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We've discussed at length on the Vet Tech Cafe podcast how the veterinary technician profession faces several complex problems.  The possible solutions to these issues are even more complex.  But don't lose hope-there are many of our colleagues dedicating their professional lives to work towards solutions.  One such solution commonly mentioned is unionization.  You may remember our anniversary episode from last year with Liz Hughston in which she introduced us to the idea of unionization in veterinary medicine and what that may look like.  She also put us in touch with Katy Bradley, who was a leader of the movement to unionize a specialty hospital in the San Francisco Bay area that was ultimately shuttered by the Mars corporation.  In this episode, we take a deeper dive into what unionization could look like and why proponents of it feel it is vital to our survival.  Whatever your viewpoint of unions may be, put your work boots on, grab that thermos of coffee and give this episode a listen.  As always, let us know what you think!
Jeff and Dave were guests on the PAWSitive Leadership Podcast with David Liss, RVT, VTS (ECC, SAIM), CVPM, PHR and Andrea Crabtree, BS, CVPM, SPHR, PHRca, CCFP. This podcast focuses on veterinary practice management issues.  We really enjoyed being guests on this up and coming podcast.  Be sure to check them out at the links below! Links:
Hello Caffeinators!  Throughout the life of this podcast, we've stepped out of our comfort zone in several episodes to talk about things we encounter in our field everyday. Things that matter. Things that we all know exist but don't talk about.  And we're doing it again.  Brittany Laflen, RVT, VTS (IM-Neurology) and AIMVT President-Elect came by to chat with us and we could've talked for hour about so many facets to this issue.  If you're in this field long enough, you will work with somebody who is expecting a baby, or be wearing those shoes yourself.  Before you listen to this episode, ask yourself two questions: What is your reaction when you find out a co-worker is pregnant?  Why is that your reaction?  I think many of us would answer both of those questions in similar ways, and that's unlikely to be for a good reason.  So let us pour you a cup of hot tea, coffee, or cocoa, and instead of talking, let's listen to what Brittany has to say on this one.  We think we can all learn a few things from this one about how to support our colleagues. Links:  
There have been so many episodes that we could easily have recorded hours worth of conversation, and this is yet another.  Ed Durham, CVT, LATG, VTS(Cardiology) has been there and done that as a veterinary technician, and then some.  His career is in its' sixth different decade and he gives us a glimpse into some of what he has seen and done along the way, including the infamous Phoenix Heart Event in 1985, cath lab work at the University of Missouri under the tutelage of a world renowned veterinary cardiologist, and the creation of the cardiology subspecialty VTS credential.  We didn't even get to many of his other accomplishments such as the cardiology book he edited and many others.  This is the kind of conversation you could have around the campfire and one that we hope to continue in the future.  We hope you enjoy it-let us know what you think! Links: (19) Phoenix VTS | Facebook Cardiology for Veterinary Technicians and Nurses | Wiley Cardiology for Veterinary Technicians and Nurses: 9780813813530: Medicine & Health Science Books @
Happy Sunday Caffeinators!!  Wishing you a warm and thawed Sunday night.  For our next episode of the Vet Tech Cafe we interviewed Arantxa Lasa, an RVT at Oklahoma State University.  She previously spent time in the food production department, but has now found a home in the anesthesia department.  She discusses what it has looked like to navigate the pandemic at the academic level and she hopes 2021 will look like.  She talks about her work both in the US and abroad with different spay/neuter clinics.  Arantxa has a very fresh perspective on being a veterinary technician, and we also discuss how she balances her workload to avoid many of the pitfalls of being a veterinary technician as she is right at that time in her career where many veterinary technicians move on to another field.  Make no mistake, she's not going anywhere any time soon.  
Hello Caffeinators!!  One of our goals for 2021 was to start having discussions about the veterinary technician profession on a more global scale.  We aim to see what similarities or differences exist between those of us in the US and our colleagues in other countries, and to see how we can exchange ideas and work together to keep moving forward.  So for the cup of coffee for this episode, we're headed north of the border of the US to Canada and pouring up some Tim Horton's!  Andrea Steele, MSc, RVT, VTS(ECC) joined us recently to talk about RVT life in Canada.  We explored how licensure across the provinces compares to that across states in the US, public perception, and something many of us are very jealous of here in the US-RVT MONTH!!  This is the first of these conversations for us and we hope you find it as fascinating and beneficial as we do.  In which country would you like us to bring the Vet Tech Cafe to next? Links:,per%20vet%20by%20over%20%2478%2C000.   
When you think back to your time as a veterinary technician student, how much career guidance or career counseling did you get?  If you're like us, it was very little to none.  That's a huge part of our mission here at the Vet Tech Cafe-shining light on every aspect of the profession so you can see what all is out there.  Somehow, it's taken us a year to come up with the idea to actually interview somebody who does exactly this-but we were finally hit over the head with the idea and we're so happy to bring you our first (hopefully more!) episode with Rebecca Rose, CVT.  Rebecca is a Certified Career Coach and has published a book called Career Choices for Veterinary Technicians, and is currently working on a second edition (we wonder if veterinary podcast host will be in there?)!  She is also the founder of CATALYST Veterinary Professional Coaches-check them out on social media for some great content and inspiration!  We hope you enjoy this one! Links:  
Welcome to 2021, Caffeinators!  We've got some big ideas for this year, but we plan to keep our format the same and keep having important, thought-provoking discussions.  As such, we're starting off strong with Deborah Calantropio-Covington, BA, RVT, LAT, LATG, VTS-LAM.  Lab animal medicine is often a difficult or sensitive topic to many in our field.  We often learn in school that lab animal medicine exists, but it's often glossed over and not given its fair due.  What we hope to bring to light is that not only is this a viable career path, but that we're all veterinary technicians with a common goal-to give the best care possible to the patients under our care.  The patients might look a little different, but the people are very similar.  We invite you to come inside the Vet Tech Cafe, order a gingerbread spiced tea, and join us for this conversation and learn about the field of laboratory animal medicine with an open mind.  We think you'll enjoy it! Links:
If you're like many of your colleagues, 2020 has been a rough year for all levels of veterinary medicine. Changes abound and adaptation was the name of the game. This field is challenging to begin with and 2020 compounded the problems like a differential equation. So how do we face that? How do we continue? Where do we turn for help? In this episode, we talked to Eric Richman, MSW, LICSW, veterinary social worker at the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University. Prior to this position, he worked as a social worker in human medicine for 25 years. We talked specifically about challenges that human nurses and veterinary technicians face, and the similarities and differences in the mental health aspects of the two professions. We talked about how to utilize a veterinary social worker in practice and how veterinary technicians can utilize that resource. Our challenge to you for 2021 is to examine what resources are available to you and utilize them. If you're looking for help, there are some resources below. Happy New Year-we hope 2021 is a step in the right direction for you.    
Happy Holidays Caffeinators!!!   Welcome to our final Vet Tech Taproom episode of 2020.  We reflect on the year that was, talk about a few of our favorite episodes, lay out what we want to bring to you in 2021, and of course, enjoy a delicious beer.  We're so grateful for all of your support in 2020, and we are working to improve our content and outreach in 2021!!  So grab that cold beer or warming glass of bourbon or scotch and joining us in a worldwide "Cheers" to all of you.  While the Taproom never closes, we'll see you back here in 2021.
Do you wanna talk some rehab, I say yesss, yesss, yesssss.  Sorry for the terrible play on the Amy Winehouse song-I promise that's the last time we'll do that.  But if you're into Physical Rehabilitation, buckle your bootstraps and put on your headphones because this episode is coming for you.  Kristen Hagler, BS, RVT, VTS(PR), CCRP, CBW, OACM, VCC came by the Vet Tech Cafe a couple different times over the last couple weeks to talk about physical rehabilitation in our veterinary patients, and that alphabet behind her name means she's quite an expert in that discipline.  We'll talk about all of those certifications and what they are, the discussion of human PT's performing animal rehab, the relationship between Kristen and her patients, and so much more!  So get yourself your favorite cup of coffee and join us at the Vet Tech Cafe!  
Happy Sunday, Caffeinators!  Charlotte Waack came by the Vet Tech Cafe this past week to talk about VSPN, the legislative process and why it's important for veterinary technicians to be involved, and the veterinary nurse initiative.  There are very few people who have done as much for the veterinary technician profession as Charlotte has.  Earlier in 2020, a petition was widely circulated in an effort to try to get NAVTA to enter into more discussion, specifically about the title change because most of the other facets of the initiative are largely supported.  Then COVID hit, and more important matters took precedent.  We believe with 2021 on the horizon, the VNI will come back to the forefront, and we want the Vet Tech Cafe to be a place where these discussions can be had by all sides to help keep our listeners informed.  There will be episodes discussing the VNI sprinkled in, and we thought discussing it with Charlotte would be a great place to re-start the conversation! Links: VSPN: VIN/VSPN CE: Jeff's Fluids course info page: Dave's Transfusions course info page:   Instagram: Facebook: Twitter:
Happy Sunday Caffeinators!!  We have a bit of a different episode for you this time around!  We teamed up with our friends at VetFolio and recorded an episode with Dr. Cassi Fleming, less of an us-interviewing-her style, and more of a roundtable discussion style.  She was a veterinary assistant before becoming a veterinarian, so she's pretty in tune to many of the issues that plague our profession, and also has a unique insight as to how those issues affect her career as a veterinarian, and also how some of those issues crossover into her profession as well.  So while the format is a bit different, the discussion is not-important ideas being exchanged in an open forum amongst those with a vested interest.  We really think you'll enjoy this one. Make sure to check out our IG page this week for some CE giveaways! Links:  
For many veterinary technicians, large animal medicine is something we learn in school, study for the VTNE or other credentialing exam, and then forget about because we practice small animal medicine.  But we're all still veterinary technicians who can align to fight our battles on a unified front, as most are similar, though a few are unique.  In this episode, we interview Molly Cripe-Birt who is a surgical technologist at the large animal hospital at Purdue University's College of Veterinary Medicine.  She's the President of the Academy of Equine Veterinary Nursing, and we talk about many of these challenges and how to bridge the gap between small and large animal technicians in the national conversation.  We found this to be very insightful discussion, and we strongly believe our Caffeinators will enjoy it as much as we did!  Check out the link below if you're interested in some great equine information and certification info!
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!   Follow our Seattle bargaining unit:    
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  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.   
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!
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!,University%20of%20Nebraska%20(NU)%20system #secondbaseyourself  
We accidentally released this episode without adding in our standard intro and outro that so many of you have told us you enjoy.  The content is all the same, we just added the intro and outro. Are you ready to feel uncomfortable?  Are you ready to push your boundaries a bit?  Are you ready to grow as a human?  If not, keep scrolling.  Theresa Cosper has been an RVT for 8 years and is currently at an academic institution where she manages a teaching lab for veterinary students.  But we're not talking about any of that in this episode.  This episode is The Vet Tech Cafe continuing its mission to discuss the issues that face our profession with those who live and experience those issues firsthand, and talk about ways to inspire change.  This was a very real, and very difficult, episode for us to record and there is some very real and difficult language in here.  Racism is as real in veterinary medicine as it is everywhere else.  We invite you to open your heart and join the discussion. (enter the code CAFE for $25 off registration)
Are you ready to feel uncomfortable?  Are you ready to push your boundaries a bit?  Are you ready to grow as a human?  If not, keep scrolling.  Theresa Cosper has been an RVT for 8 years and is currently at an academic institution where she manages a teaching lab for veterinary students.  But we're not talking about any of that in this episode.  This episode is The Vet Tech Cafe continuing its mission to discuss the issues that face our profession with those who live and experience those issues firsthand, and talk about ways to inspire change.  This was a very real, and very difficult, episode for us to record and there is some very real and difficult language in here.  Racism is as real in veterinary medicine as it is everywhere else.  We invite you to open your heart and join the discussion. (enter the code CAFE for $25 off registration)    
We had set out to do 5 or 6 taproom episodes this year.  Here we are at Taproom Episode number 9!  This Taproom comes to you from our latest Instagram Live that we did on 9/17.  We did a bit of a recap of #IVECCS2020 as well as giving a little preview of what's coming up for the Vet Tech Cafe and you, our listeners.
This is our celebratory IG Live/Zoom call to commemorate the night the Vet Tech Cafe came into existence one year ago at IVECCS in Washington, DC!  So if you're interested to watch us struggle with technology yet again, check it out!  
Veterinary Anesthesia Nerds.  Certified Veterinary Pain Practitioner.  Veterinary Technician Specialist (Anesthesia/Analgesia). Veterinary Anesthesia Nerds Podcast.  Animal Pain Awareness Month.  Author.  Veterinary Anesthesia Nerds Symposium.  Lecturer. Certified Veterinary Technician.  What is the common denominator in all of these?  Tasha McNerney.  In this episode of the Vet Tech Cafe, we cover it all.  Let us get you a cup of coffee and join us in the conversation!  
Have you ever considered the forensic side to veterinary medicine?  If you're interested in hearing more about that, this is the episode for you!  We chat with Lisa Smith, MS, LVT, VTS(ECC) to discuss what it looks like to obtain a Master's Degree in Veterinary Forensics, obtaining evidence in cases that present to your hospital that may involve abuse or neglect, and mandated reporting, and so much more!  This episode will definitely appeal to fans of the true crime genre.  All that said, there are some heavy topics in here, but this is unfortunately a very real side of veterinary medicine and we as veterinary technician and veterinary nurses must understand our responsibility in helping these patients.  There might also be some light-hearted fun-poking at Jeff for his love of pumpkin spice coffee.  So grab a cup of your favorite coffee and join us at the Vet Tech Cafe! #PumpkinSpiceBooTrain Links: National link coalition - Aaha protocol for animal abuse - Animal Law Resource Center 
Welcome to the Vet Tech Cafe, what can we get you?  An RVT working in zoo med?  Coming right up!  This episode features Mark Romanoski, RVT.  He's been working in zoo med the last few years, and is currently at the Henry Vilas Zoo in Madison, WI.  We talk about all things zoo med-from the creatures he works on, the path to the VTS(Zoo) credential, to the ingenuity it takes to succeed in that role!  So many of us start out wanting to work in zoo med, and only a few of us actually ever get to.  So let us serve you up a cup of coffee and sit back, relax, and listen to Mark tell his story-it's a good one!   Links:   Fowler's Zoo and Wild Animal Medicine, Volume 8 1st Edition by Eric R. Miller DVM DACZM DECZM (Hon. – ZHM (Editor), Murray E. Fowler DVM DACZM DACVIM DABVT (Editor) Zoo Animal and Wildlife Immobilization and Anesthesia 2nd Editionby Gary West (Editor), Darryl J. Heard (Editor), Nigel Caulkett (Editor)      
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Oct 18th, 2019
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Apr 5th, 2021
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