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PULSE PERSPECTIVE
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VA GROWTH POTENTIAL
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T
he SCVMA is the nation's largest regional veterinary medical association representing over 900
hospitals and 1,500 members "
job openings. They are able to attend the CE meetings,
mingle with licensed technicians and garner knowledge
that may not be available to them without the SCVMA.
But what about Vet Assistants (VAs)? Each hospital defWhen
I started my term last January, one of my goals
was to try and find ways to increase the overall membership
of the SCVMA, to reach out to younger people and
try to inspire them to pursue a career in the veterinary
field. At the latest count, the SCVMA membership population
breaks down into around 777 DVM's, 385 Paraprofessionals,
87 Friends of the Association, 316 DVM
students, and 236 RVT students.
The SCVMA has been open for DVM and RVT
students to join since 2014. The main purpose was to
introduce them early on to the benefits of joining the
SCVMA in the hopes that when they graduate, they will
continue on with their membership and become active
and productive members. Even today, the SCVMA holds
biannual CE events at both local veterinary medical colleges
(UCDavis, Western University) in cooperation with
their respective student associations. The Board also has
student representatives from each College to facilitate
the communication and promotion of the SCVMA to
the veterinary student population.
We are all aware of how important an RVT is to a
practice. Without them, there is no practice. RVT students
who join the SCVMA early get to have a head
start in networking, work experience, and possibly future
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initely has a couple of Vet Assistants who are also essential
to the practice. I do not have an exact count of how
many Veterinary Assistant programs there are in Southern
California but there are at least 6 according to the veterinarianedu.org
website. Once a month, I get to meet several
Vet Assistant students who volunteer their time for
the Downtown Dog events. Upon speaking with them,
I learned that the whole course averages to around only
10 months with both online and in-person classes. Each
batch may range from 10-30 students at a time. Majority
do not consider their course as an end point. A lot of
them have goals of furthering their education to become
either an RVT or a DVM.
The SCVMA Board thought it best to tap into this
potential pool of future VAs, who may eventually become
RVTs and DVMs. Through a resolution unanimously
passed at the last Board meeting, it was agreed upon to
create another free membership category for VA students.
Hopefully with an early introduction to the SCVMA,
it's wonderful members and benefits will inspire them
more to become the best in their field. This will not only
benefit the Association in particular, but also the whole
pet population in general. When they graduate, they can
continue on to become paying members under the Paraprofessional
category.
If any of you have VA students doing internship/
shadowing as part of their course requirements (or they
may just really want to learn), be sure to let them know
that the SCVMA is welcoming them with open arms.
It would be wonderful to start them early on the path
towards supporting the SCVMA. We stand together
withthem in the service of the Southern California pet
population.
Raymond De Villa, DVM
SCVMA President
http://www.veterinarianedu.org http://www.veterinarianedu.org

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Pulse - September 2021

Pulse - September 2021
Chapter Meetings & Calendar
President’s Perspective
Pulsepoints
SCVMA Profile
How Veterinary Managers’ Jobs Differ
Practical Pathology
Medical Leeway
UC Davis Update
Tools for Success
Angel Fund
Dear Tabby
The RVT
Industry Insights
Quick Reference
AVMA Diplomates
Digital Photography for Veterinarians
Resources
Disease Table
From the SCVMA Office
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Pulse - September 2021 - Chapter Meetings & Calendar
Pulse - September 2021 - President’s Perspective
Pulse - September 2021 - Pulsepoints
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Pulse - September 2021 - Practical Pathology
Pulse - September 2021 - Medical Leeway
Pulse - September 2021 - UC Davis Update
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Pulse - September 2021 - Angel Fund
Pulse - September 2021 - Dear Tabby
Pulse - September 2021 - The RVT
Pulse - September 2021 - Industry Insights
Pulse - September 2021 - Quick Reference
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Pulse - September 2021 - Digital Photography for Veterinarians
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