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> VNI in Ohio – Call to Action: Senate (Nov 9-13)

Call to Action for Senate Co-Sponsors (Nov 9-13, 2018)

Ohio Veterinary Nurse Initiative

HB 501 is still awaiting a vote in the Ohio House.  In order to speed up the process on the legislation, we are introducing a Senate companion bill to HB 501.  The Senate bill has not yet been introduced and does not have a bill number.  However, the sponsor of the soon-to-be-introduced Senate bill, Senator Matt Huffman, is currently circulating a co-sponsor request to his colleagues in the Senate.

We are asking for your help to get YOUR senator to sign on as a co-sponsor of the bill.  Please email your Senator (instructions on how to find out who that is are below) and ask him/her to co-sponsor Senator Matt Huffman’s veterinary nurse legislation.

 

Click here for a sample email letter template: https://goo.gl/s75VrB

To find out who your Ohio Senator is:

  1. Go to www.legislature.ohio.gov
  2. On the right side of the home page, look for the box entitled “Find My Legislators”
  3. Enter your zip code +4   It is essential that you enter the +4 digits since it will narrow the search down to your exact legislators.  If you don’t know your extra 4 digits, there is a link on that page to the postal service website which will help you find them).  Once you’ve entered your zip +4, click on “Submit”
  4. You will then see the name of your Senator.
  5. Click on the Senator’s name.  This will bring up his/her legislative website.
  6. On the right side of the page, look for the Senator’s contact information.  You will see the Senator’s telephone number for their Columbus office.  You will also see a link that says, “Email Senator X.”  Click that link and it will take you to the email contact form.
  7. Be sure to include your address on the form; this is how the Representative knows that you are a constituent.  It is also a good idea to mention that you are a constituent in the body of the email.

> State Legislative Efforts

Call to Action for House Bill 501 – HOUSE FLOOR VOTE

Ohio Veterinary Nurse Initiative

HB 501 passed out of the House Agriculture Committee this morning on a 16-1 vote.  This is a big victory for Ohio veterinary technicians and the veterinary nurse initiative!  This could not have been accomplished without a strong grassroots outreach by Ohio RVTs, DVMs, and other supporters.   Thank you for your efforts!  Well done!

We are not across the finish line in the House yet.  The Nurses are already reaching out to House members asking that HB 501 not be brought to the full House for a floor vote.  We need to meet them contact for contact on this new grassroots campaign.  We need to ask our legislators to bring HB 501 to a vote by the full House on the House floor.  Please contact your legislator TODAY to ask for a vote on the House floor tomorrow.

Please email your legislator TODAY with the following points (in your own words):

  • Thanks to the House Agriculture Committee for their near-unanimous support of HB 501 in committee.
  • Please bring HB 501 to a floor vote of the full House.
  • You may have heard from the Ohio Nurses Association that HB 501 shouldn’t go to a floor vote because they claim that “nursing” can only apply to the 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 nurses mischaracterization of HB 501. The Ohio Veterinary Medical Association and the Ohio Association of Veterinary Technicians support this legislation.
  • Support HB 501 with a YES vote on the House floor.

Instructions to find out who your legislators are follows below.

Thanks for your continued support!

To find out who your Ohio legislators are:

  1. Go to www.legislature.ohio.gov
  2. On the right side of the home page, look for the box entitled “Find My Legislators”
  3. Enter your zip code +4   It is essential that you enter the +4 digits since it will narrow the search down to your exact legislators.  If you don’t know your extra 4 digits, there is a link on that page to the postal service website which will help you find them).  Once you’ve entered your zip +4, click on “Submit”
  4. You will then see the name of your Representative (You do not need to contact your Senator at this time).
  5. Click on the Representative’s name.  This will bring up his/her legislative website.
  6. On the right side of the page, look for the Representative’s contact information.  You will see the legislator’s telephone number for their Columbus office.  You will also see a link that says, “Email Representative X.”  Click that link and it will take you to the email contact form.
  7. Be sure to include your address on the form; this is how the Representative knows that you are a constituent.

> 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.

> Education

Web Conference for State Associations

Two web conferences were held on September 26th and 27th 2016 inviting board members of veterinary technician associations to join us in a discussion regarding the National Credential Initiative.

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