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Thursday, 02 June 2022 19:27

Career Center

Job postings are now available exclusively on our facebook page @MoVetTechAssoc.

Are you a clinic or organization looking to make a job posting? Job postings on MOVTA are FREE for Missouri clinics. Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or message us at our facebook page with all pertinent information and it will be posted within 5-7 business days. 

NOTE: We will copy & paste the message verbatim, so please proof-read all job postings prior to submission.

Monday, 31 January 2022 11:01

RVT Utilization Task Force Update

RVT Util Task Force News

Stephanie Gilliam, RVTg, MS, CCRP, VTS (SAIM-Neuro) and Jessica Leary, RVT were proud to represent Missouri RVTs at this weekend's RVT Utilization Task Force meeting during 130th annual MVMA Convention in Columbia, MO. MOVTA committee members met with MVMA and MVMB leadership to discuss technician utilization, retention, and proposed changes to further define RVT's scope of practice. This meeting went very well and showed a lot of promise, and MOVTA will be working with MVMA on creating an educational toolbox to help better educate the public and MVMA members about legal scope of practice for RVTs and unregistered assistants.

Stephanie and Jessica also attended MVMA's Vet Tech & Practice Staff Committee Meeting, discussing points brought up at the Task Force meeting and are working on reviewing the current tasks on Missouri's "levels of supervision" chart to better define a niche for RVTs. A technician-focused track for next year's MVMA convention was also favorably discussed.

In addition, MOVTA hosted a vet tech/practice staff reception at MVMA sponsored by Hill's, where attendees played vet tech history trivia and enjoyed snacks and drinks.

We are excited for what 2022 has to bring and are proud to represent and serve Missouri technicians.



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Missouri Veterinary Technicians Association
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October 27, 2021



JEFFERSON CITY, MO, October 27 — On October 21, 2021, Dr. Marcy Hammerle, MVMA President and Veterinary Technician & Practice Staff (VTPS) Committee Chair, Mrs. Stephanie Gilliam, RVTg, MoVTA Legislative Chair, and Julie Braun, MVMA Executive Director, met with the Missouri Veterinary Medical Board to discuss ideas of improving veterinary technician utilization. The meeting went well, and MVMA President, Dr. Marcy Hammerle, has created a veterinary technician task force to work on a specific set of objectives addressing technician utilization. MoVTA executive board members will be working with the MVMA on this taskforce, and we are excited to get to work on this. Stay tuned for updates!


Saturday, 19 June 2021 13:52

Veterinary Specialty Services, O'Fallon

Veterinary Technician Assistant

Veterinary Specialty Services
O'Fallon, MO

Are you looking for a career with job security, opportunity for advancement, consistent hours each week, and excellent benefits? Do you want a Vet Tech position that will use ALL the skills and knowledge you learned in Tech School? Then Veterinary Specialty Services is for you!!

$500 hiring bonus offered to great candidates!

We are a 24-hour specialty and emergency hospital committed to providing excellent, advanced care. Our state-of-the-art facility is fully equipped with advanced diagnostic equipment. We are looking to add talented technician assistants to join our team at our both our O'Fallon and Manchester, MO locations.

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Missouri Veterinary Technicians Association
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January 18, 2021



JEFFERSON CITY, MO, January 18 — We are excited to announce that the Missouri Veterinary Medical Association (MVMA) voted unanimously during their board meeting yesterday to include a veterinary technician from MoVTA as an ex officio board member! The person to hold this seat will be the MoVTA legislative chair, currently Stephanie Gilliam. This is the first time in history that a veterinary technician has had a seat on the board of the MVMA. As an ex officio board member this person will not be allowed to vote but will be included in all meetings and discussions held by the MVMA board. We are very excited for this partnership and believe that this will aid in our effort to move the veterinary technology profession forward in Missouri. Here’s to a bright future!


Friday, 08 January 2021 19:40

Certificate and Certification Programs

Certificate and Certification Programs

Want to add more to your resume or further your education beyond your initial credentials? Check out our list of resources for online certificate and certification programs! Know of one we missed? Email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.!


NAVC Human Animal Bond Certification
Scientific studies have confirmed that owning a pet doesn’t just make pet owners happy, it can also improve their mental and physical health. It’s the human-animal bond, and we believe that strengthening that bond is important to the future of veterinary care.

NAVC Pet Nutrition Coach Certification
The NAVC Pet Nutrition Coach Certification program prepares veterinarians and animal hospital staff with the knowledge and tools necessary to communicate and provide expert guidance for clients about their pet’s nutritional needs.

NAVC Pet Theraputic Nutrition Coach Certification
The NAVC Pet Therapeutic Nutrition Coach Certification applies evidence-based research and specific nutrient functions to help prevent and manage a range of pet illnesses, from intestinal and dermatologic conditions to mobility and more. This program is designed to assist the entire veterinary healthcare team in understanding the value and importance of nutritional assessments and specific nutritional recommendations to support the medical management, health and longevity of patients.

NAVC Certified Veterinary Business Leader
The NAVC Certified Veterinary Business Leader program is a comprehensive examination of the business practices, leadership abilities, strategic thinking and technical skills required for running a successful veterinary practice, animal hospital or clinic. Specifically designed for veterinarians, technicians and nurses, practice managers and other veterinary team members, this one-of-a-kind program prepares you to lead, grow and develop a plan for the long-term success of any veterinary practice.

SIU’s Companion Animal Nutrition certification
This one-year online program provides rigorous and science-based education using a distance learning format to help you develop, expand and advance your skills in the field of Companion Animal Nutrition.

Partners for Healthy Pets Preventative Healthcare Certificate Program 
Knowing how to provide preventive healthcare in conjunction with yearly visits is the focus of Partners for Healthy Pets and this certificate program.   After completion of this Preventive Care Certificate Program, you will have the tools and resources you need to communicate the value and benefit of preventive care to your clients in a way that enhances the veterinary-client-patient relationship.

Fear Free Certification
At Fear Free®, our mission is to prevent and alleviate fear, anxiety & stress in pets by inspiring and educating the people who care for them.

RECOVER CPR Certification
RECOVER CPR is the only official veterinary CPR certification recognized by the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care (ACVECC) and the Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society (VECCS), and is a non-profit program.

Veterinary Cannabis Counselor
The role of a VCC is to support the veterinary team in the rapidly developing veterinary cannabis industry. VCCs receive training in utilizing their medical background as veterinary technicians to create a cannabis administration plan that is safe for the animal, maximizes medicinal potential, and most important, is complementary to the veterinarian’s ongoing treatment protocols and recommendations.

Association of Pet Loss and Bereavement - Pet Loss Counselor Certification
The APLB is recognized and acknowledged as the preeminent source of specialized training for pet bereavement counselors. 

University of Tennessee - Veterinary Social Work Certificate Program
The University of Tennessee Veterinary Social Work Certificate Program (VSW-CP) trains University of Tennessee College of Social Work MSSW students in the four areas of Veterinary Social Work: The link between human and animal violence, Grief and loss, Animal assisted interactions, Compassion fatigue management.

University of Tennessee - Nutrition Case Management
The Nutrition Case Management online Certificate program will provide an evidence-based approach to recommending diets for disease treatment and prevention.

University of Tennessee - Canine Rehab Certificate CCRP
The University of Tennessee Canine Rehabilitation Certificate Program (CCRP) is the only university-based, RACE approved credential program for canine rehabilitation education.

University of Tennessee - Companion Animal Pain Management
Treatment compliance and appropriate care of patients are most effective when clients receive appropriate education and regular communication. Veterinary technicians will be confidently equipped to perform these functions upon successful completion of this course.

University of Florida - Online Distance Education in Wildlife Forensic Sciences & Conservation
The University of Florida’s online graduate program in Wildlife Forensic Sciences and Conservation, offered through the Wildlife Ecology and Conservation department and the Maples Center for Forensic Medicine, aims to help bridge the knowledge gap in wildlife forensic science. CERTIFICATE COURSES AVAILABLE.

University of Florida - Online Distance Education in Veterinary Forensics
The UF online Veterinary Forensic Sciences Graduate Program supported by the ASPCA® is designed for local, national, and international professionals in forensic medicine and veterinary science fields. Through this program, students will learn how to process animal crime scenes, handle and interpret evidence, and recognize animal abuse, along with other skills that are vital to obtaining justice for abused animals.

University of Florida - Online Shelter Medicine Distance Learning
The online Shelter Medicine program sponsored by PetSmart will allow you to learn how to recognize and manage infectious diseases in a shelter, collect forensic evidence in a current investigation, and prevent behavioral and welfare problems in large populations of animals.

Cat Friendly Veterinary Professional Program - AAFP
Cat Friendly Certificate Program was designed based on the need for specific feline-focused care and continuing education. The program aims to build your knowledge, skills, and best in-clinic practices for feline medicine based on your individual role within a practice. Broken into three certificate categories, the program consists of uniquely designed certificates for a Cat Friendly Veterinarian (CFV), Cat Friendly Veterinary Professional (CFVP), and Cat Friendly Veterinary Advocate (CFVA).

World Small Animal Veterinary Association - One Health Certificate
The program includes multiple aspects of companion animal One Health, including the human–companion animal bond, zoonotic infectious disease, comparative and translational clinical research, domestic violence and animal abuse. Modules on specific One Health issues, such as canine rabies, leishmaniosis and obesity, are also included.

The Companion Animal Euthanasia Training Academy
Providing outstanding education in companion animal euthanasia to improve the overall experience for the pet, caregiver, and veterinary team.

Virox Learning
Get your Veterinary Infection Preventionist certificate

IVAPM Certification - Certified Veterinary Pain Practitioner (CVPP)
The Certified Veterinary Pain Practitioner (CVPP) certification is awarded to candidates that have met IVAPM’s standards for education, training, and experience in interdisciplinary pain management. The program is open to licensed veterinary professionals with a minimum of five years in full time practice and at least two years of clinical experience working with animals in pain.

IAAHPC's Animal Hospice and Palliative Care (AHPC) Certification Program
The AHPC Certification Program will standardize and define the skills and knowledge required of individuals and organizations offering animal hospice and palliative care, and will establish a standard of care that will reflect a level of excellence achieved by those individuals who have obtained certification.

Penn Foster's Certified Veterinary Practice Management Program
Whether you're looking to start a new career as a Vet Practice Manager, or you want to start on a path toward certification, our Veterinary Practice Management undergraduate certificate program can help you achieve these goals. For up to $86 per credit, our Vet Practice Management program fulfills one of the requirements to sit for the Certified Veterinary Practice Manager (CVPM) exam.

AAHA Diabetes Educator Certificate Program
This comprehensive course empowers Veterinary Technicians to support their patients, clients, and teammates in the treatment of companion animal diabetes.

American Association of Equine Veterinary Technicians' Online Certificate Academy
Current AVMA accredited programs tend to focus very little on the academics, skills, resources, and training required for proficiency as an equine veterinary assistant or technician. Because these skills are needed by the equine practitioner and are essential for Assistants, Technicians and other Staff to master, the AAEVT has designed this certification program (hosted by VetStream) for the equine veterinary community outside of the accredited AVMA programs.

PennHip Training & Certification
The AIS PennHIP program is for veterinarians and veterinary technicians and will demonstrate how to position the patient appropriately for the three radiographs required for the AIS PennHIP procedure to determine the measured hip laxity of the patient.Training to perform the PennHIP procedure competently has been one of the principles responsible for PennHIP's success. To become a member of the AIS PennHIP network requires, 1) taking the new online course and passing the exam at the end, followed by 2) successful completion of certification exercises at your practice.

PennVet: Working Dog Practitioner Program
Providing care for working and performance dogs requires a dedicated and compassionate team which is why we have opened the program to technicians and allied professionals. Expand your knowledge and hands-on skills by completing this RACE approved certificate program and become a Working Dog Technician.

Trudell Animal Health: Respiratory Educator Certification Masterclass
Learn all you need to know about asthma, bronchitis, and other respiratory diseases and come away with the clinical practice skills needed to master diagnosis, management, and client counseling for your cat and dog patients!

Virbac: Dental Authority Certification Program
After completing the final session, participants will receive an official Dental Authority program certificate and identifying lapel pin, as well as a Virbac C.E.T.® Dental Authority clinic kit, which includes in-clinic and client education resources.

Neighborhood Cats: TNR Certification Workship
In this virtual course presented by Neighborhood Cats and hosted by The Community Cats Podcast, learn what TNR is, why it works, and how to get started. Our expert instructors will teach you best practices for Trap-Neuter-Return and colony management. We'll cover getting along with neighbors, preparations for trapping, trapping itself (including entire colonies at once), feeding, winter shelter and more.

AALAS Technician Certification Program (ALAT, LAT, LATG)
The AALAS Technician Certification Program sets professional standards for the advancement of laboratory animal science. This program was developed to recognize professional achievement and provide an authoritative endorsement of a technician’s level of knowledge in laboratory animal technology.

NarkoVet Veterinary Anesthesia Certifications: Small Animal
The course program is directed towards credentialed veterinary technicians with a focused interest in small animal anesthesia, analgesia, and perioperative care and who potentially pursue a career as a veterinary technician specialist (VTS) in anesthesia & analgesia or as a research anesthetist. The 4-module course combines traditional methods of lecturing and laboratory/workshop teaching with the new technology of on-demand e-learning.

NarkoVet Veterinary Anesthesia Certifications: Large Animal
The course program is directed towards veterinarians and credentialed veterinary technicians with a focused interest in equine anesthesia, analgesia, and perioperative care. The 3-module course combines traditional methods of teaching in the seminar room and workshops with the new methods of learning using computer simulations, demonstrations with the help of digital image and data recordings from the operating room and webinars for self-study at home.

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DISCLAIMER: These websites are being presented as resources only. MoVTA is not affiliated with any of these programs, nor responsible for any content on 3rd party sites.

Friday, 13 November 2020 23:24

Previous Scholarship Recipients

Previous Scholarship Recipients

2020: Jamie Radake

2019: Dana Thompson

2018: Natalie Doyle

2017: Carol Anselmo

2016: Stephanie Navarro

Monday, 26 October 2020 19:16

2016 Scholarship Recipient

2016 Scholarship Recipient

Stephanie Navarro

MCC Maple Woods

Essay topic: Other than a love for animals, what lead you to choose veterinary technology as a career path?

2016 navarro"My journey to becoming a veterinary technician is much longer than most students I am attending classes with at Maple Woods. Growing up, I always had a great love of animals. My mother decided to become a veterinary assistant when I was eleven years old and I spent many afternoons and weekends at the clinic where she worked. As I grew older, I would help clean cages, answer phones, and make appointments. Like many kids, I wanted to be a veterinarian when I grew up. Around the age of sixteen, when life choices start becoming real, I began to have serious self-doubts. I always had, in the back of my mind, “what if I’m not smart enough? What if I fail?” Eventually, I wandered away from veterinary medicine, but not from my love of animals. I went to college, received a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and spent seven years working as a social worker. After working in social services, I went to work for a natural gas company. It was a nice job with good income and benefits but I never woke up happy to be going to work. It was comfortable.

My husband and I moved to the Kansas City area three years ago and we started volunteering for the Kansas City Pet Project. Every Saturday morning from 8:00 to noon, we walked dogs, helped with play groups, cleaned litter boxes, and socialized cats. I began to realize that this was something I truly loved doing and started volunteering one night a week in the clinic. I helped clean, made surgery packs, and administered medications. Ensuring the animals were receiving love and care in a compassionate way was something I was passionate about doing. Eventually, I admitted to myself that years ago, I gave up on something I wanted out of fear of failing. I decided that my eleven year old self had it right, this was the career path I was always supposed to follow. I was older and more confident. This time, I knew if I truly wanted it, I could do it. After some research and soul searching, I decided I would go into veterinary technology. I found the best school in the area, researched requirements, quit my well-paying job, took a low-paying kennel attendant job, and applied to Maple Woods.

I enjoy every aspect of my career. I love the husbandry, I love the hands on technical skills, and I really love helping people give the best care for the animals they have in their life. Above all, I want to help. If I can help educate people so they are part of the solution or if I can help them through a difficult time, I feel fulfilled. Not knowing what to do is a frightening feeling and I want to be a part of alieving or reducing that fear. In the future, I want to be a part of educating other students. I believe it is part of our responsibility to encourage others that are entering this field. It’s challenging, exhilarating, and heartbreaking. I have never been happier. I know this is what I was meant to do."

Pictured: 2016 MOVTA scholarship recipient Stephanie Navarro with MCC Maple Wood's program director, Dr. Chris Morrow.

Monday, 26 October 2020 19:13

2017 Scholarship Recipient

2017 Scholarship Recipient

Carol Anselmo

MCC-Maple Woods


Essay topic: Name a person who has mentored you or otherwise encouraged and supported you in your journey to become a registered veterinary technician; give specific examples.

2017 anselmo"My interest in the field of veterinary technology started when I was a senior in high school. During the 2008-09 school year, I completed an internship at Eagle Animal Hospital in Riverside, MO. While I was there, I learned an extraordinary amount from Dr. Scott Read. I was so inspired by his work ethic, caring nature, and passion for helping animals that I obtained a job working in the kennels during breaks while I attended the University of Missouri - Columbia. In January of 2016, I was promoted to veterinary assistant, where I was able to work directly with Dr. Read. I have learned a great deal from him over the past seven years, and he has been nothing but supportive of my decision to pursue my degree in veterinary technology.

I have worked with people who get easily frustrated with fractious animals, and who seem to only come to work to get a paycheck and leave. Dr. Read is not one of these people. He makes each animal and client that he sees feel like they are the most important patient he is seeing that day, even when he is very busy, and he does it with a smile on his face. He gets right down on the floor and lets the dogs sit in his lap as he talks to the owners. He understands that the vet can be a frightening place for animals, and he does his best to make them feel comfortable while they are there. He doesn’t see them as commodities, but as living creatures that bring so much joy to their owners. He exemplifies everything that I hope to be when it comes to animal care.

Dr. Read is exceptionally hardworking. Most days, he stays long after everyone else has left to make sure that he returns every message that has been left for him. He has come in on his day off on multiple occasions to help an animal in need. In August of 2010, I received a call from a friend that they had found a very sick puppy. I went over to find a young chocolate lab mix who was very thin and covered in her own feces. I contacted Dr. Read to ask him what I should do. It was a Sunday, so our clinic was closed. Instead of telling me to take her to an emergency center, he told me to meet him at Eagle Animal Hospital. We ran a parvo test, which turned out to be positive. We immediately began treatment, and that puppy is now a happy, healthy dog with a loving home with some dear friends of mine. Dr. Read could have brushed that puppy off as not his problem, but his dedication to his job wouldn’t let him.

Another example of Dr. Read’s compassionate heart is when a pair of clients brought their dog in to be euthanized due to a severe skin infection that she had all over her body. She had almost no hair, was covered in scabs, had extremely oily skin, and she smelled. Luckily, Dr. Read saw past this to the sweet dog she was and decided to help her. He got the owners to agree to surrender the dog to him, and he began the long process of treating her skin at his own expense. Within a few days of treatment, she began to feel better. After less than a month, the scabs began to heal and her hair began to grow back. This story is especially important to me because I adopted her. She has been my best friend for the past two years, and I have Dr. Read to thank for that.

Dr. Read has supported my decision to become a registered veterinary technician from the very beginning. He wrote an excellent letter of recommendation for me to the Maple Woods Veterinary Technology Program, and I give him a lot of the credit for getting accepted. He is always teaching me new things and challenging me to learn. He has taught me what it truly means to care about animals, and I strive to be more like him every day. We need more veterinarians like him in the world."

Pictured: 2017 MOVTA scholarship recipient Carol Anselmo with MCC Maple Wood's program director, Dr. Chris Morrow

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