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About Us – VNI | Veterinary Nurse Initiative

About the 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).

The VNI process started with the National Credential Task Force comprised of the following individuals to investigate the current status of credentialing:

Heather Prendergast, BS, RVT, CVPM, SPHR – New Mexico (Co-chair)

Kenichiro Yagi, MS, RVT, VTS (ECC, SAIM) – California (Co-chair)

Carrie Jo Anderson, MS, CVT – Florida

Haven Bade, LVT, VTS (ECC, Anesthesia and Analgesia) – New York

Ed Carlson, CVT, VTS (Nutrition) – Massachusetts

Tricia Gorham, MA, CVT – Florida

Frances Hyde, BAS, CVT – Florida

Pat Lynch – Florida

Janet McConnell, CVT – New Jersey

JoAnn Nocito, BA, BSN, CVT, RN – Colorado

Katharine Terry, RN, RVT – California (Advisory)

The Veterinary Nurse Initiative workgroup has also been formed to advance the legislative amendments and educate key stakeholders:

Ed Carlson, CVT, VTS (Nutrition) – Massachusetts

Mary Berg, BS, LATG, RVT, VTS (Dentistry) – Kansas

Kara Burns, MS, MEd, LVT, VTS (Nutrition) – Kansas

Catherine Haskins – Illinois

Frances Hyde, BAS, CVT – Florida

Julie Legred, CVT – Minnesota

JoAnn Nocito, BA, BSN, CVT, RN – Colorado

Heather Prendergast, BS, RVT, CVPM, SPHR – New Mexico

Kenichiro Yagi, MS, RVT, VTS (ECC, SAIM) – California

Mark Cushing, JD (Animal Policy Group)

 

Questions, comments, concerns? We want to hear from you! Please email: vetnurse@navta.net

 

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