Kenichiro Yagi, MS, RVT, VTS (ECC, SAIM)
A switch inside Kenichiro Yagi’s head was flipped when a mentor asked him the question “Do you like being a veterinary technician?” many years ago and the spontaneous answer was “Yes. I really do”.
Over the 17 years in practice, Ken has discovered and refined his role as a veterinary technicians in promoting better care for the patients and their family through compassionate and progressive nursing care as he obtained his VTS certification in emergency and critical care as well as small animal internal medicine. He now practices at Adobe Animal Hospital as an ICU Manager and Blood Bank Manager. Ken’s role in has gradually progressed from directly providing patient care to giving others an environment to do the same by encouraging team environments and elevating standards of care.
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, and serving as a board member for the Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society, the Academy of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Technicians, and the Veterinary Innovation Council. He pursues the goal by showing the value of the profession’s perspective in veterinary medicine.
Ken plans to provide Fear Free the insight from his experience in an “open hospital” environment where pet owners are appropriately positioned as a part of the veterinary team to ease anxiety, foster promote transparent communication and competent care, foster trust, and lead to better pet health.
His endeavors are made possible through support from his family, Iris, Haruto, and Haruka. Ken invites everyone to ask “Why?” to understand the “What” and “How” of our field, and to constantly pursue new limits as veterinary professionals and individuals.