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March 20, 2012

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The AVMA Annual Convention offers an expanded program for technicians. The top-notch CE includes 96 CE hours, 15 labs, a Boot Camp, and ample opportunities for fun with convention events, some exclusive for technicians.

The Jack L. Mara technician education program and Technician Rewind are sponsored by Hill's Pet Nutrition.
In This Issue
Sponsor: AVMA Convention
Member Benefits
NAVTA Conference
NAVTA Journal update
Member News
ARAV seeks members

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 Let's help more dogs get the protection they deserve.

With more than 1,000,000 dogs believed to be heartworm positive each year, heartworm disease is bordering on becoming an epidemic in the United States. Too many dogs are contracting it, and too many pet owners fail to understand how serious the disease can be.
12.12.12 is an industry initiative designed to decrease the number of dogs contracting heartworm disease.

Working together, we want to increase the number of dogs receiving 12 doses of heartworm prevention by 12 percent in 2012. Take the 12.12.12 pledge today.

We're also looking for veterinary technicians who are interested in blogging and speaking with the media about their experiences with 12.12.12 and helping prevent heartworm in dogs. For details, email Sandy Sponaugle at

Why be a NAVTA member?
NAVTA LogoBecause in addition to supporting veterinary technicians, NAVTA offers all kinds of great benefits for members in good standing.

Including a discount on RenLor Stethoscopes. If you are a NAVTA member, be sure to visit the website and then call 1-800-652-5232 and identify yourself as a NAVTA member who saw this announcement in the Members Only Section of the website to receive your discount.

To see more member discounts, be sure to renew your membership and login to see other great deals (only logged-in members can see that page!) just for you! 


NAVTA National Conference


It might be March, but NAVTA's annual national conference will be here before you know it! Put it on your calendar and don't miss out this year on any of the continuing education opportunities, professional development, meeting colleagues in the field, and fun!

The full schedule should be ready soon - check NAVTA's website for more details.


Save the date: Nov. 16 to 18, 2012, in Washington, D.C. 



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!

Member News

Congratulations to Dr. Lori Renda-Francis, Veterinary Technology Program Director from Macomb College for successfully defending her dissertation and receiving her doctorate in Organization and Management with a Specialization in Leadership! 

ARAV seeks VT and VT students

The Association of Reptilian and Amphibian Veterinarians (ARAV) is seeking veterinary technicians and technician students to join and develop VT concerns in for reptilian and amphibian husbandry, education, an exchange of ideas, and research. The organization promotes conservation and humane treatment of reptilian and amphibian species through education, captive breeding, and habitat preservation.
ARAV is a not-for-profit, 501(c)(6) international organization of veterinarians, veterinary students, veterinary technicians, and herpetologists, founded in 1991. ARAV has more than 1000 members and since it is international in scope, members are from 40 countries.   


Veterinary technician members are encouraged to participate in all facets of ARAV, from assisting with one of our many committees to presenting the latest breakthroughs in veterinary medicine at our annual conference. We encourage all veterinary technicians interested in reptilian and amphibian medicine to visit the website, attend our annual conference, or talk with a current ARAV member about becoming a veterinary technician member today!