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NAVTA announces the formation of the Veterinary Team Wellbeing Task Force July, 2018

Saturday, October 13, 2018   (0 Comments)
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The National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America (NAVTA) announces the formation of the Veterinary Team Wellbeing Task Force July, 2018.

For decades, studies have detailed that veterinarians are at risk for depression, psychological distress and burnout.  Veterinary team members show a progression from idealistic enthusiasm to a gradual loss of energy and commitment. Fatigue, frustration, and mental anguish may lead to feelings of incompetence, helplessness, and hopelessness – and can shorten a career or lead to a toxic environment within your veterinary team.  The entire veterinary team is at risk. The Wellbeing Task Force will provide resources to veterinary technicians/nurses and team members.

Wellbeing begins with personal wellness. If veterinary team members can’t take care of their own health, they will find it difficult to care for patients and support the team. The Task Force  will help create tools that will assist NAVTA members and veterinary professionals in assessing personal wellness, review resources to determine how one can develop a self-care program to improve work-life balance, reduce compassion fatigue, and improve physical health and financial fortitude.

Mission: The NAVTA Wellbeing Task Force serves veterinary team members in actively creating a life and career that is fulfilling, rewarding, and sustainable.  

Vision:  Empower all veterinary team members to advocate and strengthen each other in an optimistic manner through solutions in wellbeing.  


  • Lives

  • Resourcefulness

  • Empathy

  • Caring for Yourself and Others

  • Leading Through Example

  • Collaboration

  • Trust

Roll-Out will begin during National Veterinary Technician Week including resources and tips on the NAVTA website related to:

• Physical Wellbeing

• Mental Wellbeing

• Professional Wellbeing

• Veterinary Team Finances & Debt Load

• Harassment & Bullying

Anticipate information related to peer assistance, help-lines and guides for everyone on the veterinary healthcare team. The Task Force will be working with representatives of the AVMA and AAHA, tapping into their many publications. We greatly appreciate their support and collaborative spirit!

Task Force Members include:
Mary Berg, BS, LATG, RVT, VTS (Dentistry), Chair

Rebecca Rose, CVT, Co-Chair

Rachel Lees, RVT, KPA CTP, VTS (Behavior)

Beckie Mossor, RVT

Sandra Morales Foster, LVT, MSEM, DrPH

Malia Frisen, BA, LVT

Tiana Hibpshman, Veterinary Technician Student

Beth Ann Skiles, RVT, RLATG

Becky Murray, CVT, MA, LCPC

Wendy Jurski, BA, CCFE

Megan Baylor, CVT

The dynamic task force members are eager to provide NAVTA members and veterinary professionals resources improving their personal and professional lives!

Questions? Forward questions to attention “Wellbeing Task Force”.  

You are encouraged to join NAVTA at  



NAVTA’s mission is to advance veterinary nursing and veterinary technology. Whether you are a highly experienced veterinary technician or a newcomer to the veterinary health care profession, the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America has something to offer you. All team members and industry partners are encouraged to become a member of NAVTA.


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