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April 3, 2012

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Past President on WVC Board
Heartworm Awareness Month
Member Benefits
NAVTA Conference
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NAVTA past president to serve WVC

The first elected president of NAVTA - E. David Stearns, RVT, pet and livestock industry consultant, - joined the Western Veterinary Conference governing board as its veterinary technician director. Stearns, RVT, WVC veterinary technician director, owns a marketing and sales consulting firm that specializes in the pet and livestock industries. He is an adjunct faculty member in the Globe University Veterinary Technology Program. Before launching his consulting company, Stearns worked for 16 years at IDEXX Laboratories, Inc. He is also a charter member of NAVTA. All WVC directors serve three-year terms and are elected by members of the Western Veterinary Conference. Registrants who sign up for WVC in the veterinarian and veterinary technician categories are automatically members of the association until the next annual conference and are eligible to vote for board members. New directors are announced annually at the WVC General Business Meeting held during the conference and open to all attendees.
National Heartworm Awareness Month

There are 78 million dogs in the U.S. and Bayer HealthCare LLC, Animal Health Division, wants to encourage the dogs' owners to take an important first step. It could save the animals' lives.

Since April is National Heartworm Awareness Month, you could encourage your patients to make an appointment this month. Through your efforts, you could help protect the animals from the potentially life-threatening parasite.

As you likely know, heartworms are easily preventable. The bad news is that most dogs are not receiving heartworm preventive therapy each month, according to Cristiano von Simson, DVM, MBA, director of veterinary technical services at Bayer Animal Health.

The care a dog receives at their local clinic is the best way to prevent heartworms and pathogenic internal parasites, like hookworms and whipworms, Dr. von Simson said. "In fact, they are in the best position to evaluate the dog's medical history and lifestyle and discuss the best plan to provide comprehensive internal parasite protection."

Bayer Animal Health will expand efforts to educate consumers about the importance of regular veterinary care through a direct mail and email campaign in April that will reach nearly three million pet owners nationwide.


Want to do more to protect dogs from heartworms?

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 Merial's 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

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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 is online now; check NAVTA's website for more details.


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


Your Voice, Heard
NAVTA is enhancing our professional development opportunities. We'd love you to share your communication experience (good and bad) or share how you received professional development training. Where you learn how to best communicate in the workplace? Did you learn on the job? Through interaction with others? From a teacher or family member, while growing up? Or did you take a course, or have you taught a course?

We'd also love to know what is most important to you: What is key to good communication and professional development in the workplace? What do you need to learn to be an excellent communicator?

Please reply to with your thoughts and stories.



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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.


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