John E. Fetzer Center @Western Michigan University
2251 Business Ct
Kalamazoo, MI 49008
October 16th, 2021
Registration: 7:30am - 8:30am
Sessions: 8:30am - 4:00pm
Lunch Break: 11:20am - 1:00pm *lunch will be provided
Complimentary parking is available directly adjacent to the Fetzer Center building in parking lot 72F. This specific parking lot on Western Michigan University campus is dedicated for Fetzer Center guest. Lot 72F has ample handicap accessible parking spaces available as well. View map
Our virtual conference is made possible using the accelevents platform. Virtual attendees will need to create a login through accelevents website before the day of the conference. Details will be sent to attendees after registering.
All sessions will be broadcast live on the day of the event AND will be available to access for 30 days following the conference.
Are you not available on October 16th? Choose the virtual option and you will have 30 days to complete your courses to receive your RACE-approved CE credits.*.
*maximum of 6 CE credits available for virtual attendees.
Registration begins on August 1st. Registration rates are listed below.
You must provide your state license number during registration in order to receive your CE credits.
You can register online, by mail*, or in-person on the day of the event.
If mailing your registration please send your completed form and check to:
Michigan Association of Veterinary Technicians
5119 Highland Rd
PO Box #290
Waterford, MI 48327
*All mail-in registrations must be postmarked by October 1st. Please do not send cash in the mail.
Credit Card- After completing your registration online you will be prompted to continue to our Square Account where you can complete your credit card transaction. Follow the registration screens.
Check- Checks can be submitted via mail to our PO Box listed above. All mail registrations must be postmarked by October 1st.
Cash- Please do not send cash in the mail. We will be accepting cash payments on the day of the event during registration. Exact cash is appreciated.
If you have any questions or concerns please contact our treasurer by email firstname.lastname@example.org
MAVT has partnered with two local hotels to provide accommodations for those attendees traveling from out of town. These rooms are available for the night of Friday, October 15th. Availability is limited.
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Kalamazoo West
1315 Westgate Drive
Kalamazoo, MI 49009
Room block code is: MVT
Code can be entered into the block code section on the IHG website or the IHG app
Rooms are available to reserve until September 23rd
Comfort Inn Wings Stadium
1550 E. Kilgore Road
Kalamazoo, MI 49001
discount deadline is 10/01/2021
Registrations may be cancelled for a full refund less $50, if submitted in writing to email@example.com by October 1, 2021
Ms. Heidi Reuss-Lamky graduated from Michigan State University’s Veterinary Technology Program in 1984. She has extensive experience in general practice, and since 1993 has devoted her technical expertise to the surgical department of specialty hospitals. She has been affiliated with Oakland Veterinary Referral Services in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, since 2006.
Heidi became certified through the Academy of Veterinary Technicians in Anesthesia and Analgesia in 2003, and sat on the credentials committee from 2005 to 2009. She served in the president’s role on the Executive Board of the Michigan Association of Veterinary Technicians from 2007 to 2009. She was a member of the editorial review board for Today’s Veterinary Nurse Journal from 2015 to 2020. She was also a charter member of the Academy of Veterinary Surgical Technicians, and currently sits on the executive board. She has a special interest in veterinary behavior medicine and achieved Fear Free Elite status in 2020.
Heidi is an ardent advocate for the veterinary technology profession, and serves as a consultant for many allied veterinary industries. She is also a member of the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America Committee on Veterinary Technician Specialties.
Heidi is a prolific author and lecturer, presenting anesthesia, surgical nursing, surgical instrument sterilization, and Fear Free-related topics at veterinary meetings worldwide. She most recently published “Locoregional Anesthesia for Small Animal Patients” in Today’s Veterinary Nurse Journal (formerly Today’s Veterinary Technician Journal), (Summer 2020). She was also honored to receive the 2013 NAVC Dr. Jack L. Mara Memorial Lecturer award.
Heidi currently shares her home with her husband, Bryan, and 3 dogs, 2 cats, an African grey parrot and pond koi. In her spare time she enjoys horseback riding, gardening, travel, lecturing, and quenching her never-ending thirst for knowledge.
Jordin Tillison LVT, VTS (ECC), CWR has been in the field for 28 years. She has been an LVT since 2003, and received her Veterinary Technician Specialty in Emergency and Critical Care in 2011. In 2009 she became a Certified Wildlife Rehabilitator. She has experience in general practice, animal health distribution, learning and development, referral specialty/emergency critical care, Certified Level 1 Trauma Center, VetCot Certified Emergency/Critical Care Facility, ICU Coordinator, Emergency Critical Care Technician, Student Internship Coordinator, Infection Control Board Member, and Blood Bank Coordinator. Her interests include blood banking and transfusion medicine, as well as peritoneal dialysis and critical care medicine. Currently she speaks nationally, locally, at colleges to veterinary technician students, as well as performing CE courses at animal hospitals locally. She has been published in MAVT, RVT, local publications, and continues to perform speaking engagements and written publications. She is currently on the board to establish the Academy of Transfusion Medicine and Blood Bank Technicians as a technician specialty. She has also been on AVECCTs’ Nursing Care Standards Committee. She is a member of NAVTA (National Association of Veterinary Technicians of America), AVECCT (Academy of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Technicians), VECCS (Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society), ISDVMA (International Sled Dog Veterinary Medical Association), AVHTM (Academy of Veterinary Hematology and Transfusion Medicine), and IAVBB (International Association of Veterinary Blood Banks). She is a part of the veterinary medical team at CanAm Crown Dog Sled Race annually and in her free time she enjoys camping, backpacking, hiking, knitting and spending time with her family.
Early Bird Registration (August 1st-August 15th)
Standard Registration (August 16th-September 30th)
Late Registration (October 1st-October 16th)
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