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Do you know an exceptional Credentialed Veterinary Technician who deserves the recognition and praise of the entire profession?  Why not nominate that person for NAVTA’s 2022 Veterinary Technician of the Year Award? If you’re wondering what might qualify someone to be considered for this prestigious award, here are some ideas to get your thoughts going: Outstanding contributions and impact to any of the following: The Veterinary Technology/Nursing profession The state or local community Their practice/place of employment Their area of specialty Development of ground-breaking ideas or techniques that improve animal healthcare,...

September 22, 2022 With a 91.1% approval rate, NAVTA Members have overwhelmingly approved revisions to the Association’s bylaws.  The approval rate far exceeds the 67% required to amend the bylaws. “The incredibly high percentage of votes in favor of the bylaws revisions speaks to the effectiveness of the board’s plan to communicate openly, honestly, and with complete transparency to the NAVTA Members,” said Phillip E. Russo, CAE, NAVTA’s Executive Director.  “The changes were many and complex, but the Members did their due diligence, asked their questions, communicated their likes and dislikes, and...

Blog Author: Jamie Rauscher, RVT NAVTA President Elect The Human Animal Bond is described best by the AVMA as a mutually beneficial and dynamic relationship between people and animals that is influenced by behaviors essential to the health and wellbeing of both. This includes, among other things, emotional, psychological, and physical interactions of people, animals, and the environment. Veterinary medicine exists due to our clients' amazing human-animal bond with their pets. In so many cases, our clients treat the pets their own as family members. They bring their pets to our clinics both...

Veterinary Technicians’ Resilience is the Heart of Veterinary Medicine The week of October 16-22, 2022 has been set aside as National Veterinary Technician Week (NVTW) to celebrate, recognize, and promote the valuable contributions credentialed veterinary technicians make to the veterinary profession and society. Veterinary technicians are integral players on the veterinary healthcare team.  They are on the frontlines, compassionately working with clients whose beloved animals need care.  They work tirelessly in exam rooms, labs, and operating rooms, putting to work their vast technical and scientific knowledge treating and caring for every species...

Blog Author: Oreta M. Samples, RVT, MPH, DHSc NAVTA Committee Member As veterinary technicians, we have all been educated about the Human-Animal Bond. However, we may not be aware of how powerful our interactions with clients may be in reinforcing a “positive” bond. From the moment the puppy or kitten is presented for its first work-up, technicians can begin to educate owners on the appropriate H-A Bond. This may be most important with children. Showing thru demonstrating the safe way to pick up or hold their pet goes a long way in aiding...

By Steve Dale As the pandemic hit, millennials and zillennials (Gen Z), the most influential generations in many decades, had already begun to take charge of veterinary medicine. And cats – who had been under medicalized for decades – were being paid attention to. These generations are as obsessed with their cats as they are their devices1. During the pandemic, millennials and zillennials led the way in adoptions of all sorts of companion animals, from leopard geckos to shelter and rescue dogs, and cats to Guinea pigs. According to the ASPCA (and...

Blog Author: Ashli Selke, RVT, CVT NAVTA President I got to where I am now in my career with perseverance. I have been very open about my struggles at the beginning of my career. First, tech school was longer for me. It took me an extra year to complete my Associate's Degree in veterinary technology. I thought at the time it was due to stress and myself getting in the way. And then, I was a four-time VTNE taker before I finally passed. Something was always popping up or happening in my...

Bridgewater, NJ – August 30, 2022 –  The Academy of Veterinary Nutrition Technicians (AVNT) and the Academy of Veterinary Clinical Pathology Technicians (AVCPT) were recently granted “full recognition” status by the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America (NAVTA), attesting to both organization’s meeting or surpassing NAVTA’s stringent standards.  Those standards include: The academy is fully functional and fulfilling its stated objectives. The academy continues to show membership growth. The academy has administered their specialty examination for a minimum of five years, with verifiable evidence that the exams are psychometrically...

For Immediate Release August 18, 2022 – Bridgewater, NJ.   The National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America (NAVTA) recently announced Foothill College was awarded the association’s Student Chapter of the Year Award for the 2021-2022 academic year, and that Jennifer Smith, RVT, RLATG was the association’s Student Advisor of the Year. NAVTA has more than 100 student chapters across the United States at AVMA-accredited Veterinary Technician schools. Chapters enable students to gain valuable experience, learn from seasoned professionals, and experience being a part of a vibrant group that is highly engaged...

Ed Carlson, CVT, VTS (Nutrition) - NAVTA Immediate Past President I am a Certified Veterinary Technician in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Connecticut and obtained a VTS (Nutrition) in 2014 Why/how did you decide to become a Credentialed Veterinary Technician? As a child, I had a lot of animals, dogs, cats, rabbits, hamsters, various cage birds in the house, chickens, doves, and fancy pigeons. Then, when I was in high school, I thought that I wanted to be a veterinarian. So I spent a couple of afternoons after school shadowing at my local animal...

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