May/June 2017 | Volume 2, Issue 3

Leaders, Step Forward

Leaders, Step Forward

Are you a veterinary technician or veterinary nurse with a talent for leadership? Would you like to attend the 2018 VMX (formerly the NAVC Conference) on a leadership scholarship? Here’s your chance!

Last year, the NAVC said a final farewell to Dr. Earl H. Rippie, Jr, former past president and secretary-treasurer, when he passed away in June. Dr. Rippie, a leader in the veterinary profession in his own right, was also a champion of veterinary technicians. He recognized that technicians are the spokes in the wheel of the practice and the heart of the hospital. He believed that veterinary technicians should be the first ones to see the client in the exam room, that they are equal voices on the veterinary team, and that they bring unparalleled value to the health and well-being of animals.

The new Dr. Earl H. Rippie Veterinary Technician Leadership Scholarship honors Dr. Rippie’s memory and his appreciation for veterinary technicians. It recognizes veterinary technicians and veterinary nurses who have demonstrated leadership abilities and have made a positive impact on the growth of the profession or in their practice. It includes:

  • Free registration, six (6) nights accommodations, and six (6) days per diem for the 2018 VMX
  • Economy class airfare to Orlando for the 2018 VMX
  • One Masterclass at the 2018 VMX
  • Invitation to 2018 VMX special events as a VIP
  • Preconference meet/greet with the NAVC Board of Directors and other scholars

To be eligible for the scholarship, domestic applicants must be credentialed according to their state requirements; international applicants must be a qualified veterinary technician/nurse in their country of residence. Three scholarships (two domestic and one international) will be awarded for the 2018 VMX.

The submission deadline is July 1, 2017.

What You Need to Apply

  1. A completed online application form
  2. Your curriculum vitae or resume
  3. Two letters of endorsement by a colleague, mentor, or supervisor who can attest to your leadership abilities and impact on the growth of the profession and/or their practice
  4. Proof of membership (letter of good standing that includes years as a member) in a local, state, regional, provincial, or national veterinary technician association or specialty academy
  5. A 3- to 5-minute video about yourself, your passion for their profession, and how you have demonstrated your leadership abilities

For forms and more details, visit NAVC.com/scholarships.

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