Although we value veterinary technicians every day of the year, we take this week to honor their commitment to compassionate, high-quality veterinary care for all animals. National Veterinary Technician Week, first celebrated in 1993, takes place in the third week of October each year, and provides an opportunity to recognize veterinary technicians’ contributions.
What is the Veterinary Technician’s role in veterinary practice?
Veterinary technicians are critical to the day-to-day function of veterinary practices, and play vital roles in preserving animal health and welfare.
“The duties of a veterinary technician shall be performed under the direction, supervision, and responsibilities of veterinarians. These duties shall be accomplished in compliance with federal, state and local laws and shall not include diagnosing, prescribing, or performing surgery.
Examples of areas of responsibility that a veterinary technician can assume in a veterinary practice are:
- Physical examination and Patient history
- Client communication and education
- Caring for the hospitalized patient
- Administration of medications and vaccines
- Clinical laboratory procedures
- Dental prophylaxis
- Office/Hospital management
So, Poland Animal Hospital would like to wish veterinary technicians everywhere a wonderful week. And to Tanya, Becky, and Rebecca, we want to thank you for your commitment to this profession, our clients, our team, and especially our patients! We could not do it without you!