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July 25, 2012

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Why be a NAVTA Member?
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NAVTA Conference
Jam-packed Journal
NVVTA now forming
Remembering Dr. Mike Chumrau

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NAVTA Fall 2011 cover of Cat HollyYour Voice, Heard
Why be a member? Cat Holly, CVT, shares her reasons on why she joined NAVTA. She is the president of NAVTA and the Rhode Island Veterinary Technician Association.
  • I like knowing there is one large organization that all the state organizations can look up to and go to for many reasons, anything from legislative issues to just everyday questions.
  • NAVTA and state associations also give technicians a voice!
Why are you a NAVTA member? We want to know! Email Adrienne Lawrence via to share your reasons and remember: your voice matters.
Newly Revised Conference Schedule
Sponsored by Hill's Pet Nutrition
Ever wanted that edge on the competition? How about knowing the latest in veterinary technology? NAVTA's annual conference is just what you are seeking.
Check out the newly updated schedule for the annual conference held in our nation's capital from Nov. 16 to 18 later this year. You'll want to make sure not to miss a moment of it!
Members pay just $150 to register for the entire weekend, or you can go for just a day for $90. To register or for student and group rates, visit NAVTA's registration page.
Seeking money for school?

Need a scholarship to attend college and earn a degree as a veterinary technician or veterinary assistant? Check out
NAVTA's recently updated scholarship page. Thank you to everyone who sent in details over the last few weeks on the (newly added) scholarships!

Do you know about a scholarship that isn't listed? Send Adrienne Lawrence details and a website link via for consideration.
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Do you want to know the secrets to being a great technician? How about tips for that upcoming certification exam? Register for the NAVTA annual national conference. This conference will help you to improve your communication skills and seek ways to prove your value in the clinic. 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. 


Pregnant? Or seeking new CE?
Corrected NAVTA journal cover July August 2012 
Do you know about the risks female veterinary technicians may face when pregnant? Check out the July/August edition of The NAVTA Journal for a personal account from Shelly Van Dusen, LVT.
Danielle Fuller, RVT, also shares an account about being a full-time veterinary technician, mother, and wife.
Let's not forget the three RACE-approved CE articles - Baylisascaris Procyonis: A Zoonotic Threat to Clinical Veterinary Technicians; Anesthesia in Sighthounds; and Tick-Borne Diseases.
Plus there's an article on the 2011 SCNAVTA of the Year - Lincoln Memorial University; updates from members and student chapters; and the first installment of our new series on Preventative Pet Health Care.
Want to read it online? See NAVTA's online archive. Please note that link goes to a members-only page. If you don't know your login details, email Jacquie Ball via Want to join and read the journal? Please fill out a member application. New members pay only $25!
Live in Nevada?

Now is the time for credentialed veterinary technicians in the State of Nevada to form the Nevada Veterinary Technician Association (NVVTA). An exploratory group of LVTs met to help unite technicians; they've drafted by-laws and membership applications are available.

We are counting on you, since we need your expertise and your input during the foundational stages. Become a founding member by joining today. If you join now, you'll receive two years membership for the price of one year! Veterinary technician students and veterinary assistants are also invited to join.
Did you know: 
  • Nevada is one of only four states without a veterinary technician association.
  • Associations provide networking opportunities.
  • Nevada is at the forefront of legislation. The state as a model practice act, which specifically defines the allowable tasks for veterinary technicians.
  • There's power in numbers. By having many members, associations may provide better and more benefits.
  • Associations empower you by paying close attention to legislation and regulations that directly effect your work.
  • The Nevada state veterinary board is the disciplinary board for LVTs, and yet there isn't a single LVT on the board.
For details go to to view the by-laws draft and to be part of the initial stages of this exciting time in the life of veterinary technicians in Nevada! 


Remembering Dr. Mike Chumrau

May 22, 1944 to June 27, 2012

Mike Chumrau

Dr. Michael T. Chumrau was one of those professors you don't soon forget. I first met him when I re-entered college after a long absence. Dr. Chumrau was one of my professors for a class on Veterinary Anatomy and Physiology and Emergency Procedures in the Veterinary Technology Program at The Community College of Southern Nevada.


He was so knowledgeable and provided such an incredible amount of expertise, and yet he was so personable, patiently going over the lessons for those of us with minimal life science backgrounds. His tireless patience with students, particularly adult students like myself, may have something to do with his own career path. He originally started working in banking and then went into veterinary medicine - his true calling.


After I graduated and began teaching in the veterinary technology program at Pima Medical Institute, Dr. Chumrau continued to provide support and guidance. He was a member of our advisory board during our initial accreditation meetings with the AVMA. He continued to provide great support for our program and the veterinary technology profession throughout his time at the Nevada State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners.


During Nevada veterinary board meetings, Dr. Chumrau always found time to shake my hand and say hello. Since I was in awe of his years of service and great expertise, I was honored and humbled when he spoke to me as a colleague and asked for my input on regulations that effected veterinary technicians.


Dr. Chumrau was not only a valuable member of the veterinary community in Nevada, he was an instructor, advisor, champion of the veterinary technician, and an important mentor during my years of learning a new career. He also filled important roles in his personal life, such as father and grandfather. About a month before he died, Dr. Chumrau spent a week with his family on a camping trip and made sure to share his love of hiking and exploring with his grandchildren. He died of a heart attack in Carson City, Nev., after playing golf.


I will always remember his humor and guidance and am honored to have known him and send deep condolences to his family and friends.





Dennis Lopez, LVT

Veterinary Technician Program Director, Pima Medical Institute

President-Elect, National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America


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