CAVMRC Course Instructors and Descriptions

This training course is being held at the Hyatt Regency Sonoma Wine Country in Santa Rosa. CAVMRC members will receive 7.5 CEUs.

Dorrie Black, DVM, MPVM, DACVECC
After completing both her DVM and MPVM degrees at UC Davis and her small animal internship in San Diego, Dr. Black went east to train in the field of veterinary emergency and critical care medicine at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. She is a board-certified emergency and critical care specialist. Her special areas of interest include respiratory diseases, coagulation disorders, and antimicrobial therapy. Dr. Black is widely published and speaks frequently on emergency and critical care topics.


8:05 AM – 9:00 AM

Traumatic Injuries/Triage
The key to successful management of disaster sites with multiple patients and possible mass causalities is a step-by-step procedure and rapid determination of life-threatening problems. This is accomplished by mastering the art of triage. Triage is a method of addressing the medical needs of acutely injured patients in a limited resource environment. During this session, we will review the key elements of triage and how to apply them to variable situations.

9:15 AM – 10:15 AM

Fire-related Injuries: Burn Assessment
Burn assessment, nines, sedation/ anesthesia choices and cleaning/ debridement.

10:30 AM – 11:30 AM

Fire-related Injuries: Burn Dressings
Burn dressings, topicals, bandaging (bandaging frequency), pain control options.

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

Disease Outbreaks in Temporary Shelters
This session will include discussion of prevention, identification, and treatment of common infectious diseases such as respiratory infections, Parvovirus, and distemper. Appropriate triage and assessment of incoming patients is paramount to disease control. We’ll discuss ideas for intake protocols to prevent introduction of infectious disease, as well as methods of instituting isolation protocols if infectious disease is identified.

Elizabeth Colleran, DVM, MS, DABVP (Feline Specialist)

Dr. Colleran is a board-certified feline specialist and teaches feline medicine around the world. She is a published author and frequent contributor to several peer-reviewed publications. Dr. Colleran has been a media spokesperson on a number of feline topics for communication campaigns and has mentored many aspiring feline practitioners. Her next book for veterinarians, “The Senior Cat: Medicine and Management in the Golden Years” (working title) will be published in 2020.


2:20 PM – 3:10 PM

Cats and Crisis
A full appreciation of the way in which cats react to our environment depends upon an understanding of the stimuli they can actually perceive and what importance they ascribe to the experience. Learning to manage cats successfully in an emergency requires an understanding of the cats’ unique sensory experience, how important a sense of place is to territorial animals, how they think and feel about strangers, and other novel experiences.

Grant Miller, DVM
Dr. Grant Miller serves as the Director of Regulatory Affairs for the California Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA). As director, Dr. Miller assists California veterinary professionals with compliance issues and regulatory matters involving various local, state, and federal agencies. In addition, Dr. Miller heads the CAVMRC, a volunteer organization devoted to assisting animals with sheltering and veterinary care during disasters and emergencies.



3:30 PM – 5:00 PM

Deployment in the CAVMRC
This session provides an overview of how deployment works in the CAVMRC and provides clarification as to what CAVMRC volunteers need to do to prepare for and properly respond to a request for deployment.



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