CITAL RVT, SRA, RLAT, VCC, CVPP, VTS- LAM (Res. Anesthesia)
Educator- Author- Innovator-Researcher-Veterinary Anesthesia/Analgesia and Cannabis Expert
Initially starting college to become a Registered Nurse (RN) Stephen realized he did not enjoy working with humans as patients. Instead, he became a Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT) and then obtained certification as a Surgical Research Anesthetist (SRA) through the Academy of Surgical Research. Stephen continued to pursue additional credentials by attaining the Registered Laboratory Animal Technician (RLAT) designation through the American Association of Laboratory Animal Science soon after. He helped establish and became one of the first Veterinary Cannabis Counselors (VCC) in the country and is one of a handful of Certified Veterinary Pain Practitioners (CVPP) in the country through the International Veterinary Academy of Pain Management, serving on both the board of directors and the continuing education committee. He is an active member of the Veterinary Technician Specialist (VTS) community with a focus in Laboratory Animal Medicine (LAM) in research anesthesia from the Academy of Laboratory Animal Veterinary Technicians and Nurses, where he also serves as the Executive Director. He is employed by Howard Hughes Medical Institute at Stanford University School of Medicine in the Department of Neurobiology. In addition to conducting research, Stephen is an award-winning international lecturer on anesthesia, pain management, cannabis, and best research practices. He is on the DVM360 Editorial Advisory Board, has contributed to numerous textbooks/articles, and was also a column coordinator for one of Nature's journals. Stephen serves on multiple boards/committees, is a key opinion leader for pharmaceutical/device companies, COO for the Veterinary Anesthesia Nerds, and Veterinary Cannabinoid Academy. He believes strongly in promoting diversity and veterinary technician elevation within the industry.
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