NAVTA News

Blog Author: Jamie Rauscher, RVT NAVTA President-Elect When asked to write an article for May, I was given the guidelines to discuss mental health in an ongoing effort to continue to help grow awareness of it in Veterinary Medicine. I had my idea and went to work on my blog. Then today, my world shifted. I decided to share a story about my day as I reflect on it in my bathtub after an emotionally exhausting experience. Today I cried. I started my day with a text that one of my all-time favorite...

PRESS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Bridgewater, NJ - May 6, 2022 - The National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America (NAVTA) denounces the decision by the Washington State Veterinary Board of Governors (WSVBG) to support the Cascade Veterinary Clinics proposal to establish a self-serving apprenticeship program as an alternative pathway to licensure as a Veterinary Technician in the state. NAVTA, along with several other veterinary groups, including AVMA, the Washington State Veterinary Medical Association, and the Washington State Association of Veterinary Technicians testified against the proposal at the May 5 WSVBG meeting. NAVTA noted...

Blog Author: Carra Yoder, BS, RVT PR Committee Member With all the challenges these past two years have brought, I have learned that mental health is everything. This is not an easy story for me to share, but one thing I have learned is that mental health needs to be talked about more and I am a huge supporter of that. So, here’s a little about my mental health journey over the past two years. I have struggled with depression and anxiety my entire life. 2020 was an incredibly hard year for me...

By Steve Dale, CABC A survey by the North American Veterinary Community (NAVC) confirms in short, clients have a high regard for credentialed veterinary technicians/nurses but really don’t know exactly what you do. Most people (63 percent), according to the NAVC survey, indicated they don’t know that veterinary nurses and technicians are the animal equivalent of human registered nurses. I suggest the reality is that most credentialed technicians/nurses do lots more than most nurses. After all, nurses are rarely also dental technicians, administer anesthesia, work as X-Ray technicians, offer behavior or psychiatric...

Harold Davis - NAVTA Treasurer Credentials/Certifications: BA, RVT, VTS (ECC) (Anesthesia & Analgesia) Number of years as a Credentialed Vet Tech: 43yrs (46 years in the profession) Why/how did you decide to become a Credentialed Veterinary Technician? I didn’t really know the career path existed until I became a pre-vet student, working to gain veterinary experience for veterinary school. I worked as a veterinary assistant and enjoyed caring for patients and the variety of job tasks. I had the opportunity to take the state credentialing exam to become a Registered Animal Health Technician (that’s...

BRIDGEWATER, NJ – April 22, 2022 - The National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America (NAVTA) and Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health USA Inc announced today the establishment of the Tuition for Vet Techs Scholarship program and subsequent call for applicants. The Tuition for Vet Techs Scholarship has been established to help meet the increased need for credentialed veterinary technicians in the animal health industry. Scholarship applications are now being accepted and will be awarded to up to 20 applicants in the Fall of 2022.  The Tuition for Vet Techs Scholarship program...

Blog Author: Lorelei D'Avolio, LVT, CVPM, VTS (Clinical Practice-Exotics) CVTS Chair My first veterinary job was cleaning kennels for $5.65/hour, and I loved every cheesy smelling, chunky-vomit-filled, feces-under-the-fingernails second of it. After graduating college with an unrelated degree, I took the position and wondered what someone who loved animals but didn't want to go to vet school could do. I had never heard of a veterinary technician, nor did I know what credentialing or licensure involved. A few months in, I was promoted to "tech-in-training." At the time, licensure was required in...

Objective The objective of NAVTA’s Government Relations Committee is to develop and carry out government affairs and advocacy strategies, as approved by NAVTA’s Executive Board, including proposing legislation and regulations that would advance the profession of veterinary technology/veterinary nursing in America. The Government Relations Committee achieves this objective by: Collaborating with stakeholders on behalf of NAVTA at the state and national levels. Offering assistance, advice, and resources as able and available to stakeholders involved in issues impacting the Veterinary Technician profession. Fostering dialogue and consultation between government, regulators, and veterinary technicians. Advancing...

Blog Author: Mariel Hendricks, BS, RVT NAVTA Member at Large When I first entered veterinary specialty surgery in 2012 as a “baby technician,” I joined a team of older assistants that had molded their surgery days into a well-ran, smooth machine.  It was like watching a daily masterpiece unfold before my eyes from start to finish!  I knew my energy to learn a new aspect of veterinary medicine and my love for surgery would get me into the department. Still, I was terrified when I stepped onto that tile floor with the...

Blog Author: Vicky Ograin, MBA, RVT, VTS (Nutrition) CE Committee Chair Nutrition is very important for all; this not only includes the patients we care for but ourselves. It is important to have good eating habits. For me, as a nutrition tech, I try to eat healthy. I have been on a weight loss journey for many years. I have a few tips that have worked for me on my weight loss journey. Meal plan I decide what I am going to eat on Sunday for the week; this includes meals and healthy snacks....

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