Join CACVT on the Western Slope for a two day event with a focus on Anesthesia and Dentistry! Psssttt...we will also be hosting a bonus social event after the conference on September 25th, including a wine tasting at Restoration Vineyards and charcuterie board! See below for more information. Each day of registration includes coffee, snacks, and lunch! 

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When: Saturday, September 24th, 8:30a-2:30p
Where: Colorado Mountain College- 3000 County Road 114, Glenwood Springs, CO 81601
What: 5 hours of anesthesia lectures
When: Sunday, September 25th, 8:30a- 2:30p
Where: Western Colorado Community College- 2508 Blichmann Ave, Grand Junction, CO 81505
What: 5 hours of dentistry lectures
When: Sunday, September 25th, 3:00p- 5:00p
Where: Restoration Winery
What: Social event with wine tasting and charcuterie


Certified/Associate Members:
Saturday: $80*
Sunday: $80*
*Certified and Associate members get $25 off your registration if attending both days!
Student and Retired Members: 
Saturday: $20
Sunday: $20
Non-CACVT Members: 
Saturday: $120
Sunday: $120
Social Event: 
Members/Non-members: $10


Saturday, September 24th - Colorado Mountain College, Glenwood Springs

1. Anesthesia Equipment & Monitoring (Nicole Giron, CVT, VTS (Anesthesia & Analgesia))- Discover the most useful & amazing patient monitor there is!  (Spoiler alert: it's you!).  Review the physiologic parameters that are affected by sedative, analgesic, & anesthetic drugs.  Learn about monitoring equipment & how it can assist you at being an awesome anesthetist.

2.  Mix It Up: Multimodal Analgesic & Anesthetic Protocols (Nicole Giron, CVT, VTS (Anesthesia & Analgesia))- Discuss what a multimodal analgesic & anesthetic protocol consists of & the benefits of incorporating local or regional analgesics and anesthetics into the plan.  Review why it is important to plan ahead for patient specific concerns when choosing a protocol.

3.  Intubation & Extubation: Techniques & Considerations (Nicole Giron, CVT, VTS (Anesthesia & Analgesia))- Intubation and Extubation are critical periods of anesthesia.  Learn how technique & preparation can make a difference by decreasing complications.

4.  Equine Anesthesia from A to Z (Kristin Merry, RVT, CVT, VTS (Anesthesia & Analgesia))- We will start out with patient evaluation and designing an anesthetic plan, all the way to the recovery period.

Sunday, September 25th - Western Colorado Community College, Grand Junction

Dentistry for the General Practice- Sara Sharp, CVT, VTS (Dentistry)

1.  Recognition of Pathology. This 2 hour section will cover recognition of oral pathology and treatments that can be performed to help save teeth rather than extractions. This will be an overview on not only helping your patients but also making your dental services more profitable for your practice.  

2. The next 2 hour section will be about dental radiography and how to interpret pathology on dental radiography. This will be an interactive lecture with lots of questions during the 2 hour session.  

3. The last hour will cover regional dental nerve blocks. You will learn how and when to do them. Pain management is a big part of Veterinary Dentistry and can also make general anesthesia more safe for our patients.

Sunday, September 25th - Restoration Vineyards Social Event, Grand Junction (3594 E 1/2 Rd, Palisade, CO 81526)

Meet Your Speakers

Nicole Giron, CVT, VTS (Anesthesia & Analgesia)

Nicole is a Colorado native and has been a CVT since 2005. She obtained her VTS in Anesthesia and Analgesia in 2018. Driven by her love for horses, she started her career at an equine referral hospital. She soon decided that she wanted to gain skills in anesthesia and since she also has an appreciation for eyes, she began working at a mixed animal ophthalmology practice. Her desire to learn even more about anesthesia brought her to a small animal specialty hospital. Since then, she has been privileged with being able to work with and be mentored by some of the most amazing and wonderful anesthesiologists. Using the experience she has gained with advanced skills and knowledge in anesthesia and analgesia, she enjoys teaching and creating a positive environment to help others achieve their goals of becoming awesome anesthetists.

Kristin Merry, RVT, CVT, VTS (Anesthesia & Analgesia)

Kristin grew up in Virginia riding horses and collecting as many animals as mom would allow. She continued her riding career and expanded her knowledge of horses through attending Lake Erie College and graduating with a BS in Equine Science. Wanting to explore the medical side a little more, but unsure about Vet School, Kristin applied for and completed the Veterinary Technology program at Cuyahoga Community College.
Kristin's first full time position as an RVT was at Cleveland Clinic in their research surgery department. All the exposure to different species began her interest in anesthesia. She continued with Equine medicine by also working a part time job at The Equine Specialty Hospital in Burton, Ohio. Life soon took her back to Virginia where she was employed at The Marion duPont Scott Equine Medical Center in their Anesthesia department. Kristin pursued her specialty in large animal anesthesia and passed the exam in 2008. After getting married in 2011, her husband was transferred to Denver. She found herself working at a wonderful small animal practice, but a position opened up at Littleton Equine Medical Center that she couldn’t turn down. 
Kristin makes it a point to learn something new from someone else everyday and help teach others about equine anesthesia, the best way she knows how. One of her goals in her career is to make sure equine anesthesia is less intimidating to others and to make sure cases are properly customized to individual patients, not just the type of surgery.
When she's not at work, she enjoys being a mom of twins, Colton and Genevieve, and a wife to her very supportive husband, Rob. They love going on adventures with their dogs, Roxi and Ziva, and visiting family on both coasts. 

Sara Sharp, CVT, VTS (Dentistry)

Sara Sharp graduated from Columbus Technical Institute in 1982. She worked in  an ER and specialty hospital in Akron OH, until moving to Colorado in 1986 where she went to work with a Board Certified Veterinary Dentist in Denver. She worked in just Dentistry for 36 years, while also teaching at Bel Rea Institute until her retirement in 2021. She attained her VTS designation in 2006 and was a Charter member of the Academy of Veterinary Dental Technicians. Sara has lectured for many years for CACVT, AVMA, AAHA and many other organizations. Sara has also been published multiple times in professional journals and books on Dentistry. "Retired" Sara continues to work part time as a client liaison for a dental specialty practice in NC and is beginning a new job with the CVMA as an event planner. In her spare time Sara loves to read, cook, walk her dog, and play with her 1 1/2 yr old grandson, Cedric.