About us.

Tasha McNerney CVT, CVPP, VTS (Anesthesia & Analgesia) (CEO)


Tasha McNerney started working in the veterinary field in 1998 as a veterinary assistant. She attended Michigan State University and obtained a bachelor’s of science in 2002 majoring in wildlife biology.

In 2003 Tasha moved to the Philadelphia area and began her veterinary technician training at Manor College in Jenkintown, PA. There she obtained an associates of science in veterinary technology.

Tasha has worked at Rau Animal Hospital in Glenside, PA for thirteen years as an O.R. / Anesthesia technician. Her areas of interest include sighthound and brachycephalic anesthesia as well as pain management. Tasha has been a featured speaker on various anesthesia and pain management topics at conferences such as NAVC, WVC, Atlantic Coast Veterinary Conference, AVMA conference and the Wild West Veterinary Conference. In July of 2012 Tasha authored an article for the NAVTA journal entitled “Anesthesia in the Sighthound Patient”, and several articles for “Fetch”, a blog dedicated to pet parents. Tasha is also the author of the Surgical Pain Management chapter for the textbook “Pain Management for Veterinary Technicians” (Shaffran and Goldberg, eds.).

In 2013 Tasha created the Facebook group Veterinary Anesthesia Nerds, which has over 12,000 members participating in education and exchange of ideas in all aspects of veterinary anesthesia and pain management.

Tasha recently partnered with Firstline magazine to produce a video blog series for technicians entitled “Coffee on the Couch” which showcases various technician job avenues and encourages technician growth and career development.

Tasha has a secret love for Petyr Baelish and pugs. Yes, pugs.

Tasha's DVM360 page has lots of links to her articles & videos.


Stephen Cital RVT, SRA, RLAT, VCCS, CVPP, VTS Lab Animal (Research Anesthetist) (COO)

Stephen originally started college to become a Registered Nurse but did not enjoy working with humans as patients. Stephen became an RVT instead and then obtained certification as a Surgical Research Anesthetist through the Academy of Surgical Research followed by the designation of a Registered Laboratory Animal Technician through the American Association of Laboratory Animal Science soon after. Stephen is also the Executive Director for the Academy of Laboratory Animal Veterinary Technicians and Nurses. His regular daytime position is in the surgery department and also provides training at United Veterinary Specialty and Emergency as well as a private contractor for several research organizations. Stephen holds positions at the Oakland Zoo and the San Francisco Zoo. He occupies his remaining time writing book chapters, book reviews, blogs for VetBloom and lecturing nationally and internationally. Stephen serves as the Past President for the Society of Laboratory Animal Veterinary Technicians, Vice President for the California RVT Association and member at large for the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America. 



Darci Palmer LVT, VTS (Anesthesia & Analgesia)


Darci Palmer worked as a veterinary assistant in a mixed animal practice for eight years before becoming a credentialed veterinary technician in 2000. She graduated from Washington State University in 1999 with a Bachelor degree in Animal Science. Following graduation, she worked as a technician in an exclusively-equine practice, then subsequently accepted a position as an anesthesia technician at Washington State University Veterinary Teaching Hospital in 2001. It was while she was at WSU that she developed a real passion for teaching and learning about all aspects of anesthesia. Following five years of clinical work specifically in anesthesia, she became certified as a Veterinary Technician Specialist (VTS) in Anesthesia in 2006.


Darci is currently the Past President of the Academy of Veterinary Technician Anesthetists (AVTAA) and serves on the exam committee.  She has also served as the Credentials Committee Chair and remains active with the application process each year.  She is a member of NAVTA and serves on the Committee of Veterinary Technician Specialists (CVTS).  

She currently works in the Small Animal Anesthesia Department at Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine.  She is also a board moderator and CE instructor for Veterinary Support Personnel Network (VSPN).  Darci is a featured speaker for the company ContinuEd and conducts anesthesia related seminars all over the United States.  She has also lectured at several local and national veterinary conferences.   


Her family consists of her husband and two sons; a Labrador retriever named Gimli; two cats named Dixie Cup and Emmy Lou and a horse named Chance. 

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"The Academy of Veterinary Technicians in Anesthesia and Analgesia supports the goal of Veterinary Anesthesia Nerds to improve the practice of anesthesia in veterinary medicine."


- Kristen Cooley BA, CVT, VTS (Anesthesia & Analgesia)


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