Marcia Fletcher | Educational Consultant, Registered Vet Nurse Specialist, VTS – Anaesthesia and Analgesia
The Pink Stethoscope

Marcia Fletcher, Educational Consultant, Registered Vet Nurse Specialist, VTS – Anaesthesia and Analgesia, The Pink Stethoscope

Marcia is a registered veterinary nurse specialist and an international speaker.  Having 20 years’ experience in veterinary anaesthesia, she started her career working for the Massey University Veterinary Teaching Hospital in New Zealand and was the senior anaesthesia nurse there for over 16 years.  In 2011 she became New Zealand’s first Veterinary Technician Specialist in Anaesthesia and Analgesia.  She has been awarded New Zealand’s “Vet Nurse of the Year”, and several Massey University teaching awards including “Teacher of the Year”.  Marcia is also a RECOVER certified instructor of both basic and advanced CPR.  In 2020 Marcia left the university teaching life and created The Pink Stethoscope, her platform to elevate veterinary anaesthesia within the entire veterinary community. Through The Pink Stethoscope she independently provides postgraduate veterinary anaesthesia education, training, webinars and consultations both nationally and internationally. Marcia loves all aspects of veterinary anaesthesia teaching. Her passion has always been instilling anaesthesia knowledge to the greater veterinary profession - to make a somewhat challenging subject less stressful, and ultimately to empower veterinary professionals to continue their anaesthesia learning journey. Away from work Marcia is a busy kiwi mum, enjoying her home life with her husband, daughter, son, and very special “fur-daughter” Minnie the tuxedo cat.


Day 1 @ 11:00

When the beat drops: ECGs and arrhythmias

In veterinary medicine the ECG is an extremely useful piece of pre-anaesthetic and perioperative monitoring equipment.  An arrhythmia can take multiple forms and can be a change in rate, rhythm or complex origin that differs from the normal pattern.  This lecture will discuss the normal electrical pathway and cardiac cycle, as well as introduce many forms of cardiac arrhythmias, including lethal rhythms.

Day 2 @ 12:15

When the emergency room is full: Who goes first

Triaging is an essential skill that vet nurses and technicians must possess. Whether we are taking the initial phone consultation, or triaging from the vet hospital waiting room, our patients (and theirowners) are counting on us to quickly assess their health status so that the most appropriatetreatment may be initiated in a timely manner. This fast-paced lecture will focus on the immediate steps to an effective triage system, and discuss the triage station and what to set up in advance for common emergencies.

last published: 16/Jul/24 23:45 GMT

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