NAVTA and AVMA team up with PMA for association management services

For more information Phone: 847-285-6687 Cell: 847-732-6194
For immediate release: 11/18/2019

The National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America (NAVTA) has engaged in a search, with the assistance of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), to acquire management services for NAVTA. Together, NAVTA and the AVMA have reached an agreement with Professional Management Associates (PMA) to provide an executive director and administrative, membership and other management services for NAVTA, effective Nov. 4, 2019.

“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, M.Ed, CVT, VTS (ECC). "This partnership ensures NAVTA’s ability to remain a sustainable association and maintain its leadership role in the veterinary technology profession."

"We are honored to partner with NAVTA in order to provide association management services, "said Heather O’Steen, CAE, PMA’s co-managing partner. "We look forward to providing infrastructure support and proactively working with NAVTA’s leadership in order to advance NAVTA’s mission, support their growth and implement their strategic goals."

The AVMA has provided management and other support services for NAVTA since July 2017. The AVMA will continue to support NAVTA in order 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. "The partnership between NAVTA and PMA will provide a great boost to NAVTA’s day-to-day operations while allowing our organizations to continue our long-term collaboration and communications efforts, which will benefit us all."

For more information, contact Michael San Filippo, AVMA senior media relations specialist, at 847-732-6194 (cell) or msanfilippoatavma [dot] org (msanfilippo[at]avma[dot]org).

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The National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America (NAVTA) is a non-profit organization that represents and promotes the profession of Veterinary Technology. NAVTA provides direction, education, support and coordination for its members. Incorporated in 1981, NAVTA is the national organization devoted exclusively to developing and enhancing the profession of veterinary technology. For more information about NAVTA and the veterinary technician specialties, visit

Professional Management Associates, LLC, is a full-service, AMC Institute accredited, association management company providing services to state, national and worldwide professional societies, membership organizations, trade associations, foundations and business networks. PMA provides association management solutions that give our clients a continuum of customized services to meet their current and future needs. Visit to learn more.​

About the AVMA

Serving more than 100,000 member veterinarians, the AVMA is the nation's leading representative of the veterinary profession, dedicated to improving the health and wellbeing of animals, humans and the environment. Founded in 1863 and with members in every U.S. state and territory and more than 60 countries, the AVMA is one of the largest veterinary medical organizations in the world. Informed by our members' unique scientific training and clinical knowledge, the AVMA supports the crucial work of veterinarians and advocates for policies that advance the practice of veterinary medicine and improve animal and human health.