Veterinary technicians are integral players on the veterinary team. They work tirelessly in examination rooms, laboratories, and operating rooms, according to the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America, putting to work their vast technical and scientific knowledge treating and caring for every species of animal.
The broad skills of veterinary technicians—both professional and personal—allow veterinarians to work more efficiently and effectively. And they do it all with love and a smile, day after day, according to a NAVTA press release announcing National Veterinary Technician Week, which is October 17-23 this year.
NAVTA is behind the week that is meant to celebrate, recognize, and promote the valuable contributions credentialed veterinary technicians make to the veterinary profession and society. The main goals of the event are to educate the public about these vital members of veterinary teams, reinforce the value and professionalism of veterinary technicians, provide an opportunity to recognize them for excellent performance in their work, and acknowledge veterinarians for hiring credentialed veterinary technicians.
The theme this year, “Who We Are When The Stethoscopes Come Off,” focuses on the critical aspect of self-care, said Ed Carlson, president of NAVTA.
“Veterinary Technicians and their colleagues have worked incredibly hard over the past 18 months, handling a workload and stress level never seen before,” Carlson said in a press release, referring to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. “It is critically important that NAVTA emphasize the importance of self-care and a healthy work-life balance.”
The week kicks off on Oct. 17 with raffles and prizes through NAVTA’s social media sites for the association’s members. The week includes several free webinars focusing on self-care and concludes with a surprise free fun virtual event on Oct. 23.
Hill’s Pet Nutrition, which sponsors the week, is providing not only funding for social media and public relations outreach but also its own self-care resources, including a free yoga instructional video and a video on how to make simple meals. Hill’s field representatives will also personally deliver National Veterinary Technician Week posters and other goodies to their clients across nearly 5,000 practices in the U.S.
Visit the NAVTA website for more information and to download NAVTA’s 2021 National Veterinary Tech Week Poster or access sample press releases and public service announcements, presentation and event ideas, and more.