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Sunday, 11 November 2018 23:49

What is a Veterinary Technician?

What is a Veterinary Technician?

A veterinary technician is the main source of help for a veterinary doctor. Just like medical doctors work with nurses, vets count on vet techs to assist them with a variety of things. The type of work that you will do as a veterinary technician varies widely depending on your experience, what type of setting you are working in, and your specialties. For example, a vet tech in a small-town clinic does different things than an experienced vet tech specializing in anesthesia does while working in an emergency hospital.

Despite these differing responsibilities, there are some general things that almost all vet techs do during their careers, such as:

  • General animal nursing
  • Talking with and educating clients
  • Inducing/monitoring anesthesia
  • Collecting and analyzing lab samples
  • Radiology (taking x-rays)
  • Supervising other staff members

Other roles and responsibilities included:

  • Dental care assistance
  • Surgery preparation and assistance
  • Cleaning (cages, instruments, patients)
  • Patient restraint
  • Updating case files
  • Dressing wounds
  • Office work (filing, answering calls)
  • Exercising/walking patients
  • Vaccinations
  • Euthanasia

Things A Vet Tech Doesn’t Do:

  • Patient Diagnosis
  • Patient Prognosis
  • Perform Surgery
  • Prescribe Medications

The list of vet tech responsibilities is pretty lengthy. Anything the vet needs help with, that’s what you’ll be there for.

Many people confuse vet techs with vet assistants. Read more about the important differences between these two jobs here: Vet Assistant vs. Vet Tech: What’s The Difference?

Sunday, 11 November 2018 23:20

Contact Us

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Sunday, 11 November 2018 23:09

Membership - Benefits

Why Join MOVTA?

Becoming a member of the Missouri Vet Tech Association presents many benefits to our members. In addition to networking and staying up to date on CE and job opportunities, we also provide:

  • $500 scholarship to students.
  • "Vet Tech of the Year" award.
  • Full access to job postings in our career center.
  • Annual fall conference that fulfills all of our CE requirements for the year.
  • 20% discount on their NAVTA membership.
  • Receive our quarterly newsletter.
  • Exclusive discounts to partner companies, such as Veterinary Survival Box and Vet Stickers.
  • Your voice with Missouri legislation.

...and more!

Memberships are valid from June 1 - May 31 of each year, with early renewal beginning on May 1st. Memberships are NON-REFUNDABLE.

Membership levels

Full Membership: $35

Individual that is registered, certified, or licensed and is a graduate of an AVMA accredited Veterinary Technology program.

Full Member Benefits: including the benefits listed above, full members also receive free registration to our annual fall conference and discounts to other CE events.

Student Membership: $0

Individual that is currently enrolled as a student in a Veterinary Technology program that is AVMA accredited or that has applied for AVMA accreditation. Student members may not vote or hold a board position.

Student Member Benefits: Including the benefits listed above, students receive a discount on our fall conference registration, and also have access to a "student resource center" including things like free or discounted programs, scholarships, VTNE study resources, etc!

Associate Membership: $45

Individual working in a veterinary practice that has not graduated from an AVMA accredited Veterinary Technology program or someone that has graduated from an AVMA accredited Veterinary Technology program but has not yet passed board exams to become a credentialed veterinary technician. Associate members may not vote or hold a board position.

Associate Member Benefits: including the benefits listed above, full members also receive free registration to our annual fall conference and discounts to other CE events.

Program Director Membership: $0

Individual that is currently employed as a program director for an AVMA accredited Veterinary Technology program. Program Director members may not vote or hold a board position.

Join today!

Sunday, 11 November 2018 23:06

Get Involved

Get Involved

MOVTA has several opportunities for MO technicians to become involved in the organization and our profession.

Newsletter

Do you want to write an article for the next MOVTA newsletter? Are you passionate about a subject and want your voice heard? Submit your article to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for a chance to be featured in both our newsletter and on social media outlets.

Social Media

Have an interesting case you want to share? Want to brag about your clinic or show off a personal accomplishment? Reach out to us on our facebook page, or email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Open Positions

The MOVTA is looking for a few charismatic and driven RVTs to help serve on our board. The Board consists of working RVTs in the state of Missouri who volunteer their time to publish a quarterly newsletter, maintain a website with job ads and information pertinent to the field, and to create a free five-hour CE conference for all members. We are always looking for additional volunteers to help lessen the workload. We have a need for a wide variety of roles.

Applicants must be full voting members of MOVTA (unless otherwise designated) working in the state of MO. All positions will require participation in mandatory scheduled board meetings (you may phone in), participation in board discussions and decisions, as well as the possibility of travel to different areas of the state. All board positions are NON PAID, VOLUNTEER positions and no compensation will be awarded for time spent on board or committee duties.

If you are interested in joining us, please contact us today at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Student Representative

The Student Representative shall act as liaison between MOVTA and other students in Missouri's veterinary technology programs/SCNAVTA chapters and shall provide quarterly updates for the newsletter and social media. S/he is also responsible for promoting and organizing our annual student scholarship, as well as promoting MOVTA to MO programs.

District Representatives

District Representatives help streamline communication between MOVTA and area technicians. This may include running and maintaining a region-specific facebook page for that area, reporting CE events, job postings, etc. They represent the views of their constituents and be voting members of the Board of Directors, inform the district membership of actions pending and actions taken by the Board of Directors, and run a local social media group to keep counties in their district informed of MOVTA news as well as local CE events, job opportunities, etc.

View open District Representative seats

Sunday, 11 November 2018 22:13

Board of Directors

Board of Directors



Executive Committee

Whitney Fahrendorf

Whitney Fahrendorf, RVT

President, MVMA Chair

Whitney Fahrendorf is 2012 graduate of Maple Woods Veterinary Technology Program and a 2013 graduate of Northwest Missouri State University with a Bachelor of Technology in Agriculture. She is currently a Registered Veterinary Technician at Cooper County Animal Hospital. Since graduating she has spent time working at a mixed animal practice and previously at the University of Missouri Veterinary Health Center. She has 2 dogs (Kimber and Piper) and 2 cats (Leroy and Justice). When she is not working, she enjoys anything fitness related and spending time with friends and family.

 

Jessica Leary, RVT

President, Public Relations Chair

Jessica is a 2009 graduate from the Vet Tech Institute at Hickey College and has spent time in everything from specialty, emergency/ecc, and both corporate and privately owned general practice. She is an admin for two successful industry facebook groups, a local Vet Techs of Greater St. Louis and international Vet Tech Nation. Some of her passions are client education and combating compassion fatigue and burn out. In addition to serving on MVTA, she also volunteers her time at a local TNR clinic. When she isn't working, she enjoys spending time as a new mom with her daughter, husband, and their two Aussies.

katie willis

Katie Willis, RVT

Secretary

Katie Willis, RVT completed her schooling at Cedar Valley College through the AAHA Distance Education Veterinary Technology Program with an Associates degree in Veterinary Technology in December 2011 and became fully credentialed in 2012. She graduated from University of Missouri-Columbia in May 2000. Katie was hired on as a vet tech at the St. Charles County Pet adoption center in June 2000. In 2016, she was promoted to the Division Director for St. Charles County Pet Adoption Center. She is married to a wonderful man, named Robert. They do not have children, but they have 2 Beagles, 1 shih-tzu, 1 german shepherd, 3 cats, 3 rabbits and several chickens. She loves being a vet tech as it is challenging and fulfilling. In her spare time she likes to quilt, read, talk to people/help people and foster for the animal shelter. She is also the President of Friends of the Pet Adoption Center as an auxiliary for the shelter to assist the shelter animals with better medical care and to keep pets in their homes. She is currently the secretary for the MO Vet Tech Association.

 

Brian Royce, RVT

Treasurer

 



Committees

Erica Nagy, RVT

Vice-President, Membership

 

 
melissa bartlett

Melissa Bartlett, RVT

Newsletter

Melissa graduated Maple Woods Veterinary Technology in 2005 and currently works in Liberty MO in a small animal private practice clinic. In addition to volunteering with MVTA, Melissa also travels with World Vets and assists in sterilization campaigns around the world. She has two cats named Taco and Dos, who both enjoy cat-nip binges and one dog named Zoe who would often prefer to spend time at Doggy Daycare than at home. Melissa has been a part of the MVTA board since 2014, and has recently taken the position of Newsletter Chair.

Julie Rutherford

Julie Rutherford, RVT

Conference Committee

Julie graduated in 2005 from Maple Woods Veterinary Technology Program and started out in private practice. She now works in the product support call center at Bayer Animal Health. She is a new mom, and enjoys spending time with family, gardening and cooking. Julie has been with the MVTA board since 2008 and coordinates the annual fall conference. Julie also serves on the Maple Woods Advisory Board and the MVMA Veterinary Technician Committee.

 

Kassey Heuer, RVT

FETCH

 

Open Seat

Scholarship

 



Board Members at Large

Savannah Buckman, RVT

 

 

Connie Stager, RVT

Connie graduated in 2014 from Brown Mackie and became licensed in fall of 2014. She lives with her wife, son, 3 cats and 1 dog. She is currently an RVT at a small animal general practice where she focuses on being the tech in rooms,taking care of follow up calls, and assisting in medical question phone calls. She joined the board for networking and to become more involved in the veterinary community.

katie cullen

Katie Cullen, RVT

Katie has been a Registered Veterinary Technician since 2014. She's worked at Pet Pals Animal Hospital, a small private clinic since July 2014. She has a rescued pitbull named Ronnie, a pure bred German Shepherd named Bear, along with 7 chickens. In her spare time she enjoys gardening and chicken keeping, working out and spending time with family ❤️

 

Alicia Sexauer, RVT

Alicia is a Missouri native, growing up and spending most of her time with her family in the St. Louis area. She has had the opportunity to have loved and worked with many different types of animal companions in her life (such as hedgehogs, dogs, cats, rabbits, a potbelly pig, and horses – just to name a few).Alicia’s experience with her own personal animals range from showing her horses and rabbits to working as a rescue foster mom and participating with animal-assisted therapy groups as well as starting a local pet-sitting business in 2018. She has been a RVT since 2007 and started her career working in a mixed animal practice and made the move to work in biomedical research in 2010. Alicia loves the skill sets she has had the opportunity to learn along the way, and looks forward to continuing to improve her knowledge and skills.

Beth Bollinger, RVT

Beth began her career at a very young age working for her father at his veterinary clinic in St. Louis. She knew veterinary medicine was her passion and followed in her father's footsteps. A graduate of Jefferson College, Beth passed her VTNE and Missouri State board exam to become an R.V.T. in August, 2011. Beth enjoys working in the veterinary medical field because of her love for helping animals and building relationships with clients and pets. Beth has 3 pets of her own: Hank, a beagle; Pixie, a beagle and labrador mix; and Duke, another beagle. She is a busy mom of two teenagers (Luke 15, and Emilee 14) and in her free-time, she helps a local dog rescue by being an active foster mom.

 

 

The board consists of working RVTs in the state of Missouri who volunteer their time. Interested in joining the board?

Sunday, 11 November 2018 20:16

Sponsorship

Sponsorship Benefits

  • Company Exposure via:
    • Website links
    • Newsletters
    • Facebook
    • Conference Proceedings
  • Support Veterinary Technicians throughout Missouri
  • Support Veterinary Technician students in Missouri

 

Sponsorship Levels

Platinum $1000

  • Company name and logo on all conference advertising materials
  • One full page advertisement in conference proceedings
  • Company logo and link on MOVTA website
  • Option of a Booth during fall conference
  • Company logo in sponsor section of newsletter
  • Company name on Student scholarship plaque
  • Recognition of sponsorship on MOVTA Facebook page
  • Catered breakfast and lunch for exhibitors
  • Company provides a speaker for the fall conference

Gold $800

  • Company name and logo on all conference advertising materials
  • One full page advertisement in conference proceedings
  • Company logo and link on MOVTA website
  • Option of a booth during fall conference
  • Company logo in sponsor section of newsletter
  • Recognition of sponsorship on MOVTA Facebook page
  • Catered breakfast and lunch for exhibitors

Silver $500

  • Company name and logo on all conference advertising materials
  • One half page advertisement in conference proceedings
  • Company logo on MOVTA website
  • Option of a booth during the fall conference
  • Company logo on sponsor section of newsletter
  • Catered breakfast and lunch for exhibitors

Bronze $300

  • Company name and logo on all conference advertising materials
  • One half page advertisement in conference proceedings
  • Company logo and link on MOVTA website

Become a sponsor today!

Sunday, 04 November 2018 22:00

Welcome to Missouri Vet Tech Association

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Welcome to the Missouri Veterinary Technician Association!

The Missouri Veterinary Technicians Association is a 501c6 non-profit organization established in 1974. Since that time, the organization has been the leading voice representing Missouri registered veterinary technicians and support staff working in private practice, research, academia and government throughout the state of Missouri. There are over 650 actively Registered Veterinary Technicians in the state of Missouri. The mission of MOVTA is to represent, promote and advance the field of veterinary technology through education, legislation and by providing superior animal care.


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