NAVTA Announces Approval Of New Veterinary Technician Specialty

November/December 2008 California Veterinarian

RVT News

Recently the Committee on Veterinary Technician Specialties (CVTS), a subcommittee of the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America, met in New Orleans, LA during the 2008 AVMA Convention. During this meeting, members of CVTS developed new initiatives to promote and support veterinary technician specialties as well as review any new petitions for specialty recognition.

After reviewing the petition submitted by the Academy of Veterinary Behavior Technicians, the CVTS is pleased to award the AVBT with “Provisional Recognition,” as defined by the guidelines on veterinary technician specialties. AVBT is now the fifth officially recognized veterinary technician specialty and will enhance this vital area of professional development in the veterinary technology profession.

The AVBT will officially be inducted as a NAVTA specialty at the NAVTA Annual General Membership meeting at the North American Veterinary Conference in Orlando, Florida in January 2009. For more information on this exciting new specialty for veterinary technicians please visit

In addition, CVTS is implementing new initiatives in the coming year. These include a feature section in the NAVTA Journal each year for each of the NAVTA-recognized Specialty Academies; additional resources for any veterinary technician with VTS status for promoting the VTS within their place of employment and community; adding one ad hoc position on the CVTS for each NAVTA-recognized Specialty Academy; developing and supporting continuing education programs for veterinary technician specialists; providing networking and support to organizations or individuals trying to start a veterinary technician specialty academy; and increasing CVTS presence at major conferences.

NAVTA is a nonprofit organization that represents and promotes the profession of Veterinary Technology. NAVTA provides direction, education, support and coordination for its members and was incorporated in 1981. For more information, visit

Join us in 2009! Experience Orange: The Sun, The Fun, The Magic
The 2009 Pacific Veterinary Conference, to be held June 18-21 in Anaheim, will feature a technician track with 27 units of technician-specific continuing education (CE). The chairs for the veterinary technician section are Vicky Ograin, RVT and Linda Markland, RVT, and they have been hard at work planning a great program for veterinary technicians at the conference.

So far, the speakers who have agreed to present at PacVet, and their topics, are:

Ms. Kim Horne, CVT – Dermatology (June 18)

Ms. Kathi L. Smith, RVT, VTS – Oncology (June 19)

Ms. Kim Spelts – Anesthesia (June 20)

There will be additional speakers and topics announced in the next issue of California Veterinarian. In addition to the technician tracks, the conference will feature four days of veterinary and practice management seminars, labs, and workshops.

The Pacific Veterinary Conference includes many opportunities to network and socialize with colleagues, friends, and family. Registration includes continental breakfasts every day, snacks at morning and afternoon breaks and lunches in the Vet Expo exhibit hall on Friday and Saturday (June 19 and 20).

Orange County, the site of PacVet ‘09, sizzles with attractions and entertainment! The host hotel, the Anaheim Marriott, is near Disneyland® Park, the new Anaheim Garden Walk, beaches, shopping, and so much more. Mark your calendar now and check in at to register and for details!

California VMB Approves Regulatory Change on RVT Education
The California Veterinary Medical Board (VMB) met on October 22 and, after reviewing additional public comments, decided in favor of the proposed regulatory change to allow veterinary assistants who have five years of clinical experience and complete only 24 hours of education to take the California State RVT Examination between January 1 and December 31, 2009. The clinical experience must be completed under the supervision of a California-licensed veterinarian who shall attest to the completion of the experience and competency of the applicant.

The CVMA has long been opposed to this regulatory change. The CVMA believes the professional responsibilities of certified RVTs require a combination of education, knowledge, and skills.

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