I am often asked, “Why should I get a Veterinary Technician Specialist (VTS) in Dentistry?” For each of the members of Academy of Veterinary Dental Technicians the reason may be different but the overwhelming theme is, personal growth and satisfaction. Is the program hard? You betcha! I recently read a post on Facebook that states: “If it wasn’t hard everyone would do it. It’s the hard that makes it great!” I would love to encourage Veterinary Technicians to realize that anything is possible if you try, but only they can make the changes and accept the challenges.
Bringing the wonders of veterinary dentistry to both veterinarians and their staff has become a passion of mine over the years. To be quite honest, if you had told me 30 years ago that I would become a Registered Veterinary Technician and a Veterinary Technician Specialist in Dentistry, I would have laughed and said, yeah sure! But all the stars were aligned and here I am today, owning my own veterinary dental consulting business- Beyond the Crown Veterinary Education. I have the pleasure of serving on the Board for the Foundation for Veterinary Dentistry, the National Association for Veterinary Technicians of American, and the Kansas Veterinary Technician Association and am Treasurer for AVDS and for the AVDT. Speaking at major veterinary conferences, assisting veterinary dentists in labs as well as teaching technicians, providing in-clinic dental training and working with some amazing veterinary technicians in all aspects of veterinary medicine has been a tremendous honor. I have been asked to write many articles over the years and wrote a chapter in the AVDT textbook released in 2013. This would not have been possible without the time and effort of becoming a VTS (Dentistry).