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Featured, Winter 2019, Preventive Medicine

Preventive Care for Cats: Making the Case to Owners

Michelle D. Krasicki-Aune MBA, BS, CVT Vet Teams, LLC

Michelle D. Krasicki-Aune, MBA, BS, CVT, is the founder, owner, and lead relief Certified Veterinary Technician (CVT) for Vet Teams, LLC. She loves drawing on her more than 20 years of experience as a CVT to meet the challenges that relief work brings in her daily experiences and also loves all things related to boxer dogs! She also dedicates her time to the National Association of Veterinary Technicians as the organization’s treasurer, works behind the scenes to help further veterinary nurse education, and helps teach and train the veterinary community in Fear Free practices.

Veterinary nurses can communicate with owners to pave the way for a lifelong healthcare plan for their cats.

Featured, Spring 2018, Parasitology , Preventive Medicine

Have Dog, Will Travel

Karen S Walsh LVMT, CFE, CAWA

Karen S Walsh, LVMT, CFE, CAWA, is the Director of the Animal Relocation Initiative for the ASPCA and the former executive director of the McKamey Animal Center in Chattanooga, TN. She graduated from Blue Ridge in Virginia with a degree in veterinary technology and has achieved designations as a Certified Animal Welfare Administrator and a Certified Compassion Fatigue Educator. Karen has held leadership positions in both veterinary and animal welfare organizations and was appointed to serve on the Tennessee state Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners. Karen lives in Tennessee with her husband, Tom, their four children, and a menagerie of furry and feathered family members on their small, but beautiful farm.

No question: dogs are on the move. Whether it’s a homeless dog being relocated following a major hurricane event, a canine companion accompanying his owner on vacation or a show dog traveling for competition or exhibition, road trips can be life-enhancing—or even lifesaving—for dogs.

Featured, Spring 2018, Preventive Medicine

Focus on Overweight and Obesity in Cats

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.

When it comes to weight, cats are faring worse than their canine counterparts, with more than a 169% increase in overweight cats over the past 10 years, according to Banfield Pet Hospital.

Winter 2018, Preventive Medicine

Focus on Overweight and Obesity in Dogs

Kirk J. Breuninger VMD, MPH

Kirk J. Breuninger, VMD, MPH, is a member of the Banfield Applied Research and Knowledge (BARK) team, where he performs and disseminates research that contributes to advancing medical quality, patient safety, and medical decision making. He received his veterinary degree from University of Pennsylvania and his Master of Public Health degree from Temple University. He is an inaugural member of the AVMA Early Career Development Committee, was awarded the 2009 George B. Wolff Legislative Leadership Award, and was recognized as the 2015 Pennsylvania Veterinarian of the Year by the Pennsylvania Veterinary Medical Association.

A look at dog obesity and overweight prevalence from Banfield Pet Hospital’s 2017 State of Pet Health Report.

Winter 2018, Preventive Medicine

Tackling Pet Obesity: It’s Not Easy, But It’s the Best Work!

Esther Klok Dierenkliniek Winsum | The Netherlands

Esther Klok has 24 years of experience as a veterinary technician. She works in a mixed practice that handles both small animals and horses. Most of the time she can be found working in the back, but she also enjoys the front desk and has convinced her boss she really needs to be there one day a week. She has also just started her own company, Improve on the Move. She loves giving lectures, teaching, organizing conventions, and writing and providing photos for magazines. And, because she obviously needs to do something with any leftover time, Esther and her boyfriend travel throughout Europe to compete for the Dutch team in single horse carriage driving.

When I started my career as a veterinary technician, I had my hands full of “normal” work. I gave advice about food and prevention methods at the front desk. I made X-rays at the request of the veterinarian and used the microscope in the lab. My job included keeping animals alive that were under anesthesia …

Infectious Disease , Preventive Medicine

Preventing Transmission of Infectious Disease Among Patients

Holly Morss LVT

Holly currently works in the diagnostic imaging department at Washington State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine. She also enjoys working the occasional Saturday at Lewiston Veterinary Clinic. She serves on the board of the Companion Animal Parasite Council (CAPC) and is a charter member of the Boehringer Ingelheim Tech Champion Team, which provides continuing education in the United States. Holly’s passion for teaching developed during her many years as an educator and administrator of veterinary technology programs in Minnesota, Utah, and Idaho. Holly spends any free time that she can find exploring the wilds of eastern Washington and the Idaho panhandle.

What would your reaction be if you went to see your physician for a routine physical examination and you were seated in the waiting room next to a typhoid patient? Imagine the typhoid patient entering examination room #3, where your doctor proceeds to examine him and the nurse collects diagnostic samples. Things at your physician’s …