Latest MVMA News and Stories 

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Veterinary Technician Licensure Bill Passes in Minnesota

After years of hard work at the legislation, we are proud to say that the Vet Tech Licensure Bill has passed through both the House and Senate and was just signed into law by Governor Walz. The legislation will take effect in 2026. 

The bill was amended to have a start date of 2026 to allow the MN Board of Veterinary Medicine to write the rules. Rule writing is expected to take 12 – 18 months. Dr. Al Balay and Kim Horne, CVT, who have co-led efforts to pass this legislation, along with Dr. Ann Brownlee and Sam Geiling, CVT will participate in the rule writing process. 

We want to thank everyone who made this possible. Thank you for taking time and action to write or speak with legislators, attend the Day at the Capitol or help us advocate for the advancement of the profession. We expect a lot of questions and needed explanations for what happens next, and we look forward to communicating with you throughout the process. 

Read more from the AVMA here. 

MVMA Awarded "Best in Business" 

The MVMA was honored to receive a national “Best in Business” Award from the Veterinary Medical Association Executives (VMAE). 

The award recognized the MVMA’s efforts in launching a partnership between our association, Mission Animal Hospital and Cristo Rey Jesuit High School - Twin Cities. There are 37 Cristo Rey Corporate Work Study programs across the country with 100s of corporate partners, but until now, there had never been a partnership in a veterinary clinic.

“This partnership is a step in the right direction to help high school students from all backgrounds access the veterinary profession.” MVMA Executive Director Kelly Andrews said.

We are excited to announce we will be continue this partnership for the next academic year and our third year of partnership.  Read more about the award and partnership in this feature from the American Animal Hospital Association. 

Mental Health and Wellness Benefit Making Large Impact

Over one year ago we introduced a new partnership with Restorative Path Counseling and Wellbeing. The MVMA recognizes that the Veterinary Profession and Community is selective on who they will approach with their struggles, and in an effort to reduce the barriers, we now provide access to a reliable and credible mental health professional (Mrs. Athena M. Diesch-Chham, MSW, LICSW) with 11 years of veterinary experience.

The impact of this partnership has shown how important and needed this benefit is. In the past year this benefit has paid for 251 therapy sessions and has helped 51 individuals across the entire state of Minnesota. The difference is being felt throughout veterinary clinics (3 practice managers and 8 technicians have used the benefit) and across all career stages (3 student members have also used the benefit).

 MVMA members and their team have access to…

• Individual therapeutic consultation
• Access to 5 additional sessions covered by MVMA to allow time to gain additional skills, tools or coping strategies to manage situations regardless of insurance or financial barriers
• Ability to reach Restorative Path Counseling and Wellbeing on short notice for crisis debriefing and emotionally charged/sensitive situations

Visit or reach out to [email protected] to learn more.