Vet Tech Week Celebrates Your Vet's Partner in Health Care

Vet Tech Week Celebrates Your Vet's Partner in Health Care

Veterinary technicians often provide nursing care and surgical assistance, in addition to carrying out patient assessments.

Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt/The Horse

During National Veterinary Technician Week, Oct. 13-19, the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) reminds everyone how important veterinary technicians are to the veterinary health care team.

The week-long celebration—sponsored by the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America (NAVTA), Hill’s Pet Nutrition, Partners for Healthy Pets, and the Ontario (Canada) Association of Veterinary Technicians—seeks to elevate public awareness of the importance of the entire veterinary team. This year’s theme—“Your Trusted Partner in Lifelong Care”—focuses on how integral veterinary technicians are to the veterinary health care team and the health of America’s pets.

“Veterinary technicians are often the first person a client will talk to when their pet has a problem, they help translate complex medical terms, and facilitate communications between the veterinary practice and the client,” explains Clark K. Fobian, DVM, president of the AVMA. “They are crucial partners in delivering the best possible care to animals. As a veterinarian, I’m very grateful for all they do, not only at my practice but, in veterinary clinics across the country.”

Veterinary technicians often provide nursing care and surgical assistance, in addition to carrying out patient assessments. They function as radiography technicians, client communicators, educators, medical laboratory technicians, and some even serve as the hospital or practice manager. Credentialed veterinary technicians are required to graduate with a minimum of a two-year associate degree, complete a clinical externship, and pass the Veterinary Technician National Examination before being licensed.

“The credentialed veterinary technician is so much more than an assistant to the doctor of veterinary medicine,” says NAVTA President Dennis Lopez, MEd, LVT. “Rather, the credentialed veterinary technician is an extension of the doctor, performing many critical nursing tasks to support complete patient care.”

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