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Reference Desk October 2012

Julie Legred, CVT, Chosen as Interim Executive Director of NAVTA

    Washington, DC, October 22, 2012—The National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America (NAVTA) is excited to announce some dynamic changes. During the last few years, NAVTA’s member base has grown substantially and this gives the organization a few opportunities. First, the executive board has appointed two valued and respected veterinary technician leaders to head up the organization, including the executive director and communications director’s positions. We’re all sad to say goodbye to Andrea Ball and Sandy Sponaugle, who have diligently worked on NAVTA’s behalf for the last several years.

    Though this means that valuable team members will move on, it provides new opportunities for NAVTA leaders, such as Julie Legred, CVT, and Kara M. Burns, MS, MEd, LVT. Legred is a staunch supporter and leader in many technician arenas and has agreed to transition NAVTA to the next level; this is why the NAVTA executive board named her the new interim executive director starting November 1, 2012.

    “The NAVTA board is excited to introduce the membership to the next phase of NAVTA at the conference in November,” said Cat Holly, board president. Andrea Ball, the present NAVTA executive director, is President of PlanIt World, an association management company based in Washington, DC that serves clients within and outside the veterinary industry. PlanIt World will continue with NAVTA through December 31st, 2012 to transition the organization to the new staff.

    Kara Burns, MS, Med, LVT, is a former NAVTA Technician of the Year and is one of the most widely respected technicians in the country, was selected as the new interim communication director. She will begin her position January 1, 2013. “I am pleased to hold a key role in the NAVTA team and am energized by the prospect of creating an even more educational, technical journal that helps challenge veterinary technicians to raise the bar of our profession even higher,” said Burns.

    Sandy Sponaugle, president and CEO of Platinum PR, will continue as communications director through the end of 2012 to transition these duties to Kara Burns. Sponaugle has chosen to leave NAVTA to pursue additional business opportunities within and outside the veterinary industry.

    Everyone, including Legred, Burns, Ball, and Sponaugle, will work together to provide a smooth transition for members and NAVTA’s communications and operations.

    NAVTA is a nonprofit organization that represents and promotes the veterinary technician profession. 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. Pets give us unconditional love and veterinary technicians give us peace of mind. To find more information about NAVTA, visit http://www.navta.net.

    Source: NAVTA

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