What Moves You? Stories of Resilience, Deb Stone

Stories of Resilience

Passion for the profession moves many veterinary technicians, but we are just as moved by our personal lives. Deb Stone shares her story of being moved by an unexpected event and the resilience of others.

May/June 2017 | Volume 2, Issue 3

Gratitude and Giving Back

Gratitude and Giving Back

Elizabeth Exline shares how her childhood admiration for a veterinary team put her on the path to becoming a veterinary technician.

March/April 2017 | Volume 2, Issue 2

What Moves You?, Consistent Change, by Karen Ellis

Consistent Change

For Karen Ellis, making and taking opportunities to change her career path is the secret to her success.

January/February 2017 | Volume 2, Issue 1

What Moves You? A Calming Touch

A Calming Touch

When the “regular” restraint techniques used at her clinic didn’t work for her, Summer Brooks knew there had to be a better way of handling patients—for them as well as for herself.

January/February 2017 | Volume 2, Issue 1

Knowledge and Discovery

Knowledge and Discovery

Kathi Smith, one of Today’s Veterinary Technician’s advisory board members, shares what has inspired her throughout her career.

November/December 2016 | Volume 1, Issue 6

In May 2016, Leonard Marino received an associate’s degree in veterinary science technology from Suffolk County Community College on Long Island. This qualified him to work as a veterinary technician and as the editor of the hospital’s newsletter at Long Island Veterinary Specialists (LIVS) in Plainview, New York. Marino’s story, however has a unique twist. He is not only a retired pediatrician but is as industrious and persistent as ever at the age of 84. Here he shares why a new career late in life was exactly what he wanted.

Family Ties

In May 2016, at the age of 84, Leonard Marino received an associate’s degree in veterinary science technology. Now, he assists his son in performing veterinary orthopedic surgeries.

September/October 2016 | Volume 1, Issue 5


Being in the Driver’s Seat

“What moves you?” At first, this seems like a simple question, and answering it seems like it should be just as simple. Strangely enough, though, it is not a common question, so when I really started to think about it, it became apparent that my answer would be much more involved than I originally anticipated.

July/August 2016 | Volume 1, Issue 4

Sammy Thibodeax

Making a Difference

Ever since I was a little girl, I have been surrounded by animals. My parents tell me that from the time I could walk, I was always in the boarding kennel my grandmother owned.

May/June 2016 | Volume 1, Issue 3

Esther Klok

From Holland: Looking Back on a GREAT Adventure

When I graduated 22 years ago from the only school for veterinary technicians in the Netherlands, I never thought that this girl would travel 10 times to one of the biggest veterinary conferences in the world!

May/June 2016 | Volume 1, Issue 3


The Resilience of Animals

Animals have always been a huge part of my life. Growing up on a dairy farm in upstate New York, I was the kid who brought stray animals home in the hope I could keep them. As I got older, I knew that a job working with animals was what I wanted.

March/April 2016 | Volume 1, Issue 2