Kristen Cooley – Pain Management
In this week’s Quick Cup of Knowledge, Dr. Natalie Marks chats with Veterinary Technician Kristen Cooley about pain management. Miss Cooley describes the reality of pain in our pets, including how well they mask pain and how technicians can provide better care to their patients. They also discuss empowering the role of the technician within the clinic, by knowing proper techniques for identifying and treating pain within our patients.
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About the Guest - Kristen Cooley, BA, CVT, VTS (Anesthesia):
Kristen Cooley is President-elect and active board member of the Academy of Veterinary Technician Anesthetists through which she is recognized globally as a veterinary technician specialist in anesthesia. She found her niche in anesthesia and pain management while working at the University of Wisconsin, School of Veterinary Medicine. Currently, Ms. Cooley provides anesthesia support for the Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital and a variety of research projects at the University. She also continues to teach there as part of the Small Animal Practice Laboratory/Junior Surgery course. Ms. Cooley is a nationally recognized speaker and has presented at many conferences including WVC in 2010. She is also a published author and illustrator of anesthesia-related textbooks.
About the Interviewer - 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.