2019 NCAVT Spring NEWSLETTER
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WELCOME THE NEW BOARD POSITIONS!
NEW FACES, SAME FACES, VACANT SPACES....
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
NCAVT Career Center
Need Help Connecting with Candidates?
Think beyond the basic job posting. Here are some helpful recruiting reminders to increase your exposure to qualified active and passive job seekers with the North Carolina Association of Veterinary Technicians:
• Use a descriptive job title. Job seekers often search by keyword so make sure your job title effectively reflects your open position.
• Upgrade your listings. Take advantage of the job posting upgrades on the North Carolina Association of Veterinary Technicians to help your job postings stand out from the rest.
• Highlight corporate perks. More recently, job seekers are including corporate perks and impressive culture in their search criteria for the perfect job. Make sure job seekers know your competitive advantages over other employers.
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!!
Bobbie Aldridge, RVT
Elise Lavie, DVM
Dr. Lissa Capitano
Dr. Randy Lynn
Christian Francis, RVT, VTS-D
Dr. Jennifer Merlo
Cherrokie Taylor, RVT
Kim Heisel, RVT
Thanks again to our amazing speakers:
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!
From left to right: Bonnie Powell, Caitlin Bingham, Ame Jacobs, Felicia Williams, Reshe Ibrahim, Juliana Ruiz, Krysta Hammonds, and Jennifer Hess
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.
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 TheBestColleges.org 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'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.
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
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