RVT’s Outstanding DVM of the Year Winners
Dr. Laura Bellinghausen is an associate veterinarian for Silicon Valley Animal Control Authority and also a staff veterinarian and instructor at Carrington College in San Jose, CA. Her colleagues describe her as an asset to the veterinary medical profession and someone always willing to discuss cases, share ideas, and utilize RVTs as much as possible.
Dr. Ashley Cotton, a former colleague of Dr. Bellinghausen, described her as supportive by allowing the staff to perform their duties independently and encouraging them to problem solve on their own. “She practiced high-quality veterinary medicine and was routinely performing blood work, radiographs, and further testing as needed, but always encouraged the veterinary technicians and veterinary assistants to do those tasks, as time and skill allowed,” Dr. Cotton explained.
As a veterinary technology instructor, Dr. Bellinghausen shows up early and stays as late as needed. She is patient with students, giving them time to figure out the answers on their own, and meets privately with those preparing for the Veterinary Technician National Examination.
As Managing Director of Vetncare, Inc., a management company, Dr. Moffatt is a very busy man. Despite taking ownership of four hospitals in the last five years, he remains dedicated to the veterinary profession. He still continues to provide care for several species besides cats and dogs including pigs, goats, sheep, small mammals, birds, reptiles, and fish, in addition to the mentorship of colleagues, staff, and veterinary students.
Dr. Moffatt supports strong professional development for all employees. He provides open communication with his RVTs about the latest studies and encourages his RVTs to attend continuing education classes. He finds ways for them to attend classes that interest them while encouraging his non-licensed veterinary assistants to enroll in the Penn Foster Program to become RVTs and helps them with their tuition. Also, all new employees are provided guidance through structured phase training as well as several online training platforms.
Dr. Moffatt has created a fair and supportive work environment for his entire team. He has supported accommodations for his staff and this kind of attention has made his staff feel cared for which in turn allows them to provide excellent care for their patients.
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