Teams@Work

October is when the country celebrates technicians with National Veterinary Technician Week—and the Trends photo contest. This year we renamed it Teams@Work to reflect that veterinary assistants are also featured.

We Asked for Your Best Photos—and You Provided

Grand Prize Winner Jennifer Popejoy, CVT, comforts a patient who is recovering from surgery

This year’s winner of the 2023 Trends Teams@Work photo contest shows Jennifer Popejoy, CVT, on the floor of the practice, with her arms wrapped around a patient who was in recovery from surgery. “The patient was stressed, but also cold, so she was attempting to calm the patient and warm them up at the same time,“ said Lois Lantz. “Jennifer (aka Red) is very empathetic and gives the best patient care!” Photo courtesy of Lois Lantz, Pine Creek Animal Hospital, Pennsylvania.

Runners-up

Teams@Work runner-up: Ann Thelusma (right) and Donny Astor, VMD, DACVS (Small Animal) (Left)

Donny Astor, VMD, DACVS (Small Animal), (left), head of surgery at Philadelphia Animal Specialty & Emergency (PASE), and veterinary surgery assistant Ann Thelusma monitor the arthroscope while performing a tibial plateau leveling osteotomy surgery. Photo by PASE Marketing.

Teams@Work runner-up: Robin Lazaro, RVT, VTS (Emergency and Critical Care)

Robin Lazaro, RVT, VTS (Emergency and Critical Care), veterinary technician supervisor, intensive care unit (ICU), provides care to a patient in the ICU at North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine. Lazaro has served as ICU technician supervisor for more than 30 years. Photo by NCSU.

Teams@Work runner-up: Alicia Carr, CVT, VTS (Emergency and Critical Care)

Cover photo: Alicia Carr, CVT, VTS (Emergency and Critical Care) at Hickory Veterinary and Specialty Hospital in Plymouth Meeting, Pennsylvania. Photo by Jackie Pursell.


Each year, National Veterinary Technician Week falls on the third week of October (this year: October 15–21). In honor of this, we ask our readers to send in their best pictures of veterinary technicians and their teams at work in the practice. This year we received dozens of submissions, and as usual it was very hard to choose a winner. We wish we could publish all of the submissions we received, but alas, we only have so much space in the magazine.

This year’s winner of the 2023 Trends Teams@Work photo contest was submitted by Lois Lantz, head customer service representative at Pine Creek Animal Hospital in Pennsylvania. This touching photo perfectly shows two sides of what technicians do: on one hand they provide expert care for animals as patients who have medical needs, and on the other hand, they display a deep love for animals as individuals who also have emotional needs. Congratulations to Lantz and the Pine Creek Animal Hospital team for winning this year’s Trends Teams@Work 2023 Photo Contest and to all of our wonderful practice teams who sent in photos as well!

Meredith McGann, RVT

Meredith McGann, RVT, draws blood from a chicken patient with the help of Timothy Ireland, VMD, at Newtown Veterinary Hospital in Newtown, Pennsylvania. Photo by Kara Kirschner.

Teams@Work: Tia Ely, RVT, (left)

Tia Ely, RVT, (left) cleans a feline patient’s ears, with the assistance of Lilly, a student at The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine, at Cleveland Road Animal Hospital. Photo by Brandi Bauer.

Teams@Work: Ethan Franks, LVT

Ethan Franks, LVT, head technician, cares for a duck at Montgomery Veterinary Hospital in Montgomery, New York. Photo courtesy of Montgomery Veterinary Hospital.

Teams@Work: Jessie Rayburn, CVT

Pine Creek Animal Hospital head veterinary technician Jessie Rayburn, CVT, works to calm a cat down in the cat ward. “The cat came in critically ill, was placed on an IV and got very agitated by the IV and the cage,” recalled Pine Creek head CSR Lois Lantz. “Jessie noted the cat’s distress and did what she does best. The cat instantly calmed down (as you can tell by the look on its face).” Photo by Lois Lantz.

Teams@Work: Kimberly Vargas, CVT

Kimberly Vargas, CVT, snuggles a kitten at Philadelphia Animal Specialty & Emergency. Photo by PASE Marketing.

Teams@Work: Tabatha Rowe, LVMT

Tabatha Rowe, LVMT, comforts Buffy on her last day at Emory Animal Hospital in Powell, Tennessee. Buffy was a long-time patient (14 years), whose owners lovingly chose euthanasia after she started having uncontrolled seizures. Photo courtesy of Emory Animal Hospital.

Adina Thompson, LVT

Adina Thompson, LVT, performs a femoral sciatic nerve block prepping for knee surgery at Sirius Veterinary Orthopedic Center in Omaha, Nebraska. Photo courtesy of Kristi McGrath/Adina Thompson.

Justina Bailey (right) and Myra Cruz-Spraw (Left)

Surgery team members Justina Bailey (right) and Myra Cruz-Spraw prep a patient for surgery at PASE in Philadelphia. Photo by PASE Marketing.

Jorge Stafford, LVT

Jorge Stafford, LVT, contemplates taking a bite out of this adorable “Purr-ito” at Oneonta Veterinary Hospital in New York. Photo by Danielle Schafer.

Ayanna McCain, CVT, (left) and Tiffany Kay, DVM (Right)

Ayanna McCain, CVT, (left) and Tiffany Kay, DVM, work with a patient at Hickory Veterinary and Specialty Hospital in Plymouth Meeting, Pennsylvania. Photo by Jackie Pursell.

Steph Siver, LVT

Ophthalmology clinical manager Steph Siver, LVT, helps check the retina of a service dog at Philadelphia Animal Specialty & Emergency. Photo by PASE Marketing.

Carlos Jimenez

Veterinary assistant Carlos Jimenez gets some help from Cheerio at Rancho Sequoia Veterinary Hospital in Simi Valley, California. Photo by Wendy Pierro.

(From left) Brenda Girard, LVT; Shivani Gupta, DVM; Susan Burcham, DVM; and Gina Jenio, LVT

(From left) Brenda Girard, LVT; Shivani Gupta, DVM; Susan Burcham, DVM; and Gina Jenio, LVT, treat a victim of a dog fight at Moore Veterinary Hospital in St. Clair Shores, Michigan. The dog was attacked by another large dog in the owner’s backyard, and it took the team several hours to sedate and treat all the wounds. Photo by Michael Turner.

Jodi Eisenberger, CVT

Jodi Eisenberger, CVT, catches up on paperwork while monitoring a patient in recovery at Pine Creek Animal Hospital in Pennsylvania. “Jodi is always smiling, gives patients the highest level of care from the beginning of the visit until the end,” said head CSR Lois Lantz. Photo by Lois Lantz.

Brianna Troyer, RVT

Brianna Troyer, RVT, monitors a patient under anesthesia at Cleveland Road Animal Hospital in Wooster, Ohio. Photo by Brandi Bauer.

Lisa Woods, LVT

Lisa Woods, LVT, checking a patient’s vitals postanesthesia at Seattle Veterinary Associates. Photo by Kelly Semple.

Amanda Gerard, LVT

Amanda Gerard, LVT, performing an abdominocentesis to learn skills for her veterinary technician specialty, at Veterinary Emergency Group—Upper East Side in New York City. Photo by Hira Basit, DVM.

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