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National Veterinary Technician Week

This week, October 9-15th, is National Veterinary Technician Week. Veterinary technicians, also known as animal health technicians or paraveterinary workers, are the nurses of the veterinary world, performing duties ranging from taking an animal’s temperature or pulse, to cleaning and dressing wounds, to analyzing biological samples such as blood or skin scrapings, to operating machinery such as x-rays and electrocardiograms. I feel the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America (NAVTA), the creators of Vet Tech Week, explain the need for this event best, so I’ll let them take it from here.

Pets are important members for many families, yet sometimes they don’t receive the care they deserve. As a member of the veterinary healthcare team, veterinary technicians are educated in the latest medical advances and skilled at working alongside veterinarians to give pets the best medical care possible. They work closely with the veterinarians, veterinary assistants, practice managers, patients and owners [sic] to provide the essential link with all involved in the care process.

The National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America, Inc. (NAVTA) has proclaimed October 9 – 15, 2011 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. This year, Hill’s Pet Nutrition, a company dedicated to helping pets reach their full potential through quality nutrition and healthcare, is sponsoring the week-long celebration.

NAVTA is a nonprofit organization that represents and promotes the veterinary technician profession. NAVTA provides direction, education, support and coordination for its members. Incorporated in 1981, NAVTA is the national organization devoted exclusively to developing and enhancing the profession of veterinary technology. Pets give us unconditional love and veterinary technicians give us peace of mind. For this reason, they should be celebrated during National Veterinary Technician Week. More information about NAVTA and this special week can be found at http://www.navta.net or by calling 888.99NAVTA.

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