Now Available! Alternate Route Handbook, 2014
The newly revised Alternate Route Handbook, 2014 is now available. CaRVTA's new Handbook contains detailed information for successfully managing the Alternate Route. It also contains all of the laws and regulations included in the RVT Study Guide, as well as information about the Veterinary Technician National Exam (VTNE). Buy Now!
New Legislation! Dining Goes to the Dogs
State Assembly Member Mariko Yamada (D-Davis) has introduced legislation that could allow dog owners to dine out with their furry friends. AB 1965 would permit restaurants to voluntarily allow pet dogs in outdoor seating areas under specified conditions, unless a local ordinance determines otherwise.
"This bill allows willing businesses to serve customers and accommodate their dogs," Yamada said. "Allowing restaurants the flexibility to serve patrons with their canine companions without fear from health authorities saves precious resources for more serious public health concerns."
In 2012, many dog and restaurant owners in Los Angeles advocated for a change to the outright ban of dogs in restaurants, with the exception of service dogs. In response, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health gave its restaurants with outdoor dining areas the authority, under certain conditions, to allow dogs in those outside areas. However, state law still prohibits the presence of all animals other than service animals wherever food is served.
"Social Compassion in Legislation is thrilled to sponsor this business and pet friendly legislation," said Judie Mancuso, president of the statewide animal welfare group. "We have received complaints about this outdated state law for years from dog lovers and restaurant owners alike . . .. Many restaurants choose to take their chances and allow dogs on their patios, but it remains illegal. We want to support these businesses and encourage more to open up to our canine family members."
While the outdoor areas of some restaurants are well-suited for accommodating dog owners, the law makes no distinction as to where dogs are banned. AB 1965 would allow business owners to voluntarily make the decision that is best for their business without the threat of a citation or other penalty. The bill does not mandate restaurants to provide this option, but simply allows the potential practice, unless prohibited by local ordinance.
Starting March 1, 2014, prospective California RVTs are required to take the National Veterinary Technician Examination (VTNE) and the California RVT Examination, which is an exam restricted to Veterinary Law. Read more >>
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 in the law exam test plan 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!