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Authors, Editors, and Contributors

Several of the staff members and moderators of VSPN have graciously contributed their time and knowledge to create the VSPN Nerdbook and have dedicated themselves to keep this online reference updated.

VSPN would also like to especially thank Elizabeth Warren, RVT; Nanette Walker Smith, RVT, CVT; and Robin Del Bove, RVT, LVT for their unselfish service and dedication to the profession and to Paul Pion, DVM, co-founder of the Veterinary Information Network (VIN) for it's continued support of the veterinary staff and VSPN... THANK YOU!!

Nanette Walker Smith, RVT, CVT
VSPN Content Director

Authors, Editors, and Contributors:

Christine Allen, CVT
Research Associate
ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center
An Allied Agency of the University of Illinois
I earned a degree in Theater and graduated from the Veterinary Technology program Parkland in 1999, I have worked for the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine in the Small Animal Teaching Hospital as a radiology technician and for the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center hotline.

Robin Del Bove, RVT, LVT
I am a S.U.N.Y. Delhi graduate with more than 20 years of experience in the small animal field. My special interest is compliance issues - AAHA, Medical Waste, OSHA, DEA and DEP. I am a charter member of NAVTA and have served in the capacity of the New Jersey representative since the State Representatives Network began. I have also held several offices in my state association, the New Jersey Veterinary Technicians and Assistants. I currently teach and sit on the advisory board for the Northern New Jersey Consortium for Veterinary Technician Education.

Linda Lasky, RVT, VTS (Emergency and Critical Care)
I started my career at the marine mammal center in CA and then moved on to emergency and specialty clinics. I graduated from Foothill College in Lost Altos, CA in 1988-89 and was with the first group of technicians to take the VTS Emergency and Critical Care Exam. I am active in my local technician association as well as the California Veterinary Medical Association. I also help write and review the state board exam. I enjoy training technicians and assistants, as well as organizing practices.

Philip J. Seibert, Jr., CVT
Veterinary Practice Consultant
I have been working in the field of veterinary medicine for many years and am a full-time author and consultant to the profession. I am the author of The Complete Veterinary Practice Regulatory Compliance Manual, Safety Issues for the Veterinary Hospital Staff and Veterinary Practice Management Secrets as well as numerous articles on safety and hospital administration. I am the founder and Managing Editor of the profession's only safety-specific newsletter, The Veterinary Safety & Health Digest. I am the founder and Director of the OSHA Center on the Veterinary Information Network and the Veterinary Support Personnel Network. I regularly teach an interactive OSHA course on VIN/VSPN.

Deb Stafford, CVT, VTS (ecc) - (
I am a 1979 graduate of the University of Minnesota - Technical College - Waseca. Since graduation I have worked in research, general practice, emergency, specialty ophthalmology, practice management, and now am the Technical Director for a 24 hour referral and emergency center, as well as an after hours only emergency center. I earned my VTS (ecc) in 1999. In addition to my Technical Director responsibilities, I am also the Program Director, and part owner of a private Veterinary Assistant school.

Nanette Walker Smith, RVT, CVT (
BS, AS, AS; VSPN Content Director (
I've been in the veterinary field for almost 20 years, am registered in CA and certified in FL I graduated from U of CA, Davis with a BS in Zoology, then from Cosumnes River College with AS degrees in Animal Health Technology and Environmental Design-Architectural Design. I'm currently working towards my Master's in Vocational Education. I teach at the AVMA accredited Brevard Community College Veterinary Technology Program in Cocoa, FL. I have worked in a mixed animal practice and a 24 hour Emergency Service, General Practice, and a Surgery and Internal Medicine Referral Center. I served on my local VT association in all capacities over a period of 12 years in CA, on the state association (CVMA RVT Committee) and as Vice President of NAVTA. I helped form the Wyoming Veterinary Technician Association in 1999 and have helped write questions for the CA RVT exam and the VTNE.

Elizabeth Warren, RVT (
I am a veterinary technician and instructor in a new vet tech program in Austin, Texas. I teach the Introduction classes, nutrition, pharmacology, clinical pathology, clinical management, and surgical assisting. I have almost completed my bachelor's degree in Biology with minors in Technical Writing and Medical Laboratory Technology. I have worked in almost every aspect of veterinary medicine from basic day practice to specialty and emergency practice, and practice management. I am the current president of TARVT, the Texas Association of Registered Veterinary Technicians and sit on the state RVT exam committee. In my "free" time I rehabilitate wild animals (songbirds) and answer pet care questions on Compuserve's Vet Care Forum.

The Nerd Book
The VSPN Nerdbook was created by veterinary technicians and veterinary support staff for their colleagues. The Nerdbook provides information that veterinary technicians and support staff need in practice, but is not meant to contain everything. Procedures and policies vary among practices, so feel free to modify your Nerdbook fit your facility.
Volume One
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Clinical Pathology
Critical Care - Triage
Emergency-Receptionist tips
Medical Calculations
Medical Records
Medical Terminology
Physical Exam
Preventative Health

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