VMAE | Live! is all about connecting our special network for input, insight and inspiration while exploring association management and professional issue topics. What began as monthly webinar series has now evolved into webinars, town halls, new member orientation, and VMAE Strategic Initiative Partner webinars.

NAVTA Title Protection Report: Understanding the Importance of Title Protection

Thursday, January 26, 2023 – 2:30-3:30 PM Eastern

NAVTA’s recent Title Protection report demonstrated that a majority of veterinary technicians/nurses want their title of “veterinary technician” to be protected by law, but most states do not provide such protection. However, currently there are 31 states and jurisdictions that no title protection within their veterinary practice acts, and another 10 have limited title protection. This has created compounding workforce and utilization issues that are impacting the practice of veterinary medicine.

This session will highlight recommendations around title protection that veterinary medical and technician associations can implement to begin to help address the current landscape. Attendees can expect to learn:

  • Why title protection is important to the profession.
  • An overview of the current state of title protection.
  • Recommendations on how veterinary associations can advocate for the profession.


Kenichiro Yagi, MS, RVT, VTS (ECC), (SAIM)

Chief Veterinary Nursing Officer

Veterinary Emergency Group

During his 20+ years in the field, Ken has discovered and refined his role as a veterinary technician by promoting compassionate and progressive care for the patients and their families. He obtained his VTS certification in emergency and critical care as well as small animal internal medicine and achieved his master’s degree in Veterinary Science. He is currently the Chief Veterinary Nursing Officer for Veterinary Emergency Group, and the Program Director for the RECOVER Initiative. Over the years, he has received the Veterinary Technician of the Year award by NAVTA, the Veterinary Technician of the Year award by the California Veterinary Medical Association, the RVT of the Year award by the California RVT Association, and the AVECCTN Specialty Technician of the Year award. Ken co-edited the Veterinary Technician and Nurse’s Daily Reference Guide for Canine and Feline, and the Manual of Veterinary Transfusion Medicine and Blood Banking, and publishes articles and presents internationally on topics in ECC, transfusion medicine, and the veterinary nursing profession.
Ken works to bring further recognition of the vital role of the veterinary technicians and nurses through work with organizations, being a Past President of National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America, and President-elect of the Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society. He is also an advocate for the Open Hospital Concept, encouraging veterinary practices to invite the pet owners to “the back” as a part of the team.
Ken invites everyone to ask “Why?” to understand the “What” and “How” of our field, and to continually pursue new limits as veterinary professionals and individuals.

Mandy Fults, MS, LVT, CVPP, VTS-CP (C/F)

Licensed Veterinary Technician

Mandy has 20+ years of experience as a Licensed Veterinary Technician (LVT) in Texas. Her career path has focused on small animal medicine, with most of her time in the general practice setting. She became board certified as a Veterinary Technician Specialist (VTS) in Canine/Feline Clinical Practice in 2011 and a Certified Veterinary Pain Practitioner (CVPP) through the International Veterinary Academy of Pain Management in 2012. Additionally, she obtained a master’s degree in Veterinary Biomedical Science through the University of Missouri in 2018.

Mandy is an active advocate for the advancement of the veterinary technician profession. With this interest, she has authored articles on the topic and serves on multiple veterinary committees/task force teams. She enjoys collaborating with colleagues and listening to different perspectives regarding the profession. Encouraging education and the development of advanced veterinary nursing career paths for career development is a passion of hers and she will continue to venture down this path.

Doug Raven

Ontario VMA – Retired

Doug Raven holds degrees from Queen’s University (Kingston, Ontario) and the University of Toronto, and was the CEO of the Ontario Veterinary Medical Association (OVMA) for 23 years. During his tenure with OVMA, the association doubled its membership and quadrupled its annual revenue through effective strategic management. In 2002, Doug spearheaded the creation of the Farley Foundation, a charitable organization that has raised over $7 million to assist over 10,000 low income pet owners to care for their pets. Doug has been a longtime VMAE volunteer, and was the only non-U.S. citizen to serve as the association’s President. In his spare time, he facilitates strategic planning for state, provincial and national associations across North America.
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COVID-19: Mental Health Primer – A Guide for Veterinary Medicine Association Executives

April 16, 2020

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Sustaining the Human-Animal Bond During Hospice Care

February 20, 2020

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October 17, 2019

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Four Tips to Help Your Members Reduce Team Turnover

September 19, 2019

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