Soiling”


Tara Edwards DVM Cruciate Disease (50min)

10:15-10:30 Break

10:30-11:30 Kelly St. Denis DVM“Senior Cat Quality of life”


Tara Edwards DVM Neurological Rehabilitation(50 min)

11:30-1pm Lunch/Meet the RVT

1-3pm  Kelly St Denis DVM “Blood Pressure Monitoring”


Daniel Harvey RVT “RVTs role in Hospital Acquired Infection”

3-3:15pm Break

3:15-4:30 Kelly St Denis DVM “Feline Friendly Checkups”


Daniel Harvey RVT “ Cleaning, Decontamination and Sterilization”