Greetings NJVTA Members and Happy Holidays!

As we close out a year like no other in  veterinary medicine, I wanted to personally thank each and every one of you for not only being an NJVTA member, but for your service as a veterinary technician or veterinary assistant during the worst of times.  As we experienced the soar in the pet population due to the pandemic and resulting mega caseloads, your resilience, passion and oath was never tested more.  As we are the voice and advocates for our patients, know that your efforts were truly appreciate by the animals you treated and the families that love them. You are all heroes on many levels, loved and appreciated by many both in our profession and our communities.  

Beyond the hospital floors and curbside visits, your NJVTA Board and Committee Chairs and members were hard at work in 2020, squeezing in time to keep our association surviving and thriving with the limited time and energy they could squeeze out.  I have been a member of the NJVTA board in many capacities over the years, and as President since 2019, I could not have been more impressed with the true passion of these members that we are so fortunate to have as a volunteer organization and the only credentialing body for veterinary technicians in the state of New Jersey.

Because of the pandemic, we had to pivot our plans for our annual NJVTA conference twice- originally scheduled for April 2020, we then moved it to September 2020, then April 11, 2021- just to have to move it once again to a date we cannot even predict at this time.   We missed seeing our members and the vendors that support our organization; we hope to bring back this annual event as soon as it is safe for all to do so.

We continued to provide credentialing for our members that are eligible to earn the credentials of CVT, both in our state and by state reciprocity for those entering our state.  We re-established relationships with the new NJVMA executive board and the NJ State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners, in hopes of unifying our veterinary healthcare teams and goals for professional recognition of all our members in the coming years.

We established 3 new committees in early summer to begin to set the foundation for these future goals, as well as address the current needs of our membership -the Legal Committee, Wellbeing Committee, and PR. The descriptions of these committees and their chairs can be found on our website: www.njvta.com/committees Our VNI Grassroots subcommittee (under Legal) will be launching in January 2021, as we officially begin to explore recognition and title protection for CVT’s in NJ; potentially with a title change.  We will be communicating regularly to the entire membership on this venture and will only do what our members want, so be sure to get involved on one of the committees or be sure to complete the surveys when they are sent out.

Financially we are stable, but without our conference income, we are not building income, so the concern of sustainability for the organization is a priority for 2021.  As we are striving to avoid a membership fee increase, we will begin to collect a small fee for job placement ads and will also be selling NJVTA branded merchandise on the website- watch for these in 2021. We are brainstorming best value for membership (virtual events, small roundtable sponsored focus group dinners on high level topics, discounts with vendors, etc.) to draw more members in or have lapsed members renew.  All ideas are most welcome, and we love to hear from our members.

The NJVTA is recognized as one of the top veterinary technician associations in the country, mostly due to the passion of its members, which is represented by your board.  2021 is an election year, and now more than ever, is your opportunity to get involved and make a difference in your profession in NJ.  Watch for an announcement regarding the elections coming out soon and consider running for a position if you are qualified or joining any of the committees listed to have your voice heard.  Together, we can advance the veterinary technician profession in New Jersey to the level of recognition and professionalism it needs and deserves.  We look forward to your involvement and thank you for your continued support and involvement.

Warm regards,

Janet

 

Janet McConnell, CVT

NJVTA President

NJ NAVTA State Representative

 

10 Reasons YOU should become a member…

• To be a voice of the association that represents you and your profession.
• To share your experiences and connect with colleagues and comrades throughout the veterinary community.
• To show your commitment to education as a veterinary paraprofessional.
• To gain access to reduced registration rates for all NJVTA seminars/conferences and many other animal care organizations as well. Some are Free!
• To stay informed. Our social media keeps you connected to news and events relevant to your interests.
• The opportunity to pursue further certification as a Veterinary Technician Specialist (VTS) and/or a Veterinary Technologist (B.S. CVT).
• Business and networking opportunities. Catapult your Career!
• Reduced membership rates for NAVTA (National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America).
• Career and success mentoring and counseling.
• Opportunities to volunteer for the organization and/or for animal charity events.

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Membership in the NJVTA is available in three categories:
Certified Veterinary Technician/Technologist Membership
General Membership is open to Veterinary Assistants and Support Staff
Student Membership is open to Veterinary Technology/Veterinary Assistant Students

Certified Veterinary Technician (CVT)
What it means to be a Credentialed Technician

An individual who is a graduate from a two or four-year, American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) accredited Veterinary Technician or Veterinary Technology program and who has passed the Veterinary Technician National Exam, (VTNE) meets the requirements to apply for registration as a credentialed veterinary technician.

New Jersey Veterinary Technicians & Assistants

PO Box 7677
Shrewsbury, NJ 07702

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