Tosha K. Starke, DVM, All Four Paws Veterinary Relief, Manassas, Virginia
Kathy Wainwright, DVM, Capital Area Veterinary Services, Arlington, Virginia
Lance M. Roasa, DVM, MS, JD, The Roasa Law Group, Raymond, Nebraska
Michelle D. Krasicki-Aune, MBA, BS, CVT, Vet Teams, Coon Rapids, Minnesota
Tosha Starke, DVM, is a 2004 Virginia Tech graduate. She started her relief service, All Four Paws Veterinary Relief, LLC, in 2013. She has 14 years of general practice experience.
FUN FACT: Tosha started doing relief work so she could have more control of her work schedule. With her company, she has helped fellow veterinarians to be able to do the same without having to do it alone.
Kathy Wainwright, DVM, is the owner of Capital Area Veterinary Services, a solo-practitioner, small animal relief veterinary service in the Washington, DC, metropolitan area. She earned her DVM at the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine. She then completed a one-year small animal rotating internship at Oradell Animal Hospital before returning to her childhood home in northern Virginia where she resides with her husband and a sassy feline.
FUN FACT: Kathy enjoys traveling to and exploring new countries, and is an avid Orangetheory addict.
Lance M. Roasa, DVM, MS, JD, teaches veterinary law, business, and ethics at 12 US veterinary colleges and serves veterinarians’ legal needs through his law practice. He earned his DVM from Texas A&M University and his law degree from University of Nebraska. Veterinary medicine is his favorite profession, and he continues to practice medicine and perform orthopedic surgery in the group of 5 veterinary practices he owns and manages in Nebraska. He also delivers legal, business, and ethics education through drip.vet. He is a coadvisor to the Veterinary Business Management Association, president of the American Veterinary Medical Law Association, and a member of the Veterinary Team Brief advisory board.
FUN FACT: To keep up with a hectic travel schedule of teaching at veterinary schools and consulting with veterinary practices, Lance pilots his 1969 Cessna Skylane around the country. Look for him overhead!
Michelle D. Krasicki-Aune, MBA, BS, CVT, is the founder, owner, and lead Relief Certified Veterinary Technician (CVT) for Vet Teams, LLC, the first company of its kind in the Midwest. She loves drawing on her more than 20 years of experience as a CVT to meet the challenges that relief work brings in her daily experiences and all things Boxer! She also dedicates her time to the National Association of Veterinary Technicians as the organization’s treasurer, works behind the scenes to help further veterinary technology education, and helps teach and train the veterinary community in Fear Free practices.
FUN FACT: Michelle attends the Minnesota State Fair at least twice a year, taste testing and reviewing all the new food and drink, often live if given the opportunity.
Relief services are a thriving segment of the veterinary profession. Hiring a relief veterinarian allows associates and practice owners to be away from the practice knowing their patients are cared for and clients have access to needed services. Working relief comes with benefits and challenges that are different from standard clinical practice, and opportunities exist for both veterinarians and veterinary nurses. We explore several of the many facets of veterinary relief work.