Spring Conference

Guest Speakers

Danielle D. DeCormier


Danielle is currently a Regional Training Partner for BluePearl Specialty + Emergency Pet Hospital. She started her oncology career at BluePearl in 2007. During that time, she became licensed in Michigan in 2013 and then in Virginia in 2016 when she moved to the beach. After finding her passion for oncology, she achieved her Veterinary Technician Specialist designation in 2018.  Her areas of special interest are oncological pharmacology, specifically chemotherapy, and paraneoplastic syndromes. Her other passion is the people in veterinary medicine so she became a Certified Compassion Fatigue Professional in 2018.  She has transitioned from a clinical position and now focuses on training and career development for technicians and assistants. She is the current Director-at-Large for Oncology in AIMVT and lectures nationally on various topics, including chemotherapy, grief, compassion fatigue, and burn out.

Jennifer Larsen

DVM, PhD, Diplomate (Nutrition) of the American College of Veterinary Medicine

Dr. Larsen holds a PhD in Nutritional Biology and a DVM from UC Davis. She attained Diplomate status from the American College of Veterinary Nutrition (which is now the 6th specialty under the ACVIM umbrella), and completed a PhD in Nutritional Biology.

She provides clinical nutritional consulting through the Nutrition Support Service at the UC Davis Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital. She also mentors residents and students, and teaches in the veterinary curriculum as well as for the Graduate Group of Nutritional Biology.

Denise Konetchy

Assistant Professor, Small Ruminant Medicine, University of Idaho

Owner and clinical practitioner of a rural mixed animal veterinary practice. The practice emphasized strategies, of preventative medicine, herd health and client education. In addition I was a temporary instructor at the University of Idaho.

Ann Wortinger

BIS, LVT, VTS (ECC) (SAIM) (Nutrition), Elite FFCP

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 2020 she attained her Elite Fear Free certification.

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. Her fur/feather/fin family consists of 4 resident cats, multiple foster kittens, chickens and a pond full of goldfish ๐Ÿ˜Š.

WSU Speakers

Andy Allen
Large Animal Track
Eduardo Arroyo
Large Animal Track
Ashley Cameron
Large Animal Track
Bonnie Campbell
Small Animal Track

Michela Ciccarelli
Large Animal Track
Beth Davidow
Small Animal Track
Jenifer Gold
Large Animal Track
Sabrina Hoehne
Small Animal Track

Craig McConnel
Large Animal Track
Emilia Terradas-Crespo
Small Animal Track
Laura White
Large Animal Track