Compensation And Retention Are The Focus Of The NAVC’s June 1 Learning Event For Veterinary Nurses/Technicians

Free Webinar Session is part of the North American Veterinary Community’s Veterinary Nurse Empowerment Initiative

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ORLANDO, FL – May 26, 2022 – Veterinary nurses and technicians will learn how to communicate their real value and advocate for better pay at a free webinar June 1, at Noon EST, presented by the North American Veterinary Community (NAVC). The webinar is the second in a three-session series and part of the Veterinary Nurse Empowerment Initiative the NAVC launched earlier this year.

Webinar participants will learn current trends in compensation and benefits for veterinary nurses/technicians, how to calculate and convey their value, and how to determine a practice’s culture and working conditions before accepting a job. Registration for the Veterinary Nurse Empowerment: Improving Compensation and Turnover webinar is available here.

“Veterinary nurses need to advocate for themselves. We are a vital part of the veterinary health care team and are in short supply simply because the pay for many is below the poverty line. By advocating for yourself, you can set a higher bar, not only for yourself, but for those that follow,” said Ashli Selke, RVT, CVT, Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine, Instructional Technologist Veterinary Nursing Program, National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America (NAVTA) President and webinar panelist.

“According to a study commissioned by the NAVC, veterinary nurse/technicians find caring for animals is meaningful and purposeful work, yet a third plan to leave the profession within five years,” said Gene O’Neill, NAVC CEO. “The NAVC is committed to helping veterinary healthcare teams thrive. Staff turnover is a barrier to this and the veterinary team’s ability to provide the best level of care to patients. This is one of the key reasons the NAVC has taken a leadership role in elevating and advancing veterinary nurses/technicians.”

Moderated by NAVC Program Specialist Samantha Sacasa, CVT, the webinar will feature a distinguished panel of credentialed veterinary nurses and technicians including:

  • Leslie Boudreau, BASVT, RVTg, CVPM, PHR, PHRca, SPHR, Practice Manager, Animal Hospital of Huntington Beach

  • Rebecca Rose, AAS, CVT, certified career coach, founder and president of CATALYST Veterinary Professional Coaches

  • Ashli Selke, RVT, CVT, Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine, Instructional Technologist Veterinary Nursing Program and NAVTA President

The NAVC’s Veterinary Nurse Empowerment Initiative is a bold new program to elevate and advance these vital members of the veterinary healthcare team so they can reach their full potential and contribute and perform at the level at which they have been educated and trained. The Initiative also brings together leaders from across the veterinary industry to address the challenges facing the veterinary nurse/technician profession.

The last in the series of webinars,“Veterinary Nurse Empowerment: Optimizing Utilization and Job Satisfaction,” will be held on Wednesday, August 31, at noon, EDT. Members of the press are invited to listen in on the webinars and can register here.

Through the Veterinary Nurse Empowerment Initiative, the NAVC provides other opportunities for veterinary nurse/technicians to enhance their skills including new learning sessions at the NAVC Institute, held May 22-27 in Orlando. For the first time, veterinarians and veterinary nurse/technicians learned advances in anesthesia delivery and management together during a multi-day, immersive course, “Anesthesia Management for the Practice Team.”

About the NAVC

The North American Veterinary Community (NAVC) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting and advancing veterinary professionals worldwide. The world’s leading provider of veterinary continuing education, the NAVC delivers essential training, tools and resources for veterinary professionals to stay abreast of advances in animal medicine and provide the best medical care for animals everywhere. Through its commitment to innovation and excellence, the NAVC has developed a diverse portfolio of products and services, including: educational events, headlined by VMX, the world’s largest, most comprehensive continuing education conference and launchpad for new products and innovations within the veterinary industry; a robust digital platform for virtual learning and engagement; the veterinary industry’s largest and award-winning portfolio of trade publications; and an advocacy arm which unites the veterinary community and pet lovers. The NAVC was founded in 1982 and is headquartered in Orlando, FL. Since 2017, the NAVC has been recognized annually as one of the Top Workplaces by the Orlando Sentinel. To learn more about the NAVC’s products and brands, visit To see our schedule of upcoming events, visit

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