April 26, 2020
In this episode we talked with Amy Newfield, CVT, VTS (ECC). She is a highly decorated speaker, has been published in numerous publications, and has been involved with the AVECCTN board for a number of years. Her current role is the Project Manager for Training and Health and Wellness for BluePearl Hosptials. We have a great discussion about the pros and cons of working for a large cooperation vs a smaller private practice. Amy taught us about working with a social worker that BluePearl has on staff and all the benefits that come with that. Finally, we all shared a few stories about a dear friend that we lost almost a year ago. We hope you enjoy this 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!
email@example.com (for PPE donations)
www.redcross.org (for blood and plasma [if fully recovered] donations)
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.
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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. We would love to continue this discussion beyond just this 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!