Tracy Blais elected as the AVMA CVTEA Chair

The Veterinary and Animal Sciences Department is pleased to announce that Tracy Blais, B.S., C.V.T., M.Ed. has been elected to serve as the Chair of the American Veterinary Medical Association, Committee on Veterinary Technician Education and Activities.

In 2018, Tracy was honored to be asked by the American Veterinary Medical Association, Committee on Veterinary Technician Education and Activities (AVMA/CVTEA) to serve, a 6-year term, as a member representing program affiliated veterinary technicians. As a member of CVTEA, she served as site team Chair and program caretaker when performing accreditation site visits to member schools. As leaders in veterinary technology,  AVMA/CVTEA members work closely with stakeholders including: American Association of Veterinary Technician Educators, American Association of Veterinary State Boards, and the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America. The mission of CVTEA is “to shape the future of veterinary medicine by promoting veterinary technology and the veterinary professional team through education, quality, integrity, service, leadership, and collegiality.” As a graduate of an AVMA/CVTEA accredited veterinary technology program and certified veterinary technologist, Tracy feels honored to serve this community. The CVTEA is a 20-member board consisting of representative veterinarians and technicians from across the United States and Canada. The Committee has 209 accredited veterinary technology programs. It is the Committee’s responsibility to accredit programs (through self-studies, reporting, and site visits), write policy for veterinary technician education, work closely with all veterinary technician stakeholders, and shape the future of veterinary technology. While on AVMA/CVTEA, Tracy has served as Vice-Chair of CVTEA as well as serving on: the American Association of Veterinary State Boards, the Veterinary Technician National Examination Subcommittee, the Standards Subcommittee, the Future Focus Subcommittee, and the Leadership Committee. While at Becker College and Mount Ida College, she became very interested in the accreditation process for veterinary technology programs, having participated in several accreditation self-studies and site visits of her own program over the years.

Tracy has been a veterinary technician educator for over 30 years. She started as a faculty member in the veterinary technology program at Becker College and four years later, was recruited by her alma mater, Mount Ida College. While at Mount Ida, she was tenured faculty and served as program director, then as department chair of the veterinary technology program for 25 years. As a member of the UMass Veterinary Technology Major faculty, Tracy teaches Veterinary Parasitology, Veterinary Management, and the Senior Seminar. Tracy is also the coordinator for the UMass Veterinary Technology Major Internship Program and the advisor of the student chapter of the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America.