Veterinary Nurse or Veterinary Technician?    

The Veterinary Nurse Initiative: An Update to the Veterinary Technician Credentials

Presented by Ed Carlson, CVT, VTS (Nutrition)

 Veterinary medicine is changing and so is our profession. It’s growing, expanding, and changing, it is an exciting time to be a veterinary technician! Or are we veterinary nurses?

 The National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America (NAVTA) has launched the Veterinary Nurse Initiative (VNI). The goal of the VNI is to standardize the credential for our profession in terms of credentialing requirements, title, and scope of practice throughout the nation. A standardized credential will unify the profession and grow professional recognition. Some of the questions this presentation will answer include:

  • What is the Veterinary Nurse Initiative?
  • Why change the current “Veterinary Technician” title to “Registered Veterinary Nurse”?
  • How will changing the title of Veterinary Technician impact credentialing standards?
  • How might this affect me?
  • Will this open new career opportunities?

This presentation is approved for 1 CEU and provided by the NHVTA.

There is no charge to attend but registration is required to ensure adequate seating

The NHVTA will offer this presentation multiple times in 2018

April 25, 2018 - 7 to 8 pm at Port City Veterinary Referal Hospital

Click here to register for April 25th

May 16, 2018 - 7 to 8 pm at VCA Capital Area Veterinary Emergency and Specialty

Click here to register for May 16th

Other dates TBD

Speaker Bio

Ed Carlson is the Technician Learning and Development Manager for Ethos Veterinary Health, East Region and VetBloom. Ed lectures frequently at local, regional, and national veterinary conferences on a variety of nutrition topics. He is the Vice President of the Massachusetts Veterinary Technician Association, Treasurer of the New Hampshire Veterinary Technician Association and the Academy of Veterinary Nutrition Technicians. Ed serves on multiple NAVTA committees including the Veterinary Nurse Initiative workgroup and is also a member of the Association of Veterinary Technician Educators.