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April 15, 2020

NAVTA names veterinary technician of the year

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The National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America awarded Mary Berg the annual Veterinary Technician of the Year award in February.

Mary Berg
Mary Berg, owner of Beyond the Crown Veterinary Education, recently was named the 2020 Veterinary Technician of the Year. (Courtesy of Mary Berg)

Berg, a registered veterinary technician, said, “This award means so much to me as I have been involved in many aspects of the profession over the years—including research, practice, teaching, and consulting—as well as my involvement with NAVTA, AVMA, and American Association of Veterinary State Boards.”

The award is given to a NAVTA member who has provided leadership to the association and the veterinary technician industry as a whole.

Berg is the owner and president of Beyond the Crown Veterinary Education, a company that provides veterinary dental training, and a charter member of the Academy of Veterinary Dental Technicians. She worked in companion animal oral health product research for 26 years.

Berg is actively involved in NAVTA leadership and is the president of the Kansas Veterinary Technician Association. She continues to work in research, specializing in products aimed at improving oral health of companion animals. Berg also serves on the AVMA Council for Veterinary Technician Education and Activities.

“Being a veterinary technician has been a wonderful career and I have loved every minute of it,” she said. “I challenge each veterinary technician to follow your dreams, and don’t be afraid to step outside of your box. Say yes to opportunities; you never know where they will lead you.”