NAVTA News

To:      NAVTA Members Fr:       Phillip E. Russo, CAE - Executive Director NAVTA’s Executive Board has approved a recommendation from NAVTA’s Legal Committee to revise the Association’s bylaws. The Executive Board identified several areas in need of revisions during its strategic planning session in 2020.  Those items were shared with NAVTA’s Legal Committee, which considered the changes earlier this year and offered additional recommendations for revisions.  The Executive Board met in July to review the Committee’s proposals and voted to accept the revisions and present them to the NAVTA members with a recommendation that...

Blog Author: Oreta M. Samples, RVT, MPH, DHSc NAVTA Committee Member On May 15th, 1991, I took my first class at Fort Valley State University on my journey to becoming a licensed veterinary technologist. Never in a million years did I think I would, in 2022, be a co-editor of one of the books I had just purchased at the campus bookstore – a book which I might add is one of the most utilized in most veterinary technology programs in this country. Luckily throughout my college matriculation and subsequent career at...

Journey for Teams seeks to educate, inspire and drive change in advancing DEI throughout the profession PHILADELPHIA (July 30, 2022) — "Journey for Teams," a sweeping new initiative to enhance diversity, equity and inclusion throughout the nation's veterinary profession, was announced today by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and Veterinary Medical Association Executives (VMAE). "Journey for Teams is our most ambitious DEI undertaking to date – a comprehensive and collaborative process to be incorporated into every sphere of activity within veterinary medicine," said Dr. Jose Arce, President of the AVMA, at...

Mandy Fults - NAVTA Secretary Credentials/Certifications- MS, LVT, CVPP, VTS- Clinical Practice (C/F) Number of years as a Credentialed Vet Tech- 21 years Why/how did you decide to become a Credentialed Veterinary Technician? I was working a summer job as a kennel assistant during my high school days and was lucky enough to see a veterinary technician being utilized to their fullest.  She was a leader, very knowledgeable, and skilled.  The opportunity to view her in action and see the respect that others within the hospital had for her steered me in the...

Dear NAVTA Members, It’s that time again! National Veterinary Technician Week 2022 will be upon us soon, and we would like to allow you and your team to be featured in our annual poster sponsored by Hill’s Pet Nutrition. This year we would like to feature you and your team’s resilience and ability to quickly adapt patient care in the heart of a global pandemic. Please submit photos highlighting these changes: How did your team combat weather in the age of curbside appointments? Did you have cohorts? Were you able to integrate...

Blog Author: Carra Yoder, RVT NAVTA Committee Member Leadership can mean many different things to many other people. If you asked a group of people, each would probably have a different perspective on being a leader. For example, one may say that a leader inspires people, or a leader is someone who helps someone else succeed in their own goals. There is not always a guarantee that people will follow you if you are a leader. Anyone can take a leadership role, but that doesn’t automatically mean you will win the trust, confidence,...

Blog Author: Oreta M. Samples, RVT, MPH, DHSc NAVTA Committee Member Are you a leader? What does that term even mean? For me, I would answer “yes” and “no .”Leading a classroom lecture, presenting at a conference, or spearheading a project at work, I can lead the room using intelligence, wit, and sometimes just bull-headed determination. However, I am not always a leader. Sometimes, I “follow” and therefore rely on a leader to guide my actions towards success for the group. To understand “leadership,” we can look to Merriam-Webster, who loosely advises that...

By Steve Dale The vast majority of veterinary professionals are very familiar with Fear Free, which was launched in 2016 by Marty Becker, DVM. And increasingly, the public is also recognizing Fear Free. Fear Free is succeeding – even beyond Dr. Becker’s expectations. He says, “Fear Free takes the pet out of petrified” Fear Free’s focus is the emotional health and well-being of patients. Karen Overall MA, VMD, PhD, DACVB, CAAB has been saying for years, “Fear is the worst thing a social species could experience, and it causes permanent damage to the...

Blog Author: Ryan Frazier, BS, LVT NAVTA Member at Large It is no surprise that diversity in veterinary medicine is lacking. We are seeing many companies, associations, and people taking a stance on diversity and inclusion, but is that enough? No, the answer is no! Taking a stance is not enough; we need to create an environment that embraces diversity, equity, and inclusion. We need to create a safe space for our community to flourish, to inspire others, and be themselves. We can all take a lesson from my second job in veterinary...

Blog Author: Ed Carlson, CVT, VTS (Nutrition) NAVTA Immediate Past President Pride month reminds me of how fortunate I am to be surrounded by so many accepting family members, friends, and colleagues in veterinary medicine. I was ten years old when Pride Month was born in June 1969. I am very thankful and proud of how it has evolved over the years and has become more widely celebrated and accepted, increasing awareness of diversity in our society. Homophobia still exists and unfortunately probably always will, but we have come a long way in...

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