VETgirl U Conference

VETgirl U 2022
Thurs 8.25 – Sun 8.28

Radisson Blu | Minneapolis, MN

Attendees

Registration Information

VETgirl, the #1 online veterinary continuing education (CE) platform is excited to announce registration for the VETgirl U 2022 conference. This unique, boutique event will be held August 25-28, 2022 in Minneapolis, MN at the chic, Radisson Blu Mall of America. VETgirl U is an educational experience like no other with TED-talk-like, case-based tracks presented by the leading veterinary speakers in the world.

VETgirl U 2022 will have a veterinarian track and for the first time a veterinary technician track, covering a huge variety of topics from surgery to anesthesia to emergency to derm to neuro! We promise it’ll be the most clinically relevant CE you get live (Well, besides our online webinars).

What you get… wined and dined and taken care of in true VETgirl fashion. Awesome speakers, evening events to network and relax, FREE daycare, and amazing VETgirl swag!

  • Ted-talk like CE sessions
  • Meals (breakfast and lunch) and events included
  • Coffee & refreshment breaks
  • Printed Proceedings
  • FREE Daycare*
  • FREE passes to Nickelodeon Universe**
  • Networking reception and evening event at SeaLife Aquarium

*Daycare registration limited to out-of-state attendees and provided on a first-come, first-serve basis allocated based on registration date.
**NOTE: The Nickelodeon Universe Theme Park FREE passes are for children ONLY – any adult that would like to attend would need to purchase a ticket at the discounted rate.


45

Exhibiting Companies

20+

Continuing Education Hours

18

Supporting Sponsors

17

Presenting Speakers

Education

A Veterinary Conference Like No Other

New in 2022! 2 Tracks (Veterinarian/Veterinary Technician)

When registering for this conference, you’re agreeing to the VETgirl Conference Attendee Policy and Guidelines.

This program is approved by the AAVSB RACE (VETgirl RACE May 2021 20-859036 and VETgirl June 2021i 20-869086) to offer a total of 22.25 CE Credits being available to anyone veterinarian: and/or 22.25 Veterinary Technician CE Credits (22.25 max). This RACE approval is for the subject matter categories of Medical, using the delivery method of Seminar/Lecture. This approval will be valid in jurisdictions that recognize AAVSB RACE; however, participants are responsible for ascertaining each board’s CE requirements.


Agenda

8/24 Registration Open
8/25 Ophthalmology WetLab (Additional Fee Applies)
8/26 Lectures/Exhibits 8am - 5pm
8/27 Lectures/Exhibits 8am - 5pm
8/27 Networking Gala & Sea Life Aquarium Event
8/28 Lectures/Exhibits 8am - 1pm
Download the full Veterinary Track agenda
Download the full Veterinary Tech Track agenda

A Hands-On Workshop for Veterinary Professionals that have a VISION for success!

During this VETgirl workshop, Dr. Shelby Reinstein, MS, DACVO will guide you through performing the most common small animal ophthalmic surgeries. This VETgirl U Workshop is appropriate for both new and experienced practitioners looking to develop or refine their ophthalmology surgical skills. Didactic lectures with videos will accompany surgical procedure practice using pig eye cadavers to review key concepts, including disease recognition, surgical indications, instrumentation, and step-by-step surgical technique!

  • Instructed by Shelby Reinstein, DVM, MS, DACVO
  • 40 – 60 persons
  • Lunch included

Optional workshop – additional fee applies.


Speakers

Speakers are being added daily – check back for updates!

Emergency and Critical Care, Toxicology

Justine Lee, DVM, DACVECC, DABT

VETgirl was the brainchild of Dr. Justine Lee. Years ago, while frantically studying for her board examination(s), she decided to take some time out to relieve some stress (aka “panic) by running. While pounding the pavement, she thought, “Why can’t I listen to this stuff on my Walkman while I exercise?” (She is old, and this was pre-iPod days). Since sleeping on top of her textbooks didn’t appear to osmotically work, she decided that this “listen and learn” modality would truly be the best way to “take it all” in while frantically multi-tasking. And that’s when she teamed up with techno-savvy Dr. Pachtinger to create VETgirl…

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Emergency and Critical Care

Garret Pachtinger, VMD, DACVECC

Dr. Garret Pachtinger, DACVECC is the Chief Operating Officer and Co-Founder of VETgirl and is committed to veterinary education through technology. Dr. Pachtinger is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine. Following veterinary school, he completed a one-year internship in small animal medicine and surgery, a one-year internship in emergency and critical care, and a three-year residency in emergency and critical care at the University of Pennsylvania, becoming a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care in 2010. After completion of his residency, Dr. Pachtinger joined the Veterinary Specialty and Emergency Center in Levittown, Pa.

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Anesthesia, Emergency and Critical Care

Jane Quandt, DVM, MS, DACVAA, DACVECC

Dr. Quandt obtained her DVM from Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1987. Following this, Dr. Quandt was in a small animal practice for one year then decided to pursue an anesthesia residency and board certification. She completed an anesthesia residency and Masters's in anesthesia at the University of Minnesota and became boarded in anesthesia in 1993. In order to improve her ability to manage critical cases, Dr. Quandt then completed a second residency in small animal emergency and critical care and became boarded in small animal emergency and critical care in 2007.

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Internal Medicine

Peter Chapman, BVetMed (Hons), DECVIM-CA, DACVIM, MRCVS

Dr. Chapman completed his veterinary degree, internship, and residency at the Royal Veterinary College before moving to the USA and taking a position at the University of Pennsylvania in 2003. Since 2009, he has practiced veterinary internal medicine at BluePearl in Levittown, Pennsylvania, where he is also the medical director. He is interested in all aspects of internal medicine – especially endocrine and hematologic disease. In addition to his clinical duties, he is on the examination committee of the ECVIM, director of the residency program at VSEC, and has published and lectured extensively on various internal medicine topics. He lives in the Philadelphia suburbs where the lives of his wife, two children, Brittany, and cat revolve around the desires of their rescued YorkiePoo.

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Ophthalmology

Shelby Reinstein, DVM, MS, DACVO

Dr. Shelby Reinstein, MS, DACVO is a board-certified ophthalmologist residing in the beautiful area of Bucks County, Pennsylvania. Dr. Reinstein obtained her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine and Master of Science degrees from Kansas State University and completed her fellowship and residency in Ophthalmology at The Matthew J. Ryan Veterinary Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Reinstein spent 7 years in clinical practice at a large, multi-specialty hospital, during which time she provided care to thousands of pets, performing hundreds of vision-saving surgeries. Dr. Reinstein has a passion for continuing education lecturing nationally and internationally. Dr. Reinstein also recently published the Guide to Clinical Ophthalmology, a handbook for general practitioners. She writes articles for Clinician’s Brief, Today’s Veterinary Practice, and is the ophthalmology consultant for the #1 provider of online veterinary continuing education, VETgirl.

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Surgery

Chris Ralphs, DVM, DACVS

Dr. Chris Ralphs, DACVS grew up in Hatfield Pennsylvania, a small town whose only real claim to fame is a pork processing plant (100% Hatfield is 100% good!). This led him to assiduously avoid porcine medicine when he graduated from Cornell University in 1998. He did a one-year internship at Darien Animal Hospital (now VREC) in Norwalk Connecticut. After discovering that an inability to write legibly does not necessarily mean you can’t do surgery well, he did a surgical internship at Gulf Coast Veterinary Specialists in Houston, TX where he, among other dubious honors, won the Class D championship in curling. From there he moved to Minnesota for a small animal surgery residency were learned to enjoy ice fishing, cross country skiing, and other cold-weather sports… and also some surgery. He met his wife Kristen while there (she was an intern- scandalous!) and in 2003 they moved to Pittsburg together where he practiced at Pittsburg Veterinary Specialists for three years. With the birth of his first daughter, they moved to Rhode Island where Chris took a job at Ocean State Veterinary Hospital.

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Dentistry and Oral Surgery

Christopher Snyder, DVM, DAVDC

Chris Snyder became a Diplomat of the American Veterinary Dental College in 2009 and is currently Clinical Associate Professor and Residency Director of the Dentistry and Oral Surgery Service at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine. He has been recognized as a Founding Fellow, AVDC Oral, and Maxillofacial Surgery. Dr. Snyder has authored journal articles, textbook chapters and has lectured nationally and internationally. He prides himself on the dentistry and oral surgery education he provides to students at the University of Wisconsin and the residents he has successfully mentored in the specialty. Dr. Snyder’s academic and research interests include maxillofacial trauma and reconstruction, oral surgery, and creating innovative techniques in veterinary dental education.

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Clinical Pathology

Leslie Sharkey, DVM, DACVP, PhD

Leslie received her DVM, Ph.D., and clinical pathology residency training at Ohio State University. She spent two years in small animal primary care and emergency practice in Burlington, VT before spending 5 on the faculty at Tufts University. Leslie served on the faculty at the University of Minnesota for 15 years before rejoining Tufts as a clinical pathologist and department chair of clinical sciences. She currently continues to participate in outreach through the Tufts at Tech Community Veterinary Clinic in Worcester, MA, and with the University of Minnesota Student Initiative for Reservation Veterinary Services. She spends several weeks a year at the University of Florida providing clinical services at their hospital and training their residents. Her scholarly interests include critical evaluation of the diagnostic utility of cytology and advances in coagulation testing. She lives in Shrewsbury Massachusetts with three other veterinarians, 4 cats, 3 dogs, 11 chickens, and a rescue guinea pig.

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Anesthesia

Rachel Bassett, CVT, VTS (AA)

Dermatology

Kim Horne, AAS, CVT, VTS

Amy Johnson, BS, LVT, RLATG, CVJ

Amy graduated from Bel-Rea Institute’s Veterinary Technician Program in 2000 after receiving her BS in biology from the University of Nebraska in 1996. Amy worked as a veterinary assistant and receptionist while going through school and after graduation, she worked in small animal emergency and general practices and in university research labs. Amy realized very quickly into her veterinary technician career that education was the route she wanted to go and began by spending 13 years teaching veterinary technician students in two different on-site programs, wrote a textbook, authored and taught continuing education courses online, and did curriculum consulting. Amy then left the classroom for not-for-profit education, running the Learning Department at the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) and then more recently becoming an Education Development Specialist for Patterson Veterinary Supply’s Patterson Veterinary University. Amy has had the opportunity to write courses, magazine articles, blogs, and speak at national conferences. Amy is passionate about the veterinary profession and its future. She loves working in education, training, and public out-reach and strongly believes in her profession and wants to pass that passion along to future veterinary technicians, educators, and animal owners as well as stress the importance of the veterinary technician in veterinary medicine. Amy lives in the mountains outside of Denver, where she enjoys all that Colorado outdoors has to offer with her husband, son, three dogs, and three cats. Amy is an avid hiker, paddleboarder, and photographer. On the weekends you can find her out on the trails capturing wildlife and landscapes with her camera or camping by an alpine lake.

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Internal Medicine

Julie Churchill, DVM, PhD, DACVIM

Internal Medicine

Jennifer Granick, DVM, PhD, DACVIM

Reproduction

Peggy Root Kustritz, DVM, PhD, DACT


Proceedings

Included with your registration, VETgirl provides you with a printed copy of all the proceedings which will be distributed during conference check-in.

Weren’t able to attend VETgirl U in 2021?

Purchase your copy here.


Now Available On-Demand

Missed previous VETgirl U conferences, but don’t want to miss the clinically relevant TED-talk lectures? All of the practical VETgirl U lectures from both the 2018 and 2021 live event are available on-demand. Whether you are a member or a non-member, you can get them now and earn yourself 20 hrs of RACE-approved CE.

Overall, I thought the conference was excellent. Great speakers with practical tips. Great food. Awesome amenities for working moms. Nice exhibit hall and loved the job focus (eg headshots, resume review). I will definitely attend again.

- VGU21 Attendee

Experience

A Conference for Doers and Dreamers

Exhibitors & Sponsors

Connect With Industry Partners

Exhibit Schedule

8/26 | 8AM – 5PM

8/27 | 8AM – 5PM

8/28 | 8AM – 5PM

Exhibitor Badges/Registration/
Each exhibitor will be given two exhibitor badges for the conference. Additional exhibitor badges can be purchased for $100/person. Exhibitors are welcome to attend the evening events; however, please note that tickets for Thursday’s opening gala must be purchased at $100/person/event. Exhibitors may not attend the lectures due to space constraints, nor will CE credits be allowed unless registered for the conference as an attendee. If interested in obtaining CE credits, a full conference pass will need to be purchased at $699/person. Please email info@vetgirlontherun.com with any questions.

Amenities/Meals
Each day will begin with either complimentary breakfast or a sponsored breakfast talk. If you would like to have your booth open earlier than scheduled exhibit hall hours, you are welcome to start at 7 AM. Lunch will be served each day for attendees from approximately 12-1 PM. Food will be served in the International Ballroom (exhibit hall) and/or International Ballroom Foyer. An exhibitor-only lounge will also be available nearby. Coffee/tea, a light breakfast, and lunch will also be served there for the exhibitors.


Thank you to our exhibitors

Connect with 45 industry partners between sessions. Shop and explore exhibits while on your downtime or stop and say hello during the networking reception Friday night.

Booth #

Exhibitor

TBD

Animal Emergency & Referral Center of Minnesota

TBD

BluePearl Veterinary Partners

TBD

IndeVet

TBD

Lap of Love

TBD

Mila International

Booth #

Exhibitor

TBD

National Veterinary Associates (NVA)

TBD

O'Brien Veterinary Group

TBD

Scratch Pay

TBD

Zoetis

Booth #

Exhibitor

TBD

Animal Emergency & Referral Center of Minnesota

TBD

BluePearl Veterinary Partners

TBD

IndeVet

TBD

Lap of Love

TBD

Mila International

TBD

National Veterinary Associates (NVA)

TBD

O'Brien Veterinary Group

TBD

Scratch Pay

TBD

Zoetis

Interested in becoming an exhibitor/sponsor?

Veterinary Industry Partners – looking for more information about exhibiting or sponsorship in 2022? Click here for our conference brochure!


Thank you to our 2022 sponsors

9 out of 10

Attendees plan to attend another VGU event in the future

Safety Guidelines

Your health and safety are our utmost priority

Please know that both the VETgirl team and the Radisson Blu will:

  • Adhere to the health and safety protocols set by the CDC
  • Follow all city and state mandates
  • Provide enhanced onsite hygiene and cleanliness
  • Ensure easily accessible hand sanitizing stations
  • Request all participants wear masks and adhere to the Events Industry Council’s Meeting and Events Code of Conduct

Prior to the show, we request the following:

  • Please review the guidelines provided by the CDC and the World Health Organization.
  • Please abide by all government-issued travel restrictions and guidance when traveling.
  • If you, your guest, or any members of your party are feeling sick, have had any exposure to COVID-19, or are experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms, please stay home. Contact us and we will work with you regarding the transfer of your registration.
  • Please bring hand sanitizer, although we will have this available in multiple locations.
  • Bring your own PPE – we request an approved face covering to be worn by all attendees at all times with the exception of eating, drinking, and lecturing. Please make sure these securely cover your nose and mouth and are in compliance with CDC guidance. Masks with exhaust valves, bandanas, balaclavas, ski masks, scarves, single layer neck gaiters, or masks with holes, slits, punctures, or mesh are not accepted. Face shields and goggles alone are not permitted but can be worn in addition to a mask.
  • Please bring proof of vaccination status, if you have been vaccinated.

On-site at VETgirl U and the Radisson Blu:

  • Please follow everyday preventative actions to help mitigate any spread of respiratory viruses including:
    • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds!
    • Please hand sanitize with an alcohol-based sanitizer & 60% alcohol.
  • Please wear your mask at all events, if required.
  • Please seek medical attention immediately at any time if you feel unwell or are experiencing flu-like or COVID-like symptoms.
  • As we may have touchless temperature screening, please allow for extra time as needed.
  • Please note that by attending VETgirl U, you are agreeing to this.

Post-conference:
To allow for appropriate contact tracing and advice of medical professionals, if you test positive for COVID-19 up to 14 days after returning home, please contact us.