This week, the OAVT connected with Amanda Shelby RVT, VTS (Anesthesia & Analgesia) who will be presenting a session in the Career Development-RVT Development track at the upcoming OAVT Conference. We asked Amanda a series of questions, inviting her to share more about her current role and past experiences.
Amanda currently works as a technical service representative at Jurox Animal Health, Inc., and also is practicing veterinary anesthesia, at IndyVet Emergency & Specialty Hospital, which is a feline-friendly, AAHA accredited specialty 24-hour facility.
What do you think is the best part of your job?
As Jurox, Inc.’s Think Anesthesia Content Coordinator, the best part of my role is ensuring educational content on the free educational platform speaks to the clinical audience and will have a direct impact on improving the life of pets. Often, I get to contribute to the content or help secure a field expert guest speaker. Regardless of the author of the material, nothing brings more joy and fulfillment than positive or even constructive feedback that someone was able to take the topic or concept, learn from it and apply it to their patients improving the care (often anesthetic or analgesic in context) of their patient. The reward is sharing and having information shared back.
Can you brief a unique case that you handled?
When I was at university teaching hospital, we were requested to anesthetize a purpose bred dog for a scheduled C-section. One puppy on ultrasound, has a rare condition where the gastrointestinal tract develops on the outside of the body wall in utero. Working with my anesthesiologist, I proposed we attempt to repair the defect before delivery. If we left the fetus attached via the placenta to the mom, it would be possible it would be anesthetized. We did provide a local line block on the fetus in additional to sevoflurane in oxygen and a remifentanil constant rate infusion. It was an exciting anesthetic procedure we regrettably did not publish as a case report.
What makes you special in the animal healthcare industry?
I do not feel distinguished or special in the animal healthcare industry. I feel very fortunate to have found a voice that can relate to my peers, construct and share ideas that appeal to a variety of learning styles and the ability to listen and learn from others. I think like may, success often comes with compromise–for me this has often come at a compromise to my work-life-balance and as I am maturing, a nice way of saying I’m getting older, I am improving my balance and improving my confidence to support others towards that balance.