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October

         2022 Newsletter          
 

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Thank you to everyone who came to visit us at SWVS and attended our General meeting! A lot of great things were discussed. If you were not able to attend, the Meeting Minutes are provided below.  
 
SWVS General Membership Meeting ~ 9/24/22 ~ 12:30p
 
Meeting called to order: 12:32p
Request for treasurer report
  • $1014 in budget
Request to get with Larissa in order to reach out to CVA schools for membership
  • TVMA to create CVA membership (~1 yr away)
  • See above- to be in competition with TVMA, so get ahead of the curve now
Voting on the by-laws, previously sent to membership. 
  • Motion to approve KS
  • Second Cindy Dittmar
  • No opposed
  • Motion passed
Meeting concluded, floor opened to questions and discussion
 
Discussion:
  1. Question: how to increase LVT membership to TVMA? Only 10% of total numbers in participation
  • Willing to help with this in advertising
  • Idea: utilize Instagram, snapchat, TikTok to reach this newer generation (?)
    • VTAT does have an Instagram, just under-utilized
      • Working to correct
    • Other member- seems to be more ad driven rather than information driven
      • Utilize this?
    • Send out poll with membership to see which platform is most utilized, in order to get information out best
      • Issue: trying to reach out to the people that are non-members
    • Member idea: get kids to have “contest” for best Instagram or TikTok video
      • They know what this gen likes/ what appeals to their peers
      • Reward with t-shirt or amazon gift card
  • Once have bigger membership or opportunity to utilize social media personnel
  1. Suggestion to re-open task force and invite all areas (DVM, LVT, CVA, etc.)
  • TVMA creating task force for defining scope of practice for LVT and CVA, as well as title protection for LVT
  • Re-check and re-open to continue getting feedback and editing
    • Request from members to receive copy of what task force came up with
    • Will send via email and post on the website so it is accessible
  1. In person meetings at schools (CVA programs, LVT schools, etc) suggested, in order to reach out and let people know we/TVMA exists and why to be a member
    1. Suggested that our board records personal, short video to be showcased at schools talking about VTAT
  2. What is VTAT mission statement? What will push members to join?
    1. VTAT was instrumental in getting LVT representation in TVMA and TBVME
    2. As a licensed/certified professional, you would not have a voice w/o VTAT
      1. There is value in education and
      2. Leadership and having a voice matters
      3. Being in contact with others and working with like-minded individuals has value
    3. Mission statement:
      1. To represent and advance all veterinary staff through education, public awareness, legislative action, and membership development by collaboratively working with other veterinary professional organizations, working toward one common goal: the enhancement of veterinary medicine.
  3. Feb 1 is veterinary legislative day
    1. Open to TVMA members
    2. Critical for our profession
    3. Be involved!
  4. Suggestion for zoom membership general meeting monthly or quarterly
 
Meeting adjourned 1:25 pm 
 
 
Treasury Report
 
Current Balance: $1,517.43
 
Jan: + 86.49 Membership
- $500 SWVS
        - $250 TVMA Conference
         - $12 Chase Bank Fee

Feb: + 230.94 Membership
        - $287.82 Quickbooks
        - $12 Chase Bank Fee

Mar: + 453.62 Membership
        - $586.20 Zoom
        - $12 Chase Bank Fee

Apr: + 28.83 Membership
        - $216 UPS Mailbox
        - $191.88 Wordpress Website
        - $12 Chase Bank Fee 

May: - $12 Chase Bank Fee

Jun:  + 28.83 Membership
         - $12 Chase Bank Fee

Jul: + 28.83 Membership
       - $12 Chase Bank Fee

Aug: - $12 Chase Bank Fee

Sep:  + 365.57 Membership
                          - $48.82 SWVS Booth Supplies
            - $12 Chase Bank Fee
Board Member Nominations
Sarah Perry - Nominated for Treasurer 
Personal history: 
From an early age – veterinary medicine was everything to me.   My mother is an LVT (originally RVT) and CVPM who hauled me with her at 3 weeks old when she returned to the equine practice where she was employed at the time.  During her time in sales, I got to attend many conferences and trade shows and tag along for some product demonstrations, the most memorable allowing me to visit up close and personal with the giraffes at the Houston Zoo and another riding hunter-jumper horses in North Carolina.  After spending my first year of undergraduate at CSU in Fort Collins, I returned to Texas and enrolled at Blinn College, and I was lucky enough to land a job in the small animal surgery department at Texas A&M Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital.  After graduation from TAMU with a bachelor’s in animal science, I transitioned to a full-time position with the orthopedic department and managed multiple clinical trials while continuing my education through Dallas College Distance Education Veterinary Technician Program.  This led me to the ER department, where I was eager to apply what I was learning and pick up new skills (and found my passion for E/CC).  I obtained my LVT status in 2019 and moved to the TAMU intensive care unit in January 2020 then ultimately to the critical care department in July 2021 where I also currently manage our blood donor program, teach veterinary students and am pursuing my VTS in E/CC. 
Reason for running for office:
I am passionate about the veterinary industry, specifically helping technicians and assistants learn and grow and find their own passion.  I believe that as a member of VTAT I can be a great conduit between the Association and the veterinary students who will be imminently joining the workforce.  I will be able to lend my own voice and help amplify the voices of others within our profession in this dynamic political landscape that we are in regarding title protection and scope of practice.  I believe that in order to offer the very best services and care for our patients and their owners, the public must be made aware of the educational qualifications of the various types of personnel in the veterinary profession who are caring for their pets. 

Christine Hoskinson - Nominated for President Elect

A little about me, I am originally from NY and have been in Texas for 8 years now and plan on staying. I am interested in a position within VTAT as I believe it is important to be active within your profession. A state paraprofessional organization can have a big impact on the future of the profession and should offer it’s members opportunities for further learning and networking. My experience as part of many different professional organizations and committees will be helpful to grow and improve the status of the organization within the state and among peers.
-Christine Hoskinson

Veterinary Team Association of Texas (VTAT) Historical Fact
 Our very own past board members, David Sessum, LVT and Sandra Nunn, were instrumental in helping pass HB2471 which made the 3rd full week in October veterinary technician week in the state of Texas! 
Happy National Veterinary Technician Week!
Do you know someone who would be interested in sponsoring or advertising with VTAT? Go to our website to see our sponsorship options! 
VTAT is looking for website designers! If you or anyone you know is a website designer and willing to help VTAT out, please contact us! You can email us at veterinaryteamassocoftx@gmail.com.
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Exclusive VTAT Webinars
Coming Soon!
 
Be on the lookout for more details on our Facebook!
VTAT has partnered with TVMA's CVA program to host CVA workshops around Texas!
If you are an LVT and interested in hosting a workshop please let us know at veterinaryteamassocoftx@gmail.com. All materials and the location of the event is provided by TVMA. 

 
CASE STUDIES
Do you have a case study you would like to publish? Email your case study to VTAT at veterinaryteamassocoftx@gmail.com for a chance to be published in our newsletter. 
Case Study Example
On presentation: Intact 1 yr 4 month old female bull dog showing signs of labor (mucoid and red-tinged vaginal discharge) but no active pushing on December 14, 2016 at ~ 1:00 A.M.
History: Patient had been inseminated in Austin three days in a row (no specific date given) with another vet for her first pregnancy. Due to the fact that they were uncertain if she was ovulating it was unclear how far along she was. On November 30, 2016 owners brought patient in for pregnancy confirmation and cesarean consult.                      
              Plan:
  • Perform a PE to confirm labor is occurring
  • Place catheter to run fluids
  • Ultrasound to confirm puppies heartbeats
  • Prep for cesarean section
  • Perform c-section
  • Stimulate and clear puppies
  • Recover mother and reunite with pups once she is recovered
  • Monitor them the rest of the day and if doing well , release to owner at 3:00 P.M.
              Physical Examination:
  • Patient is BAR
  • Vulva is swollen and has mucoid discharge; no fetuses in the birth canal
  • Catheter is placed after multiple attempts
  • Ultrasounds confirm active puppies
Assessment/ Diagnosis:
  • Patient is in early labor
  • Planned C-section is discussed with owner 
    • Induce with Propofol
    • Maintain with Isoflurane
    • Peri-operative drugs/antibiotics-Buprenorphine
    • Administer fluids
    • Record TPR every five minutes
Postop:
  • Cesarean section-a ventral incision was made using a #10 blade; after the uterine horns were exteriorized one at a time, a longitudinal incision was made in the distal uterine body; one at a time the fetuses were milked towards the incision and removed and handed to assistant for membrane removal after the umbilical cords were clamped with hemostats; the incision in the uterus was closed with a 2-0 PDS with a simple continuous pattern; the abdomen was closed in two layers: the body wall closed with an 0 PDS with a simple continuous pattern and the subcutaneous tissue and skin was closed with 2-0 Biosyn with a subcuticular pattern and surgical glue.
  • There were a total of four fetuses- three were successfully revived and one was nonviable/poorly developed
Treatment:
  • Monitor mother and pups now that they are united
  • Dispense:
    • Rovera (Carprofen) 75 mg Tab                  (10 Tabs)
      • Give 1 tablet PO every 12 hours for 5 days with food and discontinue if any vomiting or diarrhea
    • Cefpodoxime (Simplicef) 200 mg              (10 Tabs)
      • Give 1 tabler PO every 24 hours for 10 days
    • Buprenorphine Inj                                       (3 mls)
      • Give 1 mL IV q8h
Note:
               This was a very exciting procedure for me to be a part of since it was my c-section that was able to watch and assist with. It was nice to see how everyone worked together to care for the mother and the puppies. It was also eye opening to see how real practice has similarities and differences from what we learned in class. I was able to restrain the patient and be one of the circulating nurses in surgery including running for supplies and monitoring intraoperatively. I was also the one that got to continue to monitor the mom and pups the rest of my shift. Two nights later one of the puppies was brought back as emergency for not breathing. By the time they arrived the puppy was already deceased. There were no signs of trauma or congenital issues. It is believed that maybe the mother had laid on the puppy, but the owner did not witness anything to confirm.
 
 
VTNE and CVA Exam Scholarships!
Are you a graduating LVT or CVA student?
VTAT offers scholarships for the Veterinary Technician National Exam and Certified Veterinary Assistant Certification Exam exclusively for our members! Don't miss out on your opportunity to win!
  • Click here for VTNE scholarship requirements and application
  • Click here for CVA Exam scholarship requirements and application
*Applications due 08/31/2022
Have you won an award? Graduated from school or presented at a conference? Worked on a really cool case or done something terrific for a co-worker or an occasion? Veterinary staff do amazing things every day, and we want to share them and brag on you. To be featured in member spotlight, please send us a photo and a brief description of what you'd like us to showcase! Submit your information to veterinaryteamassocoftx@gmail.com
Certified Veterinary Assistant Program!
Do you want to take your career to the next level?
 
Not sure where to start?

Enroll in TVMA's award-winning Certified Veterinary Assistant Program!

Pursue your passion and further your education!
Click here for more information!
Student Representatives Wanted!
VTAT is committed to furthering the education of veterinary medicine and helping students reach their goals.

Do you and your fellow students need a helping hand?

Volunteer to be a VTAT Student Representative at your school and partner with us so we can help you succeed!


 
Email us at veterinaryteamassocoftx@gmail.com for more information on how to become a VTAT Student Representative!
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Let us know!
email: veterinaryteamassocoftx@gmail.com

 
Our Mission:
To represent and advance all veterinary staff through education, public awareness, legislative action, and membership development by collaboratively working with other veterinary professional organizations, working toward one common goal: the enhancement of veterinary medicine.
VTAT mailing address is:
801 Dellwood St, Ste 100 PMB 142
Bryan, Texas 77802

SWVS mailing address is:
801 E. Pano Parkway, Suite 208
Plano, Texas 75074
 
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