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Aug. 6, 2012

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In This Newsletter
Town Hall Survey
Blogs, articles, the journal, oh my!
WVC Scholarships
FREE CE Webinar
Karen Walsh, LVMT
NAVTA Conference
PPPH announcement
It's FREE!
Hill's News
NVVTA now forming

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Town Hall Survey

Are you attending the American Veterinary Medical Association's annual convention right now? NAVTA's Veterinary Technician Fiesta, sponsored by Elanco Animal Health, will be held tonight from 6 to 8 p.m.

Don't forget about NAVTA's Town Hall Meeting, sponsored by Elanco Animal Health. The meeting will be held Tuesday from noon to 1 p.m. in room 6C of the convention center. Don't miss out!

For anyone who isn't attending AVMA's convention, please participate in NAVTA's online town hall survey.


Blogs, articles, the journal, oh my!

Corrected NAVTA journal cover July August 2012
We're looking for great technicians, such as yourself, to write about a couple of different topics in future editions of The NAVTA Journal and an upcoming blog:
  • Seniors: We're looking for technicians to share information on senior topics.
  • Large animals: We'd love to publish more information on topics concerning large animals.
  • Bloggers: NAVTA is launching a blog to feature great entries written by knowledgeable veterinary technicians and assistants, such as you. Since this is in the works - contact us ASAP with your idea!

We want new, unpublished work for the journal and the upcoming blog. Contact Adrienne Lawrence via today to be involved.


All authors must be members. Not a member? Why not? A new member pays just $25 for their first year! Memberships are good from January to the end of December each year. Join today.


Senior Care

Are you interested in senior care topics? The International Veterinary Senior Care Society may be a great resource for you. IVSCS's mission is to provide resources targeting the complete health care needs of senior pets to the veterinarian, their team and clients.
Student Leaders Wanted

wvc logo There are two (yes, two!) veterinary technician scholarships available to attend the 2013 Western Veterinary Conference. The scholarships will be awarded to students who have demonstrated leadership skills within their student chapter of the National Association of Veterinary Technicians of America (SCNAVTA), as well as a high academic level throughout enrollment of their current veterinary technology program.

For details, visit NAVTA's scholarship page. Please note, that link is for members only. Don't have your login information? Contact Jacquie Ball via

Register for the FREE CE Webinar
Sponsored by International WIN

Register for the RACE approved continuing educational webinar on "Veterinary Fluid Therapy: Basic Understanding and Practical Application." Space is limited, so register now!


Time: Noon, Eastern Standard Time

Day: Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2012


Topics will include (but are not limited to):

  • What is a milliequivalent?
  • Examples of good I.V. replacement solutions and why.
  • Steps you can take to minimize I.V. complications.

William J. Donawick, M.S. (Hon), D.V.M., Diplomate ACVS, is the president and CEO for International WIN. Dr. Donawick has made more than 500 public appearances before professional and lay audiences throughout the U.S. and internationally. He also holds several patents, and written more than 90 abstracts, papers, letters, book chapters, and articles published in scientific and non-scientific journals and magazines.


This program was reviewed and approved by the AAVSB RACE program for 1 hour of continuing education in jurisdictions, which recognize AAVSB RACE approval. Please contact the AAVSB RACE program if you have any comments/concerns regarding this program's validity or relevancy to the veterinary profession.

Gubernatorial Appointment

Karen Walsh Congratulations to Karen S. Walsh, LVMT! She was appointed by Governor Bill Haslam to the Tennessee Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners as the licensed veterinary medical technician. Walsh is NAVTA's treasurer on the executive board and with this new appointment, she will, sadly, step down from NAVTA's boad at the end of this year to serve on Tennessee's board for the next five years.


Walsh is also the executive director of McKarney Animal Care and Adoption Center in Chattanooga, Tenn., and an adjunct professor at the Chattanooga State Technical Community College.


The BVME consists of five licensed veterinarians, the state veterinarian, director of Health Related Boards and a member of the public.

Updated NAVTA 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 $150 to register for the weekend, or you can go for just a day for $90. Nonmembers pay $300. To register or for student and group rates, visit NAVTA's registration page.
New Practice Resource Tools

After nearly a year of research and planning, the Partnership for Preventive Pet Healthcare unveiled its new public face along with uniquely designed tools and resources designed to eliminate barriers to pets receiving preventive healthcare.


The tools are designed to offer real solutions for clinics in the area of communication with clients, delivery of preventive care services and to explain the value of routine care.


For details, visit NAVTA's news 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.
2012 Convention EditionIt's FREE!

Do you love free stuff? We do too! When you buy something for $10 or more from
NAVTA's online store, you'll get a free copy of The NAVTA Journal!


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For more information, visit NAVTA's industry news page.
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!