Petplan Pet Insurance Names DoveLewis Employee Megan Brashear as the 2014 Veterinary Technician
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February 26, 2014
Petplan Pet Insurance Names DoveLewis Employee Megan Brashear as the 2014 Veterinary Technician of the Year
PORTLAND, Ore.—On Sunday, February 16, long-time DoveLewis Emergency Animal Hospital employee Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS (ECC), was awarded Petplan Pet Insurance’s 2014 Veterinary Technician of the Year Award. One of three finalists, Brashear was selected from more than 250 nominations. This year’s Veterinary Awards Judging Panel featured prominent pet health professionals, including Lynne Johnson-Harris, president of North American Veterinary Conference (NAVC).
“I’m honored to receive this award—and I do so on behalf of veterinary technicians everywhere who are vital to veterinary medicine yet often go unrecognized for their work,” said Brashear. “I thank Petplan Pet Insurance for this unexpected accolade and for making technicians in general feel appreciated.”
The award ceremony was held at Petplan’s 2014 Veterinary Awards Dinner at Charlie Palmer Steak in the Four Seasons Las Vegas, in coordination with the 86th annual Western Veterinary Conference. Brashear has worked at DoveLewis for 14 years and is the star teaching personality of On the Floor @Dove, a web-based educational resource created by DoveLewis that provides on-demand training for all types of veterinary professionals around the world.
“This award is a testament to Megan’s accomplishments and to the level of care our world-class team of veterinary professionals provides to the community,” said Ron Morgan, DoveLewis CEO. “Pet owners come to DoveLewis because they want the best for their animals, and that’s what we pride ourselves on delivering.”
When she’s not providing the best in emergency and critical care to DoveLewis patients, Brashear shares her expertise with veterinary and pet-loving communities. Last year, she traveled more than 10,000 miles (to a variety of locations, including Alaska and Washington D.C.) to provide 65 hours of continuing education lectures to industry professionals. Additionally, she regularly leads free continuing education lectures for veterinary professionals in the Portland area. Brashear also teaches DoveLewis pet first aid workshops to help educate pet owners in the Portland area, as well as local law enforcement officers and TSA canine handlers at Portland International Airport.
“I am fascinated by the complexity of critical care and the way that illness affects multiple organ systems,” said Brashear. “I like to see the immediate effect of treatments and love that medicine is always moving forward and I can continue to learn new things 14 years into this specialty.”
Brashear receives many letters of thanks from families whose pets she helps treat. One such letter, written from the perspective of a patient named Scout, read: “Thank you for taking extra, extra special care of me while I was so sick. I couldn’t have made it without you. My mommy… knew I was in great hands when I was with you. You were key to my recovery and my mommy’s sanity.”
Images (from top to bottom): 1) Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS (ECC) holding her 2014 Veterinary Technician of the Year Award 2) Brashear treats a patient in the ICU at DoveLewis Emergency Animal Hospital 3) Brashear teaches students from Carrington College about spaying and neutering
DoveLewis Emergency Animal Hospital, established in 1973 and based in Portland, Ore., is the only nonprofit, 24-hour emergency and intensive care unit in the region. DoveLewis provides donor-funded programs to the community, including one of the United States’ largest volunteer-based animal blood banks, a nationally recognized pet loss support program, a partnership with Guide Dogs for the Blind to bring animal-assisted therapy and education to the community, 24-hour stabilizing care for lost, stray and wild animals and financial assistance for qualifying low-income families and abused animals. Celebrating 40 years of service to the community, DoveLewis has treated over 500,000 animals and has been deemed one of Oregon’s Most Admired Nonprofits by The Portland Business Journal for seven years! For more information, please visit www.dovelewis.org.
About On the Floor @Dove
On the Floor @Dove is an online, video-based training platform for all veterinary professionals. With an ever-growing library of training content, On the Floor @Dove features practicing professionals working on the floor at DoveLewis Emergency Animal Hospital in Portland, Oregon, as they perform real-life procedures on actual patients. Free trials are now available for entire practices who want instant access to high-quality training videos and tools. Visit www.atdove.org to learn more and to get unlimited on-demand training.
About Megan Brashear
Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS (ECC), graduated from Brigham Young University with a bachelor’s degree in animal science and an emphasis in veterinary technology. She’s worked in both general practice and emergency and critical care facilities, and currently serves as the education manager at DoveLewis, conducting in-house education for the medical staff and handling new-hire training. Additionally, she oversees medical content for On the Floor @Dove. Brashear is a member of the Academy of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Technicians, the Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society, the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America, and the Oregon Veterinary Technician and Assistant Association.