Veterinary Cancer Society Technicians
Welcome Jamie Wesolowski!
2023-2024 Technician Liaison
Hello everyone, I am Jamie Wesolowski! I can not tell you how excited I am to be your Technician Liaison. I am incredibly humbled to take on this position, especially after so many technician pioneers before me. The first time I went to a VCS conference we were in Portland, OR and that is where I met Kathi Smith, now my incredible mentor. I watched her interact with the technician’s and be the voice for all of us oncology nerds. I knew I wanted to be her (on so many levels!). Technician development is key to a successful practice and exceptional patient and client care. I am excited to meet so many other oncology professionals and learn what you want out of VCS and your career. The liaison is the go-to person to get things done that you want to see happen. I want each of you to reach out to me if you have an idea or suggestions, lets get nerdy and talk oncology!
When I’m not thinking about oncology, I enjoy spending time with family and friends, working on my ever-expanding flower garden, read, crafting, hiking, cheering on the Indiana Pacers, being outdoors and honestly, just laying around doing nothing and watching a movie. I have 3 amazing fur babes, Sophie- pug/Frenchie, Binx- black DMH and Kyra- border collie/basenji mix, oh yeah, and my incredibly supportive and wonderful husband Scott.
Jamie’s Recommended Resources
Now that the holidays are finished you may have set your sights on a New Year’s Resolution. Whether you set your goals of shedding the new addition of holiday weight, save for a big vacation or you’ve been envisioning new heights of career development. I am in no position myself to tell you about a weight loss program, but I think VCS and I might be able to help inspire you with some career development ideas! Below are some resources that you might consider:
Lecturing modality ideas:
Drug and Medical device reps
*they love working with technicians and always have education projects you could help with.
*Insurance companies are always looking for ways to demonstrate the necessity of pet insurance, what better way than utilize a representative from medical, surgical, radiation or integrative oncology.
*We are in the age of podcast, I’m sure you know a few friends or family who are listening to podcast on a daily basis, but also have their own show. These shows are always looking for expert individuals to speak on an episode.
Lunch and Learn lecture series
*Develop some type of lecture series that could be RACE approved. Reach out to the general practices in your area, hospitals you work with on a regular basis or practices that rarely refer and you want to introduce your services (basic lunch and learn, then gear to their needs).
*You have probably heard of many cases of pets being surrendered due to poor health and possible cancer. Many shelters and rescues need our help to educate how to care for some of these patients whether they are receiving chemo, radiation or hospice care.
Credentialed Technician or Veterinary Assistant programs
*Be a guest alumni lecturer at your technician school or local program.
Not one for public speaking, (it’s not for everyone, I get it) but you can write and edit a mean case report or article? Here are some ideas to get your foot into the door of the writing and editing world.
- Today’s Veterinary Nurse
- Veterinary Brief
- Book publishers (Wiley, Elsevier etc)
- Different Academies or Societies (peer review journal articles)
What type of certificate/ Certification programs are out there for Credentialed Veterinary Technicians? (This list is not limited to the below, these are more focused for our field of expertise)
Veterinary Technician Specialist or Veterinary Nurse Specialist
- Academy of Internal Medicine Veterinary Technicians (MO, S/L/Equine IM, Neuro and Cardio)
- Academy of Veterinary Nutrition Technicians
- Academy of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Technicians and Nurses
- Academy of Veterinary Dental Technicians
- Academy of Veterinary Technicians in Anesthesia and Analgesia
- Academy of Veterinary Zoological Medicine Technicians
- Academy of Veterinary Technicians in Clinical Practice
- Academy of Laboratory Animal Veterinary Technicians and Nurses
- Academy of Veterinary Behavior Technicians
- Academy of Veterinary Clinical Pathology Technicians
- Academy of Dermatology Veterinary Technicians
- Academy of Equine Veterinary Nursing Technicians
- Academy of Physical Rehabilitation Veterinary Technicians
- Academy of Veterinary Ophthalmic Technicians
- Academy of Veterinary Surgical Technicians
- Academy of Veterinary Technicians in Diagnostic Imaging
College of Integrative Veterinary Therapies- CIVT
*Foundation course for small animal natural nutrition
*Certification small animal natural nutrition
*Certification small animal herbology
*Advanced certification small animal naturopathy
The Chi Institute: TCVM- Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine
Medical, Surgical, Radiation and Integrative General certificate/ certification options:
American Association of Veterinary Radiologist- Online Radiation safety (Radiation Safety Training (Techs) (aavr.org))
International Veterinary Academy of Pain Management (IVAPM) Certification – Certified Veterinary Pain Practitioner (CVPP) IVAPM Certification (CVPP) | International Veterinary Academy of Pain Management
Companion Animal Pain Management- University of Tennessee Additional E-learning Courses – CCRP – Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner (u-tenn.org)
NAVC- Human and Animal Bond certificate Human-Animal Bond Certification | NAVC
Business Leadership Certified Veterinary business leader Certified Veterinary Business Leader | NAVC
NAVC Pet Nutrition Coach Certification Pet Nutrition Coach Certification | NAVC
Veterinary Cannabis counselor Certificate Curriculum – VETERINARY CANNABIS
University of Tennessee -Veterinary Social Worker- (VSW-CP) VETERINARYSOCIALWORK.ORG – veterinarysocialwork.org
Association of Pet Loss and Bereavement – Pet Loss Counselor Certification Association for Pet Loss and Bereavement – Free pet loss & grief support (aplb.org)
*Companion Animal Euthanasia Certification- Companion Animal Euthanasia Training Academy Training in Euthanasia Best Practices & Veterinary Continuing Education (caetainternational.com)
*Cat Friendly Veterinary Professional Program – AAFP Cat Friendly Certificate Program | American Association of Feline Practitioners (catvets.com)
VCS TECHNICIAN MEMBERSHIP
One of the reasons the technician membership is as strong as it is, is the support of Epicur Pharma. Epicur continues to sponsor membership renewals each year. Because of their generosity, new technician members have been able to join at a low rate of $40 and their renewals are complimentary thanks, once again, to the sponsorship of Epicur Pharma.
- 2022 RENEWING MEMBERS: As mentioned above, thanks to the generosity of Epicur Pharma, sister division of Stokes Pharmacy, 2023 membership renewals for all current VCS member technicians are provided complimentary. Please renew online using the code emailed to you or email Lauren Flaker at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you, Epicur Pharma!
- NEW TECHNICIAN MEMBERS: Any technician joining VCS for the very first time will pay $40 regardless of the time of year that you join. Click HERE to join.
Thank you for joining us in person at the 2022 Technician Workshop at VCS!
We hope to see you in Reno, Nevada in 2023!
If you were unable to attend the 2022 Annual Conference in person, in Norfolk, Virginia, it’s not too late! All of the technician presentations will be available for both CE and non-CE purposes in just a few weeks. You can register for the 2022 On Demand Annual Conference and watch any presentation that you would like. Log in to your member account to register. When you do, you’ll receive an email that provides you with login instructions for the conference platform as well as to the CE site. Please note, videos are currently being edited and will be available soon.
2023 VTS SPECIALTY LICENSE SCHOLARSHIP & APPLICATION PREP COURSE
Congratulations to Lindsey Fourez, our 2022 VTS Scholarship recipient, on successfully earning your VTS in Oncology!
Are you interested in pursuing your VTS in oncology? The Veterinary Cancer Society provides a travel scholarship to as many as two veterinary technician members who pursue their specialty certification. For more information click HERE.
For complete information about the specialty exam and application process through AIMVT, click HERE.
PREP COURSE FOR VTS APPLICATIONS
If you are a VCS member technician who is thinking about pursuing your VTS in oncology but you want help with the application process, we have a new Prep Course just for you. For details, click HERE.
Join The VCS Technicians Facebook page!
We encourage all Technician members of VCS to submit links to journal articles or websites that you find interesting and that you feel will advance your fellow technicians.
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.
Websites of Interest
- Ontario Association of Veterinary Technology
- ACVIM (American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine)
- NAVTA (North American Veterinary Technician Association)
- AIMVT (Academy of Internal Medicine 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.
- VetMedTeam NAVTA approved Veterinary Assistant Program
- Resource for Online Programs
- Veterinary Technician Cancer Series