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Jan/Feb 2016

Veterinary Technicians and Neurologic Rehabilitation
Jan/Feb 2016, Neurology , Rehabilitation

Veterinary Technicians and Neurologic Rehabilitation

Mary Ellen Goldberg BS, LVT, CVT, SRA, CCRA | Canine Rehabilitation Institute | Wellington, Florida

Mary Ellen is a graduate of Harcum College and the University of Pennsylvania. She has been an instructor of anesthesia and pain management for VetMedTeam since 2003. In 2007, she became a surgical research anesthetist certified through the Academy of Surgical Research. In 2008, she became the executive secretary of the International Veterinary Academy of Pain Management. In addition, she is on the Proposed Organizing Committee for the Academy of Physical Rehabilitation Veterinary Technicians for the formation of a NAVTA recognized VTS-physical rehabilitation program.

Mary Ellen has written several books and contributed to numerous chapters regarding anesthesia, pain management, and rehabilitation. She has worked in various aspects of veterinary medicine ranging from small animal to zoo animal medicine.

Neurologic rehabilitation can be among the most challenging and rewarding work for the veterinary team. Preventive nursing care is crucial for a positive outcome in these patients.

Editor's Letter
Jan/Feb 2016, Personal/Professional Development

What Moves Me?

Lynne Johnson-Harris LVT, 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.

The 2016 NAVC Conference theme is “What Moves You?” On the surface, this may seem like a simple question.

The Ins and Outs of Managing Feline Chronic Kidney Disease
Jan/Feb 2016, Urology & Renal Medicine

The Ins and Outs of Managing Feline Chronic Kidney Disease

Melanie Codi LVT, CVT, VTS (Nutrition) | Cornell University | Veterinary Specialists | Stamford, CT

Melanie obtained her veterinary technology degree from SUNY Ulster in 2008 and has been in specialty practices for the past 9 years, working in emergency/critical care and with boarded veterinary nutritionists. In 2011, she decided to obtain her veterinary technician specialist credential in nutrition; she felt that nutrition is often overlooked in general practice, critical care, and disease management. Melanie is an active member of the American Academy of Veterinary Nutrition and the committee of the Pet Nutrition Alliance. She lectures to owners as well as veterinary professionals on many topics.

Managing chronic kidney disease in cats can be a daunting task and is often frustrating for owners as well as veterinary practitioners and technicians.

Jan/Feb 2016, Emergency Medicine/Critical Care

Shock: An Overview

Brandy Tabor CVT, VTS (ECC) | Animal Emergency & Specialty Center | Parker, Colorado

Brandy Tabor, CVT, VTS (ECC), is a senior emergency/critical care technician at Animal Emergency & Specialty Center in Parker, Colorado. She is also chair of the Academy of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Technicians Credentials Committee, a board moderator with Veterinary Support Personnel Network, and an instructor of several courses at VetMedTeam.com. While pursuing her bachelor’s degree in equine science at Colorado State University, Ms. Tabor worked as an assistant in the critical care unit at the CSU Veterinary Teaching Hospital. There, the talented and knowledgeable nursing staff inspired her to become a veterinary technician specialist in emergency and critical care.

Shock is a sequela of trauma and diseases commonly seen in emergency practice, such as heart failure, inflammatory conditions (e.g., pancreatitis), or sepsis.

Jan/Feb 2016, Dentistry

Increasing Clients’—and Your Own—Dental Awareness: From the Exam Room to the Dental Suite

Patricia M. Dominguez BS, LVT, VTS (Dentistry) | Gotham Veterinary Center | New York, NY

Patricia received her bachelor’s degree in biology and Spanish literature from Syracuse University in 1999 and was subsequently licensed in veterinary technology at SUNY Delhi. In 2003, she became the primary dental technician at Shaker Veterinary Hospital in Albany, New York, which, through improvements to its dental program and extensive client and community education, earned the Hill’s National Pet Dental Health Month Award 2 years in a row. One of the first to become a credentialed veterinary dental technician specialist through the Academy of Veterinary Dental Technicians, Patricia is the president elect of the academy and an adjunct professor at Westchester Community College.

Congratulations! You have decided to improve the dental services your practice offers to pet owners by becoming an advocate for pets’ oral health.

Jan/Feb 2016, Personal Wellbeing

Be With What Is

Julie Squires Rekindle, LLC

Julie is a compassion fatigue specialist who brings a unique perspective and approach to support the sustained energy and passion of animal workers. Her company, Rekindle LLC, offers on-site compassion fatigue training to veterinary hospitals, animal shelters, and other animal organizations.

Julie has more than 20 years of experience within the veterinary field and with leading organizations. She has developed and executed training, workshops, and 1:1 coaching for major companies in the animal health industry. She obtained her certification as a compassion fatigue specialist through the Green Cross Academy of Traumatology and has also completed training from The Figley Institute and Traumatology Institute. Julie’s clients also gain from her experience as a certified health and wellness coach and corporate wellness specialist.

Nurses eat their young. I’d never heard that phrase before my training to become a compassion fatigue specialist.

Jan/Feb 2016, Personal/Professional Development , Practice Management

Keeping It Fresh: How to Rejuvenate Your Career

Jennifer Yurkon CVT | Altitude Veterinary Consulting | Wellington, Colorado

Jennifer grew up on a dairy farm in Western New York, where she quickly learned that she loved to take care of animals. In SUNY Delhi’s Veterinary Science Technology program, she discovered that she not only enjoyed being part of a nursing team, but also had a knack for leading one. Since that time, she has taken on many leadership roles in veterinary medicine.

Jennifer and her husband are owned by an Australian shepherd, Roo; a Boston terrier, Zoom; two cats, Stinger and Chewy; and a “very boisterous” guinea pig, Miss Piggy. They are both active in the Larimer County 4H program, especially with meat quality assurance and dairy cattle projects, and attend numerous continuing education meetings for veterinary medicine.

Would you like to be more appreciated for, challenged by, and rewarded for the way you take care of your patients, educate clients, assist your teammates, and build your current practice?

Jan/Feb 2016, Dermatology

Scratching the Surface of Allergies in Dogs

Kim Horne AAS, CVT, VTS (Dermatology) | University of Minnesota

Kim is a member of the dermatology service at University of Minnesota Veterinary Medical Center. She is a charter member of the Academy of Dermatology Veterinary Technicians and its current president. Kim is also an active member of the Minnesota Association of Veterinary Technicians and NAVTA, actively participating in committees. She has spoken at many national meetings, has several publications to her credit, and is currently working on a dermatology text for veterinary technicians. Kim received her degree from University of Minnesota’s Technical College of Waseca. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, kayaking, and spending time with her family.

Pruritus—a classic sign of allergic disease—is a common complaint described by dog owners.

Jan/Feb 2016, Endocrinology

Canine Diabetes Mellitus: It’s About the Sugar

Mandy Fults MS, LVT, CVPP, VTS-CP (Canine/Feline)

Mandy has over 17 years of experience as a Licensed Veterinary Technician (LVT). She obtained her certification as a Veterinary Technician Specialist (VTS) in Canine/Feline Clinical Practice in 2011 and is a Certified Veterinary Pain Practitioner (CVPP). She obtained a master’s degree in veterinary biomedical science in 2018 through the University of Missouri. She is employed by Comanche Trail Veterinary Center in Liberty Hill, Texas, as the veterinary nursing supervisor. Her primary interest is internal medicine, with endocrinology as her passion, and is an active advocate for the advancement of the veterinary nurse profession.

Diabetes mellitus is an endocrine disorder characterized by insufficient production of insulin in the body (type 1, or insulin-dependent, diabetes) or a resistance to the hormone itself (type 2 diabetes).