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Changes are Coming to the Alternate Route

On October 21, 2014, the Veterinary Medical Board directed its Multidisciplinary Advisory Committee (MDC) to begin working on regulations to approve Alternate Route schools. The direction included reviewing the educational requirements of the Alternate Route to insure that they are equivalent to AVMA guidelines as well as updating the Task List.

The VMB's direction to the MDC also included eliminating the self-directed, or "ad hoc" pathway. It is impossible to say at this point exactly when the self-directed pathway will be...

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Jennifer Loredo Joins CA Veterinary Medical Board

Jennifer Loredo, 34, of Riverside, has been appointed to the California Veterinary Medical Board. Loredo has been the supervising registered veterinary technician at the Riverside County Department of Animal Services since 2005. She was a registered veterinary technician at Advanced Critical Care and Internal Medicine from 2004 to 2005 and at the Animal Hospital of Walnut from 2001 to 2004. Loredo was a patient relations representative at Magan Medical Clinic from 1997 to 2003. This position does not require Senate confirmation and the compensation is $100 per diem. Loredo is registered without party preference. Kim Williams, the first RVT to serve on the Veterinary Medical Board, was appointed in 2010 and has been replaced by Ms. Loredo.


Governor Signs Bill Providing for Paid Sick Leave Starting July 2015

Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today signed the Healthy Workplaces, Healthy Families Act of 2014 (AB 1522) by Assemblymember Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego), which provides paid sick days to the millions of Californians -- roughly 40% of the state's workforce -- who do not currently earn this benefit.

This bill specifically requires employers to provide paid sick leave to employees who work 30 or more days within a year from commencement of employment and employees will earn a...


BACK-TO-SCHOOL 2014

Enthusiastic BTS Attendees

Another successful Back-to-School-Conference was held in Gladys Valley Hall on the UC Davis campus on July 26-27. The 7th Annual Back-to-School Conference, which is co-sponsored by CaRVTA and UC Davis, is the largest all technician conference in California, if not the US.

The CaRVTA Board at BTS

The CaRVTA Board Members at BTS

300 technicians and assistants attended the conference in-person and by live webinar. This year, all 3 tracks were available by webinar, making the conference a very convenient way to obtain all 16 hours of required interactive CE. In addition to the 3 lecture tracks, there were 2 hands-on workshops, which gave the attendees the opportunity to learn about anesthetic protocols and monitoring directly from experts from the UC Davis Veterinary School.

The conference received support from a generous group of sponsors, most of whom had exhibit tables for the attendees to visit. The sponsors included Zoetis, Hill’s Pet Nutrition, Cattle Dog Publishing, Covidien, Dechra, Embrace Pet Insurance, Henry Schein, IDEXX, Jorgensen, Mid-Peninsula Animal Hospital, Surgivet Smiths Medical, Trupanion and Vetoquinol. CaRVTA extends a hearty thank you to the sponsors for their support of technician education.

A BTS attendee receiving her winnings

A BTS attendee receives
her winnings

In addition to the excellent education and the exhibits at the conference, attendees were delighted by the many raffles and opportunities to win fun prizes donated by the sponsors and CaRVTA. With so many technicians in attendance, Back-to-School was a great opportunity to network and to meet colleagues from around the state.

CaRVTA and UC Davis are already working on plans for next’ year’s 8th Annual Back-to-School. Ideas or suggestions can be emailed to info@carvta.org.


CaRVTA's Annual Meeting

The California Registered Veterinary Technicians Association held our annual meeting during the Saturday lunch hour at the Back-to-School Conference. CaRVTA President, Allyne Moon, presented Sandy Gregory with CaRVTA's RVT of the Year award, which consisted of a beautiful plaque, a $500 honorarium and free conference registration. She also unveiled the Nancy Ehrlich Scholarship - a needs based scholarship available to CaRVTA members in need of CE assistance. She also announced that Brenda Baze, RVT was the winner of the Bob Smith Memorial Award (a Littman Cardiology III Stethoscope), and the exciting news that the Veterinary Medical Board had unanimously voted to back CaRVTA’s petition to the Governor to declare the 3rd week of each October, CA RVT Week.

Allyne discussed openings on the Board of Directors and how to run for office. CaRVTA Directors and Mentor Committee Chairs Jeff Backus and Stephen Cital held an informational meeting about the Mentor Committee during the late afternoon break. CaRVTA Treasurer and Legislative Committee Chair, Nancy Ehrlich, was on hand both days answering questions and giving advice on VMB and RVT Alternate Route Issues.

All in all, this was a successful Symposium. Special thanks to all of our sponsors and vendor, who’s generous support made this event possible. We can’t wait to see everyone again next year! If you would like to donate to CaRVTA’s Nancy Ehrlich Scholarship fund, please visit www.carvta.org, click the donate button in the upper right corner, and enter your donation on line.

Click here to download more about the Bob Smith Award.


Reports from the Veterinary Medical Board - October 2014

MULTIDISCIPLINARY ADVISORY COMMITTEE (MDC)

October 20, 2014

The Veterinary Medical Board's (VMB) MDC Committee met on October 20, 2014 in Orange, CA. All members were present except for Jennifer Boyle, RVT. Jennifer Loredo, the new RVT on the VMB, and Jeff Pollard, DVM, were sworn in as new members of the MDC.

After a great deal of discussion, the MDC voted to ask the VMB for direction on moving forward with approving Alternate Route RVT schools. The motion included the MDC's opinion that they should begin the approval process by reviewing the academic requirements of the Alternate Route and updating the Task List. The MDC's motion also included eliminating the...

VETERINARY MEDICAL BOARD

October 21-22, 2014

Photograph of Jennifer Loredo, RVT
Jennifer Loredo, RVT, after her swearing in as the new RVT on the VMB

The VMB met on October 21 with all members present. Jennifer Loredo, RVT and Kathleen Bowler, Public Member, were sworn in as new members.

Annemarie Del Mugnaio, Executive Officer of the VMB, reported that she is actively recruiting for several new staff positions, including 3 for the licensing program. She stated that the new staff would be cross-trained, so that more than 1 person would be able to perform each job, including reviewing applications. She hopes to have the positions filled by the end of the year. She reported that there are now 12 Hospital Inspectors, with 1 or 2 of them being RVTs. She is planning on conduction 500 routine hospital inspections this fiscal year, up from 200 the previous year. The ultimate goal is for 700 inspections...


Dining with Dogs

Governor Jerry Brown has signed the Dining with Dogs bill that allows restaurants with outdoor eating areas to serve people with dogs in tow. Here's a link to the press release: www.socialcompassioninlegislation.org/pdf/dining-with-dog-signed-by-gov.pdf


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Now Available! CaRVTA's RVT Exam Study Guide

CaRVTA has just released our latest publication, a new RVT Exam Study Guide for RVT candidates taking the new Law Exam. Beginning March 1, all candidates will be required to take the California Veterinary Technician Examination (Law Exam) plus the Veterinary Technician National Examination (VTNE). The Study Guide contains all of the laws and regulations that may appear on the law exam test in one handy book. Buy Now at the CaRVTA Online Store!


Support the Morris Animal Foundation's Golden Retriever Lifetime Study

More than 70 million dogs live in the United States. Half of them over the age of 10 will die of cancer. In fact, cancer is the leading cause of death in dogs over the age of 2. CaRVTA is a proud supporter of the Morris Animal Foundation's Golden Retriever Lifetime Study, which will track 3,000 volunteer Golden Retrievers' health for life in order to gain insights into preventing and treating cancer and other canine diseases. The Foundation is seeking to enroll 3,000 volunteer Golden Retrievers for this study, which will collect observational data over the next 10 to 14 years to help scientists learn how to prevent cancer and other diseases that take the lives of our dogs too soon. If you are an owner, enroll your dog today. If you are a veterinarian, encourage clients to register. If you are a breeder, help spread the word. Visit caninelifetimehealth.org to learn more!

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