June 27, 2022

The Role of Vet Techs in Oncology | Jenny Fisher #173

The Role of Vet Techs in Oncology | Jenny Fisher #173

Not sure what a vet tech does at the oncologist office? Listen in for the scoop, plus the story of a patient who changed one tech’s life.


When your dog has cancer, there are a lot more people on her care team than just you and the oncologist. Veterinary technicians – including ones who specialize in oncology – are another layer of medical professionals ready to help your dog.

Jenny Fisher, Registered Veterinary Technician and Veterinary Technician Specialist in Oncology, was the Head Technician in Oncology at Louisiana State for 14 years. Fisher explains what vet techs do in the hospital, the education they have undergone, and the struggles of working in this profession. She also explains why vet techs aren’t called veterinary nurses in the US, and untangles some of the different credentials used in various states.

Links Mentioned in Today’s Show:

Academy of Internal Medicine for Veterinary Technicians

National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America

American Association of Veterinary State Boards

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About Today’s Guest, Jenny Cassibry Fisher:

Jenny has worked in veterinary medicine in some regard for over 25 years, receiving her RVT in 2002 and her VTS (IM-oncology) in 2015. Her clinical experience includes academia, general medicine, and emergency medicine. Jenny serves as the president-elect for the Academy of Internal Medicine for Veterinary Technicians (AIMVT).

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