Veterinary Technicians Observe 20th Anniversary of National Organization

Attendees at the Western Veterinary Conference (WVC) are invited to a “”Grand Street Party”” at the MGM Grand Adventure Park on Sunday, February 11, 2000. The event is being held to recognize the 20th anniversary of the founding of the North American Veterinary Technician Association (NAVTA) and to pay tribute the contribution of technicians to the veterinary profession.

Along with NAVTA members from across the U.S., nine representatives from the International Veterinary Nurses and Technicians Association will be on hand to join in the celebration. This is the first time the international group has sent delegates to the WVC and the countries represented include Japan, Finland and New Zealand. And, 2001 marks the 30th year that WVC has hosted its Scientific Seminar for Veterinary Technicians as part of the annual conference.

“”The veterinary technicians are an important part of our conference,”” said Steven Crane, DVM, executive director of the WVC. “”We are pleased to help NAVTA celebrate its 20th anniversary as an association and to mark 30 years of veterinary technicians’ involvement with Western Veterinary Conference.””

NAVTA is the only national organization devoted exclusively to developing, enhancing and promoting the profession of veterinary technology. One way that the association serves veterinary technicians is through a series of national surveys. These surveys have helped focus attention on the variety of roles played by veterinary technicians and on their contributions to animal health and welfare.

For the future, NAVTA’s Executive Director, A. Patrick Navarre, BS, RVT, sees the association maintaining its focus on education. “”As it has been from the beginning, NAVTA will continue to educate the public about our role on the healthcare team,”” he said. “”The association also will continue to provide our members with material that can help them to empower their lives and careers.””

The event is being sponsored by Nutramax Laboratories.



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