Welcome to my blog! My name is Elise and every few weeks I will be blogging about my experiences working as a Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT) for MPES. I may even add some behind the scenes stuff to help satiate your curiosity about life at MPES.

My current position at MPES is that of a Podiatry and MRI technician. What does that mean? Well, admittedly, it’s somewhat of a self imposed title. Essentially, I am the technician involved with our podiatry and MRI cases. Two unique resources make MPES especially well suited to deal with podiatry cases: first, we are lucky enough to have Dr. Mike Pownall, a trained farrier and veterinarian; second, we have the only standing equine MRI in Canada. Mix in some foot sore horses, and I have work to do. I think I am one of only a few people in North America that has the opportunity to work on these types of cases as a technician. I’ll write more specifically about the MRI in future posts.

Although I may have made up the title of “podiatry and MRI technician”, the whole RVT thing is a different story. It’s an official title. Having the designation of RVT means that I have graduated from an accredited college program including a 4 week externship (which I completed at Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital in Lexington, KY.), I have passed the national veterinary technician exam (stressful!), I have a clean police record (no problem there), and I have completed a professionalism and ethics course (which, surprisingly, was not as boring as it may sound). In addition to these requirements, and in order to stay current, I must complete a continuing education course on a yearly basis.

The podiatry practice started when Dr. Pownall saw a need for this type of work in those areas of Ontario that MPES serves. The practice requires that Dr. Pownall take his skills on the road with a fancy shoeing trailer that, fortuitously, I get to pull in an SUV. Yep that’s right, I get to drive around looking at stinky horse feet all day. Sounds glamorous, I know.

All joking aside, I have to admit that I really enjoy my job. Helping to improve the quality of life of a horse is, for me, an extremely meaningful and rewarding experience. Even in the short time that the podiatry practice has been in operation, I’ve been involved in helping some very sore and crippled horses feel good again. It’s great to see a previously sore horse walk away more comfortable because of his new clogs!

What are clogs? Stay tuned to find out.

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