CVTEA Accreditation Report
The AVMA’s Committee on Veterinary Technician Education and Activities (CVTEA) has issued a report on the accreditation actions resulting from reviewing evaluation reports from site visits.
Mesa Community College in Mesa, AZ was elevated to full accreditation. Full accreditation is continued for Kaplan College in Phoenix, and Penn Foster College Distance Education in Scottsdale.
Continued provisional accreditation is continued for Anthem College in Phoenix and Pima Medical Institute in East Valley and Tucson.
There are 20 AVMA CVTEA-accredited programs in veterinary technology including nine distance learning programs. Twenty-two programs offer baccalaureate degrees (eight offer bachelor degrees only and fourteen offer both associate and bachelor degrees). There are 131 programs assigned full accreditation, 68 assigned provisional accreditation, one assigned probationary accreditation, and three on terminal accreditation. A total of 49 site visits are scheduled in 2012, including one at Anthem College in Phoenix in December. Of that amount, 20 are from new programs. There are 50 site visits scheduled for 2013, including Pima Community College in Mesa. Six are from new programs. There are currently a total of 27 programs that have applied for accreditation.
Mike Harris and Maddy – Monthly Progress Report (April)
(please note, previous spelling of Maddy’s name was Mandy. Maddy is the correct way.)
Mike and Maddy also plan to join us at the Desert West Connection at the end of the month! Come out and meet them both at the Saturday lunch.
On a personal level:
Mike has made a big step this month with facing his PTSD symptoms. On April 28th Soldier’s Best Friend hosted their 1st Annual Sporting Clay Benefit at the Ben Avery CTC. Mike asked if he could attend as a participant, and in turn was sponsored by one of our vendors. On advice from SBF, he did not bring Maddy as we were unsure how she would react to all of the shotgun fire and activity. This made Mike a bit anxious, but he came anyway and participated in the full 2 hours of shooting. He was anxious and unsure how he would react to holding a shotgun and firing it, and if the noise would trigger anything. He persevered, and although he was not teamed up with the three other SBF veterans during the shooting, he did engage with them and share his feelings with them since they were going through the same emotions.
On the Training:
Mike reports “Maddy is doing really well. She passed her AKC good citizen test on her 2nd try and passed the airport trip on the first try last Saturday. We are working on my personal tasks next…”
Go to the Soldier Best Friend Tab to see other updates and to print donation forms. You can also donate online from the Soldiers Best Friend tab.
What is the VHCTAz doing? The Veterinary Health Care Team of Arizona has adopted Michael Harris and Maddy, his service dog in training to help them complete Maddy’s certification with Soldier’s Best Friend, an organization providing veterans with companion animals for therapy and companionship. We set a goal of $2500.00 in order to pay the total cost for training. We would like to include the entire veterinary community in this fundraising event. We will recognize the hospital that raises the most money at the Annual Celebration at The Phoenix Zoo with Michael and Maddy. The winning hospital will also get mentioned in the newsletter, on the website, and receive a team award.
What is Soldiers Best Friend? A non profit organization devoted to helping veterans and the pet overpopulation problem. Once a veteran or active military member is accepted into the program they are paired with a dog adopted from a local shelter or with the dog already owned by the veteran. They will live together from that point forward. Training will be comprised of private and group sessions 1-2 days a week for up to 30 weeks. Once the dog is fully trained in the individual tasks it will be certified as a service dog or classified a therapeutic companion dog / Emotional Support Animal. Visit the website for additional information at www.soldiesbestfriend.org
How do YOU and your staff get involved? The Veterinary Health Care Team will be sending out materials for your hospital to begin accepting donations. Our goal is to raise enough money to cover the entire cost of the training. If your hospital raises the most money then you will be invited to attend the Celebration and be presented with a plaque at the event. Mike and Maddy will be at the event as well. We will provide regular updates as the training progresses so you can follow their journey.
If you would like to donate click on the drop down under “About Us” labeled Soldiers Best Friend to make an online donation or print a donation form. You can also print an information sheet to get your entire hospital/business involved.
Check out this fun video the health care team board made at their last board meeting to show you what being apart of the board is really about. This video is just one of the many fun things the group does together. Get involved today in your professional organization.
Click on the link below to go to the video.
Veterinary Health Care Team of Arizona Board
WELCOME! We hope you enjoy the Veterinary Health Care Team website built with your convenience in mind. We have spent a great deal of time making sure that we have everything you need to access the many resources that are available to you through your membership. But just in case we missed something, we invite your suggestions or comments which you can provide by clicking on the “Contact Us” tab.
One of the new features of the website is our “information sharing” section where we will post questions to get your opinion. This is important to us and to you too. We know many of you may not be able to travel to our events, so we hope you will take this opportunity to participate in your professional organization and make a difference for you and your colleagues. You will have the option of sharing your comments with everyone, or with your VHCTAz staff only. You will need to indicate your wishes at the time you provide your response. Posted comments will be reviewed to make sure they meet our policy to protect confidentiality and member privacy as well as appropriate discourse.
Here is our first question: If everyone in your practice is not a member of VHCTAz, (their professional organization dedicated to serving them) why not?