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National Veterinary Technician Week is October 9 - 15, 2011

By October 10, 2011

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NAVTA LogoWe talk about veterinary technicians often on this site; what they do, how to become one, and how much they get paid. In my opinion, vet techs are often the unsung heroes of the vet office.

Vet techs work with veterinarians, practice managers, receptionists, pet owners, and of course the pet patients, all in the course of a day. Vet techs clean teeth, insert IVs, give medications, assist with surgery, take radiographs, and assist in exam rooms in vet hospitals everywhere. They also work in referral (specialty) practices performing a variety of specialized medical tasks.

To recognize the contributions made by vet techs, the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America, Inc. (NAVTA.net) has proclaimed the third week of each October to be National Veterinary Technician Week.

"Technicians are an integral part of the veterinary healthcare team, and celebrating National Veterinary Technician Week gives them the credit they deserve. It also provides an opportunity to teach the public about what veterinary technicians do on a daily basis," says Sandy Sponaugle, NAVTA Communications Director. This annual event recognizes veterinary technicians for their contributions in pet healthcare, as well as veterinarians, assistants, practice managers and others involved in this care.

Celebrate Vet Techs
It's the week to do it. Give a special hello or other sign of appreciation this week for the vet tech in your life. Got ideas for how to commemorate Veterinary Technician Week? Please add in your comment below.

More: Celebrating Veterinary Technicians by Jenna Stregowski RVT, Guide to Dogs at About.com.

Want to learn more about veterinary technician careers?
And if you are interested in learning more about what vet techs do or how to become one, be sure to check out the collection of vet tech career resources.

Can Love and money coexist?
After learning about this career and reading responses and opinions from other viewers, what do you think? Can love of animals and an income commensurable with job-related experience and duties coexist? Read and share your vet tech career experiences here.

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October 12, 2011 at 2:31 pm
(1) Heather says:

I am giving at the techs in our hospital a special card and a sweet treat this week.

October 12, 2011 at 5:54 pm
(2) Sandy Scharmann says:

My son’s Veterinary technicians are “AWESOME” in every way. Only wish our medical physician assistants were equally as “awesome”. Will bake cookies for our Techs.

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