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RVTs play a vital role in client education in the veterinary practice. While many clients are quick to consult “Dr. Google,” the veterinary team should be quick to combat misinformation with credible and reliable guidance.

This contest is open to credentialed veterinary technicians (AHT, CVT, LVT, LVMT, RVT, or credentialed by country of origin) as well as students attending an accredited veterinary technician/technologist program (AVMA, CVMA, or other).

Candidates will submit a two (2) page educational handout (1500 words) about a companion exotic mammal health and wellness topic. A list of proposed topics is included below. Other topics that are suitable are welcomed for submission, if you are concerned about the suitability of your topic, please contact AEMV.

  • Dental health in rabbits (or small mammal herbivores)
  • Nutrition for guinea pigs
  • Nutrition for chinchillas
  • Masking phenomenon in exotic pets
  • The importance of laboratory testing in exotic pets
  • Environmental enrichment for exotic companion mammals

Submissions should include suitable references, including from the primary literature; these will not count towards the word count total.

Relevant photographs with illustrative value can be included. If they contain client-owned animals, the candidate must obtain permission from the pet owner (as required by local privacy laws or facility standards). Diagrams or illustrations must be original content produced by the candidate. Plagiarism will not be tolerated and will result in immediate dismissal from the contest.

Judging criteria are as follows:

  • Accuracy of information presented based on current clinical, nutritional, behavioural science.
  • Conciseness of information, e.g. presented in a client-friendly manner.
  • Relevance of information to pet owners.
  • Quality of references cited.
  • Overall presentation of the topic.

For blinding purposes, please:

  • Authors should avoid including within the text: initials of the authors; and must remove institution names from illustrations in order to maintain anonymity.
  • Include a title page, separate from the case report and include the title of the paper, names and qualifications of the author, affiliations and full mailing address including e‐mail addresses, and contact telephone number of the candidate.

Entries must be submitted to AEMV by April 30, 2021 at noon (12:00 PM) Eastern Standard Time (UTC-5:00). Entries will be evaluated and graded by members of the AEMV Technician Committee, and winners will be notified by May 28, 2021.

Prizes are as follows:

  • Technician/Technologist first place (estimated value $130 USD):
    • 3M™ Littmann® Classic II Pediatric Stethoscope
    • Nursing kit (pouch with bandage scissors, hemostat, suture scissors)
  • Technician/Technologist student first place (estimated value $130 USD):
    • 3M™ Littmann® Classic II Pediatric Stethoscope
    • Nursing kit (pouch with bandage scissors, hemostat, suture scissors)
  • Technician/Technologist second place (estimated value $80 USD):
    • Nursing kit (pouch with bandage scissors, hemostat, suture scissors)
    • A copy of Exotic Animal Medicine: A Quick Reference Guide (2nd edition) by Lance Jepson
  • Technician/Technologist student second place (estimated value $80 USD):
    • Nursing kit (pouch with bandage scissors, hemostat, suture scissors)
    • A copy of Exotic Animal Medicine: A Quick Reference Guide (2nd edition) by Lance Jepson
  • Technician/Technologist third place (estimated value $40 USD):
    • Nursing kit (pouch with bandage scissors, hemostat, suture scissors)
  • Technician/Technologist student third place (estimated value $40 USD):
    • Nursing kit (pouch with bandage scissors, hemostat, suture scissors)
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