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Vet Tech Cafe - Ed Carlson Interview

Vet Tech Cafe - Ed Carlson Interview

December 29, 2019

In this episode, we interview Ed Carlson, CVT, VTS (Nutrition).  Ed is the Director of Technician Learning and Development for Ethos Veterinary Health which spans over 25 hospitals throughout the nation. He is the President Elect for NAVTA and serves on multiple NAVTA committees including the Veterinary Nurse Initiative workgroup.  He was also the NAVTA Veterinary Technician of the year in 2019

Along with getting a look into Ed's career path, we had a great discussion about the Veterinary Nurse Initiative that has lately been a very debated topic.  We also discussed the AVMA's Veterinary Technician Utilization Task Force which Ed is a part of.  

We hope you enjoy this final episode of 2019!


To learn more about the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America, go to:

To learn more about the Veterinary Nurse Initiative, go to:

To learn more about the AVMA Veterianry Technician Task force, go to:


Vet Tech Cafe - David Liss Interview

Vet Tech Cafe - David Liss Interview

December 15, 2019

On this episode of the Vet Tech Cafe, Dave and Jeff interview David Liss.  David has an incredibly rich and diverse background in the field of veterinary technology. David holds an Associate’s Degree in Veterinary Technology, a Bachelor’s in Sociology, and a Master’s in Biomedical Science.  He is double boarded in emergency/critical care and small animal internal medicine. He has a diverse background in emergency and critical care nursing in addition to being a certified veterinary practice manager (CVPM) and professional in human resources (PHR). David currently is the director of operations for Amerivet in Los Angeles, and runs his own consulting business: Veterinary Training and Consulting, Inc.

We had a great discussion about the abstracts that were announced recently looking at burnout and medical errors.  David now being on the management side had some great ideas and thoughts on how we can improve these things.  His experience as both a technician and as a hospital manager gives him a unique perspective on how veterinary teams interact and grow together.  We also talked about veterinary technician education and how we can advance our profession.  Hope you enjoy this episode!  


Link to Abstracts: The abstracts we discussed are on pages 7 and 8 

Link to Masters Program:

Link to David's Website:



Vet Tech Cafe - Liz Hughston Interview

Vet Tech Cafe - Liz Hughston Interview

December 1, 2019

In this episode, we interviewed Liz Hughston MEd., RVT, CVT, LVT, VTS (SAIM, ECC), Certified Veterinary Cannabis Counselor.  Liz is involved in many amazing projects in the veterinary field but we wanted to focus on her involvement in the Not One More Vet Support Staff movement.  Crisis prevention and suicide prevention is something that fits into our podcast mission of discussing issues that greatly impact veterinary technicians. We felt it was important to have this discussion now to start tackling the tough issues.  We’ve also included some contact information that Liz provided for getting in touch with these organizations that can help with these issues. 

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