Tasha McNerney – Professional Empowerment
Veterinary Technician Tasha McNerney joins Dr. Natalie Marks for our latest Quick Cup of Knowledge. Tasha is the founder of Veterinary Anesthesia Nerds, a place where techs can gather to share knowledge and support. A group that started with a few members is now a gathering place for 35,000 people! She shares how to grow your own knowledge as well as how to grow your own position within your practice while raising your standard of care.
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About the Guest - Tasha McNerney, BS, CVT, CVPP, VTS (ANESTHESIA/ANALGESIA):
Tasha McNerney started working in the veterinary field in 1998 as a veterinary assistant. She attended Michigan State University and obtained a bachelor’s of science in 2002 majoring in wildlife biology. In 2003, Tasha moved to the Philadelphia area and began her veterinary technician training at Manor College in Jenkintown, PA. There, she obtained an Associate’s of Science in Veterinary Technology. Tasha has worked at Rau Animal Hospital in Glenside, PA for ten years as an O.R./Anesthesia Technician. Her areas of interest include sighthound and brachycephalic anesthesia as well as pain management. Tasha has been a featured speaker on various anesthesia and pain management topics at various conferences. In July of 2012, Tasha authored an article for the NAVTA journal entitled “Anesthesia in the Sighthound Patient”, and several articles for “Fetch,” a blog dedicated to pet parents. Tasha is also the author of the Surgical Pain Management chapter for the textbook, “Pain Management for Veterinary Technicians,” (Shaffran and Goldberg, eds.). In 2013, Tasha created the Facebook group Veterinary Anesthesia Nerds, which has over 35,000 members participating in education and exchange of ideas in all aspects of veterinary anesthesia and pain management. Tasha recently partnered with Firstline magazine to produce a video blog series for technicians entitled “Coffee on the Couch” which showcases various technician job avenues and encourages technician growth and career development. Tasha shares her home with her husband, son, a Catahoula leopard dog, and a pug. Yes, that’s right…a pug.
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.