About Marcia Fletcher

Veterinary technician specialist and educator

Marcia Fletcher is a registered veterinary nurse specialist, international speaker, and thought leader in her field.

 

She worked for the Massey University Veterinary Teaching Hospital as the senior anaesthesia technician for over 16 years. There, her patients ranged vastly in size – from avian, small and large animals, small mammals and exotics. 

In 2011, Marcia successfully passed her specialty examinations to become New Zealand’s first Veterinary Technician Specialist in Anaesthesia and Analgesia. She has been New Zealand’s Vet Nurse of the Year, and been nominated for and awarded several teaching awards, including Teacher of the Year in 2019 for veterinary technician students at Massey University. Marcia has been on the credentials committee for the Academy of Veterinary Technicians in Anaesthesia and Analgesia, and is on the New Zealand Veterinary Nursing Executive Committee. She is also a RECOVER certified instructor of both basic and advanced CPR.  

Marcia loves all aspects of teaching. Her passion is instilling knowledge in veterinary and veterinary technician/nurse students around New Zealand and abroad, and she has expanded her audience via The Pink Stethoscope’s social media pages. Away from work, Marcia enjoys her home life with her husband, daughter, son, and very special fur-son Phoenix the cat.
 

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QUALIFICATIONS

EXPERIENCE

  • Senior anaesthesia technician for the Massey University Veterinary Teaching Hospital (now Massey Vets) for more than 16 years. Patients ranged from avian, small and large animals (farm and equine), to small mammals and exotics.  
     

  • Clinical instructor to both veterinary and veterinary technician/nurse students in veterinary anaesthesia.
     

  • National and international speaker in veterinary anaesthesia.

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

  • Externship at UC Davis California, in equine anaesthesia, 2006
     

  • New Zealand’s first Veterinary Technician Specialist in Anaesthesia and Analgesia, 2011
     

  • Vet Nurse of the Year, 2012
     

  • Massey University Teaching award: BVTech year 2, 2016
     

  • RECOVER Certified Instructor in BLS and ALS, 2019
     

  • Massey University Teaching award: BVTech year 3, 2019
     

  • Massey University Teaching award: BVTech Teacher of the Year, 2019
     

  • Speaker at the world’s largest veterinary conference, VMX, 2020
     

  • Keynote speaker for the Advanced Veterinary Nursing Congress, 2020