Welcome to the Veterinary Technician Cancer Society (VTCS)
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Our mission is to be an advocate of the cancer patient and maintain the highest standards of care and treatment of animals with cancer. We attain this mission by promoting technician communication, education, and specialization in the field of veterinary oncology.
Kathi Smith named VTCS Liaison
At the 2016 Annual Conference, Kathi Smith was named VTCS liaison. Kathi will serve in this capacity, representing the causes and efforts of member technicians, through December of 2018.
“The future for the VTCS is a bright one,” said Smith. “More technicians are working in practices that provide cancer treatments; including medical, surgical and radiation therapy. Technicians are becoming more interested in obtaining their specialty credentialing. Providing an avenue of CE, support and camaraderie is the hallmark of the VTCS.”
“I would like the VTCS to become more of a voice in the oncology community. I recommend that the VCS/VTCS encourage the doctor members to be more invested in their technicians. Educating doctors on job skills that are more in-line with their technicians training and abilities. Continuing education should be a priority. Promote on-line CE webinars such as those provided through the veterinary schools at Missouri, Wisconsin, and the VCS website. Promote the former list serve for member technicians which allows them to ask questions and make comments in a private and more confidential setting. Promote the collaboration of the VTCS/VCS and AIMVT through the VTCS and AIMVT Facebook pages. Utilize the technician link on the VCS website. Introduce case reports quarterly. Encourage oncology technicians to become more involved in their profession.”
You can reach Kathi directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thanks to Stokes Pharmacy, 150 technicians received complimentary membership in 2017. At this time, however, any technician who wishes to join VCS must pay the $40 membership rate. The late fee for renewing members is $90 after April 1st.
2017 VTCS Workshop
Please join us at the 2017 Annual Conference in Portland, OR. VTCS is planning an outstanding workshop on both Friday and Saturday this year and we hope that you will join us. This year’s program chair is Sierra Luke from the Veterinary Cancer & Surgery Specialists in Portland. A half-day Cytology/Hematology lab has been scheduled for Thursday afternoon and is open to just 20 technicians. Registration opens on June 30th.
VTS Scholarship Information
Each year, VCS has agreed to provide up to two veterinary technician members with a maximum $2500 scholarship to help cover travel-related expenses for those who pursue their specialty certification. The application deadline is October 1st of each year. Those interested in applying for the scholarship must meet several criteria including the following:
- Must be a member of VCS for two years prior to applying and maintain their membership throughout the testing period.
- Submit the scholarship application no later than October 1st of each year. Scholarship recipients will be chosen at the EC meeting in October each year.
- Must pursue an oncology-related specialty.
- Must provide letters of support from a board-certified oncologist.
- For an application visit: VCS TECHNICIAN SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION
- For more information on the process of earning your specialty license visit http://www.aimvt.com/.
Learn more about becoming a VTS in oncology
Kathi Smith provided a short presentation at the 2016 workshop about how to prepare and apply for the VTS exam. You can view that video free of charge here.
Web Sites of Interest
- Ontario Association of Veterinary Technology
- NAVTA (North American Veterinary Technician Association)
- Academy of Internal Medicine(ACVIM) for Veterinary Technicians
- Veterinary Support Personnel Network
The Veterinary Support Personnel Network is for people working in the field of veterinary medicine; membership in VSPN is free. In addition to information about veterinary oncology, the VSPN community features message boards, chats, and accredited CE for veterinary technicians. To register, visit the VSPN Web site.