What Moves You?

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.

Education!

Ann Wortinger BIS, LVT, VTS (ECC, SAIM, Nutrition) | Belleville, Michigan

Ann is a 1983 graduate of Michigan State University. She has worked in general, emergency, and specialty practice, as well as education and management.

Ann is active in her state, national, and specialty organizations and served on the organizing committees for the internal medicine and nutrition veterinary technician specialties. She has mentored over 15 fellow veterinary technician specialists.

She has published over 45 articles in professional magazines, as well as book chapters, and is a coauthor of Nutrition and Disease Management for Veterinary Technicians and Nurses, now in its second edition.

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

Passion

Brenda K. Feller CVT, RVT, VTS (Anesthesia and Analgesia) | Animal Specialty Hospital of Florida | Naples, Florida

Brenda graduated from Michigan State University, one of the first veterinary technician programs in the United States. She has worked in private practice, a university anesthesia department, and specialty practices during her career. She is not only a board member at large of the Academy of Veterinary Technicians in Anesthesia and Analgesia, but also a member of the academy’s examination, preapplication, and conference committees. She is married to Doug, a retired veterinarian, with three grown children and a growing number of grandchildren! Doug and Brenda share their house with a rescue Westie mix.

Brenda is a frequent speaker at major conferences and teaches online anesthesia classes. In her spare time, she likes to rollerblade and read nonfiction.

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.

In May 2016, Leonard Marino received an associate’s degree in veterinary science technology from Suffolk County Community College on Long Island. This qualified him to work as a veterinary technician and as the editor of the hospital’s newsletter at Long Island Veterinary Specialists (LIVS) in Plainview, New York. Marino’s story, however has a unique twist. He is not only a retired pediatrician but is as industrious and persistent as ever at the age of 84. Here he shares why a new career late in life was exactly what he wanted.

Family Ties

In May 2016, at the age of 84, Leonard Marino received an associate’s degree in veterinary science technology. Now, he assists his son in performing veterinary orthopedic surgeries.

Being in the Driver’s Seat

“What moves you?” At first, this seems like a simple question, and answering it seems like it should be just as simple. Strangely enough, though, it is not a common question, so when I really started to think about it, it became apparent that my answer would be much more involved than I originally anticipated.

Sammy Thibodeax

Making a Difference

Ever since I was a little girl, I have been surrounded by animals. My parents tell me that from the time I could walk, I was always in the boarding kennel my grandmother owned.

Esther Klok

From Holland: Looking Back on a GREAT Adventure

When I graduated 22 years ago from the only school for veterinary technicians in the Netherlands, I never thought that this girl would travel 10 times to one of the biggest veterinary conferences in the world!

The Resilience of Animals

Wendy Davies CVT, CCRA | University of Florida

Animals have always been a huge part of my life. Growing up on a dairy farm in upstate New York, I was the kid who brought stray animals home in the hope I could keep them. As I got older, I knew that a job working with animals was what I wanted.

Karina Benish, MSEd, RVT | Ramona, CA

Normal? No Way! Dream to RVT+

Karina Benish MSEd, RVT | Ramona, CA

Karina Benish is the Clinical Development Manager at Vet-Stem Regenerative Veterinary Medicine in Poway, California.

At 3 years old, I told my parents I wanted to be a veterinarian. I took in all the injured animals found in the neighborhood, fought for many lives, and wept, too.

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