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Virtual PVMA Meeting & CE

 Export to Your Calendar 11/12/2020
When: Thursday, November 12, 2020
7:00 PM
Where: Zoom
United States
Contact: Cristina Keef

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“What Pain?!”:  Adjusting to the Opioid Crisis.


The talk will begin with a brief mention of the “evolution” of the current opioid crisis/epidemic leading to opioid shortages – “THE ANALGESICS” of choice by most.  Attendees will be reminded of “this thing called PAIN”; understanding different types of pain – not all the same treatment.  The talk will conclude with a discussion on the veterinary team’s responsibility/flexibility in adjusting to the current opioid shortage with suggestions of different drugs and modalities.


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


Donna M. Sisak has been a licensed veterinary nurse specialist in anesthesia/analgesia for 14 years; she has worked in the veterinary profession for 35 years. Her clinical experience includes general practice, academia and currently specialty medicine.    Upon graduating from Harcum College, Bryn Mawr, PA in 1991 – she began her career at the University of Pennsylvania Veterinary Hospital, Phila PA as a ICU/general ward nurse.  In 1995 Donna transferred to the anesthesia department in pursuit of learning more about a lifelong interest – anesthesia/analgesia.  It was during this time Donna was bitten by the teaching “bug”.  


During 2000 – 2008 Donna became Department Supervisor of Harcum College veterinary nursing students’ two-week clinical anesthesia rotation in addition to teaching an 8 week fundamentals of anesthesia/analgesia course to second year nursing students at Harcum College; during this time, she was the recipient of the Veterinary Teaching Award for six consecutive years.


In the spring of 2008, Donna pursued her professional interests in specialty medicine in the Pacific Northwest where she has been a member of Seattle Veterinary Specialists in Kirkland, WA.  Her role at SVS has been as an anesthesia/analgesia specialist –performing and training anesthesia/analgesia – in addition to other aspects of veterinary medicine-  to all in house staff and the local veterinary community.


In February 2017, Donna became a member of the Aratana Technician Council of Experts (ACTE) Pain Board. As of 2020 she will continue her work with ELANCO educating and advocating for safe anesthetic/analgesic care.


Her lecture experience includes IVECCS, AVMA, AAHA, ACVC, NJVMA, Annual Penn Conference, WSVMA, Annual SVS Spring Symposium, and local/in-house CE events


Her passion for the profession/patients and teaching make her a great champion for veterinary nurses and patients.



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