july, 2022

31jul8:00 am5:00 pm2022 UC Irvine Conti SymposiumCurrent Concepts and Controversies in Immunology and Disorders of the Immune System

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Current Concepts and Controversies in Immunology and Disorders of the Immune System

**Approved for 6 hours of California Statutory CEU**

Masks are REQUIRED

UCI will enforce a universal masking policy effective Monday, July 18. All individuals on campus will be required to wear a mask or face covering while indoors, regardless of vaccination status.

DVM Track


Dr. Steven Dow, DVM, PhD

Lecture: New Tools for Managing Immune-Mediated Diseases

Lecture: Incorporating Immunotherapy in the Management of Infectious Diseases

Bio: Dr. Dow received his DVM from the University of Georgia and completed a residency in small animal internal medicine at Colorado State University. He then completed a PhD program in Comparative Pathology in the laboratory of Ed Hoover at Colorado State University. After that, Dr. Dow completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the National Jewish Center in the laboratory of Dr. Terry Potter, before joining the faculty of the Department of Clinical Sciences at CSU in 2002. He is currently a professor of immunology in the DCS and the director of the Center for Immune and Regenerative Medicine at CSU.


Dr. Michael R. Lappin, DVM, PhD, DACVIM

Lecture: Is it immune or infectious? What trials to consider when both are on the list

Lecture: Is it immune or infectious? Differentiating infectious from immune diseases

Lecture: Case Discussions: Challenging Immune Deficiency Cases (joint session with Dr. Steven Dow, DVM, PhD)

Lecture: Case Discussions: Challenging Inflammatory and Autoimmune Cases (joint session with Dr. Steven Dow, DVM, PhD)

Dr. Lappin is a Professor of Infectious Disease in the Department of Clinical Sciences. His laboratory studies immune responses to vaccination against respiratory viruses in cats, as well as immune responses to feline vaccines. He also oversees a large diagnostic service for feline infectious agents, including Toxoplasma gondii, Bartonella, Ehrlichia and others. Current areas of investigation include mechanisms of transmission of Hemoplasma spp, therapies for rickettsial diseases, and companion animals as carriers of drug-resistant staphylococci. Lappin is also Director of Shelter Medicine and investigates disease outbreaks and management in shelter settings.


Veterinary Team Members Track


Theresa Cosper-Roberts, RVT

Lecture: Overview of the Immune System

Lecture: Evans Syndrome

Bio: Theresa Cosper-Roberts is a Registered Veterinary Technician in the state of Louisiana. She worked as an instructor of veterinary technology for several programs. She is the CEO and senior consultant for National Veterinary Solutions, an organization providing consultations and training services tailored to veterinary technicians, students, and assistants.

Theresa is also the Junior Surgery Teaching Laboratory Manager at the LSU School of Veterinary medicine, where she has twice been appointed to the dean’s merit honor roll as an instructor of clinical skills, the only technician to ever obtain that distinction/honor.

Mandy Helton, BAS, RVTg, VTS (ECC)

Lecture: Anaphylaxis: Why it is not a typical “allergic reaction”

Lecture: When the immune system is overrun: Understanding sepsis and secondary complications

Bio: Mandy is an RVT and VTS in emergency and critical care who works at a specialty practice in Ventura, California, where she is the training supervisor. Mandy earned her VTS in 2017 and has been in veterinary medicine since 2009. Mandy was in the US Navy prior to veterinary medicine. Mandy enjoys teaching, and has a passion for critical care cases such as distributive shock cases, polytraumas, cardio-respiratory cases, and neonatal and pediatric cases. In her free time she is an avid runner, and takes her eight year old border collie, “Whisper,” on runs and hikes regularly

Yvonne Brandenberg, RVT, VTS (Internal Medicine- Small Animal)

Lecture: Immune Mediated Polyarthritis: Shifting Lameness

Lecture: Food Intolerance: Understanding the Immune Response

Bio: Yvonne Brandenburg, RVT, VTS (Internal Medicine – Small Animal) is a Registered Veterinary Technician in the state of California and obtained her Veterinary Technician Specialist designation in 2016. She has worked for SAGE Veterinary Centers since 2012 in the internal medicine department and is currently a Clinical Learning and Development Specialist for them. She was the 2021 President of the Academy of Internal Medicine for Veterinary Technicians. 

Yvonne is an author and a speaker at both local and international conferences, as well as a co-host of the Internal Medicine For Vet Techs Podcast. She has presented on subjects related to small animal internal medicine at various conferences and continuing education providers. 

Yvonne is also the Founder and Head of Education for Internal Medicine For Vet Techs and its Membership where she provides RACE-approved continuing education and a community for technicians around the world. 



Limited to first 150 DVM enrollees, first 120 VTM enrollees

CaRVTA, IVVTA, & SCVMA members prior to July 15, 2022: FREE
NON-member technicians prior to July 15, 2022: $50
NON-member and CARVTA, IVVTA or SCVMA Members after July 15 $150
There will be a $50.00 fee charged to individuals that RSVP and fail to attend or fail to cancel by July 20, 2022


(Sunday) 8:00 am - 5:00 pm


UC Irvine, Irvine CA


Allyne Moon, RVT, CCFPmembershipdesk@scvma.org 5576 Corporate Ave, Cypress, CA 90630

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