My chosen profession is near and dear to my heart. I worked hard to get into veterinary technology and make my way through school. I worked hard to develop my skills and be the best veterinary technician that I could. And I worked hard to pursue my passion and earn a living doing what I love.. I cannot say the same for my professional organization, however. I do not feel that NAVTA is working hard for me.
Upon receiving an email in my inbox this morning from Andrea Ball,
executive director of NAVTA, inquiring as to why I had not renewed my
membership, I chose to share with her exactly WHY I did not renew:
you for the reminder email regarding my membership renewal. However, I
did not forget to renew my NAVTA membership. Rather, I chose not to
renew on the basis that the organization no longer fully represents my,
nor my colleague’s, interests as a credentialed veterinary technician.
As previously stated by NAVTA:
“The National Association
of Veterinary Technicians in America (NAVTA) is a non-profit association
that represents and promotes the profession of Veterinary Technology.
Incorporated in 1981, NAVTA is the national organization devoted exclusively to developing and enhancing the profession of veterinary technology,
through education, advocacy and promotion within the industry and to
the general public. NAVTA is committed to education, career growth and
the advancement of its members.”
With the advent of the
veterinary assistant training program and active pursuit of assistant
members, NAVTA is no longer exclusively supporting the profession of
veterinary technology. In fact, NAVTA is diluting its support of the
credentialed veterinary technician, and further muddying the waters with
regard to defining the veterinary technology profession.
do not misinterpret my comments as disparaging to the development of
veterinary assistant training programs. On the contrary, I fully
support the continued education of all members of the veterinary
healthcare team. I feel, though, that NAVTA’s involvement in this
initiative was premature and, at best, not well thought out with regard
to the overall image that NAVTA should portray. I do not see the
American Nurses Association training phlebotomists, or CNA’s. These
ancillary roles in human medicine have their own organizations. So why
would NAVTA take on such a role? Certainly NAVTA could have been
supportive of an initiative to develop a stand-alone veterinary
assistant organization and training program, independent of NAVTA.
technology as a whole is still a very young and quickly growing
profession. We are in need of close observation of national and
international trends in our field, and careful development of programs
to cultivate an environment in veterinary medicine where credentialed
technicians are sought after. To earn my support I need to see NAVTA
stay true to the needs of, and be a strong advocate for, the
credentialed veterinary technician.
Maggie Lump, BS, RVT
Indiana Veterinary Technician Association
Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine
Veterinary Technology Program
away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people
always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can
become great. ~~Mark Twain
An open letter to the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America