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

  • Review CVT recertification documents as they are received by MVMA 
  • Committee members serve on the MVMA Credentialing committee/sub-committee and participate in meetings, and recommendations for MVMA veterinary technician certification guidelines and inquiries
  • Committee members review all MAVT continuing education events to pre-approve and determine categorization as as interactive or non-interactive as well as medical or non-medical
  • Attend MAVT annual convention, assist with volunteer tasks as needed (ex. moderating, booth, registration desk

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 co-chairs
      • Speaker contact – Jess 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 contact – Position Open
        • 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.  
      • Volunteer coordinator – Chair:  Kelly 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. 
        •  – Fill in for Moderators 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

  • 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. 

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

  • Attend MAVT annual convention, assist with volunteer tasks as needed (ex. moderating, booth, registration desk)
  • Attend Governmental Affairs meetings as needed (typically November and February)
  • This position includes becoming the chair or co-chair of the Credentials Committee

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 – This position is currently open.  

  • 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)