What Moves You?

6th annual American Humane Hero Veterinarian and Hero Veterinary Nurse Awards

What Moves You?: Learn. Develop. Mentor. Repeat.

MAKING A DIFFERENCE By showing empathy with patients we show that nursing care comes from the heart. I have been fortunate to have worked in several areas of veterinary medicine. I’ve worked in emergency medicine and general practice. I’ve worked in corporate and private practice. I have pointed my way to supervisory positions and recently …

Proud To Be a Vet Tech

We all know that a normal day for any veterinary technician is always crazy. We run all over the place and fly around the clinic. We have so many “jobs.” We are a nurse, an operation assistant, a cleaning woman, a front-desk superstar, a radiographer, a grunt worker, and an anesthetist.

Ann Wortinger, BIS, LVT, VTS (ECC, SAIM, Nutrition) It is obvious from my string of initials that I love to learn. For each of my specialty certifications, I am required to do 60 hours of continuing education (CE) every 5 years or, on average, 12 hours every year. That is 36 hours per year just for my specialty certifications. In 2019, that number will go up when I renew my license under Michigan’s new CE requirements.


Find out how Ann Wortinger, BIS, LVT, VTS (ECC, SAIM, Nutrition) uses education to open new doors and stay on the cutting edge in the veterinary field.

What Moves You? by Brenda Feller. Passion


Find out how editorial board member Brenda Feller found her career path through her passions—and vice versa.

What Moves You? Stories of Resilience, Deb Stone

Stories of Resilience

Passion for the profession moves many veterinary technicians, but we are just as moved by our personal lives. Deb Stone shares her story of being moved by an unexpected event and the resilience of others.

Gratitude and Giving Back

Gratitude and Giving Back

Elizabeth Exline shares how her childhood admiration for a veterinary team put her on the path to becoming a veterinary technician.

What Moves You?, Consistent Change, by Karen Ellis

Consistent Change

For Karen Ellis, making and taking opportunities to change her career path is the secret to her success.

What Moves You? A Calming Touch

A Calming Touch

When the “regular” restraint techniques used at her clinic didn’t work for her, Summer Brooks knew there had to be a better way of handling patients—for them as well as for herself.

Knowledge and Discovery

Knowledge and Discovery

Kathi Smith, one of Today’s Veterinary Nurse’s advisory board members, shares what has inspired her throughout her career.

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