Oct. 12-18 is National Veterinary Technician Week

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Justin Olerud completed this painting for the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America during his last semester studying at the California College of the Arts earlier this year. He is the son of Julie Legred, NAVTA president.

"Vet Techs: The Heart of Pet Wellness" is the theme this year for National Veterinary Technician Week, Oct. 12-18, recognizing the role of veterinary technicians in veterinary care.

The National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America will celebrate veterinary technician week with national media coverage, a poster campaign sponsored by Fort Dodge Animal Health, and acknowledgment of NAVTA members.

"Vet tech week provides an opportunity to honor veterinary technicians for the outstanding job they do, but it also provides NAVTA with an opportunity to educate companion animal owners about the benefits of working with a veterinarian who employs credentialed veterinary technicians—which is equally important," said Andrea Ball, NAVTA executive director.

"Credentialed technicians receive more than a degree from an accredited veterinary program. Most are required to take a certification examination, and many complete ongoing training in the classroom and on the job to keep up with medical advances and the wide range of animal care disciplines."

In 1993, the NAVTA Executive Board declared the third week in October as National Veterinary Technician Week. During this week, veterinary technicians can focus attention on their profession through activities to educate the public about their contributions to veterinary medicine as well as to reinforce the value and professionalism of veterinary technicians to veterinarians and the public.

Information about the event and NAVTA is available at www.navta.net.