Staff Helping Staff: Mentoring in the Veterinary Practice (1303)
Professional Development |  Personnel Management
Friday |  3:00 PM -  3:50 PM
Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center||214C



Liz Hughston RVT, CVT, MEd., VTS(SAIM, ECC)
TnL Tech Ed

Liz has been practicing as a veterinary technician in California since her graduation from Foothill College in 2006. In 2012, Liz was certified as a VTS in both Small Animal Internal Medicine and Emergency and Critical Care. She is currently a consultant, trainer, and relief technician in the San Francisco Bay Area for both general and emergency/specialty practices. Liz was elected President-Elect of the Academy of Internal Medicine Veterinary Technicians in 2016 and also serves as co-Chair of the AVECCT Mentorship Committee. In 2013, Liz received CaRVTA's inaugural RVT of the Year Award. She is a frequent and sought-after national and international speaker on topics in emergency, critical care, small animal internal medicine, and professional development. In her "free time" (ha!) she takes care of her 3 dogs, 1 cat, and a husband in San Jose, California.

Megan Brashear BS, CVT, VTS (ECC)
VCA Northwest Veterinary Specialists

Megan Brashear has been a CVT in Oregon since 2000 and a VTS(ECC) since 2004. She lives in Portland and is the Specialty Technician Trainer at VCA Northwest Veterinary Specialists. She is passionate about all things emergency/critical care and enjoys lecturing internationally and helping technicians learn to think critically. In her spare time Megan enjoys exploring hiking trails and waterfalls with her German Shorthaired Pointer.

Presentation Info

CE Credit(s): 1.00
CE Level: 1


A new employee gets perhaps one week of one-on-one training before they are set loose in the hospital. But are they really ready? A mentoring program in your hospital can help smooth the transition from new employee to great employee, while increasing the job satisfaction of your current staff members. This presentation will discuss the differences between training, coaching, and mentoring and how mentoring can improve both patient care and employee morale in your practice.

Learning Objectives

1. Attendees will learn the importance of mentoring for successful and happy employees

2. Attendees will learn how to set up their own mentoring program

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