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Preventive Medicine

Fall 2021, Preventive Medicine

Feline Panleukopenia Virus

Sabrina Klepper LVMT, VTS - Clinical Practice (Canine/Feline)

Sabrina is a senior veterinary technician (level 1) at the University of Tennessee Veterinary Medical Center, where she began working in 2004. She works with the community practice rotation, teaching students the value of preventive health care. Her special areas of interest include feline-friendly and low-stress handling of patients, as well as nurturing the human-animal bond. 

Veterinary nurses who understand the FPV disease process and supportive care that must accompany treatment of FPV-infected cats will be able to provide excellent nursing care for the patient.

Summer 2021, Preventive Medicine

Canine Infectious Respiratory Disease Complex

Lara Arbach LVT, VTS Clinical Practice (Canine/Feline)

Lara began her second career as a licensed veterinary nurse after graduating from LaGuardia Community College in 2011. She had previously worked as a graphic artist for a real estate company. Lara enjoys working in general practice and obtained her VTS in 2019. She found her veterinary family at Animal Kind Veterinary Hospital 3 years ago and values the clinic’s high standards for patient care. Lara has an affinity for passing on knowledge to others who aspire to work in the veterinary profession. In her spare time, Lara enjoys running, reading science fiction, and art journaling.

Veterinary nurses play a key role in helping clients separate facts from fiction in regard to CIRDC as well as other vaccine-preventable diseases. 

Spring 2021, Preventive Medicine

Lyme Disease in Dogs

Ann Wortinger BIS, LVT, VTS (ECC, SAIM, Nutrition)

Ann is a 1983 graduate of Michigan State University and got her specialty certification in Emergency/ Critical Care in 2000, in Small Animal Internal Medicine in 2008 and in Nutrition in 2013. In 2017 she attained her Fear Free Level on certification, and has since moved into level 2.

She has worked in general, emergency, specialty practice, education and management. Ann is active in her state, national and specialty organizations, and served on the organizing committees for Internal Medicine and Nutrition. She has mentored over 20 fellow VTSs and has worked on a variety of committees and positions. She is currently an instructor and Academic Advisor for Ashworth College’s Veterinary Technology Program, as well as an active speaker and writer.

Ann has over 50 published articles in various professional magazines as well as book chapters and a book, Nutrition and Disease Management for Veterinary Technicians and Nurses in its second edition in 2016 coauthored with Kara Burns. Ann received the 2009 Service Award for her state association (MAVT), the 2010 Achievement Award for the Academy of Internal Medicine for Veterinary Technicians (AIMVT), and in 2012 received the Jack L. Mara Memorial Lecture Award presented at NAVC.

Her fur/feather/fin family consists of 4 cats, 2 domestic geese, 14 chickens and a pond full of goldfish.

Lyme disease is the most common tick-borne disease in the United States. Client education is key to prevention.

Spring 2021, Preventive Medicine

Canine Parvovirus

Saleema Lookman RVT

Saleema entered the veterinary field in 2009 and has since held a variety of roles and positions. This diversity led to the discovery of her true passions for patient care, education, and mentoring. In 2015, she took the VTNE and became a Registered Veterinary Technician. Hoping to share her experiences with other veterinary nurses, Saleema has presented as a speaker in many settings. She is currently part of the Boehringer Ingelheim Tech Champion team and delivers CE presentations to veterinary nurses. Currently residing in Santa Fe, New Mexico, Saleema practices as a veterinary nurse in a high-caseload small animal practice. She enjoys trail running, crocheting, and being covered in cat hair.

Information is power. By keeping your clients informed, you can help them feel confident that they are protecting their dog from the risks of parvovirus infection. 

Winter 2021, Preventive Medicine

Rabies Vaccination for Dogs

Casey Blizzard BA, CVT

Casey first worked as a kennel attendant and then a veterinary assistant before attending veterinary technician school in 2007. She graduated from Boise State University in 2006 and Colorado Mountain College for Veterinary Technology in 2009. After teaching veterinary technology for 6 years, Casey moved back into private practice and is now the Practice Manager at River City Veterinary Hospital in Meridian, Idaho. She manages a team of around 40 and spends too much money on coffee. She believes that high emotional intelligence among veterinary professionals is the best way to preserve our passion and drive.

State and city guidelines, hospital policy, and species all affect timing of the first rabies vaccination.