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A Message from NAVTA's President

Sunday, January 13, 2019   (0 Comments)
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A Message from Erin Spencer, M.Ed., CVT, VTS (ECC) - NAVTA 2019 President

As the new NAVTA president for 2019, I am honored to bring you some exciting news about the future of our organization!

At the January AVMA House of Delegates meeting, NAVTA and AVMA announced that AVMA will provide association management services to NAVTA moving forward. With this agreement, a new Executive Director will be hired and will report directly to the NAVTA Board of Directors. They will carry out the directives of the board and the day to day functions of NAVTA with the support, as needed, of AVMA resources. AVMA also provides association management service to other organizations, such as the Veterinary Medical Association Executives (VMAE) and the Women’s Veterinary Leadership Development Initiative (WVLDI). 

AVMA will contract with our Executive Director and, as such, NAVTA will pay a quarterly management service fee. The first step is to find the individual to fill the Executive Director role. Resumes will be reviewed, and initial interviews conducted, by a team of individuals primarily made up of NAVTA board members. Other subject matter experts will fill out the team to allow us to best identify the right individual for the job. Once this team determines the top candidates, the NAVTA board will have the final vote on our new Executive Director. 

This relationship does not mean that NAVTA is “part of” the AVMA.  NAVTA will continue to be led by the NAVTA Board and retain full autonomy as the voice for the veterinary technician profession at the national level. NAVTA will oversee the Executive Director and direct management services. What this relationship does allow is a bridge for our association to work alongside AVMA, the national voice for veterinarians. By working together, we can ensure our two distinct professions each have a voice in the growth of veterinary medicine. 

AVMA and NAVTA both recognize that veterinarians and veterinary technicians are partners on the veterinary team. AVMA has increasingly moved to include NAVTA in their conversations and allowed NAVTA to provide input during conversations pertinent to veterinary technicians.

We look forward to continuing to have a voice in AVMA discussions and working with the AVMA on the future of veterinary medicine. The board will continue to update our members as we move into this new and exciting phase for NAVTA. 

Happy New Year!

Erin Spencer, M.Ed., CVT, VTS (ECC)

NAVTA 2019 President

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