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A Letter From NYSAVT President

Wednesday, June 28, 2017   (0 Comments)
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Letter from the President
June 2017

I am profoundly honored to serve as a voice for New York State Licensed Veterinary Technicians in this capacity along with our fellow new Executive Board members. This responsibility is not one I take lightly. Fourteen years ago I took a leap of faith and left the world of Wall Street finance to finally pursue the passion for veterinary medicine that I’d held since childhood. Over that time and through various positions in the field, I’ve met hundreds of technicians and have become familiar with the myriad roadblocks that affront and attempt to derail this profession we collectively share. The economics of veterinary medicine, underutilization of technicians, and illegal utilization of unlicensed individuals are but a few. To some, these challenges are viewed as limiting factors or insurmountable obstacles. But to others, they represent opportunities to think outside the box, apply novel ideas and tactics and challenge the status quo. NYSAVT chooses to do the latter and is well positioned as the voice for New York LVTs on a state and national level. As succinctly stated in its mission: NYSAVT “represents, promotes and advances” our profession. Through legislative action, education and public awareness initiatives, our association has raised the visibility of and given voice to the critical position we hold as key drivers in veterinary medicine. But there’s so much more to do. Whether you serve the profession in clinical practice, research, industry, shelter, government, academia or another area, you carry the distinction of being on the forefront of animal and public health. That’s big and you should own it proudly.
It is also vitally important to increase public awareness of that truth. As your Executive Board, one of our highest priorities is to accomplish that very goal through instituting a multi-year, multi-faceted public awareness campaign aimed directly at pet parents and consumers. I’d like every New Yorker to know exactly what LVTs do, why we matter more to them and the health of their pet than they realize, and why they should ask for LVTs at every veterinary hospital they use. A few of the channels we’re exploring for public outreach include:

• Securing an Official Proclamation establishing an annual New York State LVT Week;
• Exploring opportunities for PSAs through public radio;
• Collaborating with State VMS on initiatives that bring high visibility to our shared interests
• Expanding NYSAVT’s presence at consumer-focused and pet friendly events (ex. Mutt Struts, etc.)

When I addressed the General Meeting attendees at the 2017 Spring Seminar in April, I reminded everyone that NYSAVT doesn’t belong to the Executive Board, it belongs to ALL of us - every single Licensed Veterinary Technician and Veterinary Technician student in this state. NYSAVT is a member-based organization, and NYSAVT needs YOU. The success of this association collectively belongs to all of us. I encourage you to get involved - there are so many opportunities for investing in the one professional association that’s working tirelessly to support and protect our profession. Have ideas, suggestions, input, comments, or complaints? Speak up - we want to hear from you!
Finally, when I reflect on all I’ve accomplished professionally what I am most proud of is being a veterinary technician. Whether it was working on that acute renal failure dog and watching him improve and go home, or staying late to help one of my students with difficult course work, or doing outreach for technicians across the country – it has all been the most meaningful and gratifying work. It’s not always easy – in fact, I say with certainty that it’s been the hardest job I’ve ever had - but I know that I share the same sense of pride as thousands of other technicians. And so should you. Own your professional experiences and everything that encompasses. Keep the good, learn lessons from the bad and never, ever cease striving for excellence. After all, we are New York State Licensed Veterinary Technicians. WE are NYSAVT.


Garnetta Santiago, MA, LVT
President, New York State Association of Veterinary Technicians

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