Kenichiro Yagi, RVT, VTS (ECC, SAIM), Adobe Animal Hospital, Los Altos, California
Heather Prendergast, RVT, CVPM, SPHR, Patterson Veterinary University, Las Cruces, New Mexico
Kenichiro Yagi, RVT, VTS (ECC, SAIM), is an ICU and blood bank manager at Adobe Animal Hospital in Los Altos, California. He has authored textbooks, chapters, and articles on transfusion medicine, respiratory care, critical care nursing, and the veterinary nursing profession. He is a board member of the Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society, the Academy of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Technicians, and the Veterinary Innovation Council, and he serves as the NAVTA State Representative Chairperson and cochair of the Veterinary Nurse Initiative.
FUN FACT: Before authoring articles, Ken had a stint in translating Japanese manga such as Rurouni Kenshin into English.
Heather Prendergast, RVT, CVPM, SPHR, has been in the veterinary industry for more than 26 years, working in small animal practice, as a consultant, and now as an educational development specialist for Patterson Veterinary. She authored the book Front Office Management for the Veterinary Team and lectures nationally on practice management and veterinary nurse-related initiatives.
FUN FACT: Heather drives a customized Harley Davidson Fat Boy when time allows.
I solemnly dedicate myself to aiding animals and society by providing excellent care and services for animals, by alleviating animal suffering, and by promoting public health. I accept my obligations to practice my profession conscientiously and with sensitivity, adhering to the profession’s Code of Ethics, and furthering my knowledge and competence through a commitment to lifelong learning.
In 1993, the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America (NAVTA) executive board passed a resolution declaring the third week of October National Veterinary Technician Week (NVTW) to focus positive attention on the veterinary nursing profession.
According to NAVTA, the NVTW goals are:
NVTW’s 2016 theme is “Veterinary Nursing in Action,” which connects to the diversity of experiences and species managed in the veterinary profession and reminds each veterinary nursing team member of the action steps listed in the veterinary technician oath.
In the spirit of this theme, let us look back at the veterinary nursing profession over the past year.
There are 230 AVMA-accredited veterinary nursing programs and 31 NAVTA-approved veterinary assistant (AVA) programs, proof of the continuing interest in veterinary team professional careers and the need to differentiate each team member’s skills and responsibilities.
Veterinary Team Brief recognizes that every veterinary team member is a valuable asset and congratulates the veterinary nursing team on another well-deserved celebration. Use this celebration as the springboard to promote and support teammates and clients. Lift one another UP! Celebrate each other, celebrate the prfession, celebrate YOU!
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