In this episode of the Inventory Nation Podcast, I am absolutely delighted and honored to be joined with Marcy Thrash, CVT! Marcy is the Program Director for Project V.E.T.S. She manages all of the inventory that comes in and goes out of the warehouse, communicates with all of the recipient groups, oversees warehouse staff and volunteers and helps with a wide range of other jobs. Project V.E.T.S. is a huge part of Marcy’s life. Their mission reflects her own beliefs; being kind to our environment and saving animals.
When she is not at Project V.E.T.S., Marcy owns and operates a therapeutic pet massage practice and works part-time for a small animal practice in Niwot, CO. She loves hiking, camping, live music and romping around with her three dogs, Hazel, Gus and Bruce. She welcomed her beautiful daughter, Robin, to this world in January and is having a blast being a mom!
During our conversation, Marcy shares her advice with other inventory managers: “Never give up an opportunity. So if somebody presents you with an opportunity to do anything new, where you will learn a skill that you don’t have… just take it. I didn’t know how to do the ordering and I was scared because nobody wanted to do it. I thought to myself, “why does no one want to do it? This makes me nervous. Why am I the one who has to do it?”. Now that I did just take the opportunity to learn that new skill, it’s brought me very far. I now work for a non-profit organization, helping more animals all over the world, than I ever thought that I would. Not just animals, but people. For a lot of groups, this is their life’s work. This is what they have committed themselves and their entire life to; starting these organizations to help animals and people in their area. So by taking on that one new opportunity, that one new skill, I have accomplished my life goal; which is to help people all over the world. My advice would be to not pass by anything; take the opportunity if it presents itself.”
Project V.E.T.S. is a Boulder, Colorado based 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to improving the health and welfare of animals around the world. From Project V.E.T.S.; “we achieve this goal by collecting veterinary equipment, technology and supplies (V.E.T.S.) from veterinary hospitals, veterinary colleges, human hospitals, medical equipment and supply manufacturers, other non-profit organizations and individuals. These donated items are then distributed worldwide to veterinarians working in non-profit or non-governmental organizations devoted to animal health. In this way, we not only help the animals of the planet, but we also conserve valuable resources that might otherwise end up in a landfill.”
From Project V.E.T.S.; “we need veterinary and medical equipment and supplies , new or used, in good-to-excellent working condition. For those supplies that carry an expiration date, please contact us prior to shipping to see if we can accept these items. At this time, we are unable to accept pharmaceuticals of any kind.
We can also use computer hardware and software, also in good-to-excellent working condition. We are currently unable to repair any non-working veterinary or computer equipment.
Please be sure that all equipment donations are working normally and that they have all parts necessary to use them correctly.
If you would like to donate published material , it should be in good-to-excellent condition. We accept veterinary textbooks published within the past 10 years unless it is a “timeless” subject such as anatomy. We currently do not accept journals or non-veterinary texts.
If you have items you wish to donate, please print and fill out the Project V.E.T.S. Donation Form and include it in your shipment. For items that may not be listed here, please contact us to determine if we can accept them. Call us at 303-819-2501 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Project V.E.T.S. is an IRS 501(c)(3) public charity, which means that ALL of your donations are tax deductible. This includes the cost to ship the supplies to our Boulder, Colorado address. Please keep your shipping receipt. A confirmation of your donation will be sent for tax purposes.”