From the Veterinary Field

  1. I hope that many of you will accept me being here to gather information and support.

    I am a RVT (registered veterinary technician) in Georgia. I have an associate's degree in veterinary technology and have passed the national examination, maintaining CE hours & a license in my state to practice. I am looking to promote our field in a way to cause more strict regulation somewhat like that in human medicine. Anyways, enough about my cause!!!

    I am also a mother of 2 wonderful children and my husband is a police officer whose partner is of the furry persuasion. The have just been partnered to each other. Cosmo is a beautiful Belgian Malinois with an amazing temperment and he LOVES our kids. He even likes our other personal dogs and cat (most of this type of training DO NOT get along well with other animals!!) I am involved in karate with my whole family and love to read book sin my spare time. I also am an actice member of our state and national organizations (GVTAA & NAVTA) and am currently working towards my bachelor's degree in veterinary technology & associates in marketing. Once I have finished those programs, I hope to have enough hours logged to submit an application for my specialization in dentistry.

    Looking forward to hearing from anyone in the human side of things on how we can improve our field. Also looking for some good chat with people invvolved in medicine of any sort.
    Thanks for listening,
    Melanie R. Parham, RVT
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    About mrparhamrvt

    Joined: Jan '05; Posts: 40; Likes: 3
    Registered Veterinary Technician
    Specialty: Veterinary Technology

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  3. by   suzanne4
    Welcome to our group.............hope to be able to share stories with you.
  4. by   Justmeandmycat
    [QUOTE=mrparhamrvt]I hope that many of you will accept me being here to gather information and support.I am a RVT (registered veterinary technician) in Georgia.

    Hiya. Just me and my cat saying hello. How funny that you should be writing in when I have been thinking so much about my path in nursing! I LOVE ANIMALS, never has there been a question in my mind about that. But the one thing that kept me from pursuing a vet tech career is the euthanasia thing. (I'm sure this is something others have said to you so I won't belabor the point.) So I chose nursing. If I were a vet tech, I would bring every animal home, instead. You can't really do that with your patients as a nurse. Can you imagine? "Yeah, that little old lady? Stick her over there in the corner with the other ones. Next to my CD player. Yeah, that's right"...):chuckle Even though I wonder about my career in nursing some days, that's one thing you really can't get away with!

    I think about helping animals all the time, so, to compensate, I take in just about every stray animal that comes my way. I have a "critter" of some sort in every corner of my home. I think everyone is happy here, except my husband, who threatens divorce each time I come through the door with something that has paws or claws.

    Oh, well. (sigh).

    I guess I'm going to miss him. :chuckle

    So, I think you will find a lot of animal lovers here and interesting people from all backgrounds to talk to. You will find so much information, too! Welcome and enjoy yourself looking around at all of the threads. I'm sure you can enlighten us about your corner of the world, too.
  5. by   chris_at_lucas_RN
    Quote from mrparhamrvt
    I hope that many of you will accept me being here to gather information and support.
    Welcome, Melanie! Seems to me like you are probably about as close to a veterinary nurse as there might be. (Are there such things?)

    I too have a house full of animals--just cats, dogs and one husband at this point.

    I'll have to add your profile to my "vets" bookmarks. I wouldn't dream of putting you on the spot by asking for "medical" advice, but I have a feeling that you will have insights we can apply to our pawed kids.

    Welcome!!!
  6. by   Dixielee
    I was talking to one of the police dogs at work the other night (yes, I do talk to the animals), and told him that if I had to choose between a 2 legged or 4 legged partner, I would take a 4 legged one anyday. Of course, my husband is a 2 legged one but he has a 4 legged mentality and is as wacho as I am about our animals!
  7. by   Fuzzy
    Hi,
    From a veterinary technicain in Wyoming. I'm "animal poor" at my house too. I just don't have the kids or the husband :chuckle . I'm also a member of NAVTA and President of the WyVTA. In Wyoming anyone can be called a technician even the high school kid off of the street. I'm hoping that you pet owning nurses will demand that only credentialed techs treat your pets. I feel that this is the only way that some things will get changed. I also am looking for some changes in the field like national standards.
    Fuzzy
  8. by   SusanJean
    Welcome, Melanie!

    I'm starting nursing school next week.
    My hubby is a vet, we have a small clinic. In addition to traditional western medicine, he also practices acupuncture - w/ remarkable results w/ certain types of disorders.
    Love the furry kids - we are at 5 presently. Oh, and 2 bi-peds .
    SJ
  9. by   mrparhamrvt
    Quote from chris_at_lucas_RN
    Welcome, Melanie! Seems to me like you are probably about as close to a veterinary nurse as there might be. (Are there such things?)
    Hello! Yes there are veterinary nurses overseas. In the United States however, it is illegal for us to use the terminology. There was a time when some different organizations in different states approached the human nursing field and state representatives and were told vehemently no as to using the term nurse in relation to veterinary medicine. In some states it is punishable by law if one were to use the term. Anyways, there is a message posted by someone (not sure of name or position) from the ANA that states that we in the veterinary field would basically be belittling the term if we were to use it. I personally do not understand it or the exact reasoning behind it. We are also not allowed to use the term dental hygenist, or paramedic even though those are part of our everyday job. Personally, while I know animals are not as important as people, the science behind the treatments and education is basically the same (with obvious species differences of course). For example, from my graduating class alone there are people working in surgical referral practices, cardiology and endoscopy departments, anesthesia and even lab animal medicine. There are also some of us working in private practice with focus on large animal, or even basic medicine and dentistry (that's me).
    Also, until such a day comes when the public starts to realize that uneducated people are taking care of their beloved pets behind closed doors, there will never be much respect for those of us who took the time and put forth the effort to actually receive an education and pass a national exam to acheive our titles. There are still many practices out there where the kennel helper cleans up a parvo blowout then goes into a room with a pediatric patient with no vax history to triage them for basic wellness checks. (Makes me cringe thinking about it!) As another poster said, everybody who cares needs to start asking who is taking care of their pets and what credentials they have. After all, how many of you would let the janitor give you an IV injection of a controlled drug that could cause serious or even fatal side effects if not administered correctly? It happens everyday across this country when the owner is out of sight.
    Melanie R. Parham, RVT
  10. by   SusanJean
    Quote from mrparhamrvt
    There are also some of us working in private practice with focus on large animal, or even basic medicine and dentistry (that's me).
    Also, until such a day comes when the public starts to realize that uneducated people are taking care of their beloved pets behind closed doors, there will never be much respect for those of us who took the time and put forth the effort to actually receive an education and pass a national exam to acheive our titles. There are still many practices out there where the kennel helper cleans up a parvo blowout then goes into a room with a pediatric patient with no vax history to triage them for basic wellness checks. (Makes me cringe thinking about it!) As another poster said, everybody who cares needs to start asking who is taking care of their pets and what credentials they have. After all, how many of you would let the janitor give you an IV injection of a controlled drug that could cause serious or even fatal side effects if not administered correctly? It happens everyday across this country when the owner is out of sight.
    Melanie R. Parham, RVT
    Melanie,
    You are so right! My husband continues to maintain a small practice so he can do things himself -- probably too much so. I think he needs to delegate more - he does all his own blood draws, vaccines, suture removals, etc., etc. Major complaint at the last staff mtg was that staff wants to do more, and rightly so! (And that he get rid of 11 yrs worth of journals in his office.)

    For those of us, and it is a hugh population, our pets are our babies -- and we want only the best for them!!
  11. by   Thunderwolf
    Welcome to allnurses!!! Look forward to seeing you on the board!
  12. by   mrparhamrvt
    Quote from Thunderwolf
    Welcome to allnurses!!! Look forward to seeing you on the board!
    I love your quote. My husband claims the smallest smudge of Native American heritage (Cherokee). I actually have been looking up some different words for naming my own animals. I get so tired of the same old names. Nice to meet you...hope to see you regular on here.
    Melanie R. Parham, RVT
  13. by   Rep
    Hello and welcome to allnurses!

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