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January 01, 2020

NAVTA connects with association management provider

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NAVTA logoThe National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America and the AVMA have reached an agreement with an association management company to handle day-to-day operations for the veterinary technicians’ group. 

Professional Management Associates will provide administrative, membership, and other management services for NAVTA, effective Nov. 4. The NAVTA executive board will continue to focus on the vision of the association.

As part of the PMA team, Phillip Russo will serve as NAVTA’s executive director. Russo, a certified association executive, will oversee all aspects of the day-to-day management of the association as well as provide skills needed to grow the association as directed by the board of directors, according to a NAVTA Facebook post.

“NAVTA is excited for this next phase of growth. With the addition of PMA to our team, NAVTA is poised to continue its mission of advancing veterinary nursing and technology,” said NAVTA President Erin Spencer in a press release. “This partnership ensures NAVTA’s ability to remain a sustainable association and maintain its leadership role in the veterinary technology profession.”

Heather O’Steen, PMA’s co-managing partner, said in the release that her organization looks forward to working with NAVTA’s leadership to advance NAVTA’s mission, support the growth of the association, and implement the association’s strategic goals. PMA provides similar services to organizations such as the American Association of Feline Practitioners and the New Jersey VMA. 

The AVMA has provided management and other support services for NAVTA since July 2017. The AVMA will continue to support NAVTA to facilitate and maintain open lines of communication between the associations. 

“Just as veterinarians and veterinary technicians benefit from each other’s strengths and experience in the workplace, it’s important for the AVMA and NAVTA to continue working together for the benefits this will provide the veterinary community, our clients and, ultimately, our patients,” said Dr. John Howe, president of the AVMA, in the release.

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