Fill out the downloadable form (PDF) and complete the additional accomplishments portion to nominate your advisor for SCNAVTA Advisor of the Year.
The deadline for nominations is Oct. 31, 2014. The winner will announced at the NAVC Conference in January, 2015
Joan Gorman RVT, graduated from Maple Woods Veterinary Technology Program in 1994. She worked in small animal practices for 18 years where she enjoyed focusing on anesthesia, client education and clinical pathology. In 2002 she began teaching at Maple Woods Veterinary Technology Program, teaching animal nursing skills, clinical pathology and anatomy hands on labs. She is currently the IACUC chairperson for the program and oversees animal care for all 12 species that are housed on campus. She plays a huge role in the student chapter of NAVTA by helping guide the students in all club activities. She spearheads a Vet Tech Haunted Barn that has become a huge campus and community event, bringing together nearly a hundred students to collaborate. In her spare time, her family keeps her very busy! She and her husband have 2 girls, 14 and 17. She has a bearded dragon named “Cheeto” and a 110lb mutt “Hagrid”, who was born at the school. She spends a large portion of her spare time volunteering for church activities, school functions and girl scouts. For fun, she enjoys taking Hagrid to the dog park, reading and she loves visiting the ocean! She loves her job, enjoys coming to work every day and hopes to continue to be a positive light for her students for many years to come.
Joan has been nominated by her chapter, the Maple Woods Veterinary Technology Program:
If you were to ask any past or present veterinary technology student at the Maple Woods Veterinary Technology program who has inspired them the most, one name would come to mind. I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to be taught by someone who cares so deeply about us all, and we strive to make her proud. This individual is Joan Gorman, RVT.
It would be difficult to find anyone more passionate about the field of veterinary technology than Joan. She is not only very talented at her job, she truly enjoys doing it. Joan always has both the animals and her students best interest in mind and devotes a large amount of her time to ensure that we do the same. There is a reason we call her “Mama Joan”; no one wants to disappoint her. We all look up to her and know she has given us the skills to be confident, but not complacent, in what we do.
I chose to run for an officer for our program's student chapter of NAVTA, in large part, because I knew I would be able to work more closely with Joan. All of the officers know that we can come to Joan with absolutely anything, and we feel comfortable enough with her to do so. Joan invests a lot of her time coming up with new ways to bring awareness and support of NAVTA and the Vet Tech club. One of these ways is through the Haunted Barn, which we will be hosting for the third time this October. The Haunted Barn is the highest grossing fundraiser in the history of the entire Maple Woods campus. Not only does it generate income for our club, it is so much fun to put together and host. I know it has to be very stressful for Joan, but I also know she enjoys it very much. She has also identified events up on our main campus for the veterinary technology students to get involved with to help generate both income and attention to our student chapter of NAVTA. Joan has a way of getting us all interested in things going on within the club, and is always nearby if we ever need assistance.
Having been taught by Joan, I feel like I will have the skills needed to be a successful registered veterinary technician. We will all remember all of her catchy phrases to help us remember important things, and will always have our own little Mama Joan on our shoulders while we work. I hope that you will consider Joan Gorman for this honor, as I feel she is highly deserving.
Submitted by Rachel Beason