Veterinary Technician Cancer Society

Welcome the 2019 VTCS Liaison – Brooke Quesnell 

Brooke’s interest in the VTCS liaison position is because of her passion for providing up to date education for our technicians.  Here’s what she has to say about VTCS: Providing support and encouraging personal advancement is fundamental to the progression of our profession. By continuing to build a top of the line program for technicians to attend each year we can meet goals such as providing information about state of the art treatments and improved safety standards,  while still enforcing basic fundamentals of oncology. My vision for the future of the VTCS would be to see the program continue to grow and become the go to conference for oncology technicians. By continuing to improve the technician track we can draw more and more technicians to the conference with the knowledge that they will have the opportunity to learn about cutting edge practices and the shifting paradigms of our field.


2018 Veterinary Technician Cancer Society Workshop Recap

Thank you to the technicians who attended the 2018 VTCS workshop in Louisville, Kentucky! We were happy to welcome 74 member technicians out of 113 total technicians in attendance.

Once again on Thursday, the cytology and hematology lab was well attended and received. It was our desire to provide a format which made it easier for everyone to take home new tools in preparing and evaluating quality and diagnostic laboratory slides.  A huge thanks to Dr. Heinrich and Dr. Seelig for presenting again this year. Their obvious rapport made it both informative and entertaining.

Friday morning was started with a breakfast sponsored by Aratana. The Technician Meet & Greet (along with a few business topics) Luncheon was sponsored by Amatheon Pharmaceuticals and was overseen by Nikki Parker. Her theme was “networking” and it appeared everyone made a concerted effort to get to know someone new. For the business portion of the meeting, Brooke Quesnell was elected as the new Technician Liaison. We all look forward to her bringing the VTCS to a new level over the next two years. Our Stokes Scholarship winner was Jessica West. Jessica is pursuing her VTS in oncology and this scholarship provides money to support her endeavor.

Also this year on Friday, we instituted a beginner (or as I like to call it-the newbies) and advanced sessions. The topics were based on the surveys from last year’s conference and the feedback from the attendees was very positive. We will work to institute it again next year. A big thanks to all the veterinarians and technicians who were willing to share their knowledge and expertise. The pursuit of excellence is what the VTCS is all about and was definitely shown by the quality of the presentations. The topics included the biology of cancer, common cancers seen in practice (lymphoma & mast cell disease) along with not so common, oncologic emergencies, clinical studies, the tumor microenvironment (which is where novel treatments are being concentrated), chemo safety and USP 800, client communication (which we could use help with daily), integrative medicine, in-patient monitoring, and new treatment modalities using radiation therapy. Technicians were also able to attend this year’s three excellent Key Note Speakers.

We want to thank all the participants in the Case Report competition: Bethany Meis with “Julia, Melanoma to undifferentiated sarcoma”, Caitlin Usignol: “Preputial adenocarcinoma in a ferret and Madeline Ederer: “Localized lymphoma in a feline. They were all interesting and informative cases. Congratulations to the winner, Madeline Ederer!

Friday night, VetDC provided a technician reception where we all practiced out new networking skills. On Saturday, Best PetRx hosted a luncheon presentation. We were certainly well fed! Saturday night’s gala at the Churchill Downs was truly spectacular and I personally loved the hat contest!

Again, thank you Stokes Pharmacy! We appreciate their generous sponsoring of the technician workshop AND providing FREE membership to 150 technicians again this year along with the VCS Conference Scholarship!!! Their continued support of the VTCS allows the conference to keep costs more affordable. Thank you to all of our sponsors!!!

We hope that those of you who attended the 2018 VTCS Workshop enjoyed your time in Louisville and were able to bring something back that will not only benefit you but your fellow technicians as well. Don’t forget to send in your suggestions for future topics. We hope to see you next year in Houston, Texas.

Kathi L. Smith, RVT, VTS (Oncology)

VTCS Liaison & Workshop Chairperson


Membership Renewals will go on-line on December 1. 

  • 2018 RENEWING MEMBERS:  Technicians who were a 2018 member are allowed complimentary 2019 membership simply by returning the 2019 Membership application found HERE by April 1st.  As of April 2nd, you may renew online for $90 by using the standard membership form found HERE if you live in the US or Canada, or HERE if you live outside of the US or Canada.


  • NEW TECHNICIAN MEMBERS:  Any technician joining VCS for the very first time will pay $40 regardless of the time of year that you join.  Before April 1st you may pay online by starting HERE.  The $40 rate will no longer be active online After April 1st.  Instead you will complete the form that you will find HERE if you reside in the US or Canada.  If you are an international technician that meets the criteria of international membership (see above) click HERE for the proper form.


Please join us at the 2019 Annual Conference in Houston, TX.  VTCS is planning an outstanding workshop that will begin on Thursday afternoon and concludes on Saturday afternoon.  The session will, once again, include three Case Reports submitted by member technicians.  Check out the conference website for more information and a preliminary schedule in the coming weeks.

This year’s program chair is Brooke Quesnell, our technician liaison.


Did you know that each year the Veterinary Cancer Society provides a (up to) $2500 travel scholarship to as many as two veterinary technician members 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:

  • Applicant must be a current member of VCS, must have been a member for two years prior to applying, and maintain their VCS 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 more information on the process of earning your specialty license visit or contact Kathi Smith at

If you have any questions about the submission process, please email

Don’t miss out on a chance to get your specialty certification and have much, if not all, of your travel expenses paid for!

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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.


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