SCNAVTA President: Join the Vet Tech Club
Published on October 16, 2014 by Staff Writer
Angie Keeley is a veterinary technology student at Broadview University-West Jordan and the Vice President of Student Chapter of National Veterinary Technicians in America (SCNAVTA), the club for student vet techs. I caught up with her to learn more about SCNAVTA.
Tell us about yourself.
I’ve been in the vet tech program for one year and this is my third quarter as a member of SCNAVTA. I work part time for a small technology business I started with my husband, and I’m a mom to two awesome kids, ages 5 and 7, and a 13 year old Golden Retriever. I’m starting over with my career here at Broadview, and I love how challenging and rewarding this program is.
Why did you decide to join SCNAVTA?
I joined SCNAVTA so that I could feel a greater sense of belonging and purpose within the vet tech program and as a Broadview student in general.
Why did you want to be vice president of the Broadview-West Jordan chapter of SCNAVTA?
I took on the role as vice president of SCNAVTA to enhance my leadership skills and to help my peers and my community.
What does SCNAVTA do for vet tech students at Broadview?
SCNAVTA seeks out and creates opportunities for vet tech students to become involved in our community through volunteering and fundraisers, and we host events to boost camaraderie among the vet tech students. For example, we sponsored an educational volunteer trip to Best Friends Animal Sanctuary in Kanab, Utah, over the summer, which was open to everyone in the vet tech program. Participants worked on special volunteer projects, got a behind the scenes tour of the sanctuary’s state of the art animal hospital and forged new friendships with other students in the program.
How does joining SCNAVTA prepare a vet tech student to be a professional?
Vet tech students in SCNAVTA gain valuable experience working as part of a team on important projects that make a positive impact on our community, planning group activities and fundraising projects, and speaking directly with pet owners about pet health and behavior. Teamwork, public speaking and leadership skills are all attributes veterinarians seek in a veterinary technician. Members also learn about the importance of responsibility and following through with commitments, which is critical to being successful in the workplace.
What do you enjoy most about SCNAVTA?
I enjoy being a part of something that I can be proud of. It’s truly great to see the difference Broadview students make through our volunteer and fundraising efforts.
Why should new vet tech students join?
SCNAVTA is the perfect way for new veterinary technology students to become active participants of the vet tech program outside of the classroom. As SCNAVTA members, new students will form a stronger network of peers that includes vet tech students in all levels of the program, not just within their cohort. SCNAVTA is also a great way to build your teamwork, leadership and other professional skills which will help you when interviewing for vet tech jobs and will help you throughout your career.
Anything else you’d like to add?
We need help! We have accomplished a lot, but we could do so much more for the students and our community if we had more members.
Please join us at a meeting held Tuesdays in the ARC at 2 p.m.