2017 Scholarship Recipient
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.
"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
2018 Scholarship Recipient
Essay topic: Describe where you see yourself in 3 years and how you plan to attain those goals.
"My passion has been focused around the lives of animals and my love for them for as long as I can remember. My grandfather, being a conservation agent for the state of Missouri, made my passion grow as I watched him house many animals to improve their health and release them back into their environment. I always knew that my future career would involve animals in some way. After doing much research on various jobs in the field of veterinary medicine, I decided that the Veterinary Technician Program through Crowder College in Neosho, Missouri, was the perfect fit for me to later become a Veterinary Technician in the future. I realized that this program was not going to be easy. It was going to take all of my time and patience in the process of being accepted, but I also knew that it was worth my time to apply in order to receive the education that I needed to achieve my career goal. I wanted to be admitted into the program not only because it was a dream of mine to later become a Veterinary Technician, but also because it would give me the ability to go further in my education after completing the program if I chose to do so. My education did not have to stop there.
Now that I have finished my first year in the program and have had a great start to my second and final year, I could not be more excited when thinking about the future that lies ahead of me. I have loved every second of receiving my education. It has been a very exciting journey and I have never felt more prepared to take my next step towards a successful lifetime career. In these next three years, I will be preparing myself for the VTNE National Board Exam that I will take this summer, as well as preparing myself for graduating in May with an Associate’s degree in Veterinary technology. I plan to devote my time to a clinic that needs a full time Veterinary Technician, where I can put my education and skills to work. I hope to settle down and stay in that clinic for years to come. I am however exploring the idea of furthering my education in Veterinary Dentistry for Technicians. After I have more of a feel for dentistry and have more experience with dentistry in the veterinary field, I will then do more research into furthering my education.
I cannot express how ready I am to be in the position that I have been training myself for. I have worked very hard to be where I am today and will continue to work hard for the next three years to find my lifelong clinic. I am only inches away from achieving my career goal and I know that I am more than capable of finding a veterinary clinic near me that I can devote myself to within the next three years."
2019 Scholarship Recipient
Essay Topic: Other than a love for animals, what lead you to choose veterinary technology as a career path?
"The road I took that led me to choose veterinary technology as a career path is not as straight forward as other students, but I don’t regret any of it.
I have always had a love for animals since I was a child and had thought I would become a veterinarian when I grew up. However, in high school my interests expanded into other sciences including genetics, psychology, and epidemiology. I wasn’t certain what I wanted to do for a career by the time I graduated high school, but I knew I loved science. I decided to go to Truman State University where I earned my bachelor’s degree in biology. While attending college I took numerous science classes that only broadened my scientific interests to include microbiology, parasitology, and ecology. Outside of the classroom I kept my love of animals alive by spending time volunteering at the local animal shelter with a close friend who was planning on going to veterinary school after undergrad.
In college I had begun thinking I would go to graduate school to do research, but I hadn’t picked a specific field. I spent the summer before I graduated as an intern at Catalent Pharma Solutions, a pharmaceutical company in my hometown. I had applied to different summer research programs as well as an internship I found for a microbiology lab. I was very surprised that my interview was for a chemistry lab instead of the microbiology lab that was advertised, but I decided to accept the position.
During my last semester of college, as I faced another graduation, I was filled with uncertainty. I thought I would enjoy research and wanted to apply to graduate schools, but I had not had the opportunity to conduct any research. I was accepted back at the pharmaceutical company as an intern upon my graduation while I applied to graduate schools. I was invited to interview with a graduate school for a master’s program in ecology. I was interested in anthropogenic effects and wanted to help correct all the problems caused by humans. Unfortunately, it was not a pleasant experience and I went home more confused than ever.
I sat down and made a list of all of my interests and I researched careers within those interests. Veterinary technician was one of the careers on my list and I knew there was a school with a program in my hometown. I shadowed a local veterinary hospital several times before I made a decision.
I had been with the pharmaceutical company for over a year and knew I would have a stable job as a full-time analyst in the laboratory that would allow me to pay off my student debt. Leaving the security of a stable job was harder than I had imagined, but I knew being a chemical analyst wasn’t going to make me happy.
I applied for the veterinary technology program and was accepted. I haven’t been in the veterinary field long, but I can honestly say I am much happier than I was before. This field combines the various interests I have in science with my love of animals. I was not aware of how many career paths were available to veterinary technicians before joining the program. I am very excited by this prospect because I could see myself specializing after graduation or even teaching the material one day. I believe that a career as a veterinary technician will fulfill my desire for meaningful work within my interests."
Pictured: 2019 MOVTA scholarship recipient Dana Thompson with MCC Maple Wood's program director, Dr. Chris Morrow
2020 Scholarship Winner
Essay topic: Other than a love for animals, what lead you to choose veterinary technology as a career path?
"Other than my love of animals, it was a very handsome rescue dog that lead me to choose veterinary technology as my career path. He was an Australian Shepherd Mix, his name was Zeppelin, and he was my first rescue. I had dogs throughout my life, but they were always family pets. I adopted Zeppelin from an animal rescue, and according to them, he wasn’t very fond of females. I had already fallen in love with him though, and I was determined to adopt him. It took a while for him to come around, but something clicked with us and Zeppelin became such a mama’s boy. We really had an extraordinary bond. I had only 5 years with him, as he was diagnosed with Lymphoma in 2017. The doctor thought we caught it early enough and felt a chemotherapy treatment plan could be successful in his case. After his first chemotherapy injection, he had an unbelievably bad reaction and had to be hospitalized. He bounced right back after being given fluids and other medications to treat his symptoms and he came home the next morning. For his second treatment, the doctor had adjusted the dose to prevent another reaction like that, but it didn’t help. His reaction to the second injection was far worse than the first and he was again hospitalized, this time in critical condition. While he was there, the doctor called me and asked if I’d consent to a test for a certain genetic mutation. She explained the MDR1 mutation to me and said since he was a mix, they hadn’t previously considered it. That would explain why he’s not tolerating the chemotherapy drugs and they would then alter the plan. Sadly, I lost Zeppelin later that same night.
I don’t know how Zeppelin’s last few weeks would’ve been if we had known about the MDR1 mutation or the testing for it. But the chance that he could’ve had a different outcome was enough to make me want to work in the field of veterinary technology. I want to be able to be a part of what keeps people’s fur-friends healthy and happy. Our clients need to be educated and given as much information as possible to be able to advocate for their pets. I want to be able to give both the clients and the patients comfort, even when the news isn’t great. I understand the strength of the bond between humans and animals and want a career that lets me help facilitate that bond. One of the biggest reasons for wanting this career is to be able to not only care for the patients, but to be able to support the clients as well. The clients need to be able to trust the entire team that is caring for their pets and to know they always have their pets’ best interest at heart. Many reasons have contributed to my choice of veterinary technology for my career but being able to care for all of the adorable animals every day will definitely the icing on the cake!"
Pictured: 2020 MOVTA scholarship recipient Jamie Radake with Midwest Institute's program director, Dr. Jeffrey Vemmer, and MOVTA's 2020 president, Jessica Leary, RVT.
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MOVTA's Letter to AVMA Addressing Dr. Ted Yoho
The Missouri Veterinary Technicians Association stands in support of gender equity, diversity, and inclusion. We are appalled to hear of Dr. Ted Yoho's alleged comments and accosting of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and are upset at the AVMA tacitly condoning his behavior. MOVTA stands united against misogyny, sexism, and workplace & gender inequality and we urge AVMA to reconsider their stance: denounce Dr. Ted Yoho and revoke his membership.
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Mental Health & Wellness Resources
If you are in an immediate crisis, or contemplating self-harm, please call the Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).
The NAVTA Well Being Task Force serves veterinary team members in actively creating a life and career that is fulfilling, rewarding, and sustainable.
The wellbeing of veterinary professionals is one of the most important issues facing our profession, and a critical focus of the AVMA. Improving wellbeing is a shared responsibility that requires a committed effort by all members of our community. Practice teams, business owners, veterinary colleges, organizations, and individuals all have important roles to play.
Compassion Fatigue Awareness Project
Provides self-assessment tests to help determine if you need to seek further assistance.
Get matched with a licensed therapist and enjoy a FREE MONTH of professional online counseling for NOMV or NOMVSS members.
Healthcare Professional Burnout, Depression, and Suicide Prevention
Placing a priority on mental health enables healthcare professionals to better take care of themselves and their patients.
The American Institute of Stress
The American Institute of Stress is a non-profit organization established in 1978 at the request of Hans Selye to serve as a clearinghouse for information on all stress related subjects.
#TheFightingBluesForAmanda - Facebook Group
The Fighting Blues for Amanda is an online support group founded in response to the suicide of veterinary technician Amanda Ryan.
Puget Sound Veterinary Specialists Counseling & Support Services
Our social worker has dedicated her career to helping resolve the challenges faced by those in the veterinarian profession by providing counseling and therapeutic support options for the veterinary community. Individual counseling and group workshops are currently free of charge.
How can you Help?
ASK: assess + support + know
Banfield Pet Hospital® developed a suicide-prevention training called “ASK – Assess, Support, Know,” the first of its kind designed specifically to help veterinary professionals recognize and address emotional distress and suicidal thoughts in others.
QPR (Question, Persuade, and Refer) Online Gatekeeper Training
Just as people trained in CPR and the Heimlich Maneuver help save thousands of lives each year, people trained in QPR learn how to recognize the warning signs of a suicide crisis and how to question, persuade, and refer someone to help.
U of TN Veterinary Social Worker - Veterinary Human Support Certificate Program
The Veterinary Human Support Certificate provides education for animal related professionals on the four areas of Veterinary Social Work.
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Student Chapter of the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America (SCNAVTA)
Does your program have a NAVTA Student Chapter? "Leadership is vitally important for any profession. Having a NAVTA Student Chapter (SCNAVTA) at your school will enable your students to experience the responsibilities that go along with being a member of a profession along with a professional organization. These responsibilities include planning activities that promote veterinary technology, giving back to the community through volunteer efforts, holding an elected office, following a constitution and setting a budget. Involvement in these activities while in school fosters the development of leaders within the profession."
SCNAVTA Students - Facebook
A group for current SCNAVTA students to engage with each other and other recent graduates.
Missouri Vet Tech Association Annual Student Scholarship
MOVTA will award one $500.00 scholarship to an outstanding veterinary technician student who supports our mission and shows leadership in the field of veterinary technology.
Embrace Insurance - "Embrace a Vet Tech" Scholarship
Well-trained, compassionate veterinary technicians are an integral part of any veterinary hospital. That’s why Embrace Pet Insurance is offering three $1,000 Veterinary Technician Student Scholarships for the 2020-2021 school year.
Walkin' Pets' Future Miracle Workers Scholarship Program
Walkin’ Pets is dedicated to providing the best products to serve aging, disabled, and injured pets. Each year Walkin’ Pets sponsors a scholarship program to honor tomorrow’s miracle workers and the future impact they will make in the veterinary community. A $500 Vet/Rehab Tech scholarship will be awarded for canine rehabilitation or veterinary tech students.
Oxbow's Veterinary Technology Scholarship
Oxbow’s Veterinary Technology Scholarship is intended for students who show a strong interest in pursuing a career in small and exotic animal medicine.
Golden Meadows' Pre-Veterinary & General Animal Husbandry Education Scholarship
Golden Meadows Kennel is offering a $1,000 Annual College Scholarship! We are dedicated to helping students interested in general animal husbandry and/or pre-veterinary studies.
The Society for Veterinary Medical Ethics' Alice Villalobos Student Essay Contest
The SVME has long recognized the importance of student participation and development in the field of veterinary ethics, and so, it has been pleased to host an annual student essay contest.
International Association of Pet Cemetaries and Crematories' Doyle L. Shugart Scholarship Program
As a pioneer for more than 40 years in the pet aftercare industry, former IAOPCC President and Board Director, Doyle L. Shugart, understood the importance of the deep bond between humans and their companion animals. Doyle worked tirelessly to promote and educate others about the need for compassionate and professional aftercare services when that faithful friend passes away. Following his death in July 2012, the IAOPCC dedicated its $1,000 Annual Vet Tech Scholarship Program in honor of Doyle’s tremendous educational contribution to our profession.
AKC's John D. Spurling Scholarship
In celebration of the Human-Canine Bond, the Fund awards five scholarships per year, totaling $10,000 annually, payable as tuition assistance to accredited institutions to full-time students enrolled in courses of study that contribute to the well-being of dogs and responsible pet ownership. Individuals pursuing studies in veterinary medicine, veterinary technology, physical therapy, animal care, animal behavior, grooming and training, may be eligible for this grant.
Human-Animal Bond Association
To promote the mission of HABA to veterinary students and to encourage participation and leadership in the Human-Animal Bond space, HABA will sponsor a student scholarship of up to $2000/year, with the final amount to be determined by the board of directors. The scholarship is to be used toward tuition/fees and payment for the calendar year and will be made directly to the student’s school.
AZVT Laurie Page-Peck Scholarship
The Laurie Page-Peck Memorial Scholarship Fund has been established to allow a deserving veterinary or medical technology student with an active interest in zoo veterinary medicine to attend the annual conference of the Association of Zoo Veterinary Technicians.
World Vets' Allesandra Lesho Memorial Scholarship
The Allesandra Lesho Memorial Scholarship was formed by family friends and co-workers at MV Transportation to commemorate the life of Allesandra (AJ) and to continue her legacy of excellence and compassion towards animals. This scholarship will recognize one outstanding individual by honoring them with a 1-week paid project fee for a 2020 World Vets project.
VTNE Review Group - Facebook
This group is about encouragement, helping others, and the success of all of us in the veterinary profession.
VTNE Notes - Facebook
VTNE NOTES is a group specifically for sharing notes about all things we learn about.
VTNE Pocket Prep App
App available on Apple Store, Google Play, and Amazon.
AAVSB Practice Tests & Study Resources
AAVSB offers 75-item multiple-choice/90-minute online practice tests for $45 each, sample questions, and review materials.
Zuku Review - VTNE
Offers free "question of the day" daily emails, sample questions, and paid practice tests.
CAPC-Vet Practice Tests
Great review on parasites! Five tests are available - FREE!
VSPN VTNE Preparation Classes
VSPN offers a VTNE preparation class prior to each testing window. Currently enrolled students -or- students that have graduated within the last 6 months from an AVMA accredited program are eligible for a 50% tuition discount.
Fear Free Certification
Fear Free is excited to offer all veterinary and veterinary technician students complimentary membership to our program! This offer is open to students of all levels for the duration of their time in school, and we encourage you to take advantage of the program as early as possible.
NAVC's Human-Animal Bond & Pet Nutrition Coach Certifications
With education at your fingertips, VetFolio is your one-stop resource for online continuing education, offering access to hundreds of hours of CE Courses. We are a platform for both personal and professional advancement, providing the most comprehensive continuing education in the industry. VetFolio offers complimentary membership to students.
Cat Friendly Veterinary Professional Program
The 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. Students/faculty receive a 50% discount on certification (see FAQ on website).
VSPN Continual Education Courses
VSPN offers several interactive and self-study courses. Currently enrolled students in AVMA accredited programs are eligible for a 50% tuition discount.
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Clinic and Group Memberships
Why should you offer your practice staff a MOVTA membership? The biggest benefit is free registration to our annual fall conference, with pop up conferences happening around the state, as well as a 20% discount on NAVTA memberships. View full benefits here.
- Total number of credentialed technicians (full membership - $35 each)
- Total number of non credentialed members (associate membership - $45 each)
- Renew memberships before June 1st to receive a $5 discount per membership.
- Each member's
- First and last name
- License # (for each credentialed member)
- Email address
- Home address
- FOR VET TECH PROGRAM DIRECTORS, please email us. We have a spreadsheet for you to fill out for all the students.
We will then send you an itemized paypal invoice. Once payment is received, accounts for all members will be created and/or renewed.
For new accounts:
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For existing accounts:
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