National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America

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Date: September 7, 2014
Vet and Tech Dental Course
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Date: September 9, 2014
Staying Current with Farm Animal Welfare Issues: A Review of the Science and Ethics
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Date: September 12, 2014
Creating a Behavior Team for Every Practice
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:: NAVTA News ::


July 14, 2014 Labrador retrievers are less vulnerable than golden retrievers to the long-term health effects of neutering, as evidenced by higher rates of certain joint disorders and devastating cancers, according to a new study by researchers at the University of Cali
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WVC Announces Veterinary Continuing Education Program

June 11, 2014 LAS VEGAS - Western Veterinary Conference (WVC) announced today the launch of local events for veterinary professionals seeking continuing education (CE) opportunities closer to home. The new program, called WVC On The Road, will feature day-l
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Vet Tech of the Year

Fill out the downloadable form (PDF) to submit your nomination for Veterinary Technician of the Year!

The deadline for nominations is Oct 1, 2014 (nominees must be NAVTA members in good standing). The winner will announced at the NAVC Conference in January 2015.


2013 Veterinary Technician of theYear:


Vickie Byard, CVT, VTS (Dentistry), CVJ


At the annual NAVC conference, the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America (NAVTA), annouced Vickie Byard as the NAVTA 2013 Veterinary Technician of the Year. Vickie is is a certified veterinary technician with over 30 years of experience.  She has crafted a diversified and exciting career for herself.  Vickie has worked at Rau Animal Hospital in Glenside, PA since 1985.  Early in her career, she began teaching as an adjunct instructor in the Manor College Veterinary Technology program while working full time clinically. In 2006, Vickie became a charter member of the Academy of Veterinary Dental Technicians and she is a past-president of the academy. In 2008, she was invited to join a group of stellar technicians, the Bayer Technician Advisory Council, interacting with over 100 “stand-out” technicians mentoring their ability to reach their career goals. Vickie has authored numerous articles and has contributed chapters for veterinary technology books. In 2010 Ms. Byard was honored as the Veterinary Technician of the Year for the state of Pennsylvania. Most recently, she obtained official recognition as a Certified Veterinary Journalist.  Although, she is still working clinically, Vickie is the owner of, and frequent blogger for, PetED™ Veterinary Education and Training Resources, a source for hands-on, in-house training for veterinary practice.