Membership

Technicians

VCS Technician Membership

Veterinary technicians play a crucial role in veterinary practices and contribute significantly to the overall functioning and success of the veterinary healthcare team. Technicians support animal care, assist in medical procedures, educate clients, monitor patients, and enhance the overall efficiency and quality of care provided. Because of this, VCS provides technicians who work in oncology practices with educational and professional opportunities through our conferences and on demand learning platform.

RENEWING MEMBERS

Thanks to the generosity of Epicur Pharma and Dechra, 2024 membership renewals for all current VCS member technicians are provided complimentary.

Thank you, Epicur Pharma and Dechra!

Please renew online using the code emailed to you or email Lauren Flaker.

New Members

Your professional development is of great importance and we understand that. When you join VCS, you’ll have educational opportunities and support available to you 24-7.

2023 VCS Technician Workshop Recordings Now Available

We hope that you were able to join us in person at the 2023 Technician Workshop in Reno, but if not, you still have the opportunity to watch all of the presentations and earn CE after taking a short quiz. Register for the 2023 On Demand Annual Conference and watch any presentation that you would like by logging into your member account and going to the Calendar of Events where you will see the registration link. Log in to your member account to register. After registering you’ll receive an email providing you with login instructions for the videos.

If you attended the conference in Reno you should have already received a special code allowing you to register for the on-demand recordings without having to pay.  If you need that code email cindy@vetcancersociety.org.

We hope to see you in Orlando, FL in 2024!

VTS SCHOLARSHIP

2024 VTS specialty license scholarship & application prep course

Are you interested in pursuing your VTS in oncology in 2024? The Veterinary Cancer Society provides a travel scholarship to as many as two veterinary technician members who pursue their specialty certification.

For complete information about the specialty exam and application process through AIMVT, click HERE.

Congratulations!

Congratulations to Amanda Brackett, our 2023 VTS Scholarship recipient, on successfully earning your VTS in Oncology!

Amanda Brackett
Jamie Wesolowski
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!
Jamie Wesolowski, Technician Liaison

Hello everyone!

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.

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.

Pet insurance

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.

Podcast

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).

Shelters, Rescues/fosters

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
  • VSPN
  • 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

Integrative medicine:

Medical, Surgical, Radiation and Integrative General certificate/ certification options:

Pain management

The American Society of Veterinary Journalists- veterinary journalist certification (CVJ)

NAVC- Human and Animal Bond certificate Human-Animal Bond Certification | NAVC

IAAHPC’s Animal Hospice and Palliative Care (AHPC) Certification International Association for Animal Hospice and Palliative Care (IAAHPC)

Business Leadership Certified Veterinary business leader Certified Veterinary Business Leader | NAVC

VHMA Certified Veterinary Practice Management Program About CVPM Certification – VHMA

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

Fear Free Veterinary Professional Certification Program | Fear Free Pets