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Vet Tech Cafe - Liz Hughston Episode 3

Vet Tech Cafe - Liz Hughston Episode 3

October 17, 2021

Caffeinators-can you believe we're embarking on our 3rd year of the Vet Tech Cafe? If you've been with us from the beginning, you already know who our next guest is, and why. Liz Hughston is so many things to so many of you, and that's no different for us. Her passion for the field, mentorship, leadership, friendship, and so much more is why we keep coming back to her to start each new year. There are not many of our colleagues in touch with such a wide swath of the profession as Liz, so who better to check in with each year? We went a little off-script with this one-actually, we went without a script!  We just had a natural, organic conversation about the state of the profession and different trends or concerns we all have about where we're at and where we're headed, which is the heart and soul of the Vet Tech Cafe. So whether you are Team Pumpkin Spice and Everything Nice, or if you ride the Pumpkin Spice Boo Train, take the next stop at the Vet Tech Cafe and join us!

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Vet Tech Taproom  Episode 15

Vet Tech Taproom Episode 15

October 14, 2021

It's time for another episode of the Vet Tech Taproom! You probably saw the viral post making its way through our circles recently about the increase in pets and patients per staff member through the pandemic, and perhaps saw the article below as well. We spent some time discussing both of these and the importance of knowing where the material that gets posted and shared comes from before sharing.  We also look forward to Year 3 of the Vet Tech Cafe as our next episode kicks off the next chapter. If you've been following us for a while, you probably know who our next guest is-you don't want to miss that episode! We're grateful for your support you continue to show us-thank you!

 

https://www.avma.org/javma-news/2021-09-15/are-we-veterinary-workforce-crisis?fbclid=IwAR0kqy4uet_XUznTIlfdLb-huVjjOmlfRmltOGCR1BBTiIn8BXEYLKlHgKY

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Vet Tech Cafe - Karen Roach Episode

Vet Tech Cafe - Karen Roach Episode

October 3, 2021

When we set out on this adventure that is the Vet Tech Cafe podcast, we had a list of colleagues that we knew we could have insightful conversation about the current and future states of the veterinary technician profession with. We've also had many people reach out to us about their unique facets and outlooks of the profession. This episode is the intersection of both of those, and we are thrilled to finally connect with Karen Roach, RVT, VTS(ECC) at that juncture. Karen has been one of our biggest supporters since we started but also is on the frontline of clinical medicine, and heavily involved in the training and mentorship of the next wave of veterinary technicians. In this episode, we look through the microscope of training veterinary assistants and technicians amid perhaps the greatest staffing crisis our profession has faced. We look at the integral role of ownership and management in that path and examine one way out of our current situation. So come join us for our next episode at the Vet Tech Cafe, where we promise you coffee, or tea, will be made just as you order it!

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Vet Tech Cafe - Alexandra Yaksich Episode

Vet Tech Cafe - Alexandra Yaksich Episode

September 19, 2021

For most of our episodes for the Vet Tech Cafe, we reach out to a specific guest to discuss a certain issue in our field, or highlight a particular area of it. For other episodes, a guest might reach out to us, and the conversation grows more organically. That's exactly what happened for our latest episode with Alexandra Yaksich, BSc, AHT. Alex reached out to us recently to let us know she wanted to mention our podcast in an upcoming article she was writing for Veterinary Practice News about compassion fatigue. Naturally, we wanted to know more about this, and discovered a large portion of her career currently is writing about trends in the veterinary industry. Additionally, she is leading a campaign in her native Quebec to ban declawing in cats! This is exactly what we strive to highlight on the Vet Tech Cafe-veterinary technicians who are driving and leading change in our field. We really hope you'll join us for this fascinating discussion! Some of Alex's other recent articles are linked below. She also has a professional relationship with Euthabag, a purpose-built body bag as an alternative to a standard plastic trash bag. You can find out more about them below!

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Vet Tech Taproom Episode 14 - Live from IVECCS

Vet Tech Taproom Episode 14 - Live from IVECCS

September 16, 2021

Dave and Jeff take a moment at the end of IVECCS to recap their weekend in Nashville TN.  We were live on Instagram for this episode! 

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Vet Tech Cafe - Nynke Hillebrand Episode

Vet Tech Cafe - Nynke Hillebrand Episode

September 5, 2021

To continue our International Series, we invited Nynke Hillebrand, RVT, stateside recently, albeit virtually, to discuss life as a veterinary technician in The Netherlands! We met Nynke in 2013 when the three of us tested for the AVECCTN exam. Nynke came to San Diego, CA, all the way from The Netherlands for that exam.  Without giving too much away here, there are far more similarities than differences, and we believe hearing about all of that will be as fascinating to you as it was to us!  Spoiler alert, many of the same challenges we face in the US are also challenges faced there. Additionally, Nynke has transitioned out of a clinical role after experiencing burnout, and now is a certified systemic therapist and works with veterinarians and veterinary staff. What is systemic therapy and what does that look like? Download Sunday night at 8pm wherever you get your podcasts!

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Nynke's website (you will need to translate to English) http://www.bewustenergiek.nu/
 
 

 

Vet Tech Cafe - Ken Yagi Episode

Vet Tech Cafe - Ken Yagi Episode

August 22, 2021

There are not many people in our field that are working as hard as Ken Yagi is to change it.  To know Ken is to know how many Boards and Committees he serves on, how much work he puts in every day to try to make things better, and what it looks like to be the Chief Veterinary Nursing Officer for Veterinary Emergency Group, or VEG.  That last point is where we spend the bulk of our time in this episode.  Ken Yagi, MS, RVT, VTS (ECC) (SAIM), recently sat down with us to discuss his role inside VEG, the incredible talent that they have acquired, future expansion plans, and much more. You may have seen posts online recently about the higher wages and benefits VEG offers to veterinary technicians, and we wanted to know what they're putting in the water (or coffee) at VEG and whether or not this is sustainable.  They believe it is and our profession will be better for it.  We could talk to Ken for hours about so many different things, but with the current job market, we felt this was a good first step.  Grab a cup of coffee and join the discussion!

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Vet Tech Cafe - Mary Berg Episode-Beyond the Crown-Dentistry

Vet Tech Cafe - Mary Berg Episode-Beyond the Crown-Dentistry

August 8, 2021

Happy Sunday, Caffeinators!  We recently shared a conversation and a cup of coffee with Mary Berg, BS, RVT, LATG, VTS(Dentistry), to talk all things veterinary dentistry.  This hour flew by listening to Mary talk about how veterinary dentistry has changed over the years, what it looks like to be practice as a VTS(Dentistry), and the pathway to obtain that.  We could've talked to Mary for hours as she wears so many different hats in our profession, but for this discussion, we tried to keep it narrowed down to veterinary dentistry.  If you need any dentistry consulting, be sure to check out the link for Beyond the Crown below.  We hope you enjoy this one-we certainly did!

 

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Academy of Veterinary Dental Technicians: https://www.avdt.us/

Veterinary Dental Forum  October 21-25   - https://www.veterinarydentalforum.org/

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Vet Tech Taproom Episode 13

Vet Tech Taproom Episode 13

July 27, 2021

Our most recent taproom episode was recorded this week.  Reflecting on past episodes, looking forward to future episodes and finally starting to talk about our favorite time of the year - IVECCS.  Grab yourself a cold one and join us in the Vet Tech Taproom!

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Vet Tech Cafe - Nicki Castagna Episode

Vet Tech Cafe - Nicki Castagna Episode

July 25, 2021

Caffeinators, this is an important one.  Are you a member of your state veterinary technician association, or VTA?  Or perhaps the State VMA if a VTA doesn't exist?  Are you active and engaged in what the association is doing?  We can't stress strongly enough the important work these Board and Committee members do, strictly on a volunteer basis, to make sure your profession is well represented in the legislative arena.  We recently sat down with Nicki Castagna, RVT, who is the President of the Maryland VTA to talk about the importance of these associations, and moreover, your membership.  The more members an association has, the larger contingent it represents, and the greater likelihood it can effect change.  We hope after you hear this episode, you'll join your local VTA if you haven't already!  And while you're at it, join a committee and get involved-it's incredibly rewarding work!  All the best, Caffeinators!

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