NAVTA changes its name

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Members of the North American Veterinary Technician Assocation have overwhelmingly voted to change the association's name to more accurately describe the organization's constituents. On Jan. 14, the association officially became the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America.

NAVTA was formed in 1981 to represent veterinary technicians in the United States and Canada. During the past 20 years however, the mission of the association has evolved, and the group primarily promotes the field of veterinary technology in the United States.

The Canadian Association of Animal Health Technologists and Technicians speaks on behalf of veterinary technicians in Canada. In 2001, the Canadian association and NAVTA signed an agreement pledging to share resource, increase networking, and identify opportunities that will allow both associations to advance the field.