Colorado Association of Certified Veterinary Technicians
October 2011 Issue
Celebrate National Veterinary
Technician Week (NVTW)
The mission of the Colorado
Association of Certified Vet- October 9 – 15, 2011
erinary Technicians (CACVT)
is to advocate for, govern, and NVTW has been an annual tradi-
certify veterinary technicians; tion since June 1993, when a NAVTA
promote professionalism & resolution was passed declaring the third
career advancement through week in October as NVTW. Activities to
educational opportunities; and
celebrate this week have been a focus of
collaborate with the veterinary
community and allied groups.
the celebratory efforts. The activities serve
these fundamental goals:
Editor: Jenny Sullivan, CVT
Publisher: Denise Mikita, CVT From the NAVTA web site: www.navta.net. • Educate the public about veterinary
technicians and what we do
NVTW Theme • Reinforce the value and professional-
ism of veterinary technicians
The theme of this year's National Veteri- • Provide an opportunity for veterinary
nary Technician Week (NVTW) is "Pets & technicians to encourage one another
Vets need Techs." Celebrating for one to create an excellent work ethic and
week every year solidifies the yearly com- build effective teams
Cecilia Garza, Peggy Bower &
Susan Brauer at the CVMA mitment every veterinary technician gives • Acknowledge our quality relationship
Convention, Keystone, CO to the profession of veterinary technology, with veterinarians and other veterinary
veterinary assisting, and veterinary medi- professionals
Inside this issue: cine.
Monthly Calendar & Info 2 Visit www.navta.net/files/NVTW%
Hill's Pet Nutrition is proudly sponsor- 20Media%20Kit%202011.pdf for the
President’s Message 3 ing the 2011 National Veterinary Techni- NVTW 2011 Media Kit that includes a
AVTE opportunity sample press release, PSA, and celebration
cian Week (NVTW) as a part of their com-
AVMA 4 mitment to pet health and nutrition. ideas.
Licensure - still
CACVT membership and 5 The National Association of Veterinary CACVT Celebration
CE changes Technicians in America (NAVTA) is proud
CVMA Convention Sum- 6 to represent veterinary technicians and sup- CACVT is celebrating by kicking off the
mary port our members, state associations, spe- week with the Spotlight Conference (see
Team Awards, CO Animal 7 cialties and student chapters during the page 9 for details). CACVT will also be at
Heroes, NAVTA Conf. 2011 NVTW. the Bel-Rea open house on Wednesday
evening from 6 to 8 pm. Finally, the Colo-
Spotlight & Focus Conf. 8
Hill’s y/d Thank you for your participation and rado State Board of Veterinary Medicine
enthusiasm! has a meeting on Thursday. Please contact
Continuing Education 9
the office for details.
Job Listings / Resume 10
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Contacts October 2011 Visit www.cacvt.com/calendar for
Administrator and Interim Executive Director updates and details on events.
Cecilia Garza, CVT, RVT
email@example.com or Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
Office: 303-318-0652 or 866-318-0652
Fax: 303-318-0651 www.cacvt.com 1
National Veterinary Technician Week Oct. 9-15, 2011
Michele Laughlin, AAS, CVT, President 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Juliebeth Pelletier, AAS, CVT, Pres-elect
Roxane Rocks, AAS, CVT, Past President 9 Spotlight 10 11 12 Bel-Rea 13 SBVM 14 15
firstname.lastname@example.org Conference Open House meeting
Dawn Oliver, AAS, CVT, VP-elect
email@example.com 16 17 18 19 20 21 22
Tammy Rothe, AAS, CVT, Secretary
Patti Christie, AAS, CVT, Sec-elect 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 CVMA BIG
Peggy Bower, MS, CVT, LAT, Treasurer
Joe Keefe, AAS, CVT, Treas-elect 30 31
J.firstname.lastname@example.org Next newsletter (October) deadline is Dec. 14, 2011
Susan Brauer, AAS, CVT, Certification
303-750-2541 Meeting Updates and General Information
Krisha Hanson, AAS, CVT, Conference
email@example.com Past Meetings Planning your Calendar:
Nancy Sheffield, EdM, CVT Ethics A synopsis of meeting minutes for Unsure of all the acronyms?
970-947-8244 members in good standing is avail- Visit www.cacvt.com/acronym for a complete list.
Stacy Mugge, AAS, CVT, Membership
able at www.cacvt.com, under the Other events in the community, such as through hu-
firstname.lastname@example.org “members-only” area, “Association mane shelters and other partners, are posted on the
Roxane Rocks, AAS, CVT, PR Meetings,” or by contacting the calendar (www.cacvt.com/calendar) as the infor-
email@example.com CACVT office. Thank you. mation is made available to the office. CE events
Sub Committee Chairs:
are posted at www.cacvt.com/otherprograms.
Leslie Boyd, AAS, CVT, Emerg Prep Scheduled Meetings
Sara Sharp, AAS, CVT, VTS (dent) Career Please visit the Web site calen- Oct 9: CACVT Spotlight Conference. See page 9 for
dar for an up-to-date listing of
Rebecca Rose, AAS, CVT, Legislative Inves- Oct 12: Join CACVT at Bel-Rea’s open house from
tigations meetings. 6-8 pm. Visit www.bel-rea.com for details. Ad-
Nicole Dukups, AAS, CVT, NAVTA Rep
firstname.lastname@example.org CACVT members can contact dress = 1681 S. Dayton St, Denver, CO 80247
Web Master: For any problems with the Web the Committee Chair or the of- Oct 13: CO State Board of Veterinary Medicine:
site, contact the CACVT office.
fice for an agenda. Learn about governance. From 8:30am to around
noon. You may now obtain up to 4 technical cred-
Chapters Rather than having set dates
Grand Mesa Chapter its for attending this meeting.
Maura Niehues, AAS, CVT, 970-858-3199 for many of our committee meet- Information: www.cacvt.com/governance. It includes
Southern Chapter ings, we try to adjust the dates directions, parking information, code of conduct,
Christina Lemay, AAS, CVT, for people’s personal schedules. agenda, etc.
Thus, if you’re interested in one Oct 29: CVMA BIG Ideas Forum. Each conference
of the committees, it’s best to has a dedicated focus where we tackle important
Articles in this newsletter may not be the
direct opinion of CACVT. CACVT assumes contact either the Chair or the subjects that span all practice types and look at
no responsibility for, and does not directly office. Thank you. emerging issues that affect the veterinary profes-
endorse, any service, product, or information sion. This time it is in Colorado Springs. Contact
in this newsletter unless so stated. Mya in the CVMA office (303-318-0447 or
Occasionally, the CACVT mailing list is
sold to appropriate partners. If you do not
MyaSadler@colovma.org) for details if you are
wish to receive information from outside interested.
sources, please contact the CACVT office to Nov 18-20: NAVTA Annual Conference (see page 7
opt out. for details)
CACVT will provide certification status to
any inquiring party. This will be limited to - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
date joined, current status, and number of CE ← picture from Keystone, CO during the CVMA Conven-
hours obtained. Personal information will not tion. See page 6 for details. Photo by Cecilia Garza.
be given out.
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President’s Point feel any of the adjustments. We are in the process of
Michele Laughlin, AAS, CVT searching for a new Executive Director, which will be done
in several stages of the interview process. In the meantime,
Cecilia Garza (Administrator) will take on the role of In-
Change….We all go through it. The sea- terim Executive Director.
sons change (just look out your window), we
change our minds, we change our clothes, Remember, change is inevitable. It is how we respond to
we change our hairstyle, and sometimes we change jobs. these changes that count. We are looking forward to this
new chapter and we hope you are too!
The CACVT isn’t immune to change. Volunteers come
and go; the Executive Board changes yearly, even our staff Should you have any questions or concerns, please con-
changes. This year is no exception. tact the office at 303-318-0652 or you can email
email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
We have seen several changes at the CACVT in the past
few months. The biggest change has been in the resigna- Here’s to change!
tion of our Executive Director, Denise Mikita. Denise
served the CACVT well for over 10 years. She saw her Sincerely,
fair share of changes and instigated many positive changes
for our profession. While we will miss her and all of her
hard work and efforts, we are excited for her as she takes
on the fresh challenges in her new position as hospital co- Michele Laughlin, AAS, CVT
ordinator at the Denver Zoo.
While Denise’s departure brings some challenges to the
CACVT, please know that you, our members, shouldn’t
First and unique opportunity
Partnering with the technician programs and AVTE
Why should CACVT work with the schools and AVTE?
It seems obvious considering that CACVT is here to sup-
The Executive Board has just approved an amazing op- port certified veterinary technicians. It is part of the
portunity to be involved with a National association. For CACVT mission statement to collaborate with the veteri-
the first time, AVTE will host it’s symposium in Denver! nary community and allied groups. Also, at the last strate-
gic planning session, the leadership committed to working
Every two years, the Association of Veterinary Techni- more with students since they are the future of our profes-
cian Educators (AVTE) holds a symposium where indi- sion. Finally, the educators in Colorado are also CAVCT
viduals who work in veterinary technology schools come members!
together for continuing education and networking opportu-
nities. In addition, Colorado is paving a new path that other
states may be able to emulate in the future. In July when the
Traditionally, one school program has stepped forward announcement was made in Cincinnati, Ohio that several
and offered to host the symposium, often requiring large Colorado programs would be working together, it opened
amounts of time and resources. While this has been done up the doors for smaller programs to collaborate as well.
honorably, the AVTE symposiums are attracting more Alone, the smaller schools wouldn’t have the resources, but
people and overwhelming the abilities of individual by working together, they will be able to host future sym-
schools to host this event. In July 2013, AVTE will come posiums, thus providing a larger selection of cities for
to Denver where the hosting entity is composed of many AVTE.
of the Colorado school programs and CACVT. This is the
first time a group has assisted with this event, and the first A coalition has been organized to begin planning for the
time an association has been involved. symposium. It’s very exciting to be able to organize and
bring something like this to the Denver area. Look for more
details in the upcoming year.
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AVMA-- Why Should I Care?
The American Veteri- While the Colorado Veterinary Medical Association
nary Medical Association (CVMA) has invited technicians to sit on their board of
(AVMA) has representa- directors, committees, and task forces for a number of
tives across the nation. Colorado, which is in region 8, has years, this has not been the case at the national level. Now
been very fortunate to be represented by Dr. Ted Cohn over it is and technicians should appreciate this opening.
the past 6 years. Dr. Cohn, in addition to doing his due dili-
gence for the veterinarians, has always watched out for the While Colorado has been fortunate to have Dr. Cohn as
veterinary technicians as well. Last year, he received the the regional representative, his term is coming to an end. It
Advocate award from CACVT for all his work. is important to the veterinary technician profession to have
the next representative be sensitive to the technicians’ side
So why should CACVT care about what happens at the of issues as well. Thus, technicians should encourage their
AVMA? For one, what affects our veterinarians, directly or veterinarians (AVMA members) to vote for the appropriate
indirectly, affects us. We don’t work in a bubble and issues representative to continue the great work that Dr. Cohn has
are veterinary related, not veterinarian related. done for the profession.
Recently, AVMA has opened up a seat for a technician When AVMA has great leaders, the entire veterinary
on a couple of their committees. Thus, technicians can be- profession grows. And this does affect technicians, there-
come actively involved in what the veterinarians are doing fore, they should care about what happens and consider
at a national level. This is a wonderful opportunity to be- being engaged at the national level.
come more engaged with the issues that are facing our pro-
fession as a whole.
Licensure — the saga continues
When at first you don’t succeed… This is not about deciding if
CACVT should or shouldn’t pursue
Unfortunately, in August, our speaker had a last minute licensure. It is merely to make sure
conflict that couldn’t be avoided. So we are rescheduling that our members understand this
for November 8, 2011, from 6 pm to 8 pm at the CACVT process in order to make an informed decision.
office. Again, 1 1/2 supportive CE hours will be offered.
If you would like more information
Why are we offering this class?
It’s encouraged for you to read the survey results. Not
According to the survey results from back in April only are the survey answers tabulated, but there are com-
(www.cacvt.com/2011LicensureSurvey), only 11% of the ments from the CACVT Legislative Investigation Task
respondents felt they understood the licensure process Force which address many of the issues—too many to be
very well and 58% requested more information on the sub- printed here in the newsletter.
ject. Thus CACVT is bringing in Mo Miskell, the director
of the State Board of Veterinary Medicine to discuss licen- Unfortunately, many of the answers are “it depends on
sure and how it works in general. how the practice act is written.” There are many variables
when going through the legislative process. It’s just not
While there is no cost to attend, there is limited seating what the technicians in Colorado want, it’s about a big pic-
so your RSVP to the office (email@example.com or on Face- ture which incorporates many groups. Ultimately, licensure
book) is appreciated. is about public protection. Everything else is secondary at
best. This will all be addressed in the class on November 8,
Who should attend? 2011.
Anyone interested in understanding the basics of licen- After reading the survey, please contact the CACVT
sure. Mo oversees three boards so he is knowledgeable on Legislative Investigation Task Force with any questions or
how licensure works in general, especially in Colorado. comments. Thank you for your interest.
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Looking ahead – CACVT membership!
What does CACVT do on a regular basis? moves forward due to their efforts.
There are numerous programs designed by
the Executive Board and the Committees that Because of the various programs and the direction that
are supported by members and conference CACVT wishes to pursue, the Executive Board has decided to
registrations. In addition, CACVT supports two full-time increase the fees for the next certification period. This deci-
staff members who assist in moving everything along. sion was not made lightly and was done in order to maintain
the high standards and quality of professionalism that has be-
Here is the “short” list of what the staff does on a routine come the norm of CACVT.
♦ Calling the office and talking to a real person Budgeting
♦ Having email returned in a reasonable amount of time While $128 in one chunk may be a lot, by saving a little at a
♦ Putting on fantastic conferences time, it won’t be so bad. Starting in October, if $14.22 is set
♦ Providing information when requested to both the volun- aside every month, on July 1, 2012, there will be enough
teers and members money to cover the fees. Many employers cover the fees be-
♦ Assisting with transfers both in and out of the state cause they realize the importance of certification in their tech-
♦ Timely communications via Facebook, the Web site, Tech- nical staff. Ask your employer to participate in this valuable
niques, and E-nformation benefit!
♦ Communicating with all school programs
♦ Talking to the public about CVTs The staff recognizes that sometimes people can’t pay all at
♦ Attending meetings with allied groups in order to be in- once. Therefore, the office is willing to work with anyone for
volved with the community a payment plan. However, there will be a modest administra-
♦ Keeping up on issues which affect the technician profes- tive fee for this service. Details to be included with the regis-
sion tration forms.
While every member may not utilize all of these programs, CACVT is truly one of the leading associations in the na-
it’s good to know that the staff is constantly working on be- tion and only by your continued support can we remain in this
half of its members and the profession every day. In addition, position. So thank you for your contribution to CACVT and
CACVT does support its volunteers as this association still the profession in general.
CE-- It Keeps on Giving!
Veterinary Technician’s Oath
Beginning on July 1, 2012, the mini-
I solemnly dedicate myself to aiding animals and society by mum number of continuing education
providing excellent care and services for animals, by allevi- hours required to maintain certification
ating animal suffering, and by promoting public health. in Colorado will become 20 every two
years. The number of technical hours will stay at 8 while the
I accept my obligations to practice my profession conscien- remaining 12 hours can be either technical or supportive
tiously and with sensitivity, adhering to the profession’s (following past guidelines).
Code of Ethics, and furthering my knowledge and compe-
tence through a commitment to lifelong learning. For the 2008 to 2010 certification period, over 565 people
recorded 20 or more CE hours. Thus, many Colorado techni-
CACVT has supported the concept that attending a pro- cians have already shown that more CE is attainable and even
gram in veterinary technology provides the necessary base- preferred.
line for a dynamic career. Then, once in the field, by attend-
ing continuing education classes, a CVT can stay current Being a Certified Veterinary Technician is more than just
with medical advances. going to work every day, it’s about providing excellent care
and practicing the profession conscientiously. Continuing edu-
Because CACVT believes strongly that continuing educa- cation only elevates individuals and the profession as a whole.
tion is critical in maintaining the Veterinary Technician Oath,
the Certification Committee and the Executive Board has
supported the elevation of the hours for Colorado CVTs.
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CVMA Annual Convention -- Keystone, CO
CVMA Convention was
held September 15 – 18, The CACVT booth also made an appearance along
2011, in Keystone, Colo- side many industry partners. CACVT appreciates
rado. Several members of the CACVT Lead- their continued sponsorship support of CACVT. It
ership were present: Michele Laughlin, AAS, was wonderful to have many members stop by and
CVT; Tammy Rothe, AAS, CVT; Juliebeth say hello and veterinarians who visited the booth to
Pelletier, BA, CVT; Peggy Bower, BS, CVT; mention how much they appreciate their CVTs. These
Susan Brauer, AAS, CVT; and Dawn Oliver, Michele Laughlin and visits are always appreciated.
AAS, CVT. Peggy Bower at the booth
Once again, it was a positive and enlightening
The leadership represented CACVT during the first com- weekend. The CVMA convention
bined CVMA-CACVT Membership Luncheon and Award will be in Loveland next year and
Ceremony. The team-oriented event gave the opportunity for CACVT hopes to see you there!
the Colorado veterinary community to come together and cele-
brate the achievements of Credit for all photos of the CVMA
teams and individuals who convention go to Cecilia Garza, CVT,
make our community ex- RVT, CACVT Administrator
emplary in the nation. ===========================
Congratulations to the CACVT opens doors for people! Jennifer Holmes, Amanda
many winners of various Here is the write up from Amanda Mehring, & Jamantha Hogan
awards. Pueblo Animal and Jennifer who attended the
Services won the CACVT convention for the first time because of their volunteer efforts
Team of the Year Award, through CACVT.
while Rebecca Vera, AAS,
CVT accepted the CVMA “We found this year’s CVMA Conference to be very
Pueblo Animal Services accepting the
Technician of the Year Team of the Year award. See page 7.
informative, useful, and helped expand our networks.
award. Two people who There were many classes offered including
have been huge supporters of CACVT also received equine medicine, complimentary medicine,
awards: Rebecca Rose, AAS, CVT was the CVMA Indus- VMRC training, and anesthesia for techni-
try Partner of the Year and Aubrey Lavizzo, DVM, be- cians. There were multiple ways veterinari-
came the CVMA Veterinarian of the Year. ans, veterinary technicians, and others in the
field could interact through the free lunch-
Kim Spelts, BS, CVT, eons, refreshment breaks, and the famous
VTS (Anesthesia), CCRP MWI steak fry.
was the primary speaker for
the technician track. Kim The CACVT and CVMA Membership
Rebecca Vera accepts her
showed her expertise in an- award from Dr. Parks Luncheons were held jointly for the first
esthesia when she spoke time. As technicians, we got to see firsthand
about anesthesia monitoring, an- what the CVMA does, how it runs, and met the veterinarians
esthesia for the geriatric patient, who run it. On the other hand, the CVMA got to see how
and perioperative acid-base and important technicians are to the
Kim Spelts presents her infor- electrolyte balance. team. We also attended a State
mation for the technician track. Board of Veterinary Medicine
The CACVT panel discussion where they
Emergency Preparedness sub-committee was presented case studies. It was
also well represented. Jennifer Holmes, AAS, interesting because as it stands
CVT, Amanda Mehring, AAS, CVT, and Bel- now, CVTs are no different
Rea student Jamantha Hogan attended the Colo- than assistants in the eyes of
rado Medical Reserve Core (COVMRC) train- the board. We are encouraged
ing. The information they obtained will assist to attend an actual state board
the rest of the sub committee in planning a pos- meeting in order to recognize
sible CE class that will benefit the CACVT Dr. Lavizzo with his legal responsibilities.” Rebecca Rose accepts her
membership. wonderful award. award from Dr. Parks
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Small Bites - News You Can Chew
Team of the Year Award CO Animal Heroes NAVTA Annual
Presented by CACVT Conference
You are invited to the
Teamwork can be defined as the coop- Colorado’s Animal He- CACVT will once
erative work done by a group of individu- roes awards program on Wednesday, Oc- again be sending
als, brought together for a common pur- tober 5, 2011. The doors open at 6:30 pm leadership to repre-
pose or goal, where each person on the at the Pepsi Center, The Ridgeline room, sent Colorado at the
team puts aside his or her individual needs 1000 Chopper Circle, Denver, CO 80204. NAVTA Annual
to work towards the larger group objective. While tickets and parking are complimen- Conference. Anyone
Team of the Year Award tary, seating is limited so please RSVP to can attend.
CACVT wishes to acknowledge a vet- Brittney at BrittneyParent-
erinary healthcare team which demon- Williams@cvmf.org or 303-539-7638. Visit www.navta.net for details.
strates this exceptional teamwork. Pueblo
Animal Services, which services the Please join in celebration as the follow- Schedule of Events - a PDF of this
Pueblo Animal Shelter, has a goal to pro- ing honorees are presented their awards at schedule with speaker details and a print-
vide the best care possible for stray ani- the ceremony: able registration form is available for
mals and do their best to reunite pets with download on the Web site. Here are a few
their owners. Last year, they took care of Animal Awards of the highlights.
approximately 10,000 animals. This is Hero: Zoe (Schmitt) canine
done by each person taking large work- Human-Animal Bond: Jake (Blake) Friday, November 18
loads, yet still finishing their shifts on time. canine 2:00 pm - State Representative Leader-
Service: Sherwood (Kunkel) canine ship Meeting
In addition, there is a different type of
6:00-8:00 pm - Opening Reception and
stress in this environment, where cruelty Human Awards
Human Hero: Temple Grandin, PhD Dinner
issues are standard. The staff makes sure to
support each other and “venting” is some- Animal Welfare Volunteer: Heather Weir,
DVM Saturday, November 19
times appropriate to make it through the
Youth Animal Advocate: Allison Winn 8:45-9:00 am - Icebreaker Game for At-
day. By covering each other’s shifts, peo-
Jim Crafts Volunteer of the Year: Robert tendees
ple can also get the needed day off.
Vonau, DVM, DACVS 9:00-11:30 am - Increasing Patient Visits
In addition, they work with many other and Improving Patient Care—What
groups associated with shelter medicine, Honoree Highlight You Need to Know and Do to Make it
such as the customer service staff, the ken- Heroes come from all backgrounds; Happen
nel staff, animal welfare officers, and vol- Allison Winn, a unique 9-year-old, took 11:30 am – 1:00 pm - Lunch & Featured
unteers. They acknowledge that they her life's challenge and used it as motiva- Speaker - Let's Talk: Having Coura-
couldn’t do their great work without the tion to help her peers. geous Conversations
support of these other dedicated individu- Allison was diagnosed with a brain 1:00-2:30 pm - Effective Exam Room
als. tumor at the age of 6. After many chemo- Communications
therapy treatments and stays at the Chil- 2:45 – 4:45 pm - So You Want to Get
In a quote from Sam Smith, CVT, she
dren's Hospital, she is a happy, healthy Published? Learn how to effectively
thanked CACVT for this award as it is
girl today. write and take photos for animal health
such an honor to be able to present it to the
Showing compassion beyond her years, publications
team. They all work so hard everyday and
Allison started a fundraiser called Stink 6:00 – 9:00 pm - Dinner and Night Tour
it is wonderful to give them something that
Bug, through which she sells dog treats to of Washington, DC
reflects their achievements! Sam also
stated, “As a Technician, I strive to teach raise money to purchase companion dogs
for other children in need. The money Sunday, November 20
others what I know as well as learn from
raised from Stink Bug is divided between 9:00 - 10:30 - Plated Farewell Breakfast
them each day. I always want to learn and
purchasing companion dogs for children and Keynote Address - Learn to lead
grow in my profession and help others do
diagnosed with cancer and pediatric can- any team to success and balance it all! -
the same. The CACVT stands for this for
cer research. Rick Grandinetti
Veterinary Technicians in our state and I
Allison is a wonderful example of an 11:00 am – Noon - Closing Speaker -
am very grateful to them! Thank You!”
unexpected hero. The Colorado Veteri- Discussion and demonstration by The
CACVT is very grateful that we have nary Medical Foundation (CVMF) is Virginia Search and Rescue Dog Asso-
wonderful technicians who help make proud to present Allison with the Youth ciation.
great teams. Truly, this award is given to Animal Advocate Award at Colorado's
an exceptional team and CACVT appreci- Animal Heroes awards program.
ates their work and dedication.
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CACVT Celebrates NVTW!
National Veterinary Technician Week This year’s focus is emergency medicine
(NVTW) is from October 9 through October (speaker Stephanie Winters, CVT, VTS (ECC)
15, 20ll. and internal medicine (speaker Lori Fuehrer,
CVT, VTS (Anesthesia, Neurology).
Sunday, October 9, 2011
Six technical CE hours will be offered, plus an opportunity
CACVT kicks off NVTW in style with the second to visit with specialty groups. Location: Arvada Center
Spotlight Conference, a CE program focused on spe- for the Arts (same place as 2 yrs ago).
cialty groups. Details: www.cacvt.com/cacvtceprograms.
Once again, Pfizer has graciously stepped up and sponsored Dr. Helen Power to come
speak at our Focus Conference on January 28, 2011.
♦ Topic: Dermatology
♦ Time: 1-5 pm = 4 technical credits
♦ Location: Jefferson County Fairgrounds
More information at www.cacvt.com/cacvtceprograms
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Bel-Rea Institute. Cost: $110. Ten most com- Deadline=Oct. 10.
Continuing Education mon poisonings in small animals and emerging
October 26-29, 2011
Reminder: 1/2 of your credits must be tech- poisonings. Contact Lee Ann Henbest at Bel-
Medical Massage for Animals: Canine Course.
nical in nature (medically related, at an ad- Rea Institute. Last day to register=Oct 6
Fort Collins, CO. Instructor: Dr. Narda Robin-
vanced level, and in person).
October 9, 2011 son. A 30-hour interactive course More infor-
For information on CE guidelines, submit-
CACVT Spotlight Conference mation and to register: www.colovma.org or
ting CE, or for more CE listings or details on
Similar to 2 years ago, CACVT starts contact Bonnie at 303-539-7274
the ones posted here, please visit
off NVTW in style with a CE pro-
www.cacvt.com/ContinuingEducation. October 30, 2011
gram focused on specialty groups. Information
CACVT accepts RACE credits. Additional Dr. Michael Lappin speaks at the Double Tree
classes are accepted than are listed on our Web Hotel, Durango, CO. sponsored by Pfizer. 7 CE
site. These are just the ones currently known. October 10-14, 2011 hours (from 8am to 3pm), Complimentary.
CACVT assumes no responsibility for, and Forensic Training Program: Bugs, Bones, and RSVP to 970-986-9208 or
does not directly endorse, any service or infor- Botany in Ocala FL. visit http:// amy.anne.Patterson@pfizer.com
mation listed unless directly stated. conferences.dce.ufl.edu/ssp/section.aspx?
November 1, 2011
A posting of CE across the United States s=1400033911 for information
Top 10 errors to avoid with your poisoned pa-
can be found on the Veterinary Learning Sys- October 13, 2011 tients. Sponsored by Pet Poison Helpline and
tem’s Web site: www.cecenter.com. Colorado State Board of Veterinary Medicine VPI Pet Insurance. 1 hr free RACE CE from
Please visit www.cacvt.com/guidelines for meeting. For details visit www.cacvt.com/ 12-1 pm CST. Visit www.cacvt.com/files/
CE acceptance policy. governance (under the "about CACVT" tab on VPI_PetPoisonHelpline_summer2011.pdf
the left hand column)
November 5, 2011
Additional details can be found at: October 13-14, 2011 First Aid for Animals: Basic with a Twist for
www.cacvt.com/otherprograms Animal Welfare: It's Everybody's Business! the Vet Techs. 9am-3pm (5 CE technical hrs).
A CE conference held in Blackhawk, CO Cyndi Rideout, BS, CVT. Cost: $135 Contact
September 29-October 1, 2011 Hosted by CAACO. supportive CE. Contact Lee Ann Henbest at Bel-Rea Institute for de-
NEAEP AAEVT Excellence Symposium. 303-679-2398 or firstname.lastname@example.org tails. Last day to register=Nov 3
Excellent equine-specific CE opportunity. Log
onto www.aaevt.org for registration links. October 13-16, 2011 November 14-15, 2011
Submitted by Jessie Loberg, BA, CVT, VTS- Veterinary Hospital Managers Association Forensic Training Program: Alternate Light
EVN, AAEVT regional contact, loberg@bel- (VHMA) Annual Conf., San Antonio, Texas. Source. Gainesville, FL.
rea.com or 303-751-8700 Ext. 245 visit http://conferences.dce.ufl.edu/ssp/
October 14-16, 2011
section.aspx?s=1400033911 for information
October 8, 2011 Purina Annual AAEVT Veterinary Technician
Practical Toxicology with Dr. Kevin Fitzger- Conference... St. Louis. November 16-18, 2011
ald, Ph.D., DVM, 8am-noon (4 technical hrs). Forensic Training Program: Veterinary Forensic
October 15, 2011
Science: Animal Crime Scenes. Gainesville,
Trap Neuter Return Workshop (runs 3rd Sat of
FL. visit http://conferences.dce.ufl.edu/ssp/
Contacts each mth). Location: Rocky Mountain Alley
section.aspx?s=1400033911 for information
Complete list available at: Cat Alliance, overview of the Trap Neuter Re-
www.cacvt.com/relatedlinks turn process for feral cats. 3 support hrs. Maya November 19, 2011
Key at email@example.com or 303.202.3516. Exotic Animal Elective for Veterinary Techni-
TIVA, Transfer VTNE score cians. 8am-noon (4 CE technical hrs) Dr. Kevin
877-698-8482 / www.AAVSB.org October 16, 2011
Fitzgerald, Ph.D.,DVM. Bel-Rea Institute. Cost:
Natl Assn of Vet Technicians in America - Staff training: Practice Shouldn't Be Like Herd-
$110. Learn basics of reptiles, ferrets, rabbits,
NAVTA 703-740-8737 / www.navta.net ing Cats. Sponsored by DAVMS. Speaker:
and other "pocket pets". Contact Lee Ann Hen-
CO State Board of Veterinary Medicine Wendy S. Myers. Cost: $99/person (includes
best. Last day to register=Nov 17
www.dora.state.co.us/veterinarians lunch). 9am-3pm (5 supportive ce). Location:
Colorado Veterinary Medical Association 191 Yuma Street, Denver CO 80223. Visit the November 19-22, 2011
303-318-0447 / www.colovma.org website www.davms.org AAEP Symposium. Excellent equine-specific
Denver Area Veterinary Medical Society CE opportunity. Log onto www.aaevt.org for
October 19, 2011
303-318-0447 / www.davms.org registration links. Jessie Loberg, BA, CVT,
An Evening With the Specialists. Sponsored
American Animal Hospital Association. VTS-EVN, AAEVT regional contact,
by: VRCC and Antech Diagnostics. 6-9pm.
800-252-2242 / www.aahanet.org firstname.lastname@example.org or 303-751-8700 Ext. 245
Location: Hyatt Regency Tech Center. Please
Animal Emergency Mngemt Prgrm (AEMP) RSVP: 303-874-7387 December 15, 2011
303-539-7633 / www.coaemp.org Colorado State Board of Veterinary Medicine
Peer Assistance Services October 22, 2011
meeting. Details visit www.cacvt.com/
866-369-0039 / www.peerassist.org What's in the Bag? Taking a Closer Look at Pet
governance (under the "about CACVT" tab on
Benefits & Incentives Group, Inc. Food. 9am-3pm (5 CE hrs). Cyndi Fultz-
the left hand column)
Julie Johnson, 800-305-0062 ext 25 / Rideout, BS, CVT. Bel-Rea Institute. $125
www.bigroupinc.com Contact Lee Ann Henbest at Bel-Rea. Last day January 14-18, 2012
Coalition for Living Safely with Dogs to register=Oct 20, 2011 NAVC in Orlando, FL
October 24-25, 2011
Harrison Memorial Animal Hospital American Humane presents Euthanasia by In- January 28, 2012
303-722-5800 / www.hmah.org jection Training. Location: Denver Animal CACVT Focus Conference. Infor-
Contact information for Technician Specialties Shelter, 1241 W Bayaud Dr, Denver, 80223. mation at www.cacvt.com/
can be found at: Details at www.cacvt.com/otherprograms. cacvtceprograms.
191 Yuma Street
Denver, CO 80223
Toll Free: 866-318-0652
sented at the
See page 6
Relief Veterinary Tech-
nicians & Pet Sitters
What Every Tech & Vet Should Know
For a copy of the current relief
technician list or pet sitter list, or Pharmaceutical back-orders and discontinuations: Everybody’s talking about them. Since the eco-
to be placed on either of these nomic downturn, we’ve witnessed unprecedented levels of shortages. The American Society of
lists, please contact the CACVT Health-System Pharmacists has outlined several reasons for drug scarcities.
office. ♦ Bulk or raw material supply shortage
Both lists can also be found at ♦ Production delay or halt due to regulatory infraction uncovered during FDA inspection
www.cacvt.com under “Job Post- ♦ Manufacturer’s voluntary recall because of contamination, etc.
ings.” ♦ Manufacturer or formulation change prompting production delay
♦ Business decision to postpone or cease production because generics are available, patents are
expiring, and/or market size is changing. Other factors: drug approval status, regulatory compli-
For Job Listings: ance requirements, anticipated clinical demand, and/or reallocation of resources to other products.
www.cacvt.com Note that FDA cannot demand continued production of medically necessary products.
•select “Job Postings” ♦ Manufacturer mergers that narrow product lines, prompt discontinuations, and/or shift production to
•select “Find a Job” new facilities, meaning manufacturing delays
♦ Less-than-desirable inventory management practices, such as stockpiling prior to price increases
www.Bel-Rea.com and hoarding prompted by rumors of an impending shortage
www.coloradomtn.edu ♦ Unanticipated demand spikes arising from new indications, new therapeutic guidelines, or disease
www.WhereTechsConnect.com ♦ Natural disasters that impact manufacturing facilities or prompt heightened demand to treat disas-
http://careers.navta.net ter victims
Sterile injectable drugs are particularly vulnerable. According to a recent New England Journal of
Post Your Resume Medicine article, a limited number of companies produce them because the manufacturing process is
Now you can post your resume complex and requires a lot of lead time. Because manufacturers typically produce several drugs on the
directly to the CACVT Web Site. same production line, any interruption can affect multiple pharmaceuticals. And there is little to no
excess inventory because manufacturers purposefully streamline production to address current market
You must be a CACVT member demand.
and signed into the members- What’s the good news? Monument Pharmacy might be able to compound your pharmaceutical of
only area. choice while it is on temporary back-order or if it is manufacturer discontinued but still FDA approved.
Visit www.cacvt.com and Remember to call us when drug shortages arise in your practice.
view “post resume” under the Have questions or need our services?
“job” tab. 800-595-7565, monumentpharmacy.com