11 Apr Portland Veterinary Medical Association endorses NAVTA’s Veterinary Nurse Initiative
NAVTA formed the Veterinary Nurse Initiative (VNI) coalition seeking to unite the profession under a single title, credentialing requirements and scope of practice. Through the standardization and public awareness of the credential, the profession will make strides towards better recognition, mobility and elevated practice standards, leading to better patient care and consumer protection. VNI is pursuing legislative amendments: (1) to establish the credential of Registered Veterinary Nurse (RVN); and (2) to substitute the title of Registered Veterinary Nurse (RVN) for Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT), Licensed Veterinary Technician (LVT), Certified Veterinary Technician (CVT) or Licensed Veterinary Medical Technician (LVMT).
To learn more about the Veterinary Nurse Initiative, please visit http://veterinarynurse.org/
PVMA Statement of Support
Portland Veterinary Medical Association (PVMA) is in support of the Veterinary Nurse Initiative (VNI) to pursue the establishment of the title of Registered Veterinary Nurse (RVN) for all credentialed veterinary technicians in the United States. The PVMA recognizes the role of veterinary technicians as indispensable within the veterinary profession and integral in the mission to promote animal welfare and sustain the wellbeing of veterinarians and the quality of care their team can deliver.
A single unified title and a standardized credential of Registered Veterinary Nurse throughout the nation will reduce pet owners’ confusion and improve public awareness and recognition of the highly valuable skills these professionals bring to the veterinary team. Credentialed veterinary technicians will benefit from this new title as it better represents their role within the veterinary team and highlights the high level of care they give our patients and other animals.
We look forward to supporting the change in the Portland community of the status from veterinary technician to veterinary nurse as the VNI proceeds with its legislative efforts across the country.
-PVMA Executive Board
Please see the official PVMA statement here.