VECCS/ VIN Webinars

VECCS/ VIN Webinars

The VECCS is collaborating with the Veterinary Information Network (VIN) to conduct a series of webinars covering  timely ER and ICU topics.  These educational webinars are FREE to VECCS members.

Upcoming Webinars:

February 20, 2017–  8:00PM EST- Crisis Management Skills for the ER Team
Presented by: Jeannine Moga, MA, MSW, LCSW

While there is rarely a shortage of emotional emergencies in veterinary emergency practice, shortages of time, energy and skill sometimes prevent effective and efficient crisis de-escalation. This webinar will review the role of emotions generally, and de-mystify the “crisis cascade” in particular, to help veterinary practitioners identify high risk situations. Next, this webinar will introduce seven steps to crisis de-escalation, as well as review critical skills for reducing risk to the veterinary team (and veterinary clients) when emotions boil over. Finally, the self-management techniques most useful for diffusing the emotional contagion of crises will be reviewed.

Jeannine is a licensed clinical social worker, educator, and program consultant practicing at the intersection of human and animal issues to support animal people, create sound organizational/social policies, and develop evidence-based animal-assisted programs. She has served as the Founding Director of both Veterinary Social Services at the University of Minnesota’s Veterinary Medical Center (2004-2012) and, more recently, Family & Community Services at North Carolina State University’s Veterinary Hospital (2012-present). Her work includes crisis intervention, medical case consultation, and counseling for animal owners, as well as skills training, debriefing, and psychosocial support for veterinary professionals. Jeannine provides consultation and training to social services, veterinary medical, and animal welfare professionals across the country. Her focal interests include traumatic grief, medical futility, and occupational risk and resilience in animal care professions.

March 13, 20178PM EST- The Critical Bird: Approach and Decision Making
Presented by: Jennifer Graham, DVM, DACVP (Avian)

This presentation will begin with an overview on how to approach the critical avian patient with a review of pertinent points to note in regards to physical examination findings. Diagnostic approach will be reviewed followed by discussion of avian stabilization techniques. The last half of the discussion will be on common avian emergency presentations.

Dr. Graham graduated with her DVM from Auburn University in 1999. She completed an avian/exotic internship at the University of Georgia followed by a 3-year residency in avian/exotic animal medicine at the University of California at Davis. Following her residency she started an exotics practice in a specialty referral hospital located in Seattle from 2003-2006. Dr. Graham worked at Angell Animal Medical Center in Boston from 2006-2012. She is presently an Assistant Professor of Zoological Companion Animal Medicine at the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University and holds an adjunct faculty position with the University of Washington. Dr. Graham became board certified through the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners (ABVP) in Avian medicine in 2002 and has recently recertified in this practice category. She became a Diplomate of the American College of Zoological Medicine in 2008. She was also on the organizing committee for the ABVP-Exotic Companion Mammal practice category and became certified in this practice category in 2009. Dr. Graham is a member of multiple professional organizations, including the Association of Avian Veterinarians (AAV), American Association of Zoo Veterinarians (AAZV), Association of Reptilian and Amphibian Veterinarians (ARAV), and the Association of Exotic Mammal Veterinarians (AEMV). Dr. Graham’s professional interests include NSAIDs/inflammation, oncology in exotic animal species, Encephalitozoon cuniculi, and evaluation of gastrointestinal activity patterns in rabbits. She served as the ABVP Residency Chair from 2009-2013 and holds positions on several veterinary committees. Dr. Graham is committed to wellness in the veterinary profession and helps lead the Healer’s Art training program for first and second year veterinary students. In her spare time, Dr. Graham enjoys hiking, camping, kayaking, and fly fishing (although she never catches anything!).

April 17, 2017- 6PM EST- The Septic Abdomen: Small steps to make a big difference
Presented by: Paul Aldridge, BVSc, Cert SAS, MRCVS

The most common cause of septic peritonitis in our patients is perforation of the gastro-intestinal tract. This webinar will look at steps we can take to maximise the patients chances of survival after the source of contamination has been controlled, and before recovery from anaesthesia. Options for reinforcement of the intestinal suture line will be discussed (omentalisation and serosal patching), and current guidelines for abdominal lavage presented. The placement of a surgical feeding tube now will only add a few minutes to the procedure, but could be vital in post-op recovery and management; gastrostomy, enterostomy and combined tubes will be discussed. Ongoing abdominal drainage may be indicated; a practical guide to the use of abdominal drains to achieve closed drainage will be outlined.

Paul graduated from University of Liverpool; as well as working as a referral and emergency surgeon in the north of England for Vets Now, Paul is widely involved in continuing education for both veterinarians and nurses, and is in demand as a speaker in the UK and the rest of Europe. He is also co-author of ‘Practical Emergency and Critical Care Veterinary Nursing’ (Wiley 2013). His areas of interest include all aspects of trauma surgery, wound management, and managing ‘the acute abdomen’.

May 15, 2017- 8PM EST- Sedation in the ER: “Landshark in room 3 for triage!”
Presented by: Ben Brainard, DVM, DACVAA, DACVECC

A trip to the ER is stressful for animals and owners. In animals that manifest this stress as aggressive behavior, it can be difficult for the practitioner to perform a thorough exam without sedation. But sedation in an animal with an unknown medical history and cardiorespiratory status can be difficult. This course will discuss options for the approach to and sedation of aggressive animals in an ER setting to alleviate pain and distress, and to provide safe handling for veterinarians and technicians. Specific areas will focus on non-sedative approaches to safe animal handling and on sedative medications that can be used safely in patients with unknown cardiorespiratory status.

Benjamin Brainard is the Edward H. Gunst professor of small animal critical care, in the Dept. of Small Animal Medicine and Surgery at the University of Georgia. He received his undergraduate degree from Dartmouth College and VMD from the University of Pennsylvania. He completed dual residencies at the University of Pennsylvania and is a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Anesthesia and Analgesia and the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care. His clinical interests are critical care medicine, pain management in the ICU, long term ventilation, and coagulation disorders. His research interests focus on platelet biology and thrombosis in many species, in addition to coagulation assessment and antithrombotic and antifibrinolytic drugs. Dr. Brainard is an Associate Editor for the Journal of Veterinary.

July 17, 2017- 8PM EST- Top Emergency and Critical Care Journal Articles in 2016
Presented by: Adesola Odunayo, DVM, DACVECC

This hour-long session will focus on the top peer reviewed articles from 2016 pertaining to the practice of emergency and critical care medicine. Practical take home information from these articles will be reviewed.

Adesola Odunayo is a clinical assistant professor of emergency and critical care at the University of Tennessee. She completed a residency in emergency and critical care in 2010 and worked as a clinical instructor at Auburn University between 2010 and 2012, until she joined the faculty at Tennessee. Her clinical interests include transfusion medicine, management of septic and post-operative patients, and mechanical ventilation. When she is not working, Desola enjoys spending time outside accompanied by her special Australian shepherd dogs (Gracie and Zoey), running, hiking in beautiful east Tennessee and traveling the world.

Oct 23, 2017- 8pm EST- Vasopressors in small animals – what, when, how?
Presented by: Medora Pashmakova, DVM, DACVECC

Vasopressors are an integral part of early goal-directed therapy, but can be an intimidating step for many clinicians. For numerous reasons, vasopressor therapy is often delayed until patients are very compromised and morbidity or mortality are imminent. This lecture will demystify the use of adrenergic and non-adrenergic vasopressors and help identify what patients may benefit from pressors (as early as the emergency department), current recommendations from the human field, and how to be practical in pressor use and patient monitoring.

Dr. Medora Pashmakova is a 2009 graduate of the College of Veterinary Medicine at Michigan State University. She completed her internship and residency at Texas A&M University and is board certified in emergency and critical care. Dr. Pashmakova was an assistant professor at Texas A&M University for 4 years before moving to North Houston Veterinary Specialists. Since 2015, Dr. Pashmakova has participated as a volunteer veterinarian for the Iditarod and looks forward to many more opportunities in sled dog medicine. In her spare time, Dr. Pashmakova enjoys chasing after her 2 stubborn terriers and many hours of soapmaking for her private label Scruffy Dog Soaps.

You can see a list of previous webinars here:

Previous VIN Webinars


VECCS members who are currently VIN/VSPN members may use their VIN/VSPN username and password to access the webinar at

VECCS members who are not members of VIN/VSPN do not need to be members of VIN/VSPN to participate. If  you have not previously set up a username and password for a prior VECCS webinar or a VIN hosted content or proceeding please contact by close of business on the Friday before the webinar. In that email please include your full name and contact information should we have questions or a need to technically support your attendance in the webinar.

If you have a username and password and are still unable to access at please email for support, including in that email what error message your receive.


Past VECCS/VIN Webinars are accessible through your VECCS Member home page at

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