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Navigating Team Dynamics & Pediatric Care featuring Kelly Foltz RVT & VTS (ECC)

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In this episode, Tabitha engages in a crucial conversation with RVT and VTS (ECC) Kelly Foltz. Together, they delve into the sensitive yet vital topic of addressing medical errors within veterinary teams. The discussion highlights the significance of debriefing and fostering a psychologically safe environment for effective learning and improvement. Later in the episode, Kelly shares 5-7 practical tips for treating neonatal and pediatric veterinary patients, along with her favorite resources for those eager to delve deeper into this specialized field. Tune in for a blend of insightful discussions on team dynamics, patient care, and valuable resources in the world of veterinary medicine.

Kelly Foltz is a 1999 graduate of Mercer University with a bachelor’s degree in English and a 2006 graduate of Athens Technical College with an associate of applied technology degree in Veterinary Technology.  She joined the Academy of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Technicians and Nurses in 2012 with recertifications in 2017 and 2022.  From 2012-2020, Kelly was employed by Auburn University’s College of Veterinary Medicine as an inpatient/urgent care technician and supervisor and in August 2020, she relocated to Gainesville, FL to accept a position as an ICU shift lead at the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine. In 2022, Kelly joined BluePearl as their Mid-Atlantic Regional Nursing Partner, where she serves as a nurse administrator for hospitals in MD, VA, KY, TN, NC, SC, and GA.  In addition to her clinical work, Kelly is a lecturer, author, and educator. She has served in multiple capacities including on the AVMA Committee on Veterinary Technician Education and Activities from 2017-23, as Vice Chair in 2021-2022, and as Chair in 2022-2023.  She has represented technicians on the AVMA Task Force on Veterinary Technician Utilization in 2019 and the Working Group on Veterinary Technician Utilization in 2020-21.  Her professional interests include technician engagement and education, feline medicine, neonatal and pediatric nursing, trauma, and vascular access.  Kelly maintains active credentials in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, and North Carolina.  In an alternate universe, she is a flower farmer, pickle entrepreneur, and full-time beekeeper.

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