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President's Letter

Happy Holidays!

I hope this newsletter finds you enjoying the holiday season! It is hard to believe we are already about to ring in the New Year! 2018 has been a whirlwind of a year for the NCAVT, and we are looking forward
to bringing more benefits and growth in 2019!

Speaking of growth, renewal time is here, and I can’t stress how important it is, now more than ever, for each state to have strength in numbers. As the Veterinary Nurse Initiative works its way into legislative offices across the country, unions are forming in veterinary hospitals, and our profession is advancing and growing in recognition! Please make sure you renew your membership and ask around the clinic, your graduation classmates, and everyone you know in the profession if they are members and if not encourage them to do so! Keep in mind; we have memberships for EVERYONE in the clinic,non-credentialed staff; even the veterinarians can join as associate members!

Does your employer pay your membership dues?! Give them a shout out on our Facebook page so we can give them some recognition for supporting you! If not, ask them to consider! Many employers pay for professional memberships, and you deserve this perk as you are a professional member of their team!

That is right! YOU ARE AMAZING! You are part of a profession that cares for those who can’t speak, can’t tell us what is wrong, and advocates through education, care, and hard work, every day. You are part of one of the most honorable and beautiful professions I could think of (sure, I am biased, but still!) and I appreciate all you do. I am proud of each of you for all you give to your patients, how hard you work to give the best patient care, and how strong each of you is!

There are a lot of great clinics out there looking for techs to join their practice where they will be utilized, respected and part of a fantastic and healthy culture. If you are looking for this practice, make sure you upload your resume to our Job Board so that employers can find you! And if your practice is looking for fantastic talent, reach out to us about advertising through our Job Board and reach the technicians closest to you, and even search the uploaded resumes!

We will continue to work to bring you added benefits, more communications, and great opportunities to support your profession throughout the year! Don’t miss the chance to utilize the benefits, CE opportunities, and networking of participation in the NCAVT and renew your membership today!

Happiest of holidays to you and yours from all of us at the NCAVT!

Respectfully Submitted,
Beckie Mossor, RVT
NCAVT President

Membership Renewal

With your membership you will receive:


  • A discount to both our fall and spring conferences

  • A NAVTA membership discount

  • A minimum of four newsletters each year

  • Free access to the NCAVT career center


In addition, your membership allows us to:

  • Maintain this networking website

  • Provide affordable continuing education

  • Award scholarships to deserving future RVT's attending North Carolina AVMA accredited  schools

  • Help donate to other non-profit animal groups in this state that many of you hold close to your heart

Hurricane Florence Gone But NC Still in Recovery

Hurricane Florence definitely took a toll on our North Carolina communities from the coast and throughout the Piedmont.  The land has begun to dry, vegetation is regrowing, homes are still in process of being rebuilt and pets are still displaced.  As a whole, we are all back to normal, but there are still communities living in campers, tents, hotels, and with families as their homes are being repaired or completely rebuilt.  Some pets are still displaced in shelters or other places waiting on their owners to get settled.


Please remember help is still needed!  The resources and help were overwelling the first 2 months, but have begun to dwindle.  The pet food pantries are running out of food and the hay/feed trucks are becoming less and less.  The majority of the population is fairing well but others still need the help.  Reach put to your local or eastern pet food pantries, shelters and farm communities to see where you can be of assistance.  


Wilmington Pet Food Pantry is one that has reached out for help. As of this week, they were down to 2 bags of dog food. This is a group that travels to numerous counties (New Hanover, Brunswick, Onslow, Pender and more) to deliver food to dogs and cats in need until owners can get back on their feet.  Please visit their facebook page Wilmington NC Pet Food Pantry

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NCAVT Career Center

What Are Your 2019 Career Goals?


Kickstart the new year and give your career a reboot by leveraging the recent updates and improved resources on North Carolina Association of Veterinary Technicians

Here are the top 3 things to check out:

1. Location Radius Job Search: Searching for a job can be time-consuming. However, now when entering a job search location, you will be presented with matching locations to autocomplete your search. You can also choose a specified mile radius from which to pull open jobs. 

2. Job Alert Quick Create: When searching for a job on the North Carolina Association of Veterinary Technicians homepage, you can also create a job alert. In one easy step, you can search for jobs and be alerted when a job that meets your criteria becomes available.

3. Career Resources: The turn of the year is the perfect time to catch up on industry news or read tips about advancing your career. North Carolina Association of Veterinary Technicians is a great career resource that provides job search and interviewing tips, while you’re looking for industry updates or available positions. 

Wishing you career success and a Happy New Year from North Carolina Association of Veterinary Technicians!

2018 NCAVT Fall Conference

This was a great conference!! The speakers and sponsors were amazing and the participants make NCAVT proud every year!! Our venue as always was beautiful.. Thank you, Melanie Skinner and Gaston College!!


NCAVT is proud to represent all of you year after year and sponsor these great conferences! Together we are accomplishing greatness! We are a village that only gets better as we grow!! Thank you all for being a part of our village!! Together we are NCAVT!!

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NCVC Breakfast


On November 3, 2018, the NCAVT hosted a breakfast at the North Carolina Veterinary Conference in Raleigh. A special thank you to Hill's for sponsoring this event.


Miller Monte students and alumni were our early birds! We love to see large representations of schools each year!

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From left to right:  Bonnie Powell, Caitlin Bingham, Ame Jacobs, Felicia Williams, Reshe Ibrahim, Juliana Ruiz, Krysta Hammonds, and Jennifer Hess

School News

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Programs are through their first semester of 2018-2019!! These schools are soring and our profession is blossoming!!  These programs are making NC proud!  The education and building renovations that have occurred with every school over the last 5 years are astonishing!!  NC veterinary profession is definitely a voice to be heard!


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We love to hear from all schools! If you were not able to send in anything for this addition PLEASE send in pictures and updates for the next newsletter!!

Cape Fear Community College

CFCC students are having fun! The first year class is learning about Reptiles and avians while the second year class is starting radiology and surgery.

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Gaston Community College

DALLAS, N.C. – Prepared with hard hats and shovels in hand, current and former Gaston College Board members turned a bit of soil together at a groundbreaking ceremony, Tuesday, December 4, 2018, near the building site of the new Veterinary Medical Technology building on the Gaston College Dallas Campus.

The new, nearly 16,000 square foot state-of-the-art facility is designed to provide the best possible hands-on teaching and learning spaces for students studying to become Veterinary Technicians. The building will include offices, workspaces, classrooms, a computer lab, and a student lounge as well as animal kennels, exam rooms, a surgery suite, and a radiology lab. Additional space will be provided to board program animals and for exercising and general animal care to enhance the hands-on training provided by the vet tech program. The current vet tech building is only 4,000 square.

The Architects firm for the building design is Stewart-Cooper-Newell Architects, P.A. and the general contractor is Randolph Builders, Inc. Construction on the new facility will begin in 2019.

The majority of the funding for this project has been provided by the Connect NC Bond Act which was approved by North Carolina voters on March 15, 2016. The bond included funding for each campus within the NC Community College System, the UNC System campuses, public safety, water and sewer grants, state parks and agriculture. Gaston College was also fortunate to receive an additional 1,000,000 appropriation from the State of North Carolina to support the purchase of state-of-the-art equipment to support teaching and learning within the facility.

Gaston College is one of three community colleges in North Carolina that offers a high-quality, American Veterinary Medical Association accredited program. Over the past few years, 100 percent of Gaston’s vet tech students have passed the state licensure exam. As a result, the program is highly regarded in the Piedmont region ranking #14 on the list of Top 50 Vet Tech programs in 2017 by and most local veterinary offices employ one or more of the program's alumni.

Stephanie Michael-Pickett, Gaston College
Director of Marketing and Public Relations



What happened when the cat ate a ball of wool?

She had mittens

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What's Up World......

The University of Sydney. "A dog's color could impact longevity, increase health issues." ScienceDaily.

ScienceDaily, 22 October 2018. <>.

New research led by the University of Sydney has revealed the life expectancy of chocolate Labradors is significantly lower than their black and yellow counterparts.

The study of more than 33,000 United Kingdom-based Labrador retrievers of all colors shows chocolate Labradors also have a higher incidence of ear infections and skin disease. Its findings were published in the open access journal Canine Genetics and Epidemiology today.

Part of the University's VetCompass™ Programme, which collects and analyses electronic patient data on dogs, the research is being replicated in Australia, where Labradors are the most popular breed of dog.

In the UK, the median longevity of non-chocolate Labradors is 12.1 years, more than 10 percent longer than those with chocolate coats. The prevalence of ear inflammation (otitis externa) was twice as high in chocolate Labradors, who were four times more likely to have suffered from pyo-traumatic dermatitis (also known as hot-spot).

Lead author Professor Paul McGreevy, from the University's Faculty of Science, said the relationship between coat colour and disease came as a surprise to researchers. The UK findings may not hold in Australian Labradors, he said, but warrant investigation.

"The relationships between coat colour and disease may reflect an inadvertent consequence of breeding certain pigmentations," he said. "Because chocolate colour is recessive in dogs, the gene for this colour must be present in both parents for their puppies to be chocolate. Breeders targeting this colour may, therefore, be more likely to breed only Labradors carrying the chocolate coat gene. It may be that the resulting reduced gene pool includes a higher proportion of genes conducive to ear and skin conditions."

Across the entire Labrador population, the most common health conditions found were obesity, ear infections, and joint conditions.

"We found that 8.8 percent of UK Labradors are overweight or obese, one of the highest percentages among dog breeds in the VetCompass™ database," Professor McGreevy said.

The prevalence was higher among male dogs who had been neutered.

Labrador retrievers under primary veterinary care in the UK was co-authored with colleagues from the London's Royal Veterinary College (RVC), where the VetCompass™ programme™ began in 2007, as a collaboration with the University of Sydney. VetCompass Australia now operates as a consortium comprising all of Australia's veterinary schools, supported by the Australian Research Council.


Story Source:

Materials provided by the University of Sydney. Note: Content edited for style and length.


Journal Reference:

  1. Paul D. McGreevy, Bethany J. Wilson, Caroline S. Mansfield, Dave C. Brodbelt, David B. Church, Navneet Dhand, Ricardo J. Soares Magalhães, Dan G. O’Neill. Labrador retrievers under primary veterinary care in the UK: demography, mortality and disorders. Canine Genetics and Epidemiology, 2018; 5 (1) DOI: 10.1186/s40575-018-0064-x

Help Wanted
Are you interested in serving on the NCAVT board? The following positions will open in Spring of 2019! 
  • President-Elect
  • Secretary
  • Treasurer
  • Newsletter Coordinator 
  • Public Relations
  • Member at Large (Eastern Region)
  • Member at Large (Central Region)
  • Member at Large (Western Region)
Please consider joining our team. Send your nomination letter and resume to
For more information, regarding each position, check out our website.
2019 NCAVT Spring Conference

Are you interested in speaking at our Spring Conference? We are now accepting abstracts!!!

NCAVT Spring Conference 
March 16th 2019
NCSU College of Veterinary Medicine 
Raleigh NC

Please send abstracts to:

Save The Dates

North Carolina Veterinary Medical Board Meeting, Raleigh 

     January 17, 2019

     March 14, 2019​


NCAVT Spring Conference, NCSU CVM, Raleigh 

    March 16, 2019


North Carolina College of Veterinary Medicine Open House

    March 30, 2018




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