Experienced Emergency Veterinary Technician Joins HSVMA-RAVS Staff

August 8, 2012

Erin Spencer and her dog Lexi
Erin Spencer and her dog, Lexi.
Sean Spencer

In February 2012, Erin Spencer, CVT, VTS (ECC) joined HSVMA-RAVS as a consultant. As a part of the RAVS full-time staff, Erin works from home in Derry, N.H., and in the field as a lead anesthesia technician.

Erin grew up in Wakefield, Mass. and always had a love for both science and animals. Initially headed in the direction of veterinary school, she began volunteering at a nearby animal hospital. After a few months, she was offered a part-time position as a technician’s assistant and soon realized that her interest was in the nursing aspects of practice so she enrolled in the Veterinary Technology program at North Shore Community College in Danvers, Mass. in 1999.

Looking for more of a challenge, Erin made the move to a 24-hour emergency hospital. This step turned out to be the first in a professional relationship with Intown Veterinary Group (IVG) that would span more than a decade. Erin started as an emergency technician assistant at IVG in 2000. Over the next 11 years, Erin consistently earned promotions and was ultimately named Technician Manager for the Massachusetts Veterinary Referral Hospital in Woburn, Mass. As Technician Manager, Erin oversaw the 90 technicians and assistants within the hospital, from both a day-to-day management and a development perspective. In addition, she collaborated with teams from all the IVG hospitals to continue the growth of the company.

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In 2011, Erin passed the Veterinary Technician Specialty exam in Emergency and Critical Care. The VTS (ECC) title is held by technicians who complete a rigorous application process that includes a case log record of 50 cases and 4 case studies and board exam demonstrating advanced knowledge and skill in emergency medicine and critical care nursing.

Erin also enjoys teaching and has spent time both educating and training within IVG, as well as lecturing regionally in New England. Her love of teaching was one attraction to the HSVMA-RAVS program.

Erin started volunteering with HSVMA-RAVS in 2009. The first year, she attended one week-long trip. Each consecutive year, she continued to double her time spent volunteering in the field. Erin loved volunteering with RAVS because the program not only helps animals by bringing needed veterinary services to underserved communities, but also because the program helps to educate the next generation of veterinary and veterinary technician students. When asked why she was drawn to working for the RAVS program, Erin explained, "Practically all aspects of the RAVS program appeal to me. That said, by far my favorite part of being involved with this program is the degree to which highly skilled technicians are utilized. Technicians are truly a part of the medical decision-making team on a RAVS trip."

Erin Spencer and her dog Lexi
Spencer (right) clears a canine patient for anesthesia while veterinary student Caitlin Antes (left) educates young community members during an HSVMA-RAVS clinic in Fort Berthold, N.D.
Stacey Daley

Erin also serves as the co-vice president of the Massachusetts Veterinary Technician Association and sits on the board of directors for SMART (State of Massachusetts Animal Response Team). During her downtime from the veterinary world, Erin enjoys spending time with family, reading, traveling and trying new things. Some of Erin’s happiest moments are spent camping in the White Mountains of New Hampshire with her husband, Sean and their beloved Boxer, Lexi.

HSVMA is thrilled to have the opportunity to work with Erin on a regular basis. HSVMA-RAVS Director Windi Wojdak feels that “Erin has an amazing skill set and is an inspiring example of the ways veterinary technicians can engage professionally—from management to teaching to professional organizations, and community service.”