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The Veterinary Nurse Initiative

Email Script



House Bill 2288 / Senate Bill 2154



Dear Representative or Senator __________:

My name is _______________ and I am a Licensed Veterinary Technician or Veterinarian or Constituent in your district or if not in district in Tennessee. 

I ask that you vote favorably on House Bill 2288 or Senate Bill 2154 (depending on if you are writing a Representative or Senator), which simply changes the existing name in the code from “Licensed Veterinary Medical Technician” to “Registered Veterinary Nurse.”

Multiple states have established individual practice acts with varied education and credentialing requirements for veterinary technicians.  This has resulted in four different titles for essentially the same job. To clarify this ambiguity, the Tennessee and National Veterinary Technicians have decided to coalesce under one title that accurately reflects their education and license – Registered Veterinary Nurse. 

A side-by-side comparison of credentialed Licensed Veterinary Medical Technicians and human nurses in Tennessee show no meaningful differences in education, certification or board examinations. Using the term Registered Veterinary Nurse accurately reflects the extensive education and licensing exam for the profession


This bill only deals with the areas of Veterinary Medicine and has no impact whatsoever on the Nursing Board or Nursing Practice Act. If a Registered Veterinary Nurse were to use the title “Nurse” or “Registered Nurse” in their practice, the Registered Veterinary Nurse could be subject to disciplinary action before the Veterinary Medical Board.  

Thank you for your time. Do not hesitate to contact me with any questions.


      your name

Telephone Script


House Bill 2288 / Senate Bill 2154


After identifying yourself, tell the legislative assistant you would like to leave a brief message

I am a Licensed Veterinary Technician or Veterinarian or constituent in Representative or Senator’s _______ district or if not in district say in Tennessee. 

I am calling to ask that Representative or Senator _______ support House Bill 2288 or Senate Bill 2154 (depending on if you are calling a Representative or Senator), which simply changes the existing name in the code from “Licensed Veterinary Medical Technician” to “Registered Veterinary Nurse.”

Pet owners do not understand the term “vet tech” and that term does not accurately reflect the tough education requirements and national board examination behind the license.

The name change would clarify this ambiguity by establishing a uniform title to reflect the license.  

Thank you for your support.

Please feel free to contact me at ***-***-****

The Tennessee Veterinary Technicians Association (TVTA) supports the Veterinary Nurse Initiative (VNI) and the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America (NAVTA).


The veterinary nursing and technology profession has developed over the past several decades to serve a vital role in the veterinary health care team. The TVTA has represented and elevated the veterinary technician profession in their importance in providing high quality patient care, client communication, and client education as well as the promotion of public health and advancements in scientific knowledge. 


The TVTA views the goals of the VNI in uniting the profession under a single title with consistent credential standards and associated scope of practice that is protected to those that meet the educational path set forth as a priority for the future of the profession. While there is clear evidence the presence of credentialed veterinary technicians has a positive impact on patient care and the success of veterinary practices, there is minimal public and professional understanding of the profession which contributes to current challenges in the profession today. Joining the national call for standardization and elevation of the profession will raise the intrinsic value of the credential and benefit the individuals in the field by further raising the awareness within the profession and public expectations of the knowledge, expertise, and passion required for high quality veterinary care.


In Tennessee, veterinary technicians have been part of the Tennessee Veterinary Practice Act since the early 1980’s. The TVTA has been active ever since.  We are subsequently fortunate to have a state veterinary medical association (TVMA) that is supportive and nurturing of the TVTA.  Tennessee is the only state that refers to its technicians as “Licensed Veterinary Medical Technician.” This title does help describe the profession as having a medical component, however still confuses the general population on what the job actually entails.  The feedback we have received from our members has overwhelmingly been in favor of a name change that reflects not just what we do as a profession, but what will help educate the public of our profession.  We feel that this name change will provide a much needed continuity in the technician profession that technicians of Tennessee are in favor, and have been long been waiting for.  


It is essential that the veterinary medical profession strives to meet the ever increasing professional and economic challenges while continuing to serve the needs of the public. A single, unified title and a standardized credential of Registered Veterinary Nurse throughout the nation will better align public perceptions of the role of the veterinary nurse and elevate standards met by each credentialed individual. Achievement of these goals will assure the highest quality of care to patients and animal owners, improve public relations, promote the use of veterinary services, and enhance the sustainability of the veterinary profession. 

December 12, 2017

Counties Represented under email address 


House Ag & Natural Resources

Rep. Ron Lollar                                                  Rep. Andy Holt

402 CHB                                                               615 741-7847

(615) 741-7084                                         

Shelby                                                              Weakley, and part of Obion and Carroll Counties 

Rep. Curtis Halford

426 CHB

(615) 741-7478

Gibson, Carroll 

Rep. Bo Mitchell

576 CHB

(615) 741-4317


Rep. Jay D. Reedy

512 CHB

(615) 741-7098

Houston, Humphreys, Montgomery 

Rep. Johnny Shaw

414 CHB

(615) 741-4538

Hardeman, Madison


Rep. Rick Tillis

518 CHB

(615) 741-4170

Marshall, Franklin, Lincoln, Marion 

Senate Energy, Ag & Natural Resources 


Sen. Steve Southerland (Chairman)

722 CHB


Cocke, Greene, Hamblen, Sevier 

Sen. Mike Pody (2nd Vice-Chair)

710 CHB

(615) 741-2421

Cannon, Clay, DeKalb, Macon, Smith, Wilson 

Sen. Mark Green 

748 CHB

(615) 741-2374

Stewart, Houston, Montgomery


Sen. Dolores Gresham

744 CHB

(615) 741-2368

Chester, Decatur, Fayette, Hardeman, Hardin, Haywood, McNairy, Henderson 

Sen. Lee Harris

764 CHB

(615) 741-1767


Sen. Steven Dickerson

734 CHB

(615) 741-6679


Sen. Ken Yager

774 CHB

(615) 741-1449

Campbell, Fentress, Morgan, Rhea, Roane, Pickett, Scott 





Lt. Gov. McNally 

700 CHB

(615) 741-6806

Anderson, Loudon, Knox

Speaker Beth Harwell 

600 CHB

(615) 741-0709


Leader Glen Casada 

604 CHB

(615) 741-4389








Sen. Mike Bell

730 CHB

(615) 741-1946

Bradley, McMinn, Meigs, Monroe, Polk 

Rep. Bob Ramsey

428 CHB

(615) 741-3560 


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