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Vet Tech Cafe - Tiffany Baleigh Episode

Vet Tech Cafe - Tiffany Baleigh Episode

April 5, 2020

In this episode, we chat with Tiffany Baleigh, RN AND RVT!!!  She is now a CN IV, charge nurse for the Cardiovascular and Thoracic unit at UCI Medical Center in Southern California, where she lives with her wife, Jess, and son Rowan, and two dogs.  She still works as a relief technician at Animal Urgent Care and maintains her RVT license, after 10+ years out of the field in a full time capacity.  She brings a unique perspective to VNI (let's just say she suggested we change our podcast title to Vet Nurse Cafe!) and offers a lot of insight into the similarities and differences between the two fields.  We talk about education and career options in each field, and struggles that BOTH professions face.  We also talk a lot about COVID-19 and what that looks like at her hospital, and the real-life struggle with PPE.  As always, we'll end with the @vettechcafe #wouldyourather so please keep sending in your ideas for that-we'd love to give you a shout out if we use your suggestion in a future episode!

 

www.veterinarynurse.org

donatemasksucisom@gmail.com (for PPE donations)

www.redcross.org (for blood and plasma [if fully recovered] donations)

www.ucihealth.org/medical-services/blood-donations 

https://www.livescience.com/cat-infected-covid-19-from-owner.html 

BONUS EPISODE: COVID-19 Collaboration Episode

BONUS EPISODE: COVID-19 Collaboration Episode

March 25, 2020

This episode of the Vet Tech Café is a bit different.  This episode is the collaborative effort of 5 different veterinary podcasts: The Vet Tech Café, Veterinary Anesthesia Nerds, Radio Vet Nurse, Two Vets Talk Pets, and this was all coordinated and edited by the Internal Medicine for Vet Techs Podcast.  In this episode, the 8 individuals that make up these 5 podcasts discuss what exactly what COVID-19 is, how it works, and our own individual experiences with dealing with this virus, in terms of how our hospitals are operating. We also discuss how to find reliable information and some strategies to combat the mental health related side effects of being on the front lines.  It is our hope that nobody listening to this podcast is or becomes directly affected by this virus, but we hope to provide useful information and a bit of a respite from this difficult time.

Links:

https://coronavirus.jhu.edu/map.html

https://www.avma.org/resources-tools/animal-health-and-welfare/covid-19

https://www.cdc.gov

https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019

https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/internal-medicine-for-vet-techs-podcast/id1483584801?ls=1

https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/radio-vet-nurse/id1419394156

https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/two-vets-talk-pets/id1360813259

https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/veterinary-anesthesia-nerds/id1493232245

Vet Tech Cafe - Amber LaRock Episode

Vet Tech Cafe - Amber LaRock Episode

March 22, 2020

For this episode we interviewed Amber LaRock.  She runs the instagram page Vet Tech and Travel which we have talked about before on our podcasts. (link below) We talked about her career path from working in an ER to traveling abroad and also her work as a writer.  She also gives us a look into her adventures in Cambodia and Thailand working with rescue groups and also with some amazing wildlife.  We would like to note that Amber has told us that  the US embassy is asking all US citizens to go back to the US before they end flights in the coming week. All the countries around where Amber is have closed their borders so she's heading back to the US to ride out the storm!

Links:

https://ppaws.com/ 

Vet Tech Cafe - Jenny Fisher Episode

Vet Tech Cafe - Jenny Fisher Episode

March 8, 2020

In this episode we interviewed Jenny Fisher, RVT, VTS(Oncology).  She was recently named one of the top ten "Vet Tech Superstars to Follow" (Along with some other recent guests on the Vet Tech Cafe)   We discussed her long and storied career from  becoming the head oncology technician at the LSU Veterinary Teaching Hospital to her current position as the Education Director for Practivet.  She discussed some of the issues with drug standards and protocols as well as answering our latest #vettechcafewouldyourather question.  

Links:

https://www.practivet.com/

https://www.usp.org/

https://www.dvm360.com/view/10-vet-tech-superstars-follow

http://veterinarynurse.org/advocacy-west-virginia/

Vet Tech Taproom Episode 3

Vet Tech Taproom Episode 3

March 1, 2020

In this episode of the Vet Tech Taproom, we dive into the current hot topic of the VNI and the petition that is making the rounds on social media asking for NAVTA to re-evaluate it's efforts.  We realize this may be a very controversial topic, but please understand that we are not trying to advocate for one side over the other in this discussion.  We are simply trying to discuss the issues and bring them to light.  If there's something we say in this episode that you think we are wrong about, please please please contact us either on our FB page, IG account, Twitter, or by our email vettechcafe@gmail.com.  We would love to continue this discussion beyond just this episode. 

Vet Tech Cafe - Kelsey Beth Carpenter Episode

Vet Tech Cafe - Kelsey Beth Carpenter Episode

February 23, 2020

We spoke with Kelsey Beth Carpenter for this episode of the Vet Tech Cafe.  We learned about her amazing career path and how she ended up in a "unicorn practice"  She told us about all the ups and downs of being a social media manager for her own pages and for drandyroark.com.   Kelsey works in an "open practice" and opened our eyes to how it can be effective, rewarding, and most importantly, not scary.  Finally, we discussed Uncharted Vet which is an amazing veterinary community that offers education, conferences, and collaborative support system.  We had a lot of fun recording this episode and we hope you enjoy it!

Links

https://www.facebook.com/VetTechKelsey/

https://www.instagram.com/vettechkelsey/

https://unchartedvet.com/

https://drandyroark.com/

Vet Tech Cafe - Stephen Cital Episode

Vet Tech Cafe - Stephen Cital Episode

February 9, 2020

In this episode, we interview Stephen Cital RVT, SRA, RLAT, VCC, CVPP, VTS Lab Animal (Research Anesthetist).  He has an amazing career path that has allowed him the opportunity to work with some amazing animals. Stephen is an expert in the field of veterinary cannabinoid usage and he educated us both on a lot of topics and issues we did not understand previously.  We also talked about the lack of diversity in our field and what can be done to improve upon it.  We had a great time recording this interview with him and we hope you enjoy it as much as we did.  

 

Links:

https://www.stephencital.com/

https://www.veterinaryanesthesianerds.com/

https://www.ellevetsciences.com/

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

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

 

 

Vet Tech Cafe - Amanda Hedman episode

Vet Tech Cafe - Amanda Hedman episode

January 26, 2020

In this episode of the Vet Tech Cafe, we interviewed Amanda Hedman BS, RVT, MPh.  Amanda works with World Vets, an organization that brings veterinary care to countries all over the globe. She told us all the great things she's been able to do with World Vets as well as her experiences with her training and consulting business "Black Sheep Teaching"

Links:

World Vets: https://worldvets.org/

RAVS: https://www.ruralareavet.org/

Vet Bloom: https://vetbloom.com/

If you'd like to get in touch with Amanda about Black Sheep Teaching, email us at vettechcafe@gmail.com and we will get you in touch with her.  

Vet Tech Taproom Episode 2

Vet Tech Taproom Episode 2

January 18, 2020

In this episode of the Vet Tech Taproom, we discuss a recent article published in the December issue of Today’s Veterinary Business titled “5 Things You Didn’t Learn In School” by Sandy Walsh, RVT, CVPM, link available below.  We discussed each of these 5 points and why they are important to veterinary technicians and nurses.  

We also spent a lot of time discussing the proposed fee increase of RVT licensing in California.  We urge all California RVT’s to write a letter in opposition to this massive fee increase. Below is a link to the California RVT association’s facebook post about the fee increase.  You DO NOT have to be a resident of California, nor hold an RVT license in that state to have your opinion heard. It’s important to note that any letter must be sent to BOTH the CA VMB and the OAL (email and street addresses below).  

Links:

5 things article: https://todaysveterinarybusiness.com/5-things-technicians-didnt-learn-in-school/

California RVT Assosciation Posthttps://www.facebook.com/CaRVTA/posts/2403839196388554?__tn__=K-R 

California VMB:  www.vmb.ca.gov

California RVT Associations:  www.carvta.com

Emails to send letters:  

VMB - Moneel.Singh@dca.ca.gov

OAL - staff@oal.ca.gov

 

 

 

Vet Tech Cafe Liza Rudolph Episode

Vet Tech Cafe Liza Rudolph Episode

January 12, 2020

We interviewed Liza Rudolph BAS, RVT, VTS (C/P, SAIM) for this latest episode of the Vet Tech Cafe.  We discussed an article proposing to create a veterinary nursing associate (VNA).  She gave us a peek into the training that she does at various veterinary clinics on the east coast.  We also talked about QPR training, which is a really helpful tool in suicide prevention. 

Links:

East Coast Veterinary Education

https://eastcoastveterinaryeducation.com/

QPR Training

http://qprtraining.com/

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R6OhWvD6BP4