NAVTA News

MEDIA CONTACT: Robin Pence | rpence@navc.com | M: +1.352.317.8651  Survey finds many pet owners are unaware of the wide range of care provided by credentialed veterinary nurses/technicians, from preventive medicine to life-saving and emergency care for patients  ORLANDO, FL - March 29, 2022 - Pet owners from across the United States were recently polled for a survey commissioned by the North American Veterinary Community (NAVC) asking if they knew who was caring for their pets when they go to a veterinary hospital. While the survey found pet owners trust and feel positive...

Name: Ryan Frazier Credentials/Certifications: BS in Marketing and LVT Number of years as a Credentialed Vet Tech: 18 years Why/how did you decide to become a Credentialed Veterinary Technician? I can always remember wanting to be a vet when I was younger. In high school, I learned more about the veterinary industry. I thought becoming a Credentialed Veterinary Technician was better because I wanted more of the nursing care and did not want to be the one performing surgery. Being years in the field, I made the right choice. Why did you volunteer to serve...

Blog Author: Melissa Evans LVT, CVT, VTS (ECC) NAVTA CE Committee Member I love fresh food. I love farmers' markets, fresh fruit and vegetables, giant salads, and warm soup. I choose not to eat meat. I don’t have a big sweet tooth, but dark chocolate is a weakness. I’ll always choose salty over sweet. Barbeque potato chips are the best food ever made. When I get hungry, it’s not pretty. My brain stops working very quickly when I don’t have fresh food. I’m a terrible person to take on road trips because, despite...

By Steve Dale, CABC Famously, Tony Buffington, DVM, MS, PhD Diplomate ACVN by later a parade of other researchers have demonstrated the need for indoor cats to live in an enriched environment as a benefit to mental as well as physical well-being1. However, what’s not been clear is how to appropriately feed domestic indoor cats. Some captive animal species in zoos and laboratory rodents have been shown to contrafreeload, which may be defined as the willingness to work for food (or in other definitions the preference to work for food) when the...

Blog Author: Mariel Hendricks, BS, RVT NAVTA Member at Large We’ve all come home from a tough day at work, and the cookies and ice cream were calling our names.  My personal favorite are brownies – baking them makes my house smell wonderful, and eating them is an even better way to spend my evenings with The Amazing Race and a glass of wine. I’ve learned that my comfort zone is food when I’m stressed in life. But, unfortunately, in our profession, completely unavoidable stressors come into our lives daily.  From financially upset...

Complete the NAVTA Survey and Make Your Voice Heard NAVTA is conducting its highly-anticipated “Demographic Survey” to assess the current state of the veterinary technician/nursing profession in the United States. We are asking those that have been or are currently employed as a veterinary technician/nurse to help us complete this survey and provide us with information that will help us continue to chart our strategic path forward on how to best serve and advance the veterinary technician profession. The survey will take approximately 15 minutes to complete. Those who complete the entire...

Bridgewater, NJ – February 17, 2022 - A new report by the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America (NAVTA) shows a vast majority of Veterinary Technicians/Nurses want their title of “Veterinary Technician” to be protected by law, but most states do not provide such protection. The report (available here) shows that 31 states and jurisdictions have no title protection for “Veterinary Technician” within their veterinary practice acts, while another 10 states have limited title protection. “The veterinary technician profession has long been challenged by a lack of cohesion and standards in...

Blog Author: Harold Davis, RVT, VTS (ECC) (Anesth & Analgesia) NAVTA Treasurer It is not uncommon that, as veterinary technicians, we talk to clients about the importance of preventative health care. We discuss the need for regular visits with the veterinarian, the importance of vaccinations, dental health, nutrition, and exercise.  Well, it shouldn’t be any different for ourselves. Recently, a couple of my doctors retired, which caused me to locate new doctors.  In looking for the perfect fit for me, I start by reviewing my HMO’s list of available doctors. Next, there are...

In Career-Spanning More than Four Decades, Davis has Helped Elevate and Transform Role of Veterinary Nurse/Technicians   ORLANDO, FL – FEBRUARY 7, 2022 –  NAVTA Treasurer Harold Davis, BA, RVT, VTS (Emergency Critical Care) (Anesthesia and Analgesia) assumed the position of President of the Board of Directors for the North American Veterinary Community (NAVC) on January 18, 2022.  After six years as a member of the NAVC Board, Davis took the reins from Paige Allen, RVT, at the NAVC’s annual business meeting held in conjunction with its largest event of the...

Bridgewater, NJ – January 27, 2022.  Melissa Entrekin, LVT, VTS (ECC) is the 2021 Veterinary Technician of the Year, the National Association of Veterinary Technician in America (NAVTA) announced today. NAVTA’s Veterinary Technician of the Year award is presented to a NAVTA member who has provided leadership and contributed to the association and the overall betterment of the industry.  All NAVTA members are able to nominate a fellow member for this award. Entrekin, who is a Veterinary Technology Instructor at Piedmont Technical College in South Carolina, has been a NAVTA member since...

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