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New York Vet Labs and Workshops

Looking for Something Extra?

Our exciting, small-scale hands-on labs offer real experience, taught by industry professionals who will give you personal feedback. This is the moment to practice your skills or learn new ones and ask all the questions you've always wanted to ask.


2023 labs to be announced!

Wound Closure Academy: Suturing and Advanced Knot-Tying for Procedural Closures 

Educate on suturing patterns and advanced knot-tying techniques used in veterinary surgical cases.

Presented by: J. Brad Case, DVM, MS, Diplomate ACVS; Ed Vitt, Consultant at Animal Health, J&J Medical Devices


  • Thursday, November 3 at  10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Thursday, November 3 at 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM

CE Credits: 2

Capacity: 40

Cost: $35 

Sponsored by Johnson & Johnson

RECOVER CPR BLS and ALS Rescuer Certification

Course presented by:

Prerequisite: Participants must have a valid online BLS and ALS course completion certificate to attend this workshop. 

How do we best treat animals in cardiopulmonary arrest? Evidence-based veterinary CPR guidelines published by the RECOVER Initiative in 2012 aimed at maximizing patient survival after cardiopulmonary arrest led to the official veterinary CPR certification process approved by the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care. This course will teach the concepts and techniques of RECOVER Basic Life Support (BLS) and Advanced Life Support (ALS).

The certification process consists of an online course followed by onsite training at the conference. Because of this, participants must have successfully completed the RECOVER online BLS and ALS courses available at recoverinitiative.org (or have taken the courses previously offered by eCornell or Veritas). Successful completion of this course grants certification as a RECOVER BLS and ALS Rescuer. Human medical professionals certify in human CPR. Veterinary medical professionals should certify themselves in veterinary CPR!

Course Objective 1:

Rapidly recognize patients with cardiopulmonary arrest, properly administer high-quality chest compressions using the most up-to-date approaches in dogs and cats, provide mouth-to-snout or intubated ventilation according to current evidence-based guidelines, utilize effective communication and team skills that will improve your ability to manage emergent and critically ill patients, choose the most useful monitoring devices for patients in cardiopulmonary arrest and interpret data from them, and rapidly diagnose the arrest ECG rhythm to determine the best ALS therapies for the patient.

Course Objective 2:

Administer the most effective drugs and other adjunctive therapies for patients with cardiopulmonary arrest.

Course Objective 3:

Perform life-saving procedures such as venous cutdowns, intraosseous catheter placement, and open chest CPR.


There are two opportunities to participate in this course:

  • Thursday, November 3rd:
    8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
  • Friday, November 4th: 
    8:00 AM - 3:00 PM

There will be a 1 hour lunch break at 12:00 PM


Attendees can earn 6 CE Credits when attending the course in full. 

This course has been approved for 6 RACE-approved CE credits. 




Open to: Veterinarians, Owner/Veterinarians, Veterinary Technicians, Students
Capacity: 20 per day
Cost: $300



Ken YagiKen Yagi, MS, RVT, VTS (ECC), VTS (SAIM)
Chief Veterinary Nursing Officer
Veterinary Emergency Group

During his 20+ years in the field, Ken has discovered and refined his role as a veterinary technician by promoting compassionate and progressive care for patients and their families. He obtained his VTS certification in emergency and critical care as well as small animal internal medicine and achieved his master's degree in Veterinary Science. He is currently the Chief Veterinary Nursing Officer for Veterinary Emergency Group and the Program Director for the RECOVER Initiative. He has been awarded the NAVTA Veterinary Technician of the Year award in 2016, the California Veterinary Medical Association Veterinary Technician of the Year award in 2016, and the California RVT Association of the Year award in 2017. Ken has co-edited the Manual of Veterinary Transfusion Medicine and Blood Banking and has published various text chapters and articles in various publications. He gives presentations internationally on topics in ECC, transfusion medicine, and the veterinary nursing profession. 

Ken works to encourage further recognition of the vital role of the veterinary nurses and technicians through work with organizations such as the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America co-chairing the Veterinary Nurse Initiative and serving as a board member of the Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society, the Academy of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Technicians and Nurses, and the Veterinary Innovation Council. He is also an advocate for the Open Hospital Concept, encouraging veterinary practices to invite the pet owners to “the back” as a part of the team. 

Ken invites everyone to ask “Why?” to understand the “What” and “How” of our field, and to continually pursue new limits as veterinary professionals and individuals.

Melissa EvansMelissa Evans, LVT, CVT, VTS (ECC)
Melissa Evans, VTS (ECC)

Business focused on creating learning opportunities for technicians by bringing training to practices. Services offered include CPR certification, in-house and virtual technician training and in person and virtual hospital set up consulting.

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