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Fall 2018

Fall 2018, Practice Management

The Need for a Standard in Veterinary Technician Credentials

Heather Prendergast RVT, CVPM

Heather has spent over 25 years in small animal practice, teaches veterinary technology and assistance programs, and is the author of Front Office Management for the Veterinary Team. She lectures on topics ranging from grief management for health care professionals to nutrition, inventory, communications, and veterinary team management. She has also written several articles and participated in published roundtable discussions on these topics.

Currently, Heather provides consulting services for veterinary hospitals and is an instructor for Patterson Veterinary University and VetMedTeam. She serves on several advisory committees and is the Program Chair of the Technician Program at the North American Veterinary Conference. Heather was named the 2014 Veterinary Technician of the Year and Continuing Educator of the Year for 2016 at the Western Veterinary Conference.

Kenichiro Yagi MS, RVT, VTS (ECC, SAIM)

Ken has spent nearly 20 years in practice. He obtained his VTS certification in emergency and critical care, as well as small animal internal medicine, and earned his master’s degree in Veterinary Science. He served as ICU Manager and Blood Bank Manager at Adobe Animal Hospital until 2018, and is now Program Director for the RECOVER CPR Initiative and simulation lab manager of the Park Veterinary Innovation Laboratory at Cornell University. He co-chairs the Veterinary Nurse Initiative and serves as a board member of the Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society, the Academy of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Technicians, and the Veterinary Innovation Council.

Whether you are a part of the 81% who supported or remained neutral on the title change to “registered veterinary nurse” (RVN) or the 19% who preferred “veterinary technician” on the 2017 National Credential Survey, almost everyone agreed that standardizing of the profession’s credential requirements is important. In fact, of the 20% of respondents who …

Fall 2018,

The Changing of the Guard

Lynne Johnson-Harris RVT | Editor in Chief

Ms. Johnson-Harris has been involved with the NAVC as a speaker and moderator since 1990. She was the first veterinary technician to serve as an elected Board member of the NAVC serving the Board from 2003 to 2015. Ms Johnson-Harris was also the first veterinary technician to serve as the President of the NAVC (2013-2014). Along with being the Editor in Chief of Today’s Veterinary Nurse journal, Ms. Johnson-Harris is the NAVC Specialty Programs manager and works as the practice manager working along side her husband, Dr. Jerry Harris at Hinckley Animal Hospital.

Kara M. Burns MS, MEd, LVT, VTS (Nutrition), VTS-H (Internal Medicine, Dentistry), Editor in Chief

Kara Burns is an LVT with master’s degrees in physiology and counseling psychology. She began her career in human medicine working as an emergency psychologist and a poison specialist for humans and animals. Kara is the founder and president of the Academy of Veterinary Nutrition Technicians and has attained her VTS (Nutrition). She is the editor in chief of Today’s Veterinary Nurse. She also works as an independent nutritional consultant, and is the immediate past president of NAVTA. She has authored many articles, textbooks, and textbook chapters and is an internationally invited speaker, focusing on topics of nutrition, leadership, and technician utilization.

As with life, change is constant. For me, life’s changes bring retirement and a “changing of the guard” as the Editor in Chief of Today’s Veterinary Nurse. I am thrilled to pass over the reins of this journal to Kara M. Burns, MS, MEd, LVT, VTS (Nutrition), VTS-H (Internal Medicine, Dentistry), who assumed the position …

Fall 2018, Personal Wellbeing

Achieving Work-Life Balance in Your Veterinary Career

Tami Lind BS, RVT, VTS (ECC) Purdue University, West Lafayette IN

Tami Lind is currently ICU and ER supervisor at Purdue University and has been working at the university for the last 7 years. She attended veterinary technology school at Purdue and graduated in 2010 with a bachelor’s degree in Veterinary technology. Two years later Tami assumed the ICU and ER supervisor role at Purdue University. She received her VTS in Emergency/Critical Care in 2016. Her passion is teaching veterinary nurses and veterinary students in preparing them for their career ahead.

When you work in the veterinary profession, taking care of yourself is not selfish; it’s a must to maintain emotional and physical health.

Fall 2018, Oncology

Chemotherapy-Induced Side Effects in Pets: Prevention and Treatment

Emily Fullerton RVT, VTS (Oncology) | VCA Veterinary Referral Associates | Gaithersburg, Maryland

Emily obtained her associate’s degree from Vet Tech Institute in December 2008, leading her to her registered veterinary technician license in January 2009. She subsequently moved to Maryland, where she found her place in veterinary medicine: medical oncology. With her passion for helping animals and support from her coworkers, she achieved her Veterinary Technician Specialist certification in oncology in 2014. Emily has a love of  food and wine, her own fuzzy pets, and spending time with her family.

Although the goal of chemotherapy in veterinary patients is to extend the life of the patient without the harsh side effects seen in human oncology patients, side effects still occur regardless of the precautions taken.

Fall 2018, Nutrition

Feeding the Critical Canine and Feline Patient

Ed Carlson CVT, VTS (Nutrition)

Ed is the director of technician learning and development for Ethos Veterinary Health and VetBloom. He is also the 2020 president of the Massachusetts Veterinary Technician Association and the treasurer of the New Hampshire Veterinary Technician Association. Ed has served on multiple NAVTA committees and is the 2020 NAVTA president-elect. He obtained his VTS (Nutrition) in 2014 and lectures frequently at local, regional, and national veterinary conferences on a variety of nutrition topics. Ed was also the recipient of the NAVTA 2019 Technician of the Year award.

Nutrition is vitally important to the hospitalized patient. Unfortunately, the nutritional needs of hospitalized patients are often overlooked. Doctors’ orders might not include specific feeding instructions. Patients may be unwilling or unable to eat or may not be consuming adequate calories to meet their energy requirements. Whatever the reason, as patient advocates, veterinary nurses should …

Fall 2018, Urology & Renal Medicine

A Complicated, Multidrug-Resistant UTI

Laura George DHECVN, DAVN (Small Animal), CVNECC, VTS (SAIM), RVN Dick White Referrals, Suffolk, UK

Katmandu was a 9-year-old spayed female Bengal cat with a history of chronic kidney disease. Despite aggressive treatment and very dedicated clients, Katmandu’s multidrug-resistant UTI relapsed. Read her case report.

Fall 2018, News, Anesthesiology

New Tools to Support Patient Safety in Anesthesia

Rachel Beck CVT, PMP

Rachel Beck is a certified veterinary technician and credentialed project manager on the Veterinary Medical Programs team at Banfield Pet Hospital. She currently leads a team of project managers who specialize in implementation. Having been in the veterinary field for over 15 years, she has served roles both in hospitals and at Banfield’s central office. She is passionate about engaging the whole veterinary team in proactive health and wellness as well as about career pathing for paraprofessionals in the industry. She resides in Portland, Oregon, with her significant other and 2 cats.

Banfield Pet Hospital’s new veterinary program helps ensure anesthesia care is safe, effective, and efficient.

Fall 2018, Toxicology

Digging Into Compost Intoxication

Frank Davis BS, CVT ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center, Urbana, IL

Laura Stern DVM, DABVT ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center, Urbana, IL

Good veterinary nursing care and rapid identification of new or worsening clinical signs in companion animals are key to successfully managing compost intoxication cases.

Fall 2018, Urology & Renal Medicine

Pandora Syndrome

Michelle Borchardt RVT UC Davis Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital, Davis, California

Practicing Cat Friendly The articles presented by the American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP) focus on feline-specific information on cats’ unique behaviors; diagnosis and evaluation of disease and conditions; better approaches and techniques for cats; and strategies to decrease stress associated with the veterinary visit for cats, caregivers, and your team. The discovery that the …

Fall 2018, Dentistry

Participatory Ergonomics Solutions for Veterinary Dentistry

Benita Altier LVT, VTS (Dentistry)

Benita Altier is a Licensed Veterinary Technician (LVT) and Veterinary Technician Specialist (VTS) in Dentistry. She has worked in the profession since 1988 in both general small animal practices and at an equine and llama neonatal referral hospital. Through her business, Pawsitive Dental Education, she has been bringing professional dental instruction to veterinary hospitals and conferences across the US and Canada since 2008. Benita enjoys motivating and encouraging other veterinary professionals to do their very best and learn something new every day. Advocating for the oral health of pets and prevention of oral pain in animals is her passion. She currently resides in the state of Washington.

There are many levels of concern regarding ergonomics and veterinary dentistry. Successful participatory ergonomics programs have shown that changes to the organization, practices, and design of the working environment combine to result in significant improvements.