Looking To Connect With Fellow RVTs?
July/August 2006 California Veterinarian
The benefits of creating friendships with other members of your profession are many: sharing common experiences, getting career advice, encouraging career advancement, and brainstorming difficult cases are just a few. There are more than 3,500 licensed RVTs in California and many opportunities to expand your circle of colleagues beyond your specific practice area. Being involved in the CVMA by serving on committees and attending continuing education events is a great way to meet other RVTs, but there are other methods as well.
Join a Local RVT Association
Several local RVT associations are active in California. The Inland Valley Veterinary Technician Association (IVVTA) meets regularly in Southern California, while the Bay Area Veterinary Technicians Association, Sacramento Valley Veterinary Technicians Association, and Central Valley Veterinary Technician Association meet in Northern and Central California.
The Bay Area Veterinary Technicians Association meets once a month and has a website at www.bavta.org. The association also maintains a Yahoo! discussion group. Also in Northern California is the Sacramento Valley Veterinary Technicians Association. The association meets the third Thursday of every month, providing at least one CE unit, usually at the Sacramento County Animal Care and Regulation on Bradshaw Road in Sacramento. Visit their website at www.svvta.org. In Central California, RVTs have access to the Central Valley Veterinary Technician Association, which meets the first Wednesday of every month in the veterinary technician lab at San Joaquin Valley College in Fresno.
Being a member of your local association allows you to meet other RVTs in your area and learn from periodic continuing education events. The Sacramento Valley VTA offers continuing education meetings at least two times each year. The local associations produce newsletters to keep you up to date on RVT news in your area and in the state. And they are actively involved in educating the public about the important role that technicians and assistants play in the veterinary health care team. Local RVT associations participate in monthly rabies clinics, visit schools, and host booths at fairs and festivals.
Contact your local RVT association today and ask how you can get involved!
Participate in Online Discussion Groups
The Internet is home to multiple discussion groups for veterinary technicians. Most are free and have hundreds of members who discuss everything from difficult cases, to tricky clients, to favorite scrubs patterns. Online discussion groups are a way to meet technicians from all over the world on your own time. Just check in to the discussion groups on the weekends or when you have a free minute.
One of the most popular sites is the Veterinary Information Network, which offers the Veterinary Support Personnel Network. Membership is free but requires registration. Once you’re registered, you’ll have access to interactive message boards, a library of medical resources that includes client handouts and hospital forms, continuing education courses, and a handbook for hospital staff. Read more about the VSPN at www.vin.com.
Yahoo! Groups has many veterinary-related discussion groups and some just for technicians. You can find them by searching the Groups Directory for the subject Veterinary Medicine. The Vet_Techs group has 563 members and discusses all aspects of the profession. The Equine Veterinary Medicine group is open to technicians in equine practices. Explore these and other Yahoo! groups and you’ll find a large community of technicians discussing many of the same issues you face every day. Membership is free once you register for a Yahoo! account.
Whether it’s in-person meetings with your local RVT association or online communication with RVT discussion groups, reach out and take advantage of all of these methods of connecting with other RVTs.
Visit www.cvma.net to learn more about your local RVT associations. Click on Allied Organizations, Registered Veterinary Technicians.
Bay Area Veterinary Technicians Association
Meets once a month in the Bay Area
Central Valley Veterinary Technicians Association
Meets first Wednesday of each month
Call San Joaquin Valley College, Fresno campus, for more information
Inland Valley Veterinary Technician Association
Meets on the second Friday, every other month, in Redlands. Call Patty Astfalk, RVT at 951.789.4114 for more information.
Sacramento Valley Veterinary Technician Association
Meets the third Thursday of each month.
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