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!
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.
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!
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!