Kenichiro Yagi, MS, RVT, VTS
National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America (NAVTA)
Over the 20 years in the field, Ken has discovered and refined his role as a veterinary technician by promoting compassionate and progressive care for the patients and their families. He obtained his VTS certification in emergency and critical care as well as small animal internal medicine and achieved his master’s degree in Veterinary Science. He served as the ICU Manager and Blood Bank Manager at Adobe Animal Hospital until 2018, and now is the Program Director for the RECOVER Initiative on veterinary CPR and the Veterinary Education Simulation Lab Manager at the Park Veterinary Innovation Laboratory at Cornell University. Ken has co-edited the Manual of Veterinary Transfusion Medicine and Blood Banking and has published various text chapters and articles in various publications. He gives presentations internationally on topics in ECC, transfusion medicine, and the veterinary nursing profession.
Ken works to encourage further recognition of the vital role of the veterinary nurses and technicians through work with organizations such as the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America co-chairing the Veterinary Nurse Initiative and serving as a board member of the Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society, the Academy of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Technicians and Nurses, and the Veterinary Innovation Council. He pursues these goals by showing the value of the profession’s perspective in veterinary medicine.
Ken invites everyone to ask “Why?” to understand the “What” and “How” of our field, and to continually pursue new limits as veterinary professionals and individuals.