National Veterinary Technician Week begins Sunday and runs through October 21, providing an opportunity to recognize technicians’ contributions to the veterinary profession and the individual clinics where they work. AVMA is proud to support the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America (NAVTA) and help ensure ongoing recognition of veterinary technicians as an integral part of the animal healthcare team.
There are countless reasons to say “thank you” to every veterinary technician you meet. Here are just a few:
Veterinary technicians are professionals
Just like veterinarians, veterinary technicians go to school to acquire knowledge and to develop the skills needed for their career. They’ve studied and trained to do everything they do – which is a lot, by the way. Vet techs have their own certifications, and they are invaluable members of the healthcare team. They are critical to the day-to-day function of veterinary practices, and play vital roles in preserving animal health and welfare.
They aren’t afraid to get up close and personal
The list of responsibilities a veterinary technician takes on ranges far and wide. From performing dental cleanings and monitoring anesthesia patients, to taking X-rays and restraining aggressive animals, a veterinary technician has a hands-on role. That means their skin is literally on the line in a lot of situations—they’re not strangers to bites, scratches, and bruises.
They keep clients coming back – and that means better care for patients
Veterinary technicians often handle communication with clients, including answering phone calls and solving conflicts face-to-face. They also answer client questions in the exam room, providing education and peace of mind to anxious pet owners. At times, they also take on the emotional burden of comforting clients after the loss of a pet.
In addition to their long list of skills and longer lists of responsibilities, we also love veterinary technicians because they offer support to the rest of the veterinary team. Time and time again, they provide a listening ear and an eager smile to help relieve the stress of the workplace, even while they may be struggling with their own emotional well-being.
AVMA hopes you’ll join us in showing veterinary technicians the gratitude they deserve during National Veterinary Technician Week. Besides personally expressing your thanks to the veterinary technicians you work with, you also can download this National Veterinary Technician Week cover photo to use on your Facebook page.
Thank you veterinary technicians!