Former CVTEA member now on AVMA staff

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Rachel Valentine

Rachel Valentine, a registered veterinary technician, was hired Aug. 27 as an assistant director in the AVMA Division of Education and Research and is the first veterinary technician to fill this position.

Her primary duties will be staff support with Dr. Karen Martens-Brandt, also an assistant director of the AVMA Education and Research division, for the AVMA Committee on Veterinary Technician Education and Activities and the AVMA/National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America Executive Board Liaison Committee.

“I hope that I serve and represent veterinary technicians well on staff. It’s a lot of responsibility,” Valentine said.

Previously, Valentine worked as an education specialist in Tulsa, Okla., with Tulsa Community College’s Veterinary Technology Program, which is accredited by the CVTEA. She has been an educator at TCC since 1999. Before that, she worked at several private small animal practices for 14 years.

Valentine served on the CVTEA from 2005-2012, taking on the role of vice chair from 2008-2010 and chair from 2010-2012.

“Serving on that committee and seeing how programs meet standards but in different ways has been enlightening for me in that not everyone has to do things the same way,” Valentine said. “At first, I was not sure about distance education. But over the years, I have embraced it and realized there are ways to deliver education where one size doesn’t fit all.”

Valentine also served on the American Association of Veterinary State Boards’ Veterinary Technician National Examination Committee from 2006-2011 and the Veterinary Technician Ad Hoc Committee for the Oklahoma State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners.

She received her associate degree in applied science in veterinary technology from Maple Woods Community College in Kansas City, Mo., in 1992, and her bachelor’s degree in biology from Northeastern State University in Broken Arrow, Okla., in 2003.

In 2012, Valentine was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Oklahoma Veterinary Technician Association and in 1998 was Oklahoma Veterinary Technician of the Year.

Valentine says working in veterinary technician education and now with the CVTEA is a point of pride for her.

“You get to have an impact on the accreditation side of things and make sure the standards of education are what they should be. That’s very important to me personally. I want folks who graduate and do become licensed to be the best-educated, -trained graduates they can be,” she said.