In 2016, NYASVT lost a true friend and advocate with the sudden passing of Dr. James Zgoda. Dr. Zgoda was not only an advocate for the veterinary community but was also a loyal supporter and advocate of LVTs and their vital contributions to the veterinary medical team. Dr. Zgoda supported his technicians in their daily work and in their pursuit of advancing their career. He supported their professional, personal and educational endeavors and the community has been better served for it.
The Dr. James Zgoda Excellence in Technician Advancement will be awarded to a hospital or individual practice that has demonstrated support for the licensed veterinary technicians in their practice.