North Carolina Registered Veterinary Technicians for Change
The current Practice Act for the veterinary profession, in North Carolina only lists the title of Veterinary Technician for a person who is registered to work as a technician within the state of NC. Because of this, veterinarians use other descriptions that cover both registered technicians and unregistered assistants within their practice. This is where confusion begins for the client. In November 2014, a proposal was presented to the NC Veterinary Medical Board for consideration. (This can be found at: www.ncrvtforchange.weebly.com) The following changes were addressed:
1. Including using the terms “direct” and “indirect” supervision of veterinarians.
2. Increasing the practice act to include a section titled: Veterinary Technician Job Task Regulation. It would be within this section, that RVT will be distinguished from an unregistered assistant.
By signing this position, you are acknowledging your support of changes within the veterinary practice act to include specific job task regulation for registered veterinarian technicians and non registered assistants. If signing as a pet owner, you are acknowledging your right to know who is working on your pet by honest job description on name tags.
Thank you for taking time to read and sign.
Stacey Toro-Hathaway, RVT