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May 15, 2012

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The AVMA Annual Convention offers education, networking and fun for technicians.  NEW programming includes: Technician Boot Camp, Town Hall Meeting and a revamped Networking Reception, sponsored by Elanco Animal Health. Also new is the CE Refresh & Rewind area, sponsored by Hills Pet Nutrition-designed with you in mind.

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Eye exams
NAVTA Journal
NAVTA Conference
Member Benefits
Workplace communication

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Did you participate in 12.12.12?
If you participated in the 12.12.12 initative, please contact Sandy Sponaugle via email at She'd like to chat with you about your experiences and the importance of protecting dogs from heartworms through client education.
Free eye exams for service dogs
The fifth annual ACVO/Merial National Service Dog Eye Exam events in May provide free eye exams to service dogs throughout the U.S., as well as Canada, Puerto Rico and Australia. Veterinarians may also discuss tips on eye health for all pets. For details on an event near you, visit


Coming to a mailbox near you  


We just finished the upcoming May/June edition of the journal and there's lots in store for you! It includes a piece on the 2011 SCNAVTA Advisor of the Year, Sandy Gregory; a CE article on Diabetic Ketoacidosis; and a new section with photos and biographies on everyone who worked on this edition.


If you haven't renewed for 2012, seize the day and renew now, so you don't miss out on future editions!

If you renewed before April 6 and do not receive a copy of The NAVTA Journal by May 21, please contact Jacquie Ball at so we can double check your information and send you a complimentary link to the online version of the magazine.
Become a leader in your workplace

Sponsored by Hill's


Do you want to be a leader in your workplace? Register for the NAVTA annual national conference. Don't miss out this year's 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. Want to apply for a scholarship? Write a 500-essay and submit it with your conference registration online.


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



Need a scholarship to attend college and earn a degree as a veterinary technician or veterinary assistant? Check out NAVTA's scholarship page.

Do you know about a scholarship that isn't listed? Send Adrienne Lawrence details and a website link via for consideration.
Traveling during spring or summer?
NAVTA LogoBefore you book that trip, make sure you check and see what travel discounts are available to you as a NAVTA member!

There are discounts on car rentals and hotels. 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!

Do you have your login details? No? Email and Jacquie will be happy to give you all you need to log in to the website. 


Workplace communication
NAVTA wants to enhance your professional development opportunities. We'd love if you shared your communication experience (good and bad) or shared how you received professional development training. Where did 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?

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.