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Vet Tech Cafe - Liz Hughston Episode #2

Vet Tech Cafe - Liz Hughston Episode #2

October 18, 2020

Welcome to Year 2 of the Vet Tech Cafe!  We're starting this year off the same way we started off Year 1-with Liz Hughston!  Liz is the President of the NVPU- the National Veterinary Professionals Union, and we're spending the bulk of this episode talking about organization of veterinary professionals.  If you've listened to our previous episodes, you know we have a recorded disclaimer that our opinions or those of our guests don't represent any entity other than ourselves, and we felt it important to re-iterate that here for this episode-you'll understand why when you give it a listen.  As with all of our episodes, we ask you to open your heart and your mind to new thoughts and ideas, and throw away your pre-conceived notions about our topics of discussions.  Unionization can be a bit of a sensitive topic, and it doesn't have to be.  We hope you'll come away from this episode with a fresh perspective regarding organization and why it might be important.  This one is a bit longer than usual, so after you give it a listen we'd love to hear your thoughts!

 

 
 
 
Follow our Seattle bargaining unit: https://www.facebook.com/NorthSeattleNVPU/

 

 

Vet Tech Taproom Epidsode 10

Vet Tech Taproom Epidsode 10

October 14, 2020

HAPPY VET TECH WEEK CAFFEINATORS!

In our latest Instagram Live we discuss our favorite week of the year, Vet Tech Week.  Thank you for all you do (and we all know, we do a LOT).  We also introduced a partnership with VetBloom and Ethos who have given our caffeinators some FREE CE.  Click the link below to sign up for three courses that VetBloom as made available to you all.  Also coming this week is going to be the launch of vettechcafe.com.  Our website that has been in the works is finally going to be published.  We're excited to have this website as yet another way to interact with our caffeinators.  

https://vetbloom.com/product?catalog=ce-bundle-for-vettech-cafe-listeners

https://vettechcafe.com 

 

BONUS EPISODE: VET TECH WEEK Collaboration

BONUS EPISODE: VET TECH WEEK Collaboration

October 11, 2020

Hello Caffeinators!!  We got together recently with all of our podcasting friends to bring you another super-episode!  We chatted with Lewis Kerkham and Rob Anderson from the Two Vets Talk Pets podcast, Cat Robinson from Radio Vet Nurse, Tasha McNerny from the Veterinary Anesthesia Nerds podcast, and lastly, our hosts, Jordan Porter and Yvonne Brandenburg from the Internal Medicine for Vet Techs podcast.  We talked a lot about Vet Tech Week here in the US, and what Vet Nurses day (10/9) looks like down in Australia, and different ideas people have to celebrate.  It's also really cool to hear the guys DVM perspective from the Two Vets Talk Pets podcast about how they view technicians.  We also, circle back through COVID-19 as that was what originally brought us together 6 months ago.  We definitely recommend you check out their podcasts as well-they're all fantastic!

Vet Tech Cafe - Brandy Helewa Episode

Vet Tech Cafe - Brandy Helewa Episode

October 4, 2020

This is a big one for us.  This episode culminates our first year of the Vet Tech Cafe Podcast.  We bookended our first year with two guests who are very important people in both our personal and professional lives.  Our first guest was Liz Hughston, and we're ending Year 1 with Brandy Helewa.  As a team, they hosted a study group in preparation for the VTS(ECC) in 2013 where the four of us met.  They helped both of us, and dozens more that year and in subsequent years, prepare for that exam.  To say that all of us have a little bit of Biz in us is an understatement.  Brandy has moved on to another passion of hers-books and literature, and in this episode we talk about what it looked like for her to walk away from veterinary medicine.  It's a decision many of us have grappled with, and we thought some might benefit from hearing her perspective.  She discusses the differences in lifestyle, happiness, and an unexpected burden of leaving veterinary medicine behind-guilt.  This is our first October episode, and you'll understand why that matters to us and to Brandy when you listen!  You do not want to miss this one!  Thank you to all of our guests and listeners for making our first year of the Vet Tech Cafe Podcast what it has become.  We absolutely love putting this together and we're so excited to see what our second year brings!

https://azmemory.azlibrary.gov/digital/

https://www.facebook.com/starlazlibrary

https://twitter.com/StateLibAZhttps://ischool.sjsu.edu/master-library-and-information-science

https://ischool.sjsu.edu/dac-digital-assets-management

https://catalog.unomaha.edu/undergraduate/college-public-affairs-community-service/division-continuing-studies/bachelor-multidisciplinary-studies/#:~:text=Bachelor%20of%20Multidisciplinary%20Studies%20Requirements&text=A%20minimum%20of%2030%20credit,University%20of%20Nebraska%20(NU)%20system

#secondbaseyourself

https://www.facebook.com/groups/ERVetTechRounds

https://www.youngsurvival.org/

 

Vet Tech Cafe - Theresa Cosper Episode (Re-Release)

Vet Tech Cafe - Theresa Cosper Episode (Re-Release)

September 21, 2020

We accidentally released this episode without adding in our standard intro and outro that so many of you have told us you enjoy.  The content is all the same, we just added the intro and outro.

Are you ready to feel uncomfortable?  Are you ready to push your boundaries a bit?  Are you ready to grow as a human?  If not, keep scrolling.  Theresa Cosper has been an RVT for 8 years and is currently at an academic institution where she manages a teaching lab for veterinary students.  But we're not talking about any of that in this episode.  This episode is The Vet Tech Cafe continuing its mission to discuss the issues that face our profession with those who live and experience those issues firsthand, and talk about ways to inspire change.  This was a very real, and very difficult, episode for us to record and there is some very real and difficult language in here.  Racism is as real in veterinary medicine as it is everywhere else.  We invite you to open your heart and join the discussion.

https://www.blackdvmnetwork.com/

https://www.mcvma.org

https://pridevmc.org

https://www.facebook.com/latinx

https://nabvonline.org

https://www.aaha.org/connexity (enter the code CAFE for $25 off registration)

Vet Tech Cafe - Theresa Cosper Episode

Vet Tech Cafe - Theresa Cosper Episode

September 20, 2020

Are you ready to feel uncomfortable?  Are you ready to push your boundaries a bit?  Are you ready to grow as a human?  If not, keep scrolling.  Theresa Cosper has been an RVT for 8 years and is currently at an academic institution where she manages a teaching lab for veterinary students.  But we're not talking about any of that in this episode.  This episode is The Vet Tech Cafe continuing its mission to discuss the issues that face our profession with those who live and experience those issues firsthand, and talk about ways to inspire change.  This was a very real, and very difficult, episode for us to record and there is some very real and difficult language in here.  Racism is as real in veterinary medicine as it is everywhere else.  We invite you to open your heart and join the discussion.

https://www.blackdvmnetwork.com/

https://www.mcvma.org

https://pridevmc.org

https://www.facebook.com/latinx

https://nabvonline.org

https://www.aaha.org/connexity (enter the code CAFE for $25 off registration)

 

 

Vet Tech Taproom Episode 9

Vet Tech Taproom Episode 9

September 18, 2020

We had set out to do 5 or 6 taproom episodes this year.  Here we are at Taproom Episode number 9!  This Taproom comes to you from our latest Instagram Live that we did on 9/17.  We did a bit of a recap of #IVECCS2020 as well as giving a little preview of what's coming up for the Vet Tech Cafe and you, our listeners.

Vet Tech Taproom Episode 8

Vet Tech Taproom Episode 8

September 9, 2020

This is our celebratory IG Live/Zoom call to commemorate the night the Vet Tech Cafe came into existence one year ago at IVECCS in Washington, DC!  So if you're interested to watch us struggle with technology yet again, check it out!  

Vet Tech Cafe - Tasha Mcnerney Episode

Vet Tech Cafe - Tasha Mcnerney Episode

September 6, 2020

Veterinary Anesthesia Nerds.  Certified Veterinary Pain Practitioner.  Veterinary Technician Specialist (Anesthesia/Analgesia). Veterinary Anesthesia Nerds Podcast.  Animal Pain Awareness Month.  Author.  Veterinary Anesthesia Nerds Symposium.  Lecturer. Certified Veterinary Technician.  What is the common denominator in all of these?  Tasha McNerney.  In this episode of the Vet Tech Cafe, we cover it all.  Let us get you a cup of coffee and join us in the conversation!

https://ivapm.org/animal-pain-awareness-month/

https://ivapm.org

https://www.veterinaryanesthesianerds.com

https://www.avtaa-vts.org 

https://www.veterinaryanesthesianerds.com/podcast

 

Vet Tech Cafe - Lisa Smith Episode

Vet Tech Cafe - Lisa Smith Episode

August 23, 2020

Have you ever considered the forensic side to veterinary medicine?  If you're interested in hearing more about that, this is the episode for you!  We chat with Lisa Smith, MS, LVT, VTS(ECC) to discuss what it looks like to obtain a Master's Degree in Veterinary Forensics, obtaining evidence in cases that present to your hospital that may involve abuse or neglect, and mandated reporting, and so much more!  This episode will definitely appeal to fans of the true crime genre.  All that said, there are some heavy topics in here, but this is unfortunately a very real side of veterinary medicine and we as veterinary technician and veterinary nurses must understand our responsibility in helping these patients.  There might also be some light-hearted fun-poking at Jeff for his love of pumpkin spice coffee.  So grab a cup of your favorite coffee and join us at the Vet Tech Cafe!

#PumpkinSpiceBooTrain

Links:

https://todaysveterinarynurse.com/articles/the-case-for-veterinary-midlevel-professionals/

National link coalition - https://nationallinkcoalition.org/

Aaha protocol for animal abuse - https://www.aaha.org/about-aaha/aaha-position-statements/animal-abuse-reporting/

Animal Law Resource Center

https://vetforensics.med.ufl.edu/programs/masters-degree/

https://www.aspca.org/animal-rescue/forensic-investigations 

https://www.sirchie.com/evidence/evidence-packaging-labeling-sealing.html 

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