This week (October 13-19) has been designated National Veterinary Technician Week by the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America. We want to say thank you to all of the amazing veterinary technicians for the hard work and dedication that they put into the veterinary profession.
We also want to help get more information out about the Veterinary Technicians profession. According to the 2013 President of the National Association of Veterinary Technicians of America (NAVTA), Dennis Lopez, M.Ed., LVT. “The Credentialed Veterinary Technician is so much more than an assistant to the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine. Our view at NAVTA is that the Veterinary Technician is an extension of the Doctor, performing many critical nursing tasks in support of patient care.” Credentialed veterinary technicians (Certified, Registered, or Licensed), are required to graduate with a minimum of a two-year Associate Degree, perform many hours of clinical externship, and pass the Veterinary Technician National Examination (VTNE) before being allowed to practice. “Credentialed technicians really are the equivalent of a human Registered Nurse,” according to Lopez. “They go through a science heavy education, learn and experience a wide variety of skills, and then have to pass a very difficult national board exam. However, unlike human medical professionals, the Veterinary Technician must learn the anatomy, disease process, patient care, and nursing skills to practice on 20-30 species. The education and ability to practice is very rigorous.” Most states require the Credentialed Veterinary Technician to maintain continuing education hours and to stay on the cutting edge of veterinary medicine.
Electric City Animal Clinic couldn’t be prouder of our Veterinary Technicians and we definitely couldn’t provide the high standard of patient care without them. We’ll be working hard all week to show them how much we appreciate them! Feel free to give a shout out yourself and let them know how great they are!