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September | October 2019

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RVT News 38 California Veterinarian • September–October 2019 cvma.net L ike many veterinary professionals, Ms. Emma Cusack had a love and affi nity for animals at an early age. She worked as a stable manager at a therapeutic riding center and would often assist the center's veterinarian on rounds. She also took that time to ask the veterinarian many questions. Later Ms. Cusack enrolled in a veterinary assisting program and had an internship in a small animal practice. Her passion for veterinary technology grew and she enrolled in a veterinary technology program at Mt. San Antonio College (Mt. SAC). Ms. Cusack has been a member of the CVMA RVT Committee since 2015, is its District II representative, and was recently appointed the chair of the committee. She became interested in organized veterinary medicine when she received her credentials from Mt. SAC and maintained memberships in paraprofessional organizations, but it was not until she met then CVMA President Dr. Lawrence Kosmin, that she became more involved. "He would often talk to me about the diff erences one could make when you lend a voice on behalf of your peers. He reminded me that when voices come together, they can elicit change, and I knew that if this profession was to change for the betterment of its members, then I wanted to be a part of the vision," Ms. Cusack said. Currently, Ms. Cusack is the interim program director for Stanbridge University's Associate of Science Veterinary Technology Program. She likes knowing that with the skills that she has developed and the knowledge she has gained, she is able to give back. "I am able to give back to my patients when they are in need of a calming voice and gentle touch, and give back by administering services and treatments to them with confi dence and quick skill so that I do no harm," Ms. Cusack explained. She also gives back to her students by providing real world knowledge and encouraging direction. Her advice for young RVTs is to maintain professionalism at all times. "I have always maintained with my students that technical skills will develop over time and your knowledge keeps growing, but the minute you let your standards drop, you become part of the problem. The solution and long-term goal is to maintain a long and fulfi lling career in an industry that values qualifi ed and professional RVTs enough to allow full scope of practice and a salary befi tting these responsibilities," Ms. Cusack explained. From her standpoint, Ms. Cusack feels she is on a great path and one she hopes does not end for a long while. Spotlight on Emma Cusack, RVT, CVMA RVT Committee Chair

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