Sunday, March 29th, 2020
Fairmont Hotel – San Jose, CA

Registration NOW OPEN!

Welcome to our 21st Annual Small Animal Symposium!

This website is a one-stop shop where exhibitors and attendees can register, learn more about the sessions, and find information to help you make the most of your day at the Symposium.

We have arranged a full day of courses for veterinarians, technicians, assistants, client services coordinators, and practice leaders that delivers the most current research available. We have also invited exhibitors from across the United States to share their products and services with you, so please plan to stop by their booths during breaks.

By the end of the day, you will have earned 7 CE credits. You’ll have new information about products and services that can make a difference in your practices. And you’ll have met dozens of animal lovers just like you. Our goal is to provide a getaway from work and commitments, and give you a place to network, learn, and hopefully have some fun. This event is for you! Enjoy all it has to offer!


Symposium Schedule 

Ultrasound Lab

Using live dogs, this lab illustrates the principles for imaging normal abdominal structures, such as the  liver, gallbladder, spleen, kidneys, stomach, and urinary bladder via ultrasonography. 

  • Who Can Attend: DVM’s
  • Four Instructors 
  • Four Stations 
  • Cost: $750
  • 4 CE Credits 
  • Course Level: Beginner to Intermediate


Limited Enrollment Sessions

ECG Interpretation

Attendees will leave this session with increased confidence in their ability to interpret an ECG.  Identification of various arrhythmias will be discussed, as well as how and why they occur and potential treatment options.

  • Speaker: Karl Alon, AS, RVT, VTS (ECC)
  • Cost: Free – limited seats available
  • CE Credits: 1
  • Who can attend: RVT’s and non-clinical staff, Practice Managers


Getting the Most From Your Cytology 

When is cytology the correct test?  How should I prepare my sample?  What am I seeing?  Attendees will leave this session with the answers to these important questions.

  • Speaker: Dr. Johanna Rigas, DVM, MS, DACVP
  • Cost: Free – limited seats available
  • CE Credits: 1
  • Who can attend: DVM’s, RVT,’s  and non-clinical staff, Practice Managers


RECOVER BLS Rescuer Certification

During this Basic Life Support (BLS) CPR workshop participants will perform several exercises on mannequins, to learn the essential skills needed for delivery of high quality BLS, followed by an assessment to ascertain everyone’s competency. At completion of this course attendees will be BLS Rescuer Certified. 



This workshop will cover the proper application of several types of bandages and splints to the torso and limbs. Attendees will have the opportunity to practice the application of each bandage discussed on the mannequins provided.

  • Speaker: Celia ValVerde, DVM, DACVS
  • Cost: Free
  • CE Credits: 2
  • Who can attend: DVM’s, RVT’s and non-clinical staff, Practice Managers

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What Attendees Say About Our Lectures

“Exactly the information that I have been looking for and unable to find. Really appreciated this lecture.”

“I totally appreciated the speaker’s subject matter and her research. I have been wondering about these old dog tremors for years.”

“The talks gave me insight that I can use for future patients (and myself).”

“Very funny and engaging speaker… lots of pithy and memorable tidbits!”

“Great speaker! I attended several of his presentations and found each one very interesting.”

“Great speaker – she’s one of my favorites. Always entertaining with many takeaways.”

Join Us at This Year’s Sage Symposium