NAVTA News

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...

Ashli Selke - NAVTA President Credentials/Certifications: RVT, CVT Number of years as a Credentialed Vet Tech: 7 Why/how did you decide to become a Credentialed Veterinary Technician? After I got out of the NAVY, I knew I wanted to utilize my GI Bill for schooling. But I wasn't sure what I should do for the rest of my life. I knew I always wanted to be in the veterinary field, but in what aspect, I wasn't sure. I honestly just wanted a career where I would have a significant role in the Zombie Apocalypse....

Jamie Rauscher – NAVTA President-Elect (2022) Credentials/Certifications: RVT, Medical Manager, Fear Free Elite, Animal Hospice and Palliative Care Certified, Human Animal Bond certified. Number of years as a Credentialed Vet Tech: 14 Why/how did you decide to become a Credentialed Veterinary Technician? I always knew animals were my passion. I started working in a vet clinic in high school and was so impressed with the two credentialed technicians I worked with. I wanted to be just like them. Why did you volunteer to serve on the NAVTA Executive Board? I wanted to make a change as the incoming president-elect...

Campaign is just one part of a larger program aimed at elevating and advancing the role of Veterinary Technician/Nurse professionals. ORLANDO, FL – Jan. 17, 2022 – The National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America (NAVTA) is participating in a nationwide campaign that will create greater consumer awareness and understanding of the role and significant educational requirements of Veterinary Technicians/Nurses.  The goal of the campaign is to educate consumers and change perceptions and attitudes among pet parents so they feel more confident and accepting of having a qualified, certified veterinary technician/nurse...

Mariel Hendricks – NAVTA Member at Large Credentials/Certifications: BS, RVT Number of years as a Credentialed Vet Tech: 12 years Why/how did you decide to become a Credentialed Veterinary Technician? I attended Purdue University with the intent to continue in their veterinary program post-graduation. However, while attending an introductory class on veterinary careers, I learned about veterinary technology. The nursing, hands-on side of veterinary medicine really called to me, and I applied to Purdue’s Veterinary Technology Program the following year. Why did you volunteer to serve on the NAVTA Executive Board? I feel very strongly about...

User-Friendly Site Provides Vast Resources to Members and Supporting Organizations Bridgewater, NJ – January 11, 2022.  The National Association of Veterinary Technician in America (NAVTA), is thrilled to announce the launch of its new website at www.navta.net.   The new website provides NAVTA Members and supporting organizations with a vast array of easy-to-find valuable resources, such as continuing education tools, career opportunities, the latest news, information about specialty academies, and so much more. The completely redesigned site features four primary areas of information (Who We Are, Education, Latest News, and Resources), with the...

By Steve Dale, CABC There’s a reason why each time I speak at a veterinary conference, I inquire, “Who’s a technician or nurse here?” Hands go up, sometimes a pawful of folks to a half the room or more. And then I thank veterinary technicians for being the backbone of the profession. And if applause doesn’t naturally happen, I ask for it. It’s the reason I write for this publication. I appreciate techs and nurses, and I also believe you are generally underutilized. In effort to utilize skills of profession and to...

Blog Author: Ken Yagi, MS, RVT, VTS (ECC) (SAIM) NAVTA Immediate Past President As I thought about the past year, a memory from a year ago popped up on Facebook that was so very relevant. I posted regarding my next adventure as the Chief Veterinary Nursing Officer at Veterinary Emergency Group. As I read back on my thoughts going into this role, I'm happy to say that the year has been fruitful. The post from December 26, 2020, read: "Many of you may already know that I've accepted the Chief Veterinary Nursing Officer position...

Blog Author: Ed Carlson, CVT, VTS (Nutrition) NAVTA President Another year is drawing to an end; the holidays are upon us, and so are new beginnings! Over the past couple of years, veterinary health care teams have been tested like never before. The pandemic triggered so much change and stress in our personal and professional lives. Yet, veterinary technicians rose to the challenge, keeping veterinary hospitals running, adapting to curbside client service while providing excellent nursing care to patients, all while supporting one another, the others on their teams, family, and friends....

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