A History of the AEVNT
In December of 2008, the AAEVT sent out an inquiry as to those members interested in organizing an Academy for Equine Veterinary Technicians. Through that inquiry and a review of qualified applicants, an organizing committee was formed. The Committee members are: Deborah Reeder, RVT, Sheri Miller, LVT, DeeAnn Wilfong, CVT, Amy Butzier, CVT, Sharon Klingler, RVT, Joni Watkins, RVT, Kristi Ely, RVT, Jaime DeFazio, CVT, and Jessie Loberg, CVT. The Organizing Committee researched and drafted an extensive proposal (88 pages) which was presented to the NAVTA CVTS for consideration.
The deadline for this submission was April 1, and we also had to have a non- profit status established. We made the deadline and our proposal was reviewed and with only a couple of minor changes, was accepted by the NAVTA Board at the AVMA meeting in Seattle. At that meeting there was a reception where the announcement was made. Amy, Deb and Sharon were able to attend.
The proposal outlines all of the qualifications and experience of the Organizing Committee members, includes a Constitution and Articles of Incorporation as well as Bylaws, and a mission statement, states the criteria for membership in the Academy, states the route through education, training and experience that provides the pathway to qualify for examination, lists the criteria that must be met to be eligible to sit for the examination, as well as the process for examination, lists the clinical skills and categories to be proficient in and through which the examination questions will come from, lists out resources and preferred clinics for training, gives an overview of the survey conducted as well as recommendations from the AAEP and a representation from its members, and an in-depth case study example.