Spring 2024 Symposium

Join us in Bend for our second annual Spring Symposium, 5 hours of RACE approved lectures for both veterinarians and technicians.

RSVP: info@vrcvet.com

Event Details

Saturday, April 20, 2024
9:00pm – 4:00pm
Riverhouse Convention Center 
3075 N. Business 97
Bend, Oregon 97703

Free CE Event

Space is limited. Please RSVP by April 1 : info@vrcvet.com

Complimentary registration and catered lunch included.

riverhouse on the deschutes conference center

Riverhouse on the Deschutes Convention Center


5 Hours of Race Approved Credits

9:00-9:30 Registration and Coffee

9:30-9:45 Opening Remarks

9:45-10:45 Donna M. Sisak, CVT, LVT, VTS (Anesthesia/Analgesia)

Pain – Understanding and Advocating – A Veterinary Technician/Nurse’s Perspective

This presentation will discuss the importance of an integrative team approach in pain management for the patient in the post-op period. The focus will be on the technician/nurse’s role as a true patient care advocate – an integral team player in the patient’s welfare and pain management. The discussion will conclude by mentioning common “hurdles” to pain management and suggestions in overcoming these obstacles.

10:45-11:45 Donna M. Sisak, CVT, LVT, VTS (Anesthesia/Analgesia)

The Top 5 Anesthetic Complications

This presentation will discuss the top five anesthetic complications that can occur during an anesthetic event and suggested treatment therapies to improve outcome.

11:45-12 break

12-1 Taylor Stockdale, DVM

ECG Interpretation
A basic understanding of ECGs, how to interpret them, and emergency therapy using case examples.
– Understanding of normal ECG rhythm
– Recognition of arrhythmias
– Knowledge of emergency treatment options


1:45-2:45 Annie Chen-Allen, DVM, MS, Dip ACVIM NEUROLOGY

Monitoring and Nursing Care for the Seizure Patient

This lecture will focus on how to monitor and provide care for the seizure patient during the hospital setting.  Specifically, we will discuss intracranial physiology and how to monitor for increases in intracranial pressure . The basics of seizures along with when to implement emergency treatment will also be briefly discussed. 

2:45-3:45 Donna M. Sisak, CVT, LVT, VTS (Anesthesia/Analgesia)

A Joint Collaboration in Walking Your Pet to Freedom: The Triple “A” Approach in Managing Osteoarthritis (OA)

  • Awareness*Acknowledge*Action
  • A Veterinary Technician/Nurse’s Role

This presentation will allude to briefly the evolution of the human-animal bond; pets are not just the dog or the cat – they are family members. Clients/pet guardians are willing to invest in their pet’s healthcare in hope of increasing their longevity. Pain interferes with the human-animal bond. Managing pain – chronic pain- in our patients is no easy task. The most common chronic pain condition we encounter with our patients is osteoarthritis (OA). Osteoarthritis will be defined and the pain associated with it will be described. The focus of this talk will be on the management of OA pain considering the triple “A” approach and the importance of an integrative team approach and the veterinary technician/nurse’s responsibility.


5 Hours of Race Approved Credits

9:00-9:30 Registration and Coffee

9:30-9:45 Opening Remarks

9:45-10:45  Jeremy Evans, DVM, DACVIM

Diabetes mellitus: current and emerging therapies

Multiple drugs have emerged to either replace or work together with insulin in our diabetic patients. In this talk we will discuss treatment goals and management strategies for our diabetic patients, reviewing the use of insulin as well as highlighting the potential role of novel therapies.

10:45-11:45  Michael Kent, DVM, DACVIM (Oncology), ACVR (Radiation Oncology), ECVDI (Radiation Oncology)

Radiation Therapy for Brain Tumors in Dogs – Things have changed

This talk will cover the approach to the treatment of brain tumors in dogs with radiation therapy and stereotactic radiotherapy, providing updates on the latest treatment, management and expected outcomes.

11:45-12 break

12-1  Kristen Couto, DVM, DACVIM (Oncology)

Electrochemotherapy – how, why, and for what? 

This lecture will detail how electrochemotherapy is administered, why it is administered, and for what lesions it can be considered for.  


1:45-2:45  Victoria Arbona, DVM, MS

High Flow Nasal Oxygen Therapy 101

This talk will review high flow nasal oxygen therapy and recent literature describing physiological benefits observed in veterinary patients. We will discuss indications for high flow nasal oxygen over other respiratory support therapies and go over a case example. 

2:45-3:45  Karl Jandrey, DVM, MAS, DACVECC
Professor, Clinical Small Animal Emergency and Critical Care
Associate Dean, Admissions and Student Programs

ER Made Easy in 10 Simple Steps

With the ongoing expansion of technology and tidal wave of new information, the mastery of ER basics continues to provide success for patient evaluation and stabilization.   This hour will review and challenge the participant to review real-world patient data and decide the best course of action in a case-based, interactive session.


Donna M. Sisak CVT, LVT, VTS (Anesthesia/Analgesia)

Donna has 38 years in the Veterinary profession. Her first five years were spent gaining hands on experience in small animal hospitals in Pennsylvania. From there her love for the veterinary profession and passion for teaching led her to academia where she spent 18 years at the Matthew J. Ryan Veterinary Hospital – University of Pennsylvania upon graduating from Harcum College, Bryn Mawr, PA in 1991. At Penn she satisfied her “drive” to perform top medical care to patients AND her “desire” to educate which led her to obtain a VTS (Anesthesia/Analgesia) in 2006.

For the last 15 years Donna has been immersed in specialty medicine at Seattle Veterinary Specialists/Bluepearl fulfilling her role as VTS (A/A) providing in- house and regional training. Donna is an enthusiastic member of the ELANCO and ZOETIS professional speaker panel, involved in educating and advocating for safe anesthetic/analgesic care. Her longevity and passion for the profession make her a great champion for patients and veterinary technicians/nurses.


Karl Jandrey, DVM, MAS, DACVECC
Professor, Clinical Small Animal Emergency and Critical Care
Associate Dean, Admissions and Student Programs

Karl Jandrey is a Professor of Clinical Small Animal Emergency and Critical Care at the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine. He attended The Ohio State University and earned both his undergraduate and veterinary degree in 1992. After graduation, Jandrey accepted an internship at a small animal private specialty practice in Los Angeles. He continued his veterinary career as an associate in private general practice, followed by a residency in Northern California before becoming director of emergency services for a specialty hospital in suburban Philadelphia. 

Jandrey began his academic career as a lecturer at the Veterinary Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and returned to Davis in 1999. Jandrey was board certified by the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care (ACVECC) in 2001.

Jandrey’s publications focus on topics in hemostasis and coagulation as well as scholar wellbeing and belonging. The later topic evolves from his work as the Associate Dean of Admissions and Student Programs where he is tasked to strategize and manage the team that provides all extracurricular support for all veterinary scholars at UC Davis. He has earned various honors and awards and especially honored by the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine (SVM) Class of 2004 & Class of 2006 as the Favorite Small Animal Faculty Clinician.

Jandrey is involved in many activities and organizations outside of the SVM including the ACVECC, American Association of Veterinary Medical Colleges, and the UC Health Working Group for Diversity in the Health Professions. His clinical research of bleeding and clotting disorders in dogs and cats has been awarded grants from San Francisco Miller Foundation, Center for Companion Animal Health, American Kennel Club Canine Health Foundation, and ACVECC.

Jandrey teaches patient-side in the emergency room and intensive care unit of the Pritchard Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital, provides lecture and laboratory teaching in several pre- clinical courses, and has lectured worldwide on topics including transfusion therapy, pain control, feline aortic thromboembolism, extracurricular scholar support. He shares his life with another veterinary clinician-scientist, a perfect Yellow Lab, many gallons of saltwater tanks including vertebrates and invertebrates, and 2 recently adopted cats.


Michael Kent, DVM, DACVIM (Oncology), ACVR (Radiation Oncology), ECVDI (Radiation Oncology)

Michael Kent is a Professor of Radiation Oncology in the Department of Surgical and Radiological Sciences at the University of California, Davis, School of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Kent graduated from veterinary school at UC Davis in 1997. He then went on to do a rotating small animal internship at the University of Pennsylvania. This was followed by a year in private practice in Pennsylvania before going on to do residencies in Medical and Radiation Oncology at UC Davis, where he also received his Master’s Degree in clinical research. In 2013 he became the Director of the Center for Companion Animal Health. 

He is also the program co-leader for the Comparative Oncology Program at the UC Davis Medical School’s NCI designated Comprehensive Cancer Center. He is an author on over 100 peer reviewed publications. His main research interests include clinical outcomes for veterinary patients receiving radiotherapy and optimizing radioimmunotherapy. For a listing of published works please see: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/sites/myncbi/michael.kent.2/bibliography/47869227/public/?sort=date&direction=ascending



Dr. Annie Chen-Allen is excited to be the first board-certified veterinary neurologist in Central Oregon!  She received her degree in veterinary medicine from Texas A&M University.  She then completed a small animal rotating internship along with a neurology residency at Washington State University.  While in her residency, she also obtained a master’s degree.  Because of her love for teaching and research, Dr. Chen-Allen stayed on as a faculty neurologist at Washington State University for the last 17 years.

She has numerous peer-reviewed publications and has been invited to speak at conferences both nationally and internationally.   She has also received multiple teaching awards.  She loves sharing her passion for neurology to other veterinarians, students, technicians, staff, and pet parents.  She hopes to continue to provide continuing education lectures thru out the Pacific Northwest.

Dr. Chen-Allen practices both neuromedicine and neurosurgery.  Her research and clinical interest is in brain tumors, specifically focusing on improving treatments for these patients.  Her surgical interests are in brain tumor resections including pituitary tumors and spinal surgeries for disk ruptures, spinal fractures, and spinal tumors.  She also provides management for seizure, vestibular and stroke patients. She strives to provide the best care possible for each patient and to support the pet family thru the process of managing a neurologic pet.

Outside of the clinic, Dr. Chen-Allen enjoys spending time with her husband, Andy, and their two sons, Gabriel and Paxton.  They have two German Wirehaired Pointers, Mater and Finn, two cats named Daisy and Sage, and a horse named Chloe.  They love fishing, hiking, boating, camping, mountain biking and skiing.  They are excited to explore everything Central Oregon has to offer!


Taylor Stockdale, DVM

Saving lives in the critical care unit, Dr. Taylor Stockdale brings her expertise and passion to every emergency case at VRCCO. Dr. Stockdale honed her skills at Washington State University and a Seattle multi-specialty practice, where she led the emergency department.

Her dedication extends beyond saving lives. Dr. Stockdale thrives on mentoring interns, fostering the next generation of veterinary professionals. Her commitment to teaching shines through in VRCCO’s rotating internship program, which she manages with dedication.

When not treating critical patients, Dr. Stockdale embraces mountain adventures with her family, conquering trails on skis, bikes, and backpacks. Whether biking, backpacking, or skiing, she’s always up for an outdoor challenge. In quieter moments, she enjoys the soothing melody of playing the piano.


Jeremy Evans, DVM, DACVIM

Dr. Jeremy Evans was born in Panama City, Florida, and attended veterinary school at the University of Florida. He completed his internship and residency in internal medicine at Texas A&M University, where he served as chief resident during his final year. Also, he spent a year as a research fellow with the Dog Aging Project and presented research findings at major conferences. Dr. Evans likes all aspects of internal medicine, but he is particularly interested in immune-mediated conditions and gastrointestinal disorders. He enjoys the challenge of diagnosing and managing complex disorders. When not working, Dr. Evans can be found floating the Deschutes River, hiking, making pizzas, or spending time at the farmer’s market with his wife and their golden retriever.



Dr. Couto is delighted to be Bend’s first board-certified veterinary oncologist! She always had the dream of becoming a veterinarian, growing up in the household of a veterinary oncologist who mentored her through her years of vet school at The Ohio State University. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from Ohio State (Go Buckeyes!) in 2013 and went on to complete a small animal medical and surgical internship at North Carolina State University in 2014, which solidified her love for the “family business” of veterinary oncology. She then completed a residency and became board-certified in medical oncology at the University of California, Davis in 2017, and stayed in the greater Sacramento Valley for 3 years. During her years on the West Coast, she quickly realized her love for the outdoors, which prompted her interest in Central Oregon.

In the clinic, Dr. Couto strives to provide first-rate care for all cancer-related matters, with a focus on prioritizing the human-animal bond and helping families through every aspect of cancer diagnosis and treatment. She also has a special interest in providing oncology-specific education to neighboring veterinarians and had the honor of authoring chapters in the 6th Edition Small Animal Internal Medicine textbook, which is utilized globally by veterinary students and clinicians.

Outside of the clinic, Kristen and her husband Tod (an archaeologist with a special interest in Great Basin archaeology) enjoy all aspects of the outdoors, which they are now sharing with their son, Jackson.  They are avid trail runners and mountain bikers and love exploring all the trails Central Oregon has to offer! They share their home with two elderly dogs – a Puggle/Pit-Bull mix named Gob (“George Oscar Bluth”) and a Black Lab mix named Sophia.


Victoria Arbona, DVM, MS

Dr. Arbona graduated from veterinary school at Ross University in 2014. Prior to this she received a Master’s degree in Physiology from North Carolina State University. She then completed a rotating internship at Wisconsin Veterinary Referral Center, and surgery internships at New York Specialty Center and Aspen Meadow Veterinary Specialists in Colorado. She completed a residency in Critical Care and Emergency medicine at Veterinary Specialty Hospital of San Diego – Sorrento Valley in December 2023 and recently joined the team at Veterinary Referral and Emergency Center of Central Oregon as a Residency-Trained Criticalist. Her professional interests include sepsis, mechanical ventilation and extracorporeal therapies.

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If you have any questions or to RSVP (by April 1) please contact: info@vrcvet.com. We hope to see you at the Spring  2024 Symposium! 

Saturday, April 20, 2024
9:00pm – 4:00pm
Riverhouse Convention Center 
3075 N. Business 97
Bend, Oregon 97703