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California Registered Veterinary Technicians Association
Advancing RVT Professionals through Education, Science, and Legislation
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Regulation and Legislation Report

January 23, 2016
The CaRVTA website is currently being update.  IF you find a bad link or an error, please send a note to the webmaster.
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Regulatory /
Legislative NEWS!

Upcoming VMB/MDC Meetings

Please send any questions about legislative or regulatory issues
to rvtregs@carvta.com
sign up for Meeting Notifications by Email

The VMB will also meet in LA on April 20-21 in, July 20-21,
and October 19-20
View past Regulatory/Legislative reports.

Don't let your CaRVTA membership expire!

CaRVTA is the only statewide association for veterinary technicians run by veterinary technicians. We represent you at the Veterinary Medical Board and the legislature. We keep you informed about issues of interest. We also offer world-class CE at our annual Back-to-School Conference for technicians and assistants at UC Davis. Our web site keeps you informed about CE and our Job Board lets you know about jobs that are available. We also offer many great Member Benefits like free legal consultation and discounts on RVT schools and textbooks.
To find out when your membership will expire, go to the Member Directory.
Memberships are good for one year from the date of renewal.


Member Discount on 2016 VTAC Webinars

CaRVTA members get a $5 discount on VTAC Live Webinars in 2016.
See the Members Only section for your discount code
and check our CE page for upcoming VTAC Webinars.

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Our friends at John Wiley & Sons offer you a 25% discount on virtually all print books available from Wiley.com.
Visit our Members Only Benefits page for a promotion code to use when you check out.

For more opportunities to save, join the Wiley email service.
In addition to hearing about more special offers, you'll find out about new products, author appearances, and more.


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 that may appear on the law exam test in one handy book.
Buy Now at the CaRVTA Online Store!

Need help paying for school? scholar
This scholarship
may be just what you're looking for. 
It's not just for Vet School students now.

Watch here for more info!

wvcDiscount for Wild West Veterinary Conference
 Carvta Members can get a $25 discount on the
Wild West Veterinary Conference.
Check the Members Only page for details.

2016 IVECCS 

iveccsThe theme for IVECCS 2016 is "Sepsis in Emergency & Critical Care” which will be integrated into the wide range of emergency and critical care topics included in the 400 hours of scientific program presentations. Great science and practical application are equally emphasized in the IVECCS program. Over 150 world class symposium speakers will utilize lectures, dry labs, workshops, wet labs and interactive training sessions to provide unsurpassed CE.
IVECCS is attended by many of the world’s most progressive, forward thinking clinical veterinarians, technicians and practice managers searching for the latest advances in equipment, instruments, pharmaceuticals, and information management tools. 

Educational Opportunity in Florida

The University of Florida Small Animal Hospital is offering paid internships for graduate veterinary technicians.
They are currently recruiting for the 2015-2016 academic year.
See this page on the university's website for details.

NAVTA announces New


VeterinaryTechnician Specialty

Click the thumbnail to view NAVTA's full release.

News in Animal Medicine

New Veterinary Team Pay Report

DVM360 has published an article taking "a close look at what veterinary team members earn,
how satisfied they are in their jobs, and whether they are sticking around in the profession."

Governor Signs Bill Providing for
Paid Sick Leave Starting July 2015

(click above for more info)

Veterinary Assistant Controlled Substance Permit (VACSP)

Nancy Ehrlich, RVT
Regulatory/Legislative Advocate, CaRVTA

The VACSP can be revoked if the holder is convicted of a drug offense.

The Veterinary Medical Board (VMB) on June 17, 2015 finalized wording for the Veterinary Assistant Controlled Substance Permit (VACSP) language.
Click on the link above to read the report.

Attention new Applicants and Renewing Licensees

Avoid Unnecessary Delays in Your License Issuance or Renewal

The Veterinary Medical Board is scheduled to transition to the new BreEZe online licensing and enforcement system in January 2016.  The transition to the new system will require a temporary shutdown of all licensing processes for several business days, and could result in delays in processing initial license applications, license reneals, and changes such as name changes or changes of address.  

License Renewals: Individuals holding a license from the Veterinary Medical Board with December 2015 or January 2016 expiration dates who wish to renew their licenses are strongly encouraged to renew as early as possible, preferably before the end of November.

New Licenses: Individuals seeking a new license from the Veterinary Medical Board are strongly encouraged to apply before November 23, 2015 or after January 2016 to help avoid delays in license issuance.

The new BreEZe system will, among other things, allow online applications or renewals, allow payment online with a credit card in a secure enviroment, and allow individuals to track their applications.

More information will be posted on the Department of Consumer Affairs' BreEZe information page
in the coming weeks.

morrisSupport the Morris Animal Foundation's
Golden Retriever Lifetime Study

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 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. Click HERE to learn more!

Research Survey 

My name is Peg Wheeler and I am a LT and director for the new veterinary technology program
at York County Community College in Wells Maine.
I am looking for feedback from RVT's on their educational experience.  
Click on the link above to particpate.  Thank you for your help!

RVT Schools Receive Discounts on Study Guides

The CaRVTA Board has agreed that RVT Schools will be receiving discounts on the purchase of the RVT Study Guide, which includes all of the laws and regulations included in the California RVT Test Plan. CaRVTA produced the Study Guide to assist candidates who are preparing for the exam. The Study Guide is available for students in both a printed and downloadable version for purchase through the CaRVTA Store.

The new discount will be available for the downloadable version purchased by RVT Schools for their students. RVT Schools that are members of CaRVTA will receive a 20% discount off the retail price of $7.50. Non-member RVT Schools will receive a 10% discount.

To Take Advantage of the Discount

RVT Schools should email us at info@carvta.org with a Purchase Order for the number of Study Guides they plan to purchase. CaRVTA will provide the information necessary for the download within 24 hours of the request. Any questions about the new discount program can be sent to info@carvta.org

RVT Schoool Members

Call for Papers:
‘Best Practices in Veterinary Technology Education’

The Journal of AVTE (The Association of Veterinary Technician Educators)
is accepting submissions for its inaugural issue.
To learn more you can visit the AVTE website and read the official call for submissions.


    Stay up to date on the many veterinary-related bills as they wind through the State Assemby and Senate.
  • Alternate Route Assistance
    CaRVTA can help with your Alternate Route application! E-mail rvtregs@carvta.org or call (916) 244-2494 ext 210.

Simas & Associates, Ltd. Advises on
New Paid Sick Leave Law

Required POSTER at place of work
Sacramento, CA - Effective July 1, 2015


Governor Jerry Brown has signed the Dining with Dogs bill that allows restaurants with outdoor eating areas to serve people with dogs in tow.

Jennifer Loredo Joins CA Veterinary Medical Board

Jennifer Loredo, 34, of Riverside, has been appointed to the California Veterinary Medical Board. Loredo has been the supervising registered veterinary technician at the Riverside County Department of Animal Services since 2005. She was a registered veterinary technician at Advanced Critical Care and Internal Medicine from 2004 to 2005 and at the Animal Hospital of Walnut from 2001 to 2004. Loredo was a patient relations representative at Magan Medical Clinic from 1997 to 2003. This position does not require Senate confirmation and the compensation is $100 per diem. Loredo is registered without party preference. Kim Williams, the first RVT to serve on the Veterinary Medical Board, was appointed in 2010 and has been replaced by Ms. Loredo.

CaRVTA's Annual Meeting  
Click here to read the report on our 2015 Back To School Conference.

The California Registered Veterinary Technicians Association held our annual meeting during the Saturday lunch hour at the Back-to-School Conference. CaRVTA President, Allyne Moon, presented Sandy Gregory with CaRVTA's RVT of the Year award, which consisted of a beautiful plaque, a $500 honorarium and free conference registration. She also unveiled the Nancy Ehrlich Scholarship - a needs based scholarship available to CaRVTA members in need of CE assistance. She also announced that Brenda Baze, RVT was the winner of the Bob Smith Memorial Award (a Littman Cardiology III Stethoscope), and the exciting news that the Veterinary Medical Board had unanimously voted to back CaRVTA’s petition to the Governor to declare the 3rd week of each October, CA RVT Week.
Allyne discussed openings on the Board of Directors and how to run for office. CaRVTA Directors and Mentor Committee Chairs Jeff Backus and Stephen Cital held an informational meeting about the Mentor Committee during the late afternoon break. CaRVTA Treasurer and Legislative Committee Chair, Nancy Ehrlich, was on hand both days answering questions and giving advice on VMB and RVT Alternate Route Issues.All in all, this was a successful Symposium. Special thanks to all of our sponsors and vendor, who’s generous support made this event possible. We can’t wait to see everyone again next year! If you would like to donate to the CaRVTA's Nancy Ehrlich Scholarship click the donate button below.

Donations to CaRVTA are deductible as a business expense, not as a charitable donation.