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AVMA announces Committee on Advancing Veterinary Technicians and Technologists
Applications are now open for this new panel of volunteers to help support and empower veterinary technicians
The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) will be putting together a new panel of AVMA volunteers for its new Committee on Advancing Veterinary Technicians and Technologists (CAVTT). The committee will work with the AVMA Committee on Veterinary Technician Education and Activities and will investigate better ways to support and advance veterinary technicians while also finding ways to maximize the full skill sets and education of veterinary technicians.
According to a blog post from the AVMA,1 the AVMA Board of Directors created this new committee in November 2022 to examine questions that are important to both technician satisfaction and the success of veterinary practices. The committee will consist of 12 AVMA volunteers who will serve in either 2-, 4-, or 6-year terms while researching and guiding the Board of Directors on the following1:
- How can the AVMA and the veterinary community help support and advance the veterinary technology profession?
- What new resources can be developed to maximize the opportunity for veterinary technicians to fully use their skills and education in all aspects of veterinary practice?
“The new committee’s efforts will be an important part of AVMA’s overarching work to address the workforce issues facing veterinary practices—including staffing shortages, high turnover rates, stress, and burnout across our teams. A variety of factors are behind these issues, including remnants of the impacts of COVID-19, more veterinarians opting for relief work or fewer hours, increased demand for high-value veterinary services, growth in practice size and numbers, and private and/or public practice shortages in some rural areas,” the AVMA disclosed in the blog post.1
Nominations to join CAVTT are now available with all applications due to the AVMA by March 31, 2023. To learn more about the new committee, visit the AVMA website.
New initiatives support technicians and practices. News release. American Veterinary Medical Association. March 8, 2023. Accessed March 9, 2023. https://www.avma.org/blog/new-initiatives-support-technicians-and-practices?utm_source=delivra&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=todays-headlines-blog