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Merial and the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America to expand Continuing Educat

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Merial and the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America to expand Continuing Education initiative
In addition to heartworm disease, the Merial Tech Champions program now includes intestinal parasites, dental health,
and flea/tick CE courses

Duluth, GA ­- July 12, 2016 ­-Merial and the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America (NAVTA) are proud to announce that they are adding new preventive health programs to their popular Merial Tech Champions program. The additional courses, covering intestinal parasites, dental health, and flea and tick protection, will debut at the upcoming AVMA convention in San Antonio, August 5-9, 2016.

Merial and NAVTA first teamed up three years ago to support technicians in their efforts to provide the best possible counsel and care in-clinic with a focus on heartworm disease prevention. Initial partnership activities included special events, NAVTA membership drives and a specially developed CE course,"Let's Talk Heartworm: Strengthening the Tech to Pet Owner Conversation."Based on the positive response the course has received, Merial has worked with NAVTA to add new courses covering other critical areas in preventive health.
"The heartworm CE course has been a big hit with our membership," said Julie Legred, CVT and Executive Director of NAVTA. "It's engaging, actionable information that can have a real impact on a practice and a pet's future. We wanted to take that success we're having with heartworm prevention, and apply it to other areas that are so critical to pet health.

"Techs that attend these courses are going to come away with fresh insights and knowledge that will be very useful when working with clients, and ultimately help the clinic achieve their pet health goals."
The new CE courses will be offered for the first time at the 2016 AVMA Convention. Attendees can expect informative and thought-provoking content from some of the profession's brightest minds:
  • Kara M. Burns is going to be presenting"Hookworms and Roundworms: A Look INSIDE & How to Get The Message OUT"
  • Mary L. Berg is presenting "Dental Home Care: Engage, Educate, Empower"
  • Janet McConnell is presenting"Fleas & Ticks: Talking It O.V.E.R with Pet Owners"
  • Rebecca Rose is presenting"Let's Talk Heartworms: Strengthening the Tech to Pet Owner Conversation"
In addition to educational activities at AVMA, Merial and NAVTA will offer CE courses to technicians nationwide at local tech fests throughout the year.
"Veterinary technicians are one of the cornerstones of proper pet health," said Sarah Cloud, Marketing Director. "Veterinarians rely on them to deliver the standards of care they recommend, and pet owners look to them for guidance and information. They are an absolutely critical part of pets living long, healthy, happy lives.
"We're very proud of the relationship we've built with NAVTA, and look forward to building on it in the years to come."
About Merial
Merial is a world-leading, innovation-driven animal health company, providing a comprehensive range of products that focus on disease prevention and overall health and wellness in animals, Merial has three main business areas: pets, farm animals, and veterinary public health, and our health solutions target more than 200 diseases and conditions across a variety of species. Merial employs 6,900 people and operates in more than 150 countries worldwide with over €2.5 billion of sales in 2015. Merial is a Sanofi company. For more information, please;@Merial

National Association of Veterinary Technicians (NAVTA) in America is dedicated to advancing veterinary technology and veterinary nursing by strengthening the profession, spotlighting the importance techs play in pet health, and supporting the professional development of our members. NAVTA is open to credentialed veterinary technicians, veterinary assistants, veterinarians, educators and students.

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Head of North America Communications
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