Veterinary Technician

WVC 90th Annual Conference

(VT61) Beating the 'Bugs': Sterilization Is Instrumental

Wednesday, March 7
8:00 AM - 8:50 AM
MBCC, Banyan, Level 3

CE Credits: 1

General Veterinary Technician Session: The responsibility of surgical instrument care is often thrust upon veterinary technicians. During this 1-hour presentation, learn the science behind and importance of proper surgical instrument processing, including the role of ultrasonic cleaning devices and appropriate use of steam sterilization. Various methods to assure quality control during the sterilization process are also discussed in detail. This information is beneficial for those wanting to ensure they are following industry standards regarding proper sterilization practices, or interested in pursuing a surgical specialty through the Academy of Veterinary Surgical Technicians. Lecture content identical to AVST Advanced Surgical Skills: Surgical Instrument Care and Sterilization.

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Heidi Reuss-Lamky

Surgery Technician
Academy of Veterinary Surgical Technicians

Heidi Reuss-Lamky, LVT, VTS (Anesthesia/Analgesia, Surgery), FFCP, has been affiliated with Oakland Veterinary Referral Services in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan since 2006.

She has extensive experience in general practice, and since 1993 has devoted her technical expertise to the surgical department of specialty hospitals. She became certified in anesthesia through the Academy of Veterinary Technicians in Anesthesia and Analgesia in 2003, and served 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 charter member of the Academy of Veterinary Surgical Technicians and is currently serving in the president’s role. She has a special interest in veterinary behavior medicine and earned her Fear Free Certification in November 2017. She also sits on the editorial review board for Today’s Veterinary Nurse Journal.


She has lectured at national and international veterinary meetings and written numerous papers on anesthesia and surgical-related topics while incorporating Fear Free handling techniques whenever possible. She authored chapter 11 in Susan Bryant’s Anesthesia for Veterinary Technicians, published in 2010, and most recently published an article entitled ‘Keys to Successful High-Level Disinfection and Sterilization Processes, in the January/February 2017 issue of Today’s Veterinary Technician. She was also honored to receive the 2013 NAVC Dr. Jack L. Mara Memorial Lecturer award.

She 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.

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