California VMA names Markland Veterinary Technician of the Year
The California Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA) has named Linda Markland, RVT, the 2012 Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT) of the Year in Non-Private Practice. Markland has worked in the veterinary industry for more than 30 years and currently serves as the Senior Veterinary Education Specialist for Veterinary Pet Insurance Co. (VPI). She’ll commemorate her twentieth anniversary with the company later this year.
CVMA awards the candidate that best exemplifies a progressive RVT, utilizes his or her talents to the fullest potential, and distinguishes the importance of his or her education, certification and professional responsibilities. The CVMA Board of Governors unanimously chose Markland. “This accolade is well-deserved and is a testament to Linda’s passion for the profession and dedication to her work,” says Carol McConnell, DVM, MBA, vice president and chief veterinary medical officer for VPI. “Her commitment to help industry counterparts is unparalleled and is an inspiration to not only all of us at VPI, but to the entire veterinary community.”
Larry Kosmin, DVM, nominated Markland for the award. She served as head technician and hospital manager at Kosmin’s practice, Tustin Avenue Veterinary Hospital, in Orange, Calif.
“To be nominated from a pool of 173 eligible CVMA members was beyond an honor,” Markland says. “However, to actually win this award was more than I ever could imagine. I’m thankful to all of my industry counterparts who value my contributions and have been so supportive over the last 30 years.”
Markland guest lectures at the Professional Veterinary Assistant School and speaks at the Wild West Veterinary Conference on practice management. She’s also a moderator at major veterinary conferences and the chair of both the CVMA Registered Veterinary Technician Committee and the practice management track for the Pacific Veterinary Conference Committee. In addition, Markland is a member of the Southern California Veterinary Medical Association, North American Veterinary Technician Association and VetPartners.
Markland is the seventeenth recipient of the RVT of the Year in Non-Private Practice Award. The CVMA will present the award at its 2012 Pacific Veterinary Conference on June 29.