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Podcast by Veterinary Anesthesia Nerds

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    • 5.0 • 27 Ratings

Podcast by Veterinary Anesthesia Nerds

    VAN 034- Tails from a Vet Tech

    VAN 034- Tails from a Vet Tech

    This episode is a mashup with Tabitha Kucera !
    We call it practicing veterinary medicine because we are always improving. The use of inhalant chambers has been around for a long time, and some believe that this technique is safer for the staff and the animal, however, we now know so much more about the physiological and psychological risks this technique poses to both animals and humans along with alternatives.
    This week, we discuss why we should ban the box. We will discuss the risks of using this technique with both humans and animals, safer and stress-reducing alternatives, and how to help advocate for this change.
    You can find more from Tabitha at https://www.chirrupsandchatter.com/

    • 59 min
    VAN 033- Kelly Foltz, CVT, VTS (ECC)

    VAN 033- Kelly Foltz, CVT, VTS (ECC)

    What happens when a VTS in ECC gets into a position to really enact some effective change? Well, we discuss that and more with the amazing Kelly Foltz!
    Kelly Foltz is a 2006 graduate of Athens Technical College with an associate of applied technology degree in Veterinary Technology. She joined the Academy of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Technicians and Nurses in 2012. In addition to her work with Blue Pearl, Kelly is also a lecturer and author. She is a member of the AVMA Committee on Veterinary Technician Education and Activities and served on the AVMA Task Force on Veterinary Technician Utilization in 2019.
    This episode features a case of a favorite feline that got into a bit of trouble and is now being seen by Kelly in the ER. Listen in as we discuss first line treatments, feline grimace scales, and non pharma measures for patient comfort in the ICU.


    • 52 min
    VAN 032- Amber LaRock LVT

    VAN 032- Amber LaRock LVT

    Do you ever feel like giving up clinic life and heading to a far off destination? What if you could blend veterinary medicine together with travel to create a sustainable career? Well that's exactly what our next guest Amber LaRock has done.
    Join us as we talk travel opportunities for veterinary professionals, what anesthesia looks like in rural remote areas and what it really means to provide "the best" care.

    Also, be sure to check out Amber at https://linktr.ee/Vettechandtravel

    and support responsible elephant and animal tourism at

    • 34 min
    VAN 031- Fred Wininger VMD, MS, DACVIM (Neuro)

    VAN 031- Fred Wininger VMD, MS, DACVIM (Neuro)

    You've done a few TPLO's right? You've seen a down dog? But have you been doing these key things to help your ortho and neuro patients have a faster and less painful recovery? Today we are talking to Dr. Fred Wininger about all the amazing things he is doing (like 3D printing stuff to make our pets lives better) and how you can use his knowledge to make your pets more comfortable. In this episode we also talk about the power of fully utilizing your technician staff to make the best patient experience.

    • 32 min
    VAN 030- Marcia Fletcher RVNS, VTS (Anesthesia)

    VAN 030- Marcia Fletcher RVNS, VTS (Anesthesia)

    YOU GUYS! This is the one right here, this episode is chock full of so much practical anesthesia information and it's all due to my guest Marcia Fletcher RVN, VTS (anesthesia)
    Join us as we dive into timely treatments for the septic abdomen patient.

    In 2011, Marcia successfully passed her specialty examinations to become New Zealand’s first Veterinary Technician Specialist in Anaesthesia and Analgesia. She has been New Zealand’s Vet Nurse of the Year, and been nominated for and awarded several teaching awards, including Teacher of the Year in 2019 for veterinary technician students at Massey University. Marcia has been on the credentials committee for the Academy of Veterinary Technicians in Anaesthesia and Analgesia, and is on the New Zealand Veterinary Nursing Executive Committee. She is also a RECOVER certified instructor of both basic and advanced CPR.

    Marcia loves all aspects of teaching. Her passion is instilling knowledge in veterinary and veterinary technician/nurse students around New Zealand and abroad, and she has expanded her audience via The Pink Stethoscope’s social media pages. Away from work, Marcia enjoys her home life with her husband, daughter, son, and very special fur-son Phoenix the cat.

    You can find Marcia at https://www.thepinkstethoscope.co.nz/

    • 38 min
    VAN 029- Ben Brainard VMD, DACVAA, DACVECC

    VAN 029- Ben Brainard VMD, DACVAA, DACVECC

    How do you determine oxygen flow during anesthesia? Are you a "set it and forget it" type of anesthetist, or do you adjust your O2 constantly? Do you live on the edge and try "low-flow"?
    Is there a magic number when it comes to Oxygen flow rate?
    Listen in as Dr. Ben Brainard makes sense out of it all... and shakes out some common myths when it comes to flow rates.

    Articles referenced:

    Staffieri F et al. Computed tomographic analysis of the effects of two inspired oxygen concentrations on pulmonary aeration in anesthetized and mechanically ventilated dogs :https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/17764405/

    Ambrisko T et al. Evaluation of isoflurane and sevoflurane vaporizers over a wide range of oxygen flow rates. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/16740083/

    • 39 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
27 Ratings

27 Ratings

vetstudent3 ,

Love the podcast!

I’m a veterinary student currently on my anesthesia rotation. This podcast has been a fun way to absorb more educational content. I loved the c-section episode and the induction agents episodes especially. I would love a pediatric anesthesia episode in the future!

LokiLoon ,


Love that we have a VAN podcast!! As a hopeful future VTS-A/A I love having these little tidbits that I can listen to while at the gym or on lunch break. Keep up the good work Tasha!!!

AWR Gator ,

Concise & Useful

Great info in a bite-sized package. Love Tasha M and her passion for anesthesia. Highly recommend!

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