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Fall 2020

Fall 2020, Featured, Public Health

One Health: Many Roles, Shared Goals

Beckie Mossor RVT

Beckie is a Registered Veterinary Technician living in Southport, North Carolina. Beckie graduated from Central Carolina Community College in 2007 with her AAS in Veterinary Medical Technology and will graduate from the University of North Carolina Pembroke with her Bachelors in Non-Profit and Public Administration in 2019. Beckie has enjoyed a diverse career in small animal, large animal, and mixed practices; academia; and management and consulting. Beckie co-founded Veterinary Advancement, is a professional medical responder with the ASPCA Field Investigations Response (FIR) Team, is Volunteer Director of Operations 3K9 Working Dogs, and co-hosts the podcast Veterinary Viewfinder.

Veterinary professionals may not immediately recognize their role in environmental health through their work in the veterinary industry, but as is the case with all elements of the One Health Initiative, there is an important contribution from every health and science discipline.

Fall 2020, Practice Management

Instant Connection: Tapping Into the Power of Social Media

Sandy Walsh RVT, CVPM

Sandy is a veterinary practice management consultant, instructor, speaker, and advisor with over 35 years of experience in the veterinary field. She is dedicated to improving hospital operations through coaching and sharing appropriate practice management techniques to the whole team. Sandy still works in a small animal practice and is an active member of the Veterinary Hospital Managers Association, NAVTA, VetPartners, Sacramento Valley Veterinary Practice Managers Association, Sacramento Valley Veterinary Technician Association, and the CVMA. She is an instructor for Patterson Veterinary University and a former hospital inspector for the California Veterinary Medical Board.

Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, texting — expand your tactics of staying in touch with and educating clients.

Fall 2020, Personal/Professional Development

Passion Project: Going the Extra Mile for Pets in Need

Angel Martin RVT, BAS

Angel graduated from Macomb Community College’s Veterinary Technology Program in 2007. After 1 year of working in Michigan, she decided to move back home to Georgia where she now works as an RVT. She then enrolled at St. Petersburg College and earned her bachelor’s degree in veterinary technology and practice management. She joined Georgia Veterinary Associates in 2010. With a great understanding of all the positions and needs of the hospitals, she is now the Operations Manager for all 4 GVA locations. Angel helped start the CARE Fund in 2014 and was recognized with the 2019 American Humane Hero Veterinary Nurse Award, a national award that honors those behind the scenes in animal medicine.

If helping animals in need—beyond those with loving owners and disposable funds—is a true passion of yours, consider what you can do to reach those patients and give them their happy, healthy lives back.

Fall 2020, Rehabilitation

Physical Rehabilitation for Geriatric Dogs Recovering from Injury or Surgery

Jessica Bowditch RVT, Purdue University Veterinary Teaching Hospital Lafayette, Indiana

Jessica Bowditch, RVT, provides clinical case work and teaches fundamentals of physical rehabilitation to veterinary technician students in the veterinary technician program at Purdue University. She received her associate of science degree in veterinary technology from Baker College in Jackson, Michigan, in 2013. She began working in the neurology and physical rehabilitation department at Purdue University as a registered veterinary technician in 2015. She is pursuing her credential as a Certified Canine Rehab Practitioner through the University of Tennessee.

The growth of veterinary medicine for geriatric patients provides an opportunity to incorporate more physical rehabilitation in veterinary hospitals. The rehabilitation veterinary nurse is an integral part of the rehabilitation team, helping to assess, develop, and implement the rehabilitation plan for each specific patient.

Fall 2020, Emergency Medicine/Critical Care

Nursing a Patient With a Traumatic Pneumothorax

Harold Davis RVT, VTS (ECC, Anesthesia & Analgesia), President-Elect, North American Veterinary Community

Harold is a veterinary practice educational consultant and former manager of the emergency and critical care service at the UC Davis Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital. He is a co-founder of the Academy of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Technicians, a charter member of the Academy of Veterinary Technicians in Anesthesia and Analgesia, and the past president of the Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society. He currently serves as President-elect on the Board of Directors for the NAVC. In addition, he is a Member-at-Large of the Board of Directors for the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America. He has spoken at events in 12 countries and has published several book chapters and journal articles.

Knowledge of the pathogenesis and pathophysiology of traumatic pneumothorax enables the veterinary nurse/technician to understand the physiologic changes that affect the nursing care of these patients and the roles that various therapeutic modalities and general nursing care play in a successful outcome.

Continuing Education, Fall 2020, Featured, Ethics/Welfare

Pediatric Patients in the Shelter Setting

Laura A. Vasquez CVT

Laura attended the veterinary technology program at Hillsborough Community College and attained her CVT in 2013. She has been with the UF College of Veterinary Medicine since 2011. After working in the anesthesia and pain management department for several years, she found her calling in shelter medicine. Currently, she is the manager of the Veterinary Community Outreach Program.

Kali Barber CVT

Kali attended the veterinary technology program at St. Petersburg College and attained her CVT in 2019. She immediately began working at the University of Florida, where she is currently involved in the Veterinary Community Outreach Program. She has a passion for shelter work and caring for the animals that go through the system to make a better, happier life for all involved.

As shelter medicine becomes more widely recognized as an important part of the veterinary field, it is crucial to understand the role shelter professionals play in ensuring the wellbeing of animals and the challenges of treating and caring for pediatric patients in a shelter.

Fall 2020, Nutrition

The Growing Problem of Overweight Pets

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’s 2020 VET Report focuses on the overweight adult dogs and the factors that appear to be affecting owner engagement and successful weight loss.

Fall 2020, Personal/Professional Development , Public Health

Linked Together: One Health

Christina Melvin CVT, LVT, MPH, EdD

Dr. Christina Melvin works as a full-time high school biomedical science instructor and part-time general practice veterinary nurse in Northern Virginia. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Biology from Worcester State University, Master of Public Health from the University of New England, and Doctorate in Education for Health Professions from A.T. Still University. She is a CVT in Massachusetts and LVT in Virginia. Dr. Melvin’s professional interests include One Health, health literacy, and health education. She previously started and directed a high school veterinary assistant program in Massachusetts, and is passionate about introducing veterinary medical careers to young students.

One Health is the collaborative effort of human, veterinary, and environmental medicine on a local, national, and global level. Veterinary and human nurses have great potential for advantageous teamwork.

Fall 2020, Nutrition

Elements of a Successful Weight Management Clinic

Nicola Ackerman PGCert, RVN, CertSAN, CertVNECC, VTS (Nutrition)

Nicola has worked in the veterinary profession since 1994 and is currently the Head Medical Nurse at Plymouth Veterinary Group. She has written for many veterinary publications and textbooks and is the editor of Aspinall’s Complete Textbook of Veterinary Nursing. Nicola won the British Veterinary Nursing Association (BVNA)/Blue Cross award for animal welfare in 2010, and she was designated the SQP Veterinary Nurse of the Year in 2011 and the SQP Nutritional Advisor of the Year (2013). In 2012, Nicola was given the CAW Professional Development Award for outstanding service to the veterinary nursing profession. She is studying for a master’s degree in Advanced Veterinary Nursing from Glasgow University.

Many elements make up a weight management clinic, and setting up these clinics in practice can be very rewarding for all involved. Veterinary nurse–led clinics allow veterinary nurses to use their clinical judgment and obesity knowledge to take responsibility for weight loss programs.

Fall 2020, Featured, Anesthesiology

Talking to Clients About the Risks from Anesthesia

Lynda Paul LVT, VTS (Clinical Practice, Canine/Feline), CVPP

Lynda is the lead technician in general practice at Nanuet Animal Hospital, where she has been working for 29 years. In 2013, she achieved her VTS in clinical practice through the Academy of Veterinary Technicians in Clinical Practice (AVTCP). In 2018, she became the vice president of the AVTCP and currently serves as president. In 2015, she earned her Certified Veterinary Pain Practitioner (CVPP) credential. In her spare time Lynda likes to garden. Year-round she loves to train her 3 dogs and shows 2 in Rally Obedience. She also has a rescue pit who is happy to be a homebody, where he is most comfortable!   

As veterinary nurses, we are in a unique position to help alleviate many of our clients’ fears about anesthesia and reduce the stress of a surgical event for them and their pet.

NAVTA Corner
Fall 2020, Personal/Professional Development

Navigating the Veterinary Technician Credential Conversation

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.

We are all aiming to elevate the profession and agree that standardizing the credentials is the way forward, leading to better consistency, recognition, mobility and reciprocity, and title protection.

Fall 2020,

Strength in Numbers

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.

2020 has brought a host of trials, from COVID to a surge in systemic racism, but the veterinary profession is rallying together to shine a light and overcome.

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Fall 2020, Emergency Medicine/Critical Care

Puppy Problems: PRAA and Intussusception

Amber Hart RVT, VTS (ECC)

Amber graduated from the Veterinary Technology program at Morehead State University in 2001. She has worked in emergency medicine since 2004 and achieved VTS (ECC) certification in 2014. Currently, she works in the ER/ICU on the Emergency and Nursing Team at MedVet in Cincinnati, Ohio. Her professional interests include CPR, sepsis, and intensive care nursing. She keeps the company of a small ark that includes snakes, lizards, guinea pigs, a parrot, and a dog. During her free time, she enjoys reading science fiction, practicing tai chi, making photo albums, and generally being a bit of a nerd.

Read the case report of Duncan, a rescue puppy with a multitude of medical problems.