Veterinary technicians in the spotlight

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National Vet Tech Week Oct 15-21 Veterinary technicians do a lot of hard work behind the scenes, so this year's National Veterinary Technician Week seeks to promote all of the important tasks they do to preserve animal health and welfare. Happening Oct. 15-21, the annual event's theme this year is "Advancing Veterinary Nursing and Veterinary Technology."

The week's activities serve to:

  • Educate the public about this vital member of the veterinary medical team.
  • Reinforce the value and professionalism of veterinary nurses/technicians to veterinarians and the public.
  • Provide an opportunity for veterinary nurses/technicians to salute one another for excellent performance in their work.
  • Acknowledge veterinarians for hiring credentialed veterinary nurses/technicians.

A media kit created by the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America is available for National Veterinary Technician Week to help veterinary technicians focus favorable attention on their profession through a variety of activities. Included in this packet are event ideas, such as a veterinary hospital open house or a Take Your Pet to Work Day; sample proclamation, press release, and public service announcement; and a template for giving a presentation.

National Veterinary Technician Week was first celebrated in 1993; it is held the third week of October. This week is meant to honor veterinary technicians' commitment to compassionate, high-quality veterinary care for all animals. It is sponsored by NAVTA and Hill's Pet Nutrition.