25 episodes

Tails from a Vet Tech is a podcast dedicated to highlight, educate, and advocate for veterinary, shelter, and behavior animal pros. We also highlight self-help and empowerment to everyone around us. TFAVT is hosted by Tabitha Kucera (Elite Fear Free and Low Stress Handling RVT, VTS (Behavior), Certified Cat Behavior Consultant, Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner) In addition to doing this podcast Tabitha also owns her own business, Chirrups and Chatter, and loves doing speaking engagements all around the world!

Tails from a Vet Tech Tabitha Kucera

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    • 4.9 • 7 Ratings

Tails from a Vet Tech is a podcast dedicated to highlight, educate, and advocate for veterinary, shelter, and behavior animal pros. We also highlight self-help and empowerment to everyone around us. TFAVT is hosted by Tabitha Kucera (Elite Fear Free and Low Stress Handling RVT, VTS (Behavior), Certified Cat Behavior Consultant, Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner) In addition to doing this podcast Tabitha also owns her own business, Chirrups and Chatter, and loves doing speaking engagements all around the world!

    Progressive Animal Sheltering: Animals and Individuals First featuring Melissa Taylor (CBCC-KA, CSB-C)

    Progressive Animal Sheltering: Animals and Individuals First featuring Melissa Taylor (CBCC-KA, CSB-C)

    This week, Tabitha is joined by the Behavior and Training Manager at Friends For Life Animal Shelter, Melissa Taylor. 

    Melissa and I discuss the division between animal care and medical staff often seen in shelters, the importance of volunteers and community, and how our past experiences have helped us grow. She shares her wisdom of how her shelter has built relationships with the community, the benefits of volunteers, volunteer retention, and success stories of volunteer-based programs in her shelter.

    Melissa Taylor (CBCC-KA, CSB-C) is the Behavior and Training Manager at Friends For Life Animal Shelter, a progressive animal welfare organization in Houston, Texas. At FFL, Melissa heads a comprehensive, animal-centered behavior program which includes in-house animal care, community outreach, and inter-shelter consultation. Melissa has logged more than twenty years in shelter animal behavior, starting with an internship at the ASPCA’s Animal Behavior Center in New York City. She developed a lasting love for cooperative care from training livestock and wildlife as the coordinator of the Behavior and Training Department at the Houston SPCA, and applies the same principles to the dogs, cats, exotics, and humans she works with now at Friends For Life.
    Over the course of her career, Melissa has focused on the development of shelter programs related to animal behavior. She has partnered with other shelters locally and around the world to start behavior volunteer, fearful cat socialization, enrichment, and animal-centered staff training initiatives.
    Melissa was awarded the 2022 Member of the Year Award by the Association For Professional Dog Trainers due to her work on the APDT Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee examining the experiences of BIPOC members of the professional dog training community. She is passionate about the role that social justice issues play in the advancement of animal welfare.

    Support Melissa:
    https://friends4life.org/
    https://friends4life.org/gethelp/

    Resources mentioned on the episode:
    Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Life: Life-Changing Tools for Healthy Relationships (Nonviolent Communication Guides) by Marshall B. Rosenberg PhD




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    • 1 hr 6 min
    Being Yourself featuring Mikkel Becker (CBCC-KA, CDBC, KPA CTP, CPDT-KA)

    Being Yourself featuring Mikkel Becker (CBCC-KA, CDBC, KPA CTP, CPDT-KA)

    **Trigger warning**: This episode may contain subject matter that some listeners might find distrurbing. There is brief discussion of suicide and spousal abuse. Listener disgression is advised. https://988lifeline.org/

    This week, Mikkel Becker joins Tabitha. She begins by sharing one of the most interesting stories I have heard of what led her to leave her initial career and begin to work with animals. We get real and share experiences of how we can sometimes not advocate for ourselves like the animals we work with and what has helped us along the way. She also shares her advice on getting comfortable in front of the camera, dealing with criticism, and how to be authentic on video.

    Mikkel Becker CBCC-KA, CDBC, KPA CTP, CPDT-KA
    Certified trainer and behavior consultant, Mikkel Becker is the lead trainer for Fear Free Pets and Fear Free Happy Homes as well as the host of the Happy Paws podcast. Mikkel lives with Indiana Bones and Otis, pug mixes, and horse, Chili, who help her champion reward based training. She is also the co-author of From Fearful to Fear Free.


    Support Mikkel 
    Listen to Happy Paws podcast https://www.fearfreehappyhomes.com/podcast/
    Fearfreepets.com
    Fearfreehappyhomes.com



    Anyone could be struggling with suicide. Find more specific resources here:
    https://988lifeline.org/


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    • 1 hr 7 min
    Practice management 101 featuring Theresa Cosper-Roberts RVT, CVBL

    Practice management 101 featuring Theresa Cosper-Roberts RVT, CVBL

    This week, Tabitha is joined by RVT, practice manager, and business leader, Theresa Cooper-Roberts. Theresa shares how she found and followed her passion for education and practice management. She shares her wisdom from years of working as a Surgical Training Center Manager at a respected school of veterinary medicine including how you can support and motivate your veterinary team and how to introduce new services into your practice.

    Theresa Cosper-Roberts
    Theresa Cosper-Roberts is a veterinary practice manager and an award-winning educator. A Registered Veterinary Technician in the state of Louisiana, she worked as an instructor of veterinary technology for several programs. She is a senior consultant for National Veterinary Solutions, an organization providing consultations and training services tailored to veterinary technicians, students, assistants, and practice managers. Theresa is also the Surgical Training Center Manager at a renowned school of veterinary medicine, where she has twice been appointed to the dean’s merit honor roll as an instructor, the only technician to ever obtain that distinction/honor.

    Support Theresa Cosper-Roberts
    https://www.nationalveterinarysolutions.com/

    Don't forget to register for Calm, Confident, & In Control: Training for Cooperative Veterinary Visit (Virtual Event)
    https://www.chirrupsandchatter.com/online-events
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    • 56 min
    Behavior Nerds Unite: Bringing Behavior into Your Vet Practice featuring Kristen Klebba RVT, VTS (behavior), KPA-CTP & Jessica Benoit RVT, VTS (behavior), KPA-CTP, CPDT-KA

    Behavior Nerds Unite: Bringing Behavior into Your Vet Practice featuring Kristen Klebba RVT, VTS (behavior), KPA-CTP & Jessica Benoit RVT, VTS (behavior), KPA-CTP, CPDT-KA

    Behavior Nerds Unite! If you are interested in learning more about behavior and/or upping your behavior game, this is an episode you can’t miss! This week we welcome VTS’s in behavior Jessica Benoit and Kristen Klebba to discuss bringing behavior services into your vet practice. 
     
     We discuss benefits and examples of behavior services while sharing experiences starting and implementing them to general practice. All 3 of us share tips we've learned along the way while chatting about individual paths to our VTS's in behavior.


    Kristen Klebba RVT, VTS (behavior), KPA-CTP
    Kristen graduated from Macomb Community College with an associate’s degree in veterinary technology in 2006. After graduation while working at a small animal practice she adopted a Jack Russell Terrier named Daphne who suffered from anxiety, sparking her passion for behavioral medicine. Kristen completed the Karen Pryor Academy Professional Dog Training program in April 2015 and joined the behavior team at Oakland Veterinary Referral Services in November 2015 where she furthered her knowledge of animal behavior and achieved her Veterinary Technician Specialty in Behavior in 2020.
    Kristen recently made the switch back to general practice where she is looking forward to spreading more behavior knowledge by educating pet parents on proper puppy/kitten socialization and development, improving low stress handling techniques for veterinary staff and teaching cooperative care techniques for veterinary procedures. 


    Jessica Benoit RVT, VTS (behavior), KPA-CTP, CPDT-KA
    Jessica graduated from the NAIT Animal Health Technology program in 2010. She is a Registered Veterinary Technologist and the co-owner of Companion Veterinary Clinic, a Fear Free Certified Practice in Alberta, Canada. She is a Veterinary Technician Specialist in Behaviour, a Certified Professional Dog Trainer and Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner. Jessica is also a Fear Free Certified veterinary professional, trainer, and speaker. 
    Jessica enjoys educating and sharing her knowledge through speaking engagements which include Doggone Safe presentations for children, guest lecturing for post-secondary institutions, providing client education seminars as well as continuing education events for veterinary professionals. In addition, she provides mentorship for veterinary technologists and trainers interested in animal behavior.

    Calm, Confident, & In Control: Training for Cooperative Veterinary Visit (Virtual Event) - Register now!


    In Episode Resource List:
    Fear Free Pets Behavior Vets NYCKaren Pryor AcademySupport the show via social media:
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/TailsFromRVT Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TailsFromAVetTechPodcast Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/tailsfromavettech

    • 1 hr 4 min
    'Mental Health Matters' Finding the right therapy fit for YOU featuring Dr. Meghan Breedlove.

    'Mental Health Matters' Finding the right therapy fit for YOU featuring Dr. Meghan Breedlove.

     Content Warning: This episode does include a discussion of mental illness, depression, and suicide.

    Disclaimer: Discussions about mental health are personal and unique. In this podcast, Meghan is not acting as a therapist or providing therapy in any capacity. This podcast covers broad discussions of topics related to mental health and is not intended to serve as therapy or a replacement for therapy. Views and experiences expressed by Meghan are her own and do not represent the field of counseling.

    This week we welcome back Dr. Meghan Breedlove to discuss seeking out a therapy experience that fits YOU.

    Not only do we talk about what to look for in the process of finding a therapist but also what to look for once you've started having visits with your mental health professional.

    Spoiler: It's okay to re-evaluate after a few sessions to be sure you and your therapist or counselour are a good fit for each other.

    Meghan Breedlove Bio:
    Meghan Breedlove is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the State of Ohio. She graduated with her Masters in Human Development and Family Science with a specialization in Sexuality Studies from The Ohio State University. She also graduated from Arizona State University with a Masters in Clinical Counseling and is currently a doctoral candidate in the Counselor Education and Supervision program at The Ohio State University. Her dissertation is focused on using restorative justice practices to repair harm and resolve conflicts among individuals in school settings. 
    Meghan has worked with couples, adults, teenagers, and families in various settings. She has experience empowering clients to resolve relationship issues and family conflicts, navigate major life transitions, explore values and career interests, build communication skills, and cope with anxiety and depression. She believes in the importance of creating, communicating, and maintaining healthy boundaries in all aspects in life and seeks to support clients in this process. 
    Meghan uses a range of interventions in therapy and is flexible in her approach depending on the needs of the client. She uses a Client-Centered approach and draws on techniques from Family Systems, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness, Motivational Interviewing, Reality Therapy, and Solution-Focused Brief Therapy in her work with clients.

    Show resources:
    https://www.psychologytoday.com/
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    • 1 hr
    Bringing Behavior Services to Your Shelter Featuring Amanda Kowalski M.S., CPDT-KA, CAWA

    Bringing Behavior Services to Your Shelter Featuring Amanda Kowalski M.S., CPDT-KA, CAWA

    A comprehensive behavior program, along with quality animal care standards, can increase adoptions and profoundly impact the well-being of the animals at your shelter and the humans caring for them. 
    This week we welcome Amanda Kowalski, the vice president of behavior programs for the San Diego Humane Society, to discuss addressing the mental health needs of animals in our care. We discuss the importance of these programs, tips to get started, challenges she has encountered, and more! 
    Amanda Kowalski M.S., CPDT-KA, CAWAAmanda is San Diego Humane Society’s first vice president of Behavior Programs, leading our impact as a regional and national behavior and training resource. Amanda and her Behavior & Training team are entrusted with changing the lives of thousands of animals who need behavior intervention in order to become adoptable — or to stay with the families who love them.
    Amanda is dedicated to the animals and has a passion for research, education and collaboration. She is known for loving “crazy ideas” as she encourages her team to innovate, be creative and think big. She is a huge source of support (and baked goods!) and always brings her best to the table, especially when her team needs her most. Amanda specialized in behavioral care in shelters for more than 13 years before taking on this role, including five years leading our Behavior Center, which has helped more than 4,000 shelter animals — who otherwise would have been out of options — since its beginning in 2013. She also played a crucial role in designing the new state-of-the-art Behavior Center facility, which opened in 2019 as the first of its kind in California.
    Amanda is overseeing the expansion of our resources to treat more shelter animals, help other shelters and rescue organizations, expand our community training services, conduct applied behavior research, and develop and launch a Behavior Center Academy to train shelter behavior professionals both locally and nationally.
    Amanda holds a master’s of science in animals and public policy from the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University. She is a certified animal welfare administrator (CAWA) through the Association for Animal Welfare Advancement, a Fear Free-Certified Professional Trainer, a Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT-KA) and the vice president of the board of directors for the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers.

    Resources mentioned in this weeks episode:
    Fear Free Shelters https://www.Fearfreeshelters.comFear Free Happy Homes https://www.Fearfreehappyhomes.comShelter Playgroup Alliance https://www.shelterdogplay.org/San Diego Humane Society behavior resources https://www.sdhumane.org/behavior-and-training/resources/Center for Shelter Dogs https://centerforshelterdogs.tufts.edu/Mental health and well-being in animals by Franklin McMillan Support Amanda's work with the San Diego Human Society:
    https://www.sdhumane.org/





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    • 56 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
7 Ratings

7 Ratings

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Fantastic Energy!

This is the podcast that vetmed has been waiting for! Tabitha brings a positive energy and asks all the pertinent questions. More please!

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