CITAL RVT, SRA, RLAT, VCC, CVPP, VTS- LAM (Res. Anesthesia)
Educator- Author- Innovator-Researcher-Veterinary Anesthesia/Analgesia and Cannabis Expert
Stephen originally started college to become a registered human nurse but did not enjoy working with humans as patients. Instead Stephen became an RVT and then obtained certification as a Surgical Research Anesthetist through the Academy of Surgical Research followed by the designation of a Registered Laboratory Animal Technician through the American Association of Laboratory Animal Science soon after. Most recently he became one of the first Veterinary Cannabis Counselors in the country while continuing to educate veterinary professionals on safe and effective use of cannabis in the clinical setting. He is one of a handful of Certified Veterinary Pain Practitioners in the country through the International Veterinary Academy of Pain Management. Stephen is the Executive Director for the Academy of Laboratory Animal Veterinary Technicians and Nurses, holding a Veterinary Technician Specialist certification in Laboratory Animal Medicine (LAM), anesthesia focus. He is currently employed at Stanford University. Stephen is an award-winning international lecturer on the topics of anesthesia, pain management, cannabis and best practices in research. He enjoys teaching and serves on advisory boards, is a key opinion leader for multiple pharmaceutical/device companies, COO for the Veterinary Anesthesia Nerds and Veterinary Cannabis Academy Facebook and webpages. Stephen was the 2020 Chair for the Committee of Veterinary Technician Specialties. He has served as the President for the Society of Laboratory Animal Veterinary Technicians, Vice President for the California RVT Association and member at large for the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America. He was also a column coordinator for one of Nature’s journals and has contributed to numerous textbooks.
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