National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America

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Date: October 23, 2014
Biking, Hiking, Wine Tasting and CE in Sunny Santa Barbara:
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Date: October 25, 2014
WVC- On The Road
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Date: November 1, 2014
ON DEMAND WEBINAR: Detailed 5 Part Simple and Surgical Extraction Series in the Dog & Cat
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:: NAVTA News ::

Obesity Prevention Day

October 8, 2014 According to last year’s survey by the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention, an estimated 57.6 percent of cats and 52.6 percent of dogs in the U.S. are considered overweight or obese. In addition to a decreased life-expectancy, animals that are ove
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APOP 2014 Pet Obesity Study

September 15, 2014 The Association for Pet Obesity Prevention (APOP) is collaborating with veterinarians across the United States to conduct its eighth annual National Pet Obesity Awareness Day study that aims to quantify the extent of obesity prevalence in dogs and cats th
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Vet Tech of the Year

Fill out the downloadable form (PDF) to submit your nomination for Veterinary Technician of the Year!

The deadline for nominations is Oct 1, 2014 (nominees must be NAVTA members in good standing). The winner will announced at the NAVC Conference in January 2015.


2013 Veterinary Technician of theYear:


Vickie Byard, CVT, VTS (Dentistry), CVJ


At the annual NAVC conference, the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America (NAVTA), annouced Vickie Byard as the NAVTA 2013 Veterinary Technician of the Year. Vickie is is a certified veterinary technician with over 30 years of experience.  She has crafted a diversified and exciting career for herself.  Vickie has worked at Rau Animal Hospital in Glenside, PA since 1985.  Early in her career, she began teaching as an adjunct instructor in the Manor College Veterinary Technology program while working full time clinically. In 2006, Vickie became a charter member of the Academy of Veterinary Dental Technicians and she is a past-president of the academy. In 2008, she was invited to join a group of stellar technicians, the Bayer Technician Advisory Council, interacting with over 100 “stand-out” technicians mentoring their ability to reach their career goals. Vickie has authored numerous articles and has contributed chapters for veterinary technology books. In 2010 Ms. Byard was honored as the Veterinary Technician of the Year for the state of Pennsylvania. Most recently, she obtained official recognition as a Certified Veterinary Journalist.  Although, she is still working clinically, Vickie is the owner of, and frequent blogger for, PetED™ Veterinary Education and Training Resources, a source for hands-on, in-house training for veterinary practice.