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CindyRVT

Name:

Cindy Dittmar

Website/Blog:

http://www.tarvt.org

Bio:

20+ years experience, 4 years experience as a veterinary assistant and veterinary technology student; 7 years on the board of the Texas Assoc. of RVTs; served on the TVMA Technician Licensure Task Force; on the TBVME's advisory board for LVTs

Interests:

equine medicine, horseback riding, sci-fi/fantasy, reading

Recent Forum Topics & Comments (415)
Forum Discussion Posted
Job > Veterinary Technician

vet tech career & continuing education

Points to consider:

VTI is going to be adding around $30K to your educational costs and very likely the credits will not transfer towards a bachelors degree in anything ...

2 days ago
Job > Veterinary Technician

Questions for Practicing Vet Techs

I would recommend contacting your state veterinary technician association. I could answer questions, however I'm not currently working in a practice but rather teaching ...

9 days ago
Job > Veterinary Technician

Licensed Veterinary Technician still unemployed, will renewing the license be worth it?

That will depend on whether or not you will continue to look for veterinary technology positions even after you "take something else". If you are going to just give up ...

16 days ago
Job > Veterinary Technician

Continuing Education question for veterinary technicians

It is always a good idea to simply contact the licensing board directly and get answers to your questions about renewal. They are the ones who set and enforce requirements ...

16 days ago
Job > Veterinary Technician

No choices but a non accredited school

Basically you have said that all options are out except attending the program that isn't currently accredited. Since you can't work at this point, can't drive to the university ...

23 days ago
Job > Veterinary Technician

Just startes my first tech job....

This is a common issue, especially in a very small practice and if the "techs" are not credentialed and therefore may not be as pro-education for you. Just because ...

30+ days ago
Job > Veterinary Technician

Can I still do this job if I'm little?

Everyone has their physical limitations, so there may be some things that others can do that you can't or can't do as well, but that doesn't mean that you can't be a veterinary ...

30+ days ago
Job > Veterinary Technician

What are the CONS of being a vet tech?

Evidently the ether ate one of my posts.

I'm not sure where you are coming from with the comment about unionization, @vital_signs_us, because I have never mentioned ...

30+ days ago
Job > Veterinary Technician

What are the CONS of being a vet tech?

For proof that a tiered system does exist, you simply have to look at the data collected in multiple surveys that show different classifications (credentialed veterinary technician ...

30+ days ago
Job > Veterinary Technician

Thinking about going to school to become a Vet Tech, questions & thoughts..??

Your mother is right, you should stick with the closer school for your associates degree so that you don't run up a huge college tuition debt. Then if you decide to go on and earn ...

30+ days ago
Job > Veterinary Technician

Would anyone actually recommend this career?

Ask Erika and KAT have already pointed out, this really is a calling and whether it's right for you is a very personal decision. There are definitely those of us who love the ...

30+ days ago
Job > Veterinary Technician

Best/Worst Distance Learning Vet Tech Schools?

Have you applied to any of these clinics? Or talked to your regular veterinarian? If not, you should and be sure to take a cover letter for your resume' stating that your goal is ...

30+ days ago
Job > Veterinary Technician

Best/Worst Distance Learning Vet Tech Schools?

First, let me ask why you are pursuing further education rather than actually getting clinical experience if you already have a BS? You can (and most perspective veterinary ...

30+ days ago
Job > Veterinary Technician

Any other RVT's annoyed by "veterinary assistants?"

First, remember that assistants are an important part of a veterinary health care team. There are too many jobs that need doing in a practice in a single day and not all require ...

30+ days ago
Job > Veterinary Technician

Wanting to work in the USA

[QUOTE who="Mimi in Evans, Georgia"]Hi All,

I graduated Bachelor in Agriculture Major in Animal Science in the Philippines and also i study D.V.M. I finished all my ...

30+ days ago
Job > Veterinary Technician

Best/Worst Distance Learning Vet Tech Schools?

Sorry, I typed my previous reply on my cell phone. You can find a list of AVMA accredited veterinary technology programs here: http://www.avma.org/ProfessionalDevelopment ...

4 months ago
Job > Veterinary Technician

Best/Worst Distance Learning Vet Tech Schools?

[QUOTE who="bhartzer in Porter, Texas"]Does anybody have any feedback or know anything about Vet Tech University (vettechuniversity.com) and their online vet tech program ...

4 months ago
Job > Veterinary Technician

Best/Worst Distance Learning Vet Tech Schools?

The comment about proctors isn't actually correct. (As a student taking online courses thru SJC and as an instructor, I have experience with it.) You can either go to a testing ...

5 months ago
Job > Veterinary Technician

Best/Worst Distance Learning Vet Tech Schools?

[QUOTE who="rubin in Half Moon Bay, California"]check out the website www.vettechcolleges.com for great information about colleges, salary and job outlooks.[/QUOTE]

5 months ago
Job > Veterinary Technician

Vet Tech Schools in St. Louis Mo

I would contact your state veterinary technician association and see what their opinion is. Also ask the schools to put you in touch with one of their current students.

5 months ago
Job > Veterinary Technician

Best/Worst Distance Learning Vet Tech Schools?

Contact both schools and ask questions:

1. What is their pass rate on the VTNE?
2. What percentage of their students finish the program in 2-3 years?
3. What ...

5 months ago
Job > Veterinary Technician

Vet Tech Institute

Sarah,

I'm sorry, you are right I misspoke about them not keeping animals. I am also sorry that you think my comments about VTI are vitriolic. Please remember that reading ...

6 months ago
Job > Veterinary Technician

Vet Tech Institute

[QUOTE who="LindseyM81 in Paige, Texas"]Thank you Cindy & Sarah for your response -- I appreciate your thoughts & input. I basically found it quite odd that I ...

6 months ago
Job > Veterinary Technician

Vet Tech Institute

As I have said, I have a better opinion of VTI Houston now. One of their instructors (Lori VanValkenburg) is the incoming president of the Texas Assoc. of Registered Veterinary ...

6 months ago
Job > Veterinary Technician

Best/Worst Distance Learning Vet Tech Schools?

[QUOTE who="Jamie in Manteca, California"]I have already taken English, history and psychology. I emailed Mrs. Hair she said I would only need to take biology , math and ...

6 months ago
Job > Veterinary Technician

Best/Worst Distance Learning Vet Tech Schools?

You can take the general education courses concurrently but it will really add to your workload each semester. Plus there are certain specific classes that you have to have taken ...

6 months ago
Job > Veterinary Technician

Vet Tech Institute

I don't think that you have to have a heavy science background for many of the vet tech programs and if you think that you might want to further you education down the road and ...

6 months ago
Job > Veterinary Technician

What are the CONS of being a vet tech?

For all you current and past vet techs, would you mind taking a quick survey?
My name is Cindy Dittmar and I'm involved in Tarleton State University - Veterinary Technology ...

8 months ago
Job > Veterinary Technician

Invitation to take a Survey about continuing education

Hello, I’m an RVT from Texas enrolled in the Veterinary Technology Bachelors Degree Program at Tarleton State University.

I would like to request participation from ...

8 months ago
Job > Veterinary Assistant

What qualifications do you need to become a vet assistant?

[QUOTE who="JosieFerrari in Los Angeles, California"]How did you become one? Like did you go to the clinic or hospital and tell them that you would want to be a vet ...

9 months ago
Job > Veterinary Technician

What are the CONS of being a vet tech?

[QUOTE who="Christina in Woodbine, Maryland"]I was thinking about going to school and being a vet tech. I was wondering if any of you have experience with large animals ...

10 months ago
Job > Veterinary Assistant

Veterinary assistant online programs and veterinary technology online programs

What I am saying is be sure you know what you are getting into and that the program you choose meets your needs/goals.

If you don't want to become credentialed as a ...

10 months ago
Job > Veterinary Assistant

Veterinary assistant online programs and veterinary technology online programs

Veterinary assisting programs are not required in any state nor are they accredited through the American Veterinary Medical Assoc. They can be offered by anyone regardless of ...

10 months ago
Job > Veterinary Assistant

What qualifications do you need to become a vet assistant?

You are not required to have a certificate or degree to work as a veterinary assistant in MA. You can review the state laws and will see that only veterinarians are required to ...

10 months ago
Job > Veterinary Technician

Question re: being a Vet Tech and different schools in PA

The very best recommendation for anyone considering this profession is to shadow a credentialed technician or take a part time job as an assistant and get some first-hand ...

10 months ago
Job > Veterinary Technician

Question re: being a Vet Tech and different schools in PA

One of the issues with the "occupational outlook handbook" information is that the people who did the research didn't differentiate between people who are credentialed as ...

10 months ago
Job > Veterinary Technician

Question re: being a Vet Tech and different schools in PA

As you have already found, the VTI courses don't transfer and that may be a huge issue later. Having a bachelors degree in veterinary technology can open up other options that ...

10 months ago
Job > Veterinary Technician

San Juan College Complaints & Transfer

[QUOTE who="mars007 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin"]I understand education requirements but it seemed to pop up as a by the way you worked hard to find a clinic now you need a ...

11 months ago
Job > Veterinary Technician

San Juan College Complaints & Transfer

I am back to college to earn a bachelors degree in veterinary technology as there is now one offered in the state I live in.

11 months ago
Job > Veterinary Technician

Being licensed in one state, then moving to another state..

Check the Virginia Board of Veterinary Medicine's website for instructions and applicable forms. http://www.dhp.virginia.gov/vet/vet_forms.htm

You must submit and ...

11 months ago
Job > Veterinary Technician

San Juan College Complaints & Transfer

Any clinic where you do your clinical hours is going to have to have in-house blood chemistry analyzers. It's an AVMA requirement ... p>

As for the math class issue, I feel ...

11 months ago
Job > Veterinary Technician

What are the CONS of being a vet tech?

Yes, first-hand experience and knowing what you are getting into is very important. In fact, you cannot apply to most AVMA accredited veterinary technology programs without having ...

13 months ago
Job > Veterinary Technician

Is going to school to have the vet tech degree worth it?

In GA, they can't use "techs" without degrees because veterinary technicians must be licensed in GA. http://sos.georgia.gov/plb/veterinary/app_info.htm http://sos ...

13 months ago
Job > Veterinary Technician

Non-Clinic/Hospital jobs out there for CVTs?

Absolutely, there are jobs out there for veterinary technicians that aren't in general practice clinics. Universities and colleges hire veterinary technicians for positions in ...

13 months ago
Job > Veterinary Technician

Veterinary Work Environment

There are poor employers and stellar employers in every field. I wouldn't say that there are more poor employers in the veterinary field than in other fields. I've been in this ...

13 months ago
Job > Veterinary Technician

Best/Worst Distance Learning Vet Tech Schools?

The AVMA doesn't accredit veterinary ASSISTANT programs. They only accredited veterinary medical and veterinary technology programs.

14 months ago
Job > Veterinary Technician

Wanting to work in the USA

What you will be required to do will vary depending on what state you wish to practice in, but the place to start is to look at the Program for Assessing the Veterinary Education ...

15 months ago
Job > Veterinary Technician

Best/Worst Distance Learning Vet Tech Schools?

[QUOTE who="DesiTheFutureVet in Victorville, California"] I was going to go to Platt College . I saw that AVMA had them listed, but they aren't fully accredited. I was ...

15 months ago
Job > Veterinary Technician

Best/Worst Distance Learning Vet Tech Schools?

Hey Amy Lee,
San Juan College does indeed have a pharmacology course. All AVMA accredited veterinary technology programs do. You also are required to get large animal ...

15 months ago
Job > Veterinary Technician

Thinking about going to school to become a Vet Tech, questions & thoughts..??

It is't "way off the deep end", but it certainly isn't totally accurate either.
For example, not all states license veterinary technicians and in fact and CVTs ...

17 months ago

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