South Central Forum

CACVT hosted the South Central Regional Forum on March 16, at 6:30pm MT. 

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South Central area regional concerns:

  • CVT salary is not commensurate with cost of living.
  • Within the South Central region, there are areas with low public perception of the value of veterinary medical care. CVTs in these areas can experience limited career advancement options and commute to other areas for more opportunities.
  • Concerns regarding how regulation of CVTs will impact individual practices.

Sunrise Review discussion points:

  • Practices are concerned that limiting tasks to CVTs will render them unable to provide appropriate veterinary medical care.
  • Lack of title protection for CVTs creates a hiring concern when attempting to identify a candidate's skill set. Title protection can help ensure a minimum competency from individuals who are CVTs.
  • Educating the public needs to be a key component for growth of the profession.
  • It is imperative to provide educational opportunities for DVMs and clinic owners to garner their support for regulation.
  • 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. 

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?