Committee and Area Rep Descriptions/Duties

Area Representatives – Our current area representatives can be found here.    

  • Be available as a contact person for the technicians in your area and MAVT board
  • Arrange and attend CE events, including National Veterinary Technician Week (NVTW)
  • Submit written summaries of all CE events to the board
  • Attend MAVT annual convention, assist with volunteer tasks as needed (ex. moderating, booth, registration desk)
  • No term limit, more than one representative per area is allowed and encouraged

Are you interested in volunteering for a committee – or being a committee chair?  Contact the current committee chair to help out – or for open positions please contact Maria (MAVT Secretary) at mariaN@mvma.org

Bylaws Committee  – This committee is active, Chair:  Meri DuRand.  

  • Examine bylaws for consistency and correctness
  • Present proposed changes to the board and at the annual meeting as needed for ratification
  • Update bylaws as needed to reflect voted changes

Credentials Committee – Chair:  Kim Horne, horne003@umn.edu

The Chair of the MAVT Credentials Committee serves as a liaison between the MAVT Board and the MVMA Veterinary Technicians Committee as well as serving as a co-chair of the MVMA Veterinary Technician Credentialing Subcommittee.  The MAVT Chair will be active in tasks related to veterinary technician credentialing and the state Practice Act, and will communicate updates to the MAVT Board.

The MVMA Veterinary Technicians Committee is currently chaired by a DVM MVMA member (see MVMA committee descriptions below*).  The MVMA Veterinary Technicians Committee will invite MAVT members to serve on their committee and these members are tasked with oversight of the veterinary technician certification (guidelines for renewal; policies; reviewing individual submissions; procedures and legislation, including MN Veterinary Practice Act) related to veterinary technicians.

  • *MVMA Veterinary Technicians Committee:  Serve as a liaison between MAVT and MVMA. Promote credentialing and continuing education of veterinary technicians. Encourage veterinarians to fully utilize credentialed veterinary technicians as vital members of the veterinary health care team. Support the growth and advancement of the veterinary technician profession broadly, and as a career that can sustain the individual long-term.
  • *Veterinary Technician Credentialing Subcommittee: Review MVMA Continuing Education guidelines and MN Veterinary Technician Certification Renewal Requirements and revise as needed.  Evaluate certification renewals of current CVT’s, provide feedback when requested for new applications with recommendations to approve/reject. 

Additional duties:

  • Attend Governmental Affairs meetings as needed (typically November and February)
  • Attend MAVT annual convention, assist with volunteer tasks as needed (ex. moderating, booth, registration desk)
  • Review continuing education events seeking pre-approval with MVMA Veterinary Technician Subcommittee and determine categorization as interactive or non-interactive as well as medical or non-medical

Convention Committee  – Chair:  Jess Towley, convention@mavt.net

  • Organize annual convention
  • Answer questions about convention or forward to appropriate contact. 
  • Coordinate information about the convention and make arrangements with the four sub-committees
      • Speaker contactJess Towley
        • Review post-convention surveys and research a variety of speakers and topics
        • Work with MVMA for shared speakers, topics and events.  
        • Arrange schedule of speakers/lectures  by days, time
        • Primary contact for speakers, send out contracts and follow up for notes.
        • Provide schedule information, notes, to the website/proceedings coordinator.
        • On-site at convention to help with speaker check in, registration, troubleshooting.  
      • Hotel contactDanielle Korver
        • Primary contact with hotel. 
        • Coordinate lecture rooms and work with speaker contact to determine what lectures are in each size room.  
        • Coordinate and arrange for any lunch sessions – number of attendees and menu selection. 
        • Coordinate AV requirements – with hotel AV or outside company. 
        • Arrange hotel reservations for speakers and board/volunteers.  
      • Convention Volunteer coordinatorChair:  Kim Horne
        • Oversees Moderator and Booth/Registration desk coordinators
        • Reviews Volunteer time and presents information to board for reimbursements 
        • Moderator coordinatorKelly Reid
          •  Request/Coordinate volunteers to moderate speaker sessions
          •  Provide speaker information and bios to Moderators
          •  Provide a checklist of moderators duties along with contact information if problems. 
          • Provide a sign in sheet for volunteers
          •  Fill in for Moderators if needed. 
        • MAVT Booth and Registration Desk coordinatorLeslie Epstein
          •  Request/Coordinate volunteers to work at the registration desk and MAVT booth at the convention
          •  Provide a checklist of duties along with contact information if problems. 
          • Provide a sign in sheet for volunteers
          •  Fill in if needed. 
      • Online/Proceedings coordinator Lori Koehler
        • Work with Omnipress or other online proceedings company to get a cost proposal and present to board for approval
        • Work with Speaker contact to post convention information on website
        • Work with Membership chair and programer to setup online registration
        • Provide convention information and speaker notes to online proceeding company.  Review and approve information before pages go live. 
        • Provide program book material to be printed/shipped to the hotel. 

Education Committee – Chair:  Leslie Epstein, Stpaularea@mavt.net and Cindy Partello, education@mavt.net

  • Contact between MAVT and accredited VT programs in MN
  • Designate a student liaison from each program via their SCNAVTA chapters
  • Touch base with each program director as needed to keep them apprised of current MAVT actions that may affect or be of interest to students
  • Oversee the MAVT scholarships
  • Attend MAVT annual convention, assist with volunteer tasks as needed (ex. moderating, booth, registration desk)

Membership – Chair:  Maureen (Moe) Parks, membership@mavt.net

  • Manage the MAVT membership database
  • Contact person for membership and convention registration questions
  • Work with the MAVT Website to coordinate Membership renewals and convention registration information. 
  • Attend MAVT annual convention, assist with volunteer tasks as needed (ex. Moderating, booth, registration desk)

Newsletter – Editor:  Debi Mahoney, aerobic_debi@yahoo.com  

  • Research, assemble, edit and publish “The Voice”, MAVT monthly newsletter
  • Submit newsletter to President/ President Elect for review prior to publishing online
  • Post newsletter to MAVT website and notify website chair to release email blast
  • Attend MAVT annual convention, assist with volunteer tasks as needed (ex. moderating, booth, registration desk

Want to help with the newsletter? – If you have an article or story to share from work or if you like to write and/or research an article, please contact Debi.  Or if you like search the web – you could help look through various websites for information and check out information for accuracy. 

Public Relations Committee – Chair:  Molly Ziegler, PublicRelations@mavt.net

  • Manage MAVT social media presence
  • Set up email accounts for new board members if needed
  • Attend MAVT annual convention with primary task of booth set up, staffing and teardown
  • Assist with other convention volunteer tasks as available (ex. moderating, booth, registration desk)
  • Create and send surveys to website chair for dissemination to members
  • Send notification of call for nominations for Tech of the Year annually
  • Maintain list of past Tech of the Year recipients in Google drive
  • Award Tech of the Year award at annual convention

Want to help with Public Relations?  Committee members could help manage social media in a timely manner.  The committee members could help with the coordination of the MAVT booth at Convention.  Interested – contact Molly Ziegler.

Sponsorship Committee – Sheena Mueller, sponsorship@mavt.net

  • Contact members of the community to enlist sponsorship for CE events and annual convention
  • Attend MAVT annual convention, assist with volunteer tasks as needed (ex. moderating, booth, registration desk)

Website committee – Chair:  Maureen (Moe) Park, membership@mavt.net

  • Update MAVT website as needed
  • Send out email blasts
  • Troubleshoot any problems/concerns with website
  • Work with membership and newsletter as well as any other board members that may be adding information to website
  • Liaison for hosting and domain companies hired by MAVT
  • Attend MAVT annual convention, assist with volunteer tasks as needed (ex. moderating, booth, registration desk)