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March 7, 2012

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Want to make a difference?
NAVTA's approved veterinary assistant (AVA) review committee is looking for volunteers for the AVA sub-review committee. Haven't heard of AVA? In order to better define each member's role on the veterinary health care team, NAVTA created a veterinary assistant approval program in 2010.

Schools with a veterinary assistant program are encouraged to use the NAVTA-approved guidelines when creating their curriculum and submitting their program for NAVTA approval. Once approved, graduates from these programs will be given the opportunity to take the national test. Once the person has successfully completed the exam, individuals will become an approved veterinary assistant (AVA) and be recognized for their accomplishment with the AVA designation.

To better serve future AVA professionals and assist in determining criteria for the program, the sub-review committee reviews the AVA programs curriculum submissions and reports to the AVA review committee with the review findings and comparisons, according to the dedicated AVA protocol standards, requirements and essential skills list.

Prospective volunteers are asked to submit and/or fulfill:

· Current resume.
· Be a current NAVTA member.
· 15 to 20 hours volunteered per month.

Please contact for further details.



Read all about it in The NAVTA Journal


Have you seen the latest NAVTA Journal? No? Did you renew your NAVTA membership? We have all kinds of benefits, including more CE opportunities for you to continue fulfilling your professional requirements.  


If you renewed before Feb. 15, and haven't seen the journal yet, it should come soon. In the latest edition, learn about how to handle and care for guinea pigs, read Catherine Holly's inaugural presidential letter, and see the latest member updates on colleagues.


And don't forget to renew your membership now, so you don't miss out on future editions!


Big Ideas in the Big Easy


The ACVIM Technicians' Forum is seeking case report presentations. Don't feel you have the experience for public speaking? No worries, this is a training opportunity and open to all certified veterinary technicians (CVT, LVT, AHT, RVT, or credential by country of origin). ACVIM will be held in New Orleans, May 30 to June 2. 


For submission details and more, visit


Deadline for submissions is April 1. The authors of all case reports that are accepted will be notified by April 10.


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