Staff Continuing Education

Cats at Home strives to remain current with advances in Feline Veterinary Care and Treatment options.  We are proud of our staff and their dedication to ongoing continuing education opportunities and feel that reporting it here will help to keep our clients and others aware of our efforts.  You will find periodic entries for staff members here listing their most recent courses that they participated in.

Dr. Thompson: Continuing Education:

February 2014  Otitis Externa for the Practitioner

November 2014 Advanced Topics in Feline Medicine

This was a nine week course focused on the topics of ophthalmology, hypercalcemia/calcitriol, chronic kidney disease, Feline lower urinary tract disease, stomatitis and tooth resorption, pain modifying modalities, emerging infectious diseases, and pediatric care and management.

June 2015 Small Animal Cytology in Practice

This course was particularly interesting because Cats at Home does quite a few ultrasound guided biopsies and this course developed skills in reading the tissue slides collected before we submit them to a pathologist to make sure we are sending truly diagnostic material for their investigation.

May 1-3 2015 Continu-Ed Feline Symposium

This conference covered topics including updates on practice management, behaviours, emergency and critical care, dentistry, ophthalmology, urology, dermatology, and pain management.

April-June 2015 VIN Course Cytology Collaborative Evaluation of Small Animal Cytology

May 2015 ContinuEd Feline Review Feline Practice Management, Behaviour, Emergency/Critical Care, Toxicology, Advanced Dentistry, Ophthamology,Urology, Dermatology, Pain Management.

July 2015 ContinuEd Cancer Management in Small Animals Course

August-October 2015  Advanced Topics in Feline Medicine.  Dr. Thompson completed This annual course for the third year in a row (2013,2014,2015).

July 25,2017-September 15,2017  Topics in Feline Medicine 2017

December 2017

Dr. Thompson recently completed an advanced course in Feline Dentistry covering periodontal disease, tooth resorption, oral cancer and autoimmune disease.  Advanced surgical techniques for complicated extractions and subgingival crown amputation with intentional root retention was a major focus.  A great deal of dental surgery is performed at Cats at Home and Dr. Thompson found this to be an excellent refresher course with exposure to the most recent opinions in the field.

Anica Burianyk: our RAHT has been participating in continuing education programs.

Feeding Tubes-Complications and Maintenance, November/December 2015, VIN

Fundamentals of Small Animal Anaesthesia Module I completed in March of 2016.  Fundamentals of Small Animal Anaesthesia Module II completed in May 2016.  Anica also completed Module I in Feline Infectious Diseases in May 2016.

July 27,2017 Moving through the ranks: Tech to Supervisor

Leslie Jones: our Head Receptionist, has also completed the Module I in Feline Infectious Diseases May 2016.

Tara Schneider: our VOA Technician has been with us since 2008.

Feeding Tubes-Complications and Maintenance, November/December 2015

She has just completed an international intensive course to achieve this
diploma (with Distinction) from The Animal Study Centre, Douglas England.  The diploma covers the area of “Feline Behaviour and Psychology – Level 3. Congratulations to Tara.




Joyce Ma:  Following her graduation from Simon Fraser University Student, Joyce decided to pursue her Animal Health Technology degree at Thompson Rivers University.  She has completed her first year and will be entering her final year this september.  We wish her all the luck to pursue her dream.