Eastern Forum

CACVT hosted the Eastern Regional Forum including members from northeast and southeast Colorado on February 16, at 6:30pm MT. 

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Eastern Plains regional concerns:

  • Lack of in-person (pre-COVID) meetings and CE events
  • CVTs in this region are siloed due to geographic expanse and small number of CVTs 
  • CVTs who live in this region often commute to larger communities for opportunities and career advancement

Sunrise Review discussion points:

For a comprehensive discussion on CACVT's advocacy and regulatory efforts, including sunrise review, please visit the Professional Regulation FAQ page.

Tammy Schneider shared insight into the Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA) inquiry and how CVTs can mobilize to exemplify their influence, roles, and responsibilities. DORA welcomes public comment on Sunset and Sunrise Reviews, via this LINK. DORA is seeking to answer the following questions in their determination of the need for regulation of veterinary technicians. Please use these points as a reference when submitting public comments to DORA.

  • What is the risk of harm to animals and animal owners from non-regulation of veterinary technicians?
    • The DORA definition of harm includes physical, emotional or financial harm to clients resulting from failure to provide appropriate service, or erroneous or incompetent service. DORA needs instances of specific, verifiable harm that was caused by a CVT or other non-veterinarian staff members.
    • This is one of the most important factors in determining the need for regulation and the area where YOU can have the most influence! If you have an experience you could share, please contact CACVT at [email protected] for specific details. 
  • Why is regulation necessary when veterinarians hold malpractice insurance that covers the entire veterinary team under their supervision?
    • In response, this is a short-sighted perspective in that supervision and the presence of malpractice insurance does nothing to prevent harm to animal patients. Yes, owners may not experience financial harm from a medical error AND malpractice insurance does not ensure that medical errors will happen.
  • What should be the difference between credentialed veterinary technicians and veterinary assistants?
    • This will look different for every CVT, but is an extremely valuable point of insight that only you can provide. Some areas for delineation of CVTs and veterinary assistants that have been established include anesthesia and patient monitoring, radiology and radiation safety, and zoonosis risk and public education. Using your personal experiences in these areas will help DORA understand the different, yet equally important, roles CVTs and veterinary assistants hold on the animal healthcare team.
  • What problems exist in the veterinary industry that could be solved by regulation of CVTs?
    • Currently, AVMA has been focusing on the problems of technician utilization and misallocation of veterinary staff (DVMs doing CVT work and using CVTs as a restrainer, for example). The broader problem in this instance is inefficiency in practice resulting in a lack of access to veterinary care for consumers. COVID has definitely taken things to heightened levels but if practice inefficiency has been an issue in your work experience, DORA needs to hear about your experience!
    • Regulation of CVTs could help veterinary staff members have a better understanding of the specific roles each person holds. How could regulation of CVTs - including title protection - help solve the problems you experience?