Veterinary Medicine is successful due to each member of the team. From the Veterinarian, to the Managers, Veterinary Technicians, Veterinary Assistants, Kennel Assistants, and Receptionists; we all work together as a team in order to do what is best for our patients. Veterinary Technicians are a vital part of this team. The National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America (NAVTA) is the organization that represents Veterinary Technicians in our country. They have announced the Veterinary Nursing Initiative (VNI) to help improve career outlook, increase career opportunities, and fight to improve conditions for Veterinary Technicians in the workplace. Currently, there are 4 recognized titles for a Credentialed Veterinary Technician that are governed by the state in which they practice. This includes Certified Veterinary Technician (CVT), Licensed Veterinary Technician (LVT), Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT) and Licensed Veterinary Medical Technician (LVMT). NAVTA is proposing a unified title for all 50 states, requiring a title change in each state. This proposed title change would be Registered Veterinary Nurse (RVN). In order for this goal from NAVTA to be achieved, each state would have to propose this change individually. The question that falls to us now is this: Will Pennsylvania change this title of Certified Veterinary Technician to Registered Veterinary Nurse in order to better utilize credentialed individuals and create a unified understanding of job responsibilities?
PVMA knows the importance, hard work, training, and knowledge of Veterinary Technicians. We recognize the importance of the movement that NAVTA has proposed. Now, we would like to ask our members to share their opinion. PVMA has a survey to ask you for your opinion on the VNI and whether or not we are ready for it in our state. Veterinary Technicians across the state have been calling for change. Now is the time to stand up; now is the time to add your voice! The more numbers we have, the greater our voice will be. We urge you to make sure your colleagues are PVMA members and can take part in this important survey.
PVMA has started a task force to address the concerns of technicians in our state and we want to hear from you. Please participate in the survey to help the PVMA decide which direction we want to take. If you wish to take part in the task force, please let us know. Now is the time for change. Speak up and let your voice be heard!
PVMA Support Staff At-Large - Nicholas Rivituso, CVT, VTS (ECC)
PVMA President - Kate Harnish, DVM, CVPM