> VNI in Georgia – Call to Action: Senate
Call to Action for Senate Bill 76
Senate Bill 76 passed out of the Senate Agriculture Committee before recess on a 16-1 vote. This is a BIG VICTORY for Georgia veterinary technicians and the veterinary nurse initiative! This could not have been accomplished without a strong grassroots effort by the GVTA and GVMA. Thank you for your efforts! Well done!
We are not across the finish line in the Senate yet. The Nurses have been busy reaching out to Senate members asking that SB 76 not be passed. We need to meet them contact for contact on this outreach. We need to ask our Senators to support SB 76.
Your Action is Needed:
- Email your senator asking for their support. Be sure to include your mailing address so that he/she can identify that the support is coming from their district. Finding your Senators contact information is listed below.
- Your email will be counted as “support for the veterinary nurse initiative”. Every vote counts! The more emails received from Georgia constituents, the better.
- Utilize the following points:
- The title “registered veterinary nurse” more accurately reflects the true nature of our services in the veterinary practice. It allows the public to better understand our role, training, and scope of abilities.
- The bill specifically indicates that there is no change to the scope of practice or certification credentials required for this position; it is a name change only.
- The more accurately descriptive title will allow Georgia’s universities, community colleges and career colleges who provide this degree to attract more students to their programs.
- Once the standards nationally are unified under this title, it will allow the registered veterinary nurses to utilize their education and degree in any state, while still allowing each state to regulate its own credentialing.
- The Georgia Veterinary Medical Association and the Georgia Veterinary Technician and Assistant Association support this legislation.
- The Senate Agriculture Committee passed SB76 nearly unanimously.
- You may have heard from the Georgia Nurses Association that SB 76 shouldn’t go to a floor vote because they claim that “nursing” can only apply to care of humans.
- This is misleading: the specific title of “registered nurse” or “RN” only applies to humans, but this bill does not allow us to ever call ourselves a “registered nurse” or use the designation “RN”
- Instead, the bill very specifically changes our title to “registered VETERINARY nurse” or RVN. The title “registered veterinary nurse” more accurately reflects the true nature of our services in the veterinary practice. It allows the public to better understand our role, training, and scope of abilities.
- Don’t be misled by the nurse’s mischaracterization of SB 76. The Georgia Veterinary Medical Association and the Georgia Veterinary Technician and Assistant Association support this legislation.
- Support SB 76 with a YES vote on the Senate floor.
- Call your Senator and leave a voicemail
- Every voicemail counts! Use the above points in your messaging. Rarely do legislative offices return voicemails, so please don’t be afraid to call the offices!
To find out who your Georgia Senator is:
- Go to https://openstates.org/find_your_legislator/ and enter your address, or
- Go to http://www.senate.ga.gov/senators/en-US/SenateMembersList.aspx if you know your district number.
- Click on the Senator’s name. This will bring up his/her information.
- You will notice a phone number for both the capital location and the district location. It will be worthwhile to call and leave a voicemail at both locations in support of SB 76.
- On the lower right side of the page, look for the link to email your Senator. Click that link and it will take you to the email contact form. Form your message in support of SB 76.
- Be sure to include your address in the email and the voice message; this is how the Senator knows that you are a constituent in his/her district.
Media Files for your Use
> How To Guides & Digital Resources
- Co-Chair of the VNI, Ken Yagi, and Leslie Wereszczak (both accomplished vet techs advocates for our cause) created a short video with the call to action!
- The CLPI has a great legislative advocacy guide, “Make a Difference for your Cause,” if you are interested in digging deeper and learning more.
- The Showalter Group provides good advice on social media and grassroots campaigns.
- VNI has created these digital templates you can use for your social media channels.