Front Range Forum

CACVT hosted the Front Range Regional Forum on March 30, at 6:30pm MT. 

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Sunrise Review discussion points:

The Front Range Forum focused mostly on the Sunrise Review and proposed professional regulations. Attendees provided meaningful insight, ideas, and personal experience to help support CACVT's advocacy efforts, including:

  • Experience moving from an on-the-job trained veterinary assistant to a CVT after completing an AVMA-accredited veterinary technology program.
  • Educating the public needs to be a key component for growth of the profession and support in regulatory efforts. The public gets what the public wants!
  • It is imperative to provide information to DVMs and clinic owners on how regulation will impact their practices and the benefits they will see, and be prepared to work with them to address their concerns.
  • The fact that CVTs are in short supply - due to a variety of factors - was recognized. One way this has been addressed in other states has been implementing a "grandfathering" period so time was spent discussing grandfathering options. Some ideas brought forth were:
    • Narrow window of opportunity to take the VTNE for those who meet certain qualifications, ie. hours worked, graduated but didn't take/pass the VTNE, endorsement by a DVM.
    • Work with distance learning programs to explore options to make educational opportunities possible for interested veterinary assistants
    • VTNE prep course offerings
    • Developing a mentorship program to connect CVTs with people taking the VTNE
  • Scope of practice for CVTs is another highly debated topic when considering regulation. Attendees were implored to give their thoughts on how to implement a scope of practice:
    • Base scope of practice and supervision level on tasks with most risk of causing harm - the higher the risk, the more qualifications needed to perform those tasks
    • Look at scope in other states, but make sure it doesn't get overly cumbersome and difficult to follow
    • A starting point could be the AVMA-accreditation required skills list 
  • In a previous forum, an idea was brought forth to create a task force focused on developing industry educational materials on the benefits of regulation and utilization of CVTs. If you are interested in joining such a task force, please fill out the Volunteer Interest Form, specifically referencing the educational materials task force. 
  • If you have ideas, thoughts, or comments on any of the above topics, please reach out to Erin Henninger at [email protected] to discuss further.

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

The Department of Regulatory Agencies (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 CVT regulation - including title protection - help solve the problems you experience?