WVTA Newsletter March 2015


President's Message

The WVTA board has been working hard to organize and finalize our growing continuing education opportunities. Last month we helped sponsor Fox Valley Referral Center's Technician Rounds event in Appleton. This month we are featuring a dinner CE focusing on anesthesia. In April, we will have a Marshfield CE in Eau Claire as well as assisting in sponsoring Lakeshore Veterinary Specialists 7th annual Swing into Summer Seminar. We are close to finalizing our speakers for fall convention and hope to introduce you to them soon! We are so excited that we have reached a point to be able to offer all of these events to our members. As always, if you have any feedback or suggestions on how to further strengthen our organization, let us know!

Brynn, WVTA President

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Meet the WVTA Executive board members!

Hello I’m Khrista, the Legislative Committee Chair for the WVTA. I have been a CVT for 6 years now and could not imagine doing anything else. I am the lead technician at And Dogs Too Veterinary Clinic in Middleton, WI. In my free time I love to be outdoors with my husband Murray. We are usually hiking, camping, fishing, swimming, or ice skating if weather permits. We have a cat named Eda and a hedgehog named Fizzgig. This is my first year on the legislative committee and I am really enjoying it. I have always been interested in laws and politics, so this is right up my alley. I am very thankful we have an organization like the WVTA and proud to be a part of it.

WVTA Student Scholarship: DEADLINE IS MARCH 13, 2015

Are you looking for some scholarship money to assist in paying for your schooling to become a CVT? The WVTA is offering a scholarship for a Veterinary Technician student. The scholarship is $300 and the deadline for applicants is March 13th, 2015. If you are interested in the scholarship please see the WVTA website for more details.


Anesthesia Dinner & Lecture: Presented by the WVTA

Date: Wed. March 11th, 2015

Speaker: Dr Rebecca Johnson DVM, PhD, DACVA

Time: 6-8:30pm

Location: Patterson

Fee: Free to WVTA members. $45 for Non-Members

This will event with include dinner during the lecture. Topics include information about ventilators and anesthesia on geriatric, pediatric and compromised patients.

RSVP: jendodge@wvta.com

Sponsored by Patterson Veterinary Supply and Midmark


Clinical Pathology Lecture & Lunch: Presented by the WVTA

Date: Sat. April 11th, 2015

Speaker: Dr Jennifer Brazzell, DVM, Diplomate ACVP

Time: 10am

Fee: Free for WVTA Members/$45 for Non-Members

Location: Globe University Eau Claire

Topics include cytology, hematology, and quality control for the in-house lab.

Sponsored by Marshfield

RSVP: jendodge@wvta.com


Swing Into Summer Symposium: Presented by Lakeshore Veterinary Specialists

Date: Sat. April 18th, 2015

Time: 12pm-7:30pm

You’re cordially invited to our 7th annual SWING INTO SUMMER SYMPOSIUM taking place on Saturday, April 18 from 12:00 pm to 7:30pm. Please join us for a full day of complimentary accredited CE filled with a wide range of topics to benefit your entire team of professionals. Here is a sneak peek into the various tracks that will offered (and much, much more to come!)

Veterinarian Track Highlights:

· Blastomycosis

· Hemorrhagic Gastroenteritis

· Fracture Repair

· Histiocytic Disease

Technician and Management Track Highlights:

· Principles of Bandaging

· Urinalysis

· Exceeding Client Expectations

· Interview Do’s and Don’ts

We are pleased to present Laurel Braitman, PhD as our keynote speaker for our evening dinner session. She is the author of New York Times Science Bestseller Animal Madness: How Anxious Dogs, Compulsive Parrots, and Elephants in Recovery Help Us Understand Ourselves. Inspired by her dog Oliver’s debilitating separation anxiety and aggression, Braitman embarked on a journey around the world to study emotionally disturbed animals and the people who care for them. Her research led her to a remarkable and moving discovery – understanding distressed animals can help us better understand ourselves.

RSVP by April 1. Please visit lakeshorevetspecialists.com to complete your registration. Space is limited!


We are excited to be developing a new online CE portal that will be free to our members. We will provide more information soon!


The University of WI School of Veterinary Medicine also offers continuing education. These opportunities include in-person courses as well as internet courses you can enjoy at home.


NAVTA continues to have opportunities for continuing education as well.


We are looking for some wonderful, enthusiastic veterinary technicians to join us as an officer of the WVTA! The following positions are open immediately:

  • President-elect
  • District Representatives
  • NAVTA Representative

Click here for position descriptions.

Let us know if you have any questions or would like to learn more about any of the listed positions. Come join us in making a difference in Wisconsin!

*secret hidden challenge* shhhhhhhhhh

$25 gift certificate to use towards membership or a WVTA event (including convention) goes to the first 10 people to respond with the exact number of job ads that are currently posted. Technicians are in high demand! jendodge@wvta.com

Volunteer opportunities!

The AVMA will be conducting two accreditation site visits this year for Globe University campuses.

Eau Claire site visit - May 20-22

Madison West site visit - May 27-29

From the CVTEA website:
The veterinary technician member must be a credentialed veterinary technician, preferably a graduate of an AVMA-accredited veterinary technology program. If at all possible, the candidate should be chosen by the state technician association. It is preferable that the veterinary technician not be a graduate of the program; however, the CVTEA recognizes that graduates of other accredited programs may not be available and will accept graduates of your program. The technician cannot be a member of the program advisory committee.


Please email jendodge@wvta.com for more information or to express interest.

Relief Veterinary Technicians!

We are assembling a list of relief veterinary technicians that will be available to clinics that request it. Please send us your resume and area covered. jendodge@wvta.com

Looking for a new career? Check out our job center listings!

Oak View Veterinary Hospital, Green Bay

Animal Hospital of Howard, Green Bay

Marshfield Veterinary Service, Marshfield

North Shore Animal Hospital, Racine

Prairie Side Veterinary Hospital, Kenosha

Silver Spring Animal Wellness Center, Glendale

Bobtown Pet Clinic, Roberts

Wales Animal Clinic, Wales

Tender Touch Veterinary Care, Slinger

Animal Campus, Franklin

Animal Hospital of Union Grove, Union Grove

The Fix Is In Spay/Neuter Clinic, Rhinelander

Animal Doctor Holistic Veterinary Complex, Muskego

New Berlin Animal Hospital, New Berlin

Kenosha Animal Hospital, Kenosha

Wisconsin Humane Society, Ozaukee

Wisconsin Humane Society, West Allis

Eastside Veterinary Clinic, Madison

Decorah Animal Hospital, West Bend

Sparta Small Animal Veterinary Clinic, Sparta

Cedarburg Veterinary Clinic, Cedarburg

Lakeshore Veterinary Specialists, Milwaukee Area

Brook-Falls Veterinary Hospital & Exotic Care, Menomonee Falls

Amherst Veterinary Hospital, Amherst

Mt Zion Small Animal Hospital, Janesville

Northern Door Pet Clinic, Sister Bay

Tillie Lake Veterinary Clinic, Jackson

Spay Me! Clinic, Madison

Sauk Point Veterinary Clinic, Madison

Spartan Animal Hospital, McFarland

Gentle Vet Animal Hospital and Cat Care Clinic, Green Bay

Country Hills Pet Hospital, Eden

Animal Hospital of Oshkosh, Oshkosh

All Creatures Veterinary Clinic, Minocqua

Gentle Vet Animal Hospital and Cat Care Clinic, Green Bay

Village Veterinary Care of Merton, Merton

Jefferson Veterinary Clinic, Jefferson

38. Randolph Veterinary Clinic, Randolph

New job postings are added every week so keep checking the WVTA Job Center.

Last Issue's Poll Results

Last month we did a poll on whether or not you wanted to receive a membership packet in the mail, by email or just not at all. Sadly we only had 15 responses but from those responses the majority of the people indicated that they would like their membership packet by email. Thank you for participating!

Contact information of the WVTA

Website: www.WVTA.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/wisvettech

Phone: 414-379-6793

Fax: 414-529-6895

Email: jendodge@wvta.com *New email address*

Mailing Address: WVTA - 12321 W. Godsell Avenue - Hales Corners, WI 53130