Background + practice
As a veterinary tchnician with 14 years of experience, Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS (ECC), is currently practicing and teaching as the Education Manager at DoveLewis Emergency Animal Hospital.DoveLewis is a 24-hour nonprofit emergency animal hospital in Portland, OR, that has made education and staff training a priority, and at the heart of it is Brashear, who is responsible for creating and executing all training initiatives on the hospital floor. But she doesn’t limit her teaching to her own hospital. In 2011, Brashear helped create and develop On The Floor @Dove, a veterinary staff training website with videos, articles and blogs. She stars in or helps create procedure and discussion videos on a variety of medical topics, writes for the website, and interact with users of the site who have questions about certain procedures or training practices.
In addition to being a teacher to thousands through On the Floor @Dove, Brashear is also a mentor to the next generation of technicians at DoveLewis, personally working shifts with them to fill training gaps and guarantee their success. She also spends several hours weekly on the hospital floor offering support and training opportunities for all DoveLewis’ technicians during their shifts.
As if that wasn’t enough, she also contributes to the Portland community and beyond, teaching pet first aid classes to pet parents and law enforcement officers, providing lectures to local veterinary professionals, and traveling to lecture and to put on workshops to various technician staffs and students around the country.
Brashear is not only a Certified Veterinary Technician, but she also has achieved the Veterinary Technician Specialty in Emergency and Critical Care, or VTS (ECC). She shares her home with three four-pawed family members: a German Shorthaired Pointer named Phoebe and two cats, Hurley and Newman – all of whom she has nursed from sickness to health.
Why her nomination stood out
The best teachers demonstrate passion for their subject and patience with their students. Megan’s nomination, submitted by a colleague and former student, highlights her abilities as a teacher helping to better the lives of even more furry friends: ““Megan is the face of On the Floor@dove and has been training and teaching technicians all over the country at conferences, online and at in hospital training sessions. Techs are improving their skills and taking pride in their jobs because of Megan! She is an entertaining teacher and really makes learning fun.” – Rebecca S., Portland OR
In her words
What drew you to veterinary medicine/your current specialty?
“I had exposure to general practice while in technician school and it was a great experience for me, but I did not truly LOVE it. I do not enjoy performing dental cleanings and I did not feel like I was making a big difference in the lives of my patients. When we saw the rare emergency case is when I felt like I really loved what I was doing. Once I started working in emergency and critical care I was using all of my skills and quickly learning new skills, I was a valued and important member of the medical team, and I was making a noticeable difference not only to my patients but to their owners. I am fascinated by the complexity of critical care and the way that illness affects multiple organ systems. I like to see the immediate effect of treatments and love that medicine is always moving forward and I can continue to learn new things 14 years into this specialty.”
What has been your greatest accomplishment?
“I am so proud of the On the Floor @Dove website. What started as a conversation between technicians regarding a video training manual has grown into a comprehensive training website that has users all over the world. Technicians who watch these videos are seeing what technicians can accomplish and the role they can play in the hospital. One of my goals of this website is technician empowerment and I love hearing how technicians are learning more, doing more, and looking towards a specialty because they watched our videos.”
What do you love most about your job?
“I love to teach. I love to share my enthusiasm with other veterinary nerds who get just as excited about healing their patients. Through the On the Floor @Dove website, we hear feedback from hospitals and technicians who are so excited to have the opportunity to learn and expand their skills without having to leave their town. I love that I get to play a role in the advancement of the veterinary technician profession by teaching what I have learned and teaching what I love to do.”
A bit of fun
Favorite human treat? Rice Krispie Treats and Jalapeno Cheddar Chex Mix
Favorite breed of best friend? I have particular affinity for German Shorthaired Pointers
Funniest pet name you’ve heard? For some reason, animals named after breakfast foods crack me up – Bacon, Waffles, Pancakes, Oatmeal, etc.