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RVN - It’s more than a name change!

Mary L. Berg, BS, LATG, RVT, VTS(Dentistry)

NAVTA President 


The Veterinary Nurse Initiative (VNI) is advocating for more than a simple title change.  The goal is to create a unified title for our profession within the veterinary field and eliminate the confusion of CVT, RVT, LVT and LVMT across all states. In addition, education will be provided for veterinarians, practice managers and consumers as to the responsibilities of the credentialed veterinary nurse and their role in pet health care.  Standardizing of credential requirements will open paths for reciprocity between states, enabling easier movement between states and help those who move often as a part of a military family or any other reasons and travel for disaster relief to practice in states outside of their home state.

Many ask about the protection of the title and the skills associated with the title, Registered Veterinary Nurse.  NAVTA and the VNI are working closely with the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and the American Association of Veterinary State Boards (AAVSB) to create common terminology, scope of practice, model practice acts, policies and procedures to help each state and association in governing these credentials.  

Much like Registered Nurses, the Registered Veterinary Nurse will have to obtain education and a license which will allow for practice at a higher standard of care, thus providing greater patient advocacy and consumer protection.  The consumers awareness of the term nurse will bring greater understanding and a clear expectation of the role of the Veterinary Nurse in the veterinary setting.  This increased awareness and respect of RVN’s will create a greater demand for credentialed individuals in the care of pets.  The goal is to allow current credentialed veterinary technicians practice under the new title. 

The veterinary technician profession has changed over the last 50 years and to grow, the profession needs to continue to change.  Currently, credentialing requirements, title, and scope of practice are overseen by each state, which has led to the confusion within the veterinary community, carrying over to the consumer.   A single unified title with a standardized credential throughout all 50 states will help improve the level of patient and client care, incorporate title protection, and improve public awareness of the roles of the veterinary nurse.



Rebecca Rose, CVT 


As your career advances, stepping into a leadership role is a natural progression for individuals who have an internal, solid compass. Self-awareness, authenticity, and confidence are a few traits to cultivate and grow. It's good to know you are leading from within, identifying your strengths and expanding as a leader. 

You may ask yourself, “Who am I to lead? Who am I to offer direction or be courageous in decision making?”  I am simply here to ask you, “Why not take action in directing your life and be courageous in decision making?”

Often times we consider leaders as someone who has achieved greatness; an expert, or a prodigy. In all actuality, we are all leaders in our own right, leading our individual lives with integrity, authenticity, and courage. The definition of leadership generally refers to a group, but true leaders began leading their own life, then began leading organizations or teams.


For now, let’s consider the ways you can lead and define your own life. Identify personal habits and traits that serve you in your daily life.



1)     Identify your passion; know what drives you

When I speak with veterinary teams, I often ask them what drives them. I want to know what their passions are. I ask “What brings you joy in your day?” Then, I just listen, until someone answers. It surprises me how few people understand what brings them joy, or bliss or happiness.


A person who is self-aware can articulate what motivates them. They know what they are passionate about. In this way, they can bring more of it into their lives. Typically, a person’s strengths lies within their passion. When someone identifies their strengths, they can continue to grow and lead in that area of their life.


2)     Build self-confidence

As you grow in your career and advance down you life’s path, there will be times in your life when you are taking leaps of faith and sailing into uncharted waters. THAT’S GOOD! The fact is, if we never pushed the envelope and stepped beyond our comfort zone there would be no growth.


3)     Allow your authentic self to shine

You have a unique story to tell. Your life’s path is your own and it has gotten you this far. You have traveled in your “moccasins” unlike anyone else. Because of your travels, you can empathize and sympathize with others and their stories. Embrace your uniqueness and the differences in others. Wouldn’t the world be boring if we all had the same story to tell?


4)     Let Go of Limiting Beliefs

Many of us hold onto beliefs that have been self-inflicted or dictated by family or friends (what kind of friend is that?). We hold onto ideas that limit us or even paralyze us, interfering with us achieving our goals. As an example, I use to tell people, “When I get more organized, I will pursue writing a book on Career Choices for Veterinary Technicians.” Then one day a friend said, “That is the most ridiculous thing I have ever heard! You are the most focused, determined, organized person I know, when you want to do something.”  To make a long story short, I tapped into my inner “book writer,” let go of the limiting belief I had about myself and wrote the book!


Keeping these 4 habits in mind, how will you step outside your comfort zone and take a leap of faith in designing and leading your life? Yes, it can be scary, exhilarating, and phenomenal, all at the same time. Personal and professional growth is all that, PLUS it can be rewarding!


“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are more powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us, “writes Marianne Williamson. She goes on to state that playing small does not serve the world. We are encouraged to let our light shine. When we allow our light to shine (authentic self), we allow others the permission to do the same.

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