Saturday, December 11

Kristalynn Johnson


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Technician Track

  • Stethoscopes, Cuff and Tracings, Oh My! Cardiac Basics for Technicians

I am Registered Veterinary Technician (Ohio) and State Certified Veterinary Technician (Utah), currently employed with MedVet Utah, in the cardiology department. I have 18 years in the field of veterinary medicine, with emphasis in cardiology, emergency, and critical care. I have also been involved in transfusion medicine and blood products for the last 8 years. My specific interests are in electrocardiography, critical patient care, blood product and administration and advanced venipuncture skills.

Over the years I have had the opportunity to do a lot of in-house trainings for new technicians on these topics and bring new techniques to experienced ones. I have also had the opportunity to mentor the next generation as a science summer camp instructor with the University of Utah. Most recently I have started lecturing for the Utah Society of Veterinary Technicians and Assistants.

When not in scrubs, I am an avid outdoors woman. I enjoy the mountains of Utah, camping, hiking, fishing, and hunting, with my husband and our two English Bull Terriers.

Emily-lone Kinney


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  • Not Just a Drop in the Bucket – Intravenous Fluid Therapy for the Veterinary Technician

  • RECOVER CPR Guidelines: Prepare and Prevent

Emily-Ione Kinney has been in the veterinary field for over 20 years. She graduated with an AAS in Veterinary Technology from Ridgewater College in Minnesota and passed the VTNE in 1999. In 2006 she sat for and passed the Veterinary Technician Specialty exam for Emergency and Critical Care. Over the past 20 years she has worked in general practice, feline specialty, after hours emergency and 24 hour specialty. She has taught at both the associates and bachelors level at Globe University in Woodbury Minnesota as well as Broadview University in Salt Lake City, Utah. She has lectured on the subjects of renal replacement therapy, hyperbaric oxygen therapy, compassion fatigue, poisonous garden plants, and CPR . She has been published on the topic of renal replacement therapy in Veterinary Technician’s Manual for Small Animal Emergency and Critical Care second edition. She is currently the Education Director at Mountain West Veterinary Specialists in Layton Utah.

Her special interests include toxicology, feline emergency care, diabetes mellitus, kidney disease and dialysis, lateral and vertical violence in the veterinary setting, compassion fatigue and trauma.

In her spare time she enjoys reading, gardening and knitting. She also spends her free time desperately trying to make friends with the family of stray cats that currently live with her.

Stephanie Johnson


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  • Going Under: Anesthetic Monitoring for Veterinary Patients

  • Strengthen Your CORE: Steps for Quality Dental Procedures

Stephanie is currently a Veterinary Technician Specialist (VTS) working at BluePearl Veterinary Partners in Salt Lake City, Utah. She started working in the profession in 2006 and graduated from Utah Career College with her Associate of Applied Science degree in Veterinary Technology and credentialed in 2009. Stephanie became a VTS in Dentistry in 2015. She completed her Bachelor’s of Applied Science degree in Veterinary Technology in 2016 with St. Petersburg College of Florida. In 2017, Stephanie became a VTS in Anesthesia/Analgesia. She is currently working on becoming a Certified Veterinary Pain Practitioner (CVPP). Stephanie’s main goals are teaching how high-quality veterinary dentistry improves a patient’s quality of life and how appropriate anesthesia and pain control are vital for all veterinary patients.

C.L. (Chrissy) Fairbanks


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  • Emergency Triage: Where Being the Worst, Means You’re First

I was born and raised on a large Hunter/Jumper horse farm an hour outside of NYC. I grew up training hunt horses and working American Foxhounds so it only felt natural to go to college for something animal-related. I attended Alfred State which is a cooperative extension of Cornell University for Veterinary Technology. I moved to Utah with my Yellow Labrador Retriever and my Korean Jindo Dog in 2015. When not working in the ICU / ER at MedVet Salt Lake City, I can be found riding or racing a bicycle somewhere around the Intermountain West or cooking.