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ALAVTN Academy of Laboratory Animal Veterinary Technicians and Nurse


Please welcome our new members to the Academy for 2019!!

Jodi Ternes, CVT, RLATG, VTS-LAM
Jodie is a research technologist at Abbvie  (Previously known as Abbott Laboratories), where she currently manages a small colony of cynomolgus and rhesus macaques. She has also worked with mice, rats, dogs, guinea pigs, ferrets, marmosets, and swine. She graduated in 1997 from Madison College in Madison Wisconsin with her associates’ degree in Laboratory Technician and went on to finish her associate’s degree in Veterinary Technology in 1998.  Jodi was awarded the Animal Health Technician of the Year in 2008 from the Chicago Branch of AALAS and earned the title of Veterinary Technician Specialist in Laboratory Animal Medicine in 2019.
Congratulations Jodi!! Welcome to the Academy!
Laura Ruterbories, BS, RVT, RLATG, VTS-LAM

Laura is a research technologist at the NC State College of Veterinary Medicine, splitting her time between emergency and critical care and neuro-oncology/neuro-immunology research using both pre-clinical and clinical animal models.  She graduated with her bachelor’s degree in Animal Science in 2011 and went on to complete an associate’s degree in Veterinary Technology in 2014.  Laura earned the title of Veterinary Technician Specialist in Laboratory Animal Medicine in 2019, becoming both the first person at her institution and first person in her state to do so.

Congratulations Laura!!  Welcome to the Academy!

Current ALAVTN 2020 Application packets are posted

We will be accepting applications for all categories for the 2020 cycle.
You may only apply for one category at a time. AALAS membership and
credentials must be up to date. This is an excellent way to elevate your
career as we are supported by NAVTA, AVMA, AALAS, ACLAM and ASLAP.

Application submission deadline: Jan 1st, 2020 at 12am PST. Acceptance
or denial emails will be sent: April 1st, 2020.

What will 2019 bring for the Academy?? Check below for information about our first webinar!!

Our first Webinar was Monday, Jan 14.  A powerpoint presentation of “How to prepare for your Lab Animal VTS application” was shared

If interested in seeing that presentation, please email

Stephen Cital

Check back for future announcements 

A great article for those of you who are wondering if this is what I want and what will it do for me professionally…

This article needs to be updated to include new specialties that were established in 2016/2017. will have the entire list

 The Benefits of a Vet Tech Specialist