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Blog Author: Ashli Selke, RVT, CVT NAVTA President-Elect Man, what a year! I don’t know about you guys, but 2021 was definitely crazy for me, especially after experiencing severe burnout last year. I set out to make changes for myself in 2021. I started the year by accepting a job opportunity in a different state and moving my entire family. I chose a job that would ultimately fulfill what I was looking for in work/life balance, and I don’t think I will ever leave. I decided to pursue a position in academia...

Blog Author: Harold Davis RVT, VTS (ECC) (Anesth/Analgesia) NAVTA Treasurer As veterinary technicians in the clinical setting, we are in the position of being caregivers.  The role of caregiver can extend beyond our daily responsibilities at work.  Many of us in our personal lives may care for disabled, older, or ailing family members.  The one thing that these variations in caregiving have in common is the potential for caregiving stress or burnout.  Caregiving can impact emotional and physical health.  Caregivers may experience one or more of the following (not conclusive): Lack of...

Blog Author: Jamie Rauscher, RVT NAVTA Committee Member When asked to write this particular blog for NAVTA for this month, I felt as though it was meant to be. Destiny. Written in the stars, so to speak. The topic of Caring for the Caregiver really hit home for me this past year. In more ways than one. Here is my story… As some of you who know me personally are aware, my husband started to show signs of something not being right in April of last year. He felt off, just not himself. ...

An interview with Leslie Neidermyer, BS, LVT Q: Where do you currently work as a credentialed Veterinary Technician? Job title/position? I work full time as an account manager for Veterinary System Services. VSS is a relief company in Denver, Colorado. We hire CVT’s, DVM’s, assistants and CSR’s to help our 200+ veterinary facilities provide coverage for vacation time, maternity leave, and in the last 2 years, short staffing coverage. This position requires me to handle the accounts of over 100 hospitals along the Front Range of Colorado, including general practices, emergency, and specialty...

Kansas City, MO (October 18, 2021) – Earlier this year, the American Association of Veterinary State Boards® (AAVSB®) launched Veterinary Care Elite, a gold standard program for veterinary technicians recognizing those who demonstrate their commitment to performing at the highest level. The program initially opened in April to VTNE applicants graduating from an AVMA-CVTEA or CVMA accredited program and intending to be credentialed in a United States or Canadian jurisdiction which regulates veterinary technicians. As of October 18, 2021, the program is now open to credentialed veterinary technicians in all the...

(Singing Voice) It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year (for Vet Techs). 😊. I get so excited this time of year for National Veterinary Technician Week! I'm usually involved in some planning committee to help with NVTW festivities, and the week before is my busiest and most exciting, knowing how hard I worked to reach out to organizations and bring smiles to my peers' faces. This year was my biggest challenge. At the beginning of 2021, I moved to Indiana to start my dream job at Purdue University. Being...

I recently took my best friend Vinny to the vet for his check-up. At check-in, I thanked the Veterinary Technician and receptionist for all they had done over the past 18 months and for how hard they had worked and continue to work during the pandemic.  The look of surprise on their faces was noticeable, and they tilted their heads as if to ask, “How do YOU know how hard we’ve worked?” Then, when I explained that I work for NAVTA and that I had a sense of what they’ve...

By: Mary Berg, BS, RLATG, RVT, VTS (Dentistry) Pain is weakness leaving the body!  No Pain. No Gain!  Many of us that grew up in the ’70s and ’80s heard those phrases at every sports practice or physical training session we attended.  I grew up thinking pain was a normal part of life and lived by the motto “Suck it up, buttercup!”  Now, I’m not saying I was the stoic, non-complaining person because I complained about the pain – a lot!  (ask my husband!) But, even though I complained and hurt,...

The week of October 17-23, 2021 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 of animal. Their broad skills – both professional...

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