Kenichiro Yagi – CPR

Following up on last week’s QCK on the Recover Initiative and getting proper CPR training for veterinary professionals, Mr. Ken Yagi speaks with Dr. Natalie Marks about the benefits this training is providing and how they are measuring success. Ken will tell us about the rescuer certification program, as well as CPR instructor training that was available at this year’s WVC Annual Conference. Mr. Yagi also goes into detail about how this certification, as well as many other initiatives, are taking a stronger approach to help veterinary technicians achieve greater successes in their careers.

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About the Guest - Kenichiro Yagi, RVT, VTS (ECC, SAIM), MS:

Over the 17 years in practice, Ken has discovered and refined his role as a veterinary technician by promoting compassionate and progressive care for the patients and their family. He obtained his VTS certification in emergency and critical care as well as small animal internal medicine. He now practices at Adobe Animal Hospital as an ICU Manager and Blood Bank Manager. Ken’s role has progressed from directly caring for patients to providing an environment for others to do the same. Ken works to encourage further recognition of the vital role of the veterinary nurses and technicians through work with organizations such as the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America, and serving as a board member of the Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society, the Academy of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Technicians, and the Veterinary Innovation Council. He pursues the goal by showing the value of the profession’s perspective in veterinary medicine. Ken invites everyone to ask “Why?” to understand the “What” and “How” of our field, and to constantly pursue new limits as veterinary professionals and individuals.

About the Interviewer - Dr. Natalie Marks, DVM:

Dr. Marks is the previous co-owner and current Medical Director of Blum Animal Hospital in Chicago. She grew up in rural Sterling, Illinois, and received her DVM degree from the University of Illinois in 2002 with high honors. Additionally, during veterinary school, she was awarded a position in the Cornell University Summer Leadership Program as a Summer Fellow. After graduation, Dr. Marks moved to North Atlanta for five years to practice small animal medicine at Allatoona Animal Hospital. She was the Veterinary Leadership Conference New Graduate Representative, president of the Greater Atlanta Veterinary Medical Society, and public relations chairperson for the Georgia Veterinary Medical Association. Dr. Marks has interests in internal medicine, oncology, and ultrasound. She also is a firm believer in the power of the human-animal bond and finds helping families manage and care for their geriatric pets most rewarding and satisfying. She was recently awarded Petplan's 2013 Veterinarian of the Year Award. Dr. Marks also received the prestigious Dr. Erwin Small First Decade Award, presented to a recent graduate who has given significant contributions and service to the Illinois State Veterinary Medical Association. In 2015, Dr. Marks was awarded America's Favorite Veterinarian honor from the American Veterinary Medical Foundation (AVMF). Dr. Marks is very active in all aspects of media, both locally and nationally. She has appeared on Good Day Chicago, WGN-Pet Central, NBC Morning News, ABC, CBS, NPR, WBBM, and many local websites. Dr. Marks was featured nationally on the Today Show and CBS Nightly News during the canine influenza epidemic of 2015 and in multiple issues of JAVMA. Additionally, Dr. Marks has been published in Veterinary Medicine magazine, DVM magazine, and was a reporter for Veterinary News Network where she completed intensive media training. In 2018, Dr. Marks became a certified Veterinary Journalist.