As the NAVTA District 6 Representative I am ecstatic to report that with just under two months since the RVN bill passed in the Ohio House of Representatives, yesterday marks another victory. The Senate Bill 351 was presented to the Indiana Senate on January 28, 2019 and passed with a 8-1 vote.
The Senate received testimony from Indiana veterinary professionals and includes representation from Indiana Veterinary Technician Association (IVTA), Indiana Veterinary Medical Association (IVMA), and Purdue University’s College of Veterinary Medicine. The Veterinary Nurse Initiative (VNI) reached out to two individuals to represent our profession. Tami Lind, BS, RVT, VTS (ECC) as the President of IVTA and Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS (ECC) as the Nursing Manager for Purdue’s Veterinary Teaching Hospital, represented the voice of veterinary technicians around the nation. The overall theme of legislative meeting highlighted the VNI’s importance to move our profession forward, “nursing” applies to all species, and that we want to work together with human RNs to elevate nursing.
The Veterinary Nurse Initiative announced at the annual Veterinary Technician Summit meeting earlier this January that Indiana and Georgia (in addition to Ohio) would be the target states to continue the pursuit of initiative goals for 2019.
This achievement would not be possible without grassroots efforts and the thousands of supporters and over 40 organizations that have decided to invest their passion and resources into the VNI and future of the veterinary field.
Congratulations Indiana! We are now another step closer to establishing Registered Veterinary Nurses in Indiana and in the United States.
About the Author:
Courtney Waxman, BAS, CVT, RVT, VTS (ECC) is the NAVTA District 6 Representative and a member of the Veterinary Nurse Initiative working group based in Indiana.