Melanie Kramer

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I recently had to use my stern voice. You know the one. It started with a “ma’am” because I feel like that sets the tone. Then I got my hand movements involved. A little bit of waving and motioning...

For some reason no matter where I am in life, I have never felt good enough. It started early on in life and always overshadowed any success I had. I knew in high school that I would become a veterinary technician,...

Whoa, Nelly! My wife and I just became first-time parents a little over two weeks ago.  It’s been a hectic few weeks and what a rush of an experience.  Our little daughter is perfect in...

It was a typical busy night in the ICU. Patients were coming in several at a time, procedures were piling up and multiple animals needed to be hospitalized for immediate treatments. As I rushed from patient...

Not every vet wants to be a practice owner. But every vet is made up of more than medical knowledge and surgical skills. I’ve said before, it’s OK to want to be happy at work. We spend a lot of...

I graduated last week. That’s something I’ve been looking forward to saying for almost three years now. I graduated. I am officially a Veterinary Technician, Virginia License pending. Everyone...

This was Mrs. Rudder’s third visit to see me about Harry’s skin. The little old pug sat happily on the bench next to her and I gently looked him over. Overall, he was doing great! His skin was less...

Space movies make me cry. The Martian, Apollo 13, Space Camp (yes, Space Camp – don’t judge me, I grew up in the 80s). It’s not the beauty of space or the analysis of the lives of human beings that...

Everything is damp; the air, the grass, the leaves. All is grey. Suddenly, a flash of black. The road sign glistens red as I slam on my breaks, then the yellow of my hazard lights illuminate it. Slowly,...

Within veterinary medicine, there is a battle being waged in the trenches. Veterinary Technicians are in a fight for their careers – for respect and for fair wages. Credentialed technicians are battling...