EP008- Ed Carlson, CVT: Veterinary Nursing

The Academic Veterinarian Podcast

06-10-2021 • 55 mins

Ed Carlson is a Certified Veterinary Technician and holds a Veterinary Technician Specialty (VTS) in nutrition. Ed is the Director of Veterinary Nursing Education at Vet Bloom and serves as the current president of both NAVTA (National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America) and the MVTA (Massachusetts Veterinary Technician Association). On this episode, Ed shares his journey as a veterinary technician and we discuss how the role of the veterinary technician or nurse has changed over time and the path to becoming a credentialed veterinary technician.

Topics discussed in this episode

00:00- Introduction

1:45 – Veterinary Technician vs Veterinary Nurse vs Veterinary Assistant

7:50- The role of the Veterinary Technician/Nurse and how it’s changed over time.

15:45- Ed shares his journey as a veterinary technician

21:50 – The path to becoming a credentialed veterinary technician or nurse

23:58- Veterinary Technician credentialing terminology by state and the veterinary health care team.

29:54- Veterinary Technician Specialties

40:57- Ed’s current role as Director of Veterinary Nursing education at VetBloom

47:33 – Ed describes the mission of NAVTA (National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America) and discusses the Veterinary Nurse Initiative.

Resources mentioned in this episode

AVMA (American Veterinary Medical Association)

AAVSB (American Association of Veterinary State Boards)

NAVTA (National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America)

Ethos Veterinary Health

VetBloom – Online Veterinary Courses/Continuing Education

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