Study to examine veterinary technicians’ roles

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Are you and your companion animal practice interested in discovering ways to better leverage the skills of your veterinary technicians?

You can do this—and contribute to efforts to help our profession address this important issue—by taking part in a study funded by the AVMA.

The study by researchers at Cornell University aims to understand the current roles of veterinary technicians and identify potential reasons why practices don’t always take advantage of all of their technicians’ education and skills.

What does participation involve?

Researchers are looking for independently owned companion animal practices to take part in the study. Veterinarians, business managers, and veterinary technicians at participating practices will complete several brief surveys between January and September 2024. The total time commitment will be no more than 1-3 hours per employee across the duration of the study. 

In return, you’ll receive a report outlining the researchers’ findings, including recommendations to better make use of your veterinary technicians’ diverse skills. Participating in the study could provide your practice with solutions to empower your veterinary technicians to work at the top of their skill set, potentially aiding both retention and practice efficiency. 

Sign up by September 15

If your clinic is interested in participating, fill out this survey no later than September 15, 2023. If you have questions about the study, email CNeillatavma [dot] org (AVMA Senior Economist Clint Neill), PhD.


Independently Owned Practices

Confirming corporate practices will not be included in the study? As a veterinary technology educator in the KC Metro area, I have concerns about excluding corporate practices. A large percentage of practices in the bi-state area are corporate owned.

RE: Independently Owned Practices

Thank you for reaching out and your interest in the study. Independently-owned practices are the main focus of this study to help reduce the variation in the types of practices. We anticipate this study is likely just the beginning of a series of research on veterinary technicians and corporate practices will likely be involved in later stages. Thanks again for your feedback.

Veterinary Technician roles and optimizaion

Great to recognize how much the Licensed technician contributes!

LVT credentialed as their counterparts in human medicine-- PA/NP

According to the AVMA this idea got no traction including support from the National Association of Veterinary Technicians claiming about 8 states do not recognize their degree nor licensing.

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