Celebrate Veterinary Technician Week by using all their skills

Published on October 19, 2021
A male veterinarian and female veterinary technician examine a small dog with a client in a clinic setting.

Veterinary technicians are critical team members every day of the year and have been instrumental in keeping our practices operating during the pandemic. Please join us this week in marking National Veterinary Technician Week by celebrating and honoring their commitment to compassionate, high-quality veterinary care for all animals.

Becoming a credentialed veterinary technician requires mastery of hundreds of skills, which make technicians a key staffing resource for veterinary practices. Technicians are highly skilled members of our teams, and using them to their full capabilities drives both practice efficiency and greater job satisfaction and wellbeing for everyone on the veterinary health care team.

As shown in the 2021 AVMA Report on the Economic State of the Veterinary Profession, there is a clear link connecting practice revenue and technician utilization. Also, a recent study shared at the 2021 AVMA Veterinary Business and Economic Forum demonstrated the connection between technicians’ job satisfaction and use of the skills and knowledge acquired in their education. 

One of the ways you can recognize and celebrate the vital roles of veterinary technicians is to learn more about better utilizing your technicians and empower them to contribute as much as possible to the practice.

Here are other ways to join in recognizing veterinary technicians’ contributions:

  • Say “thank you” to the veterinary technicians in your life.
  • Spread the word by sharing these free social media images.
  • Share the AVMA's veterinary technicians brochure in your hospital or at community events to educate people about the important work of veterinary technicians.
  • Check out this free toolkit from the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America (NAVTA).

New opportunity: Animal welfare learning for veterinary technicians

For the first time, a limited number of veterinary technicians will be able to participate in this year’s AVMA Animal Welfare Assessment Contest. Registration for the virtual contest closes October 22, 2021, and is just $40 for veterinary technicians. All contest participants will be eligible to receive CE credits. Learn more and register at awjac.org.

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