Raymond G. Whitham DrMéd, DrMédVét, MPH
Oakland, California 94603
I am looking for a full-time veterinary technician or assistant position in a scientific evidence/fact-based veterinary clinic, preferably in the San Francisco Bay area. Born and raised in New Jersey, I am a US citizen. Guided by my passion for infectious diseases, especially zoonoses, I pursued a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree after my Doctor of Medicine degree, both in France, and then graduated with an MPH in Epidemiology from Emory University. I am now preparing for my veterinary board exams in order to be licensed in the USA, which will take a minimum of 2 years. My goal is to specialize in internal medicine with a sub-specialty of infectious diseases with the “One World, One Medicine, One Health” perspective. I am registered with the Educational Commission for Foreign Veterinary Graduates (ECFVG) of the AVMA and the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG). With my dual medical training, I understand both common and complicated disease processes. Due to my training and public health experience, I also have advanced knowledge of zoonotic disease epidemiology & prevention.
I am not only able to perform the manipulations of a veterinary technician in both emergencies and regular office visits. I am also cognizant of the medical and scientific theory behind their use. I have 6 years experience in a local small animal clinic where I performed animal handling and restraint, preoperative clinical exams, surgical preparation of patients; patient monitoring before, during, and after surgery; performed & interpreted various laboratory tests such as fecal flotation, urinalysis, T4, various Snap Tests, and basic tests on IDEXX machines (CBC/diff and Chem 14), preparation of lab samples for outside analysis, necropsy and preparation of specimens for analysis, assembled and sterilized surgical packs, basic nursing, fluorescent eye test; Metric System
- all of my medical training was done using the metric system, vaccination clinics, conventional and digital radiographs, and drug dispensing. I am able to perform pharmaceutical and medical calculations.
In medical school, I was an extern in medical and surgical ICUs and the emergency department and was able to work as a replacement nurse during the summer months. During the 6 years I have worked in veterinary medicine, I have dealt with countless emergency cases. I am able to take a quick history of the principle complaint (trauma, intoxication, medications, etc.) and pertinent history (cardiovascular, respiratory, metabolic disorders such as diabetes, etc.) make a list of current medications and perform a quick clinical assessment to address the gravity and urgency of the situation, perform CPR, intubate, ventilate, establish a peripheral IV line, administer emergency medications, stabilize the patient, do venous blood draws, arterial puncture for blood gases, perform basic laboratory exams, and monitor critical care patients in a timely manner while waiting for the attending veterinarian.
I understand the necessity to be able to receive multiple oral and written patient care instructions and to perform them efficiently and accurately for multiple hospitalized patients. I have always had to communicate and coordinate my work with various coworkers in my unit, laboratories, other departments of the hospital, and outside entities in order to collect and relay pertinent information (while respecting confidentiality) in order to provide the best care possible to the patient.
I am comfortable communicating by phone and in person with clients and veterinarians concerning patient care. As a public health epidemiologist, I was able to communicate effectively in the language appropriate for the person I was communicating with - physicians, veterinarians, other health departments, laboratory personnel, and members of the general pubic, to gather information concerning infectious disease outbreaks, perform an onsite investigation either alone or with a group of epidemiologists, and offer advise to solve the situation and suggest preventive measures to avoid recurrence. As epidemiologists, we also answered phone calls from the general public, physicians, other health departments, etc. to provide advice and expertise concerning various public health issues.
I have experience in writing my observations in charts and on the computer, interpreting those of veterinarians and following their instructions, and filling out patient clinical signs & symptoms, laboratory data, procedures, and treatments on nursing records. I am very comfortable working day shifts as well as night shifts, holidays, and weekends. I welcome any and all advanced and cross training.
I will relocate for work.
I have owned many birds (8 Psittacines & one mynah bird), 2 dogs, and 7 cats. My passions include my pets (my dog Goldie, and my cats Patrick, Timmy, and Tommy - all rescue animals), human and non-human animal rights, science-based medicine, conservation, hiking, travel, listening to music, and meeting people of different cultures, to name a few. My human medical thesis/dissertation was on the epidemiology of Histoplasma capsulatum infection in two AIDS patients where I also describe the epidemiology of the agent. My veterinary medicine thesis/dissertation concerned the epidemiology of Chagas’ disease and a novel means of control.
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Raymond G. Whitham, DrMéd, DrMédVét, MPH
ECFVG ID 274757
I am a US citizen, born in the USA, looking for a full-time veterinary technician or assistant position in a scientific evidence/fact-based veterinary clinic while studying for my veterinary medical board exams to practice veterinary medicine in the USA. Professional Experience
Veterinary Technician - Walker Street Veterinary Clinic (Small-animal clinic) - Orland, California 95963 - June 2011 - April 2017
Professional Duties: Clinical exams, general & nursing animal care, IV catheterization, infusion preparation, venipuncture, administering medications, surgical preparation
(intubation, sedation, induction, anesthesia), monitoring anesthesia, vaccination clinics, radiographs, participated in discussion of the diagnosis & interpretation of lab results and x- rays of certain cases, processing and interpretation of fecal exams and performing other laboratory tests.
I performed arterial punctures for blood gas analysis in humans while in medical school. I have advanced knowledge of zoonotic disease epidemiology & prevention. Peace Corps Volunteer - United States Peace Corps Kara, Togo, West Africa - 2008 - 2010 Epidemiologist - Bureau of Epidemiology, City of Houston Department of Health & Human Services, Houston, Texas 2000–2004
Professional Duties: Communicable Disease Outbreak Investigations, Zoonotic Disease Investigations; General Surveillance; designed a Zoonosis Surveillance plan (Bioterrorism Grant); Liaison with Harris County medical examiner’s office for investigations; Data Analysis; Infectious Disease Incidence reports; Prophylaxis interventions; Provide disease control measure recommendations.
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine - École Nationale Vétérinaire D'Alfort - Université́ Paris-Est Créteil, Maisons Alfort, France
Master of Public Health - Epidemiology - Rollins School of Public Health of Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia
Doctor of Medicine - Faculté de Médecine Pitié-Salpêtrière - Université Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris, France
AVMA - American Veterinary Medical Association
APHA - American Public Health Association
English - Maternal Language
French - Native-like Fluency: reading, written, spoken