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Author: Tabitha Kucera

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Tails from a Vet Tech is a podcast dedicated to highlighting, educating, and advocating for veterinary, shelter, and behavior animal professionals. Our mission is to provide education, information, and dialogue that will create a supportive environment that empowers animal professionals to take care of themselves and the animals they work with. Tabitha and her amazing guests share reflections and experiences from their lives in shelter and vet med. We will have thought-provoking conversations about the ugly and beautiful moments and share success stories with the goal of supporting and inspiring others.

TFAVT is hosted by Tabitha Kucera (Elite Fear Free and Low Stress Handling RVT, VTS (Behavior), Certified Cat Behavior Consultant, Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner) In addition to doing this podcast Tabitha also owns her own business, Chirrups and Chatter, and loves doing speaking engagements all around the world! 

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Join Tabitha and Dr. Linda Randall in the first part of a two-part series exploring the complex relationship between behavior and pain in animals. They delve into trigger stacking and its impact on behavior, stress the importance of understanding pain's complexity, advocate for observing behavioral changes, discuss collaborative pain management approaches, and share strategies for addressing abnormal behaviors and chronic pain while dispelling common pain myths.Episode Resources: AAHA Pa...
Join us in this episode as Tabitha interviews Juliette Nash, the Community Animal Training Manager at the San Diego Humane Society, to explore the crucial topic of kitten socialization. Learn about the significance of the socialization period, the effects of positive and negative social experiences, and how programs like Kitten Kindergarten teach kittens life skills and set kittens and caregivers up for lifelong success. Juliette shares her expertise on this essential early training and educa...
In this episode, we delve into shelter operations with Cameron Moore, a consultant at Maddie's® Shelter Strategy and Operations. Cameron shares practical recommendations that have positively impacted shelters without requiring any extra resources. She discusses overcoming barriers involving the public and offers advice for post-pandemic challenges faced by shelters. Cameron Moore is a Maddie’s® Shelter Strategy and Operations Consultant and attended the College of Veterinary Medicine at...
Join us as we uncover the secrets to expanding your online influence, whether you're a behavior professional, veterinary hospital, or animal shelter. In this episode, we're joined by Mychelle Garrigan, founder of Firelink Digital Marketing, who shares expert insights and strategies to elevate your online presence. From effective website design to engaging social media tactics, compelling storytelling, and insightful data analytics, Mychelle provides actionable tips to reach a broader audience...
In this episode, we delve into the complexities of implementing positive changes, particularly focusing on fear-free practices within veterinary hospitals and animal shelters. Tabitha, who has facilitated Fear Free implementations in numerous practices and shelters, and Jessica, a co-owner of a Fear Free certified practice, join forces to share invaluable tips, techniques, and insights. Together, they debunk common Fear-free myths and address the challenges that veterinary professionals may e...
Join us for an insightful conversation with Dr. Amy and Dr. Nicole from Lap of Love, as they share their career journey and passion for veterinary hospice and in-home euthanasia. Delving into topics such as effective communication, collaboration with veterinary professionals, challenges faced, and staying updated on advancements, they offer invaluable insights into providing comprehensive end-of-life care for pets. Learn about the role of pain management, tailoring approaches to individual pe...
Don’t miss out on Part 2 of our series on Feline Infectious Peritonitis (FIP) with Dr. Sarah Jones.In this episode, we explore symptoms that signal when treatment adjustments or veterinary help may be needed. Caregivers will gain valuable insights into monitoring their cat’s progress during FIP treatment. Administering FIP treatment can be stressful for both the cat and caregiver but we offer effective strategies to minimize stress for everyone involved. Tune in for practical tips and expert ...
In this episode, Tabitha engages in an enlightening conversation with Dr. Sarah Jones about Feline Infectious Peritonitis (FIP). Together, they explore the fundamentals of this disease, shedding light on its impact and manifestation in our feline companions. The discussion deepens into early detection signs, diagnostic challenges, and treatment options, offering a glimpse into prognosis. Dr. Jones shares the latest advancements in FIP research, providing a hopeful perspective. Common misconce...
In this podcast episode, Sarah Parsons, a Licensed Veterinary Technician and Social Media Influencer (@watreallyhappensatthevet) takes listeners on a journey into the world of veterinary medicine through her unique perspective. Join the conversation as she discusses the motivations behind sharing vet experiences on social media and explores the impact on team morale, influencing pet caregivers, and shouldering educational responsibility. Gain insights into the delicate balance...
Join us for the start of Season 3! This week we dive into the fascinating world of nosework, exploring its benefits for animals and how it can be a game-changer in enhancing their well-being. Our guest, Hanna Fushihara shares their career journey and the discovery of their passion for nosework. Learn what nosework is and discover the benefits and essentials needed to kickstart nosework with your furry friends and hear about how to begin to implement nosework into your shelter program Be ...
In this episode, Tabitha engages in a crucial conversation with RVT and VTS (ECC) Kelly Foltz. Together, they delve into the sensitive yet vital topic of addressing medical errors within veterinary teams. The discussion highlights the significance of debriefing and fostering a psychologically safe environment for effective learning and improvement. Later in the episode, Kelly shares 5-7 practical tips for treating neonatal and pediatric veterinary patients, along with her favorite resources f...
Join Tabitha in a captivating conversation with Veterinary Behaviorist Dr. Amy Learn as they delve into Amy's personal journey in the field of animal behavior. In this episode, they explore five invaluable tips for veterinary professionals dealing with behavior cases in general practice. Together, they debunk common behavior myths and provide practical insights to enhance the understanding and management of animal behavior in the veterinary setting. Tune in for a paw-sitively enlightening dis...
In this episode, we celebrate Vet Tech Week with Jenny Fisher, a Registered Veterinary Technician and Veterinary Technician Specialist in Oncology. Jenny sheds light on the crucial role veterinary technicians play within clinics and hospitals, emphasizing the importance of utilizing their expertise to the fullest. She discusses the impact of underutilization on both professionals and the industry, sharing insights from the 2023 AAHA Technician Utilization Guidelines. Jenny also shares su...
In this episode, we dive deep into the world of separation anxiety in dogs (and even touch on cats) with renowned expert Malena DeMartini-Price, author of the books "Treating Separation Anxiety in Dogs" and "Separation Anxiety in Dogs – Next-Generation Treatment Protocols and Practices." Malena shares her incredible journey to becoming a leading authority in this field, provides valuable insights on separation anxiety and its common symptoms, and dispels some prevalent myths surrounding ...
In honor of Animal Pain Awareness Month, join host, RVT, VTS (behavior), certified cat behavior consultant, and Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner, Tabitha Kucera, as she explores the often unnoticed world of pain in our animal companions. Pain is a vital sign that deserves our attention, just like temperature, pulse, and respiration. We'll discuss why pain assessment should be routine for every animal, every time.Discover the importance of recognizing that pain is unique to each ...
In this episode, Tabitha is joined by Stephen Niño Cital, an advocate for veterinary technicians and an expert in the field. We delve into the recent legislative developments concerning the scope of practice for veterinary technicians. With Stephen's extensive credentials (RVT, SRA, RLAT, CVPP, VTS- LAM Res. Anesthesia), they break down the details of these bills, highlighting their implications.A focal point of discussion is the disconcerting response from the American Veterinary Medical Ass...
Join Tabitha in this week's episode as she sits down with Heather Ann Scott, a certified BLS/ALS RECOVER CPR instructor, Fear Free certified RVT, and VTS (ECC). Heather takes us on a fascinating journey of how she discovered and pursued her true passion in emergency and critical care.In this candid and insightful conversation, Heather shares her reflections and experiences, highlighting both the challenging and beautiful moments she encountered while forging her nontraditional path to becomin...
This week, Tabitha talks to Miranda Hitchcock about how she created the change she wanted to see in the world. Miranda began volunteering at animal shelters when she was younger and she was inspired to change her career path and work in animal welfare focusing on behavior for years. In that time, she approached and saw many challenges that the people and animals in her community were experiencing. She identified patterns and ways that she could help on a bigger level and started Every Dog Beh...
CW: Suicide, Depression, Compassion Fatigue.Compassion fatigue and burnout are very common in the veterinary, training, and shelter industry among many others. We need to advocate and care for ourselves the same way we do for the animals we work with. YOU MATTER!We all need to take care of each other, compassion fatigue and burnout are difficult to go through alone. Please reach out to someone and if you are being reached out to, don't ignore. You are not alone!I talk to Dr. Breedlove about c...
This episode is a collab with fellow podcaster, Stacy LeBaron of the Community Cats Podcast. On CCP, Stacy follows up with Tabitha Kucera, a registered vet tech, certified cat behavior training consultant, and former guest of the show (CCP Episode 319)Stacy and Tabitha discuss numerous cat health and behavioral issues. She provides tips on identifying whether a cat is in pain (which she created a handout for). Tabitha explains that a cat’s physical and mental health are often intertwined. She...
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