Just Breathe: Respiratory Emergencies (1263)
Veterinary Technology |  Emergency/Critical Care
Saturday |  8:00 AM -  8:50 AM
Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center||212A




Kenichiro Yagi BS, RVT, VTS (ECC, SAIM)
Adobe Animal Hospital

Kenichiro Yagi, BS, RVT, VTS (ECC, SAIM) is a veterinary technician in the field for 16 years. He is a UC Davis graduate with a bachelor's degree in Animal Science and pursuing a master's degree in Biomedical Sciences with an emphasis in Veterinary Medicine and Surgery at the University of Missouri. He is currently employed at Adobe Animal Hospital in Los Altos as the ICU Manager and the Blood Bank Manager. He is an instructor at Foothill College and VSPN, and is the ECC trainer for PetED Veterinary Education and Training Resources. He serves as a board member for the Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society and the Veterinary Innovation Council, the treasurer for the Academy of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Technicians, and the NAVTA State Representative Committee Chairperson. He has published textbook chapters and articles and speaks internationally on topics in critical care, transfusion medicine, respiratory care, evidence-based medicine and critical care nursing. Ken invites everyone to ask the question of 'Why?' to understand the reasons behind the 'What' and 'How' of our field.

Presentation Info

CE Credit(s): 1.00
CE Level: 2


Respiratory distress and/or failure are one of the most common emergencies seen in veterinary medicine. When a patient presents in respiratory distress, the technician’s ability to quickly and accurately assess the problem and provide appropriate emergency intervention is vital to a positive outcome. The various types of respiratory emergencies and their pathophysiology, concepts in assessing oxygenation and ventilation status, and methods of treatment will be discussed. There are various tools, both low and high tech, at our disposal. Attendees will be given opportunities to view videos of patients in respiratory distress, participate in the discussion of concerns in each case and appropriate interventions. Use your hands, eyes, ears, and monitoring equipment to assess your patients!

Learning Objectives

1. Recognize respiratory emergencies through clinical signs

2. Learn to employ emergency interventions to treat a respiratory patient

3. Understand the pathophysiology behind types of respiratory compromise

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