National Veterinary Technician Appreciation Week provides a welcome opportunity for us to show our technicians just how much we appreciate them. While we hope they feel appreciated EVERY day, technician appreciation week allows us to brag about them publicly. This special week also highlights the incredibly important role technicians play in caring for our clients and their pets. Dr. Marty Becker, DVM, wrote a compelling online article for vetstreet.com. In an excerpt (included below) from that article, Dr. Becker emphasizes not only the skills that technicians have but also the wide variety of roles they play. While the work of a veterinary technician can be incredibly fulfilling, it can be emotionally challenging as well. So next time you are in the clinic with your furry family, don’t forget to show your veterinary technician/nurse or assistant some love – they deserve it.
“The Role of Veterinary Technicians
This week, National Veterinary Technician Week, is when we pause to celebrate the wonderful technicians veterinarians rely on. But really, veterinarians know that a week could never be enough, so much do we owe our veterinary technicians.
They are the skilled nurses who insert IVs, wrap wounds, clean teeth and monitor anesthesia.
They are the first responders who are always in the front lines to help animals when there’s a disaster.
But more than any of those things, veterinary technicians are without a doubt the glue that holds veterinary medicine together, and the oil that makes all the parts work together smoothly. Highly trained, highly skilled and highly committed, veterinary technicians handle the care of animals and the education of pet owners. They are skilled surgical nurses and keen diagnosticians, savvy handlers of all kinds and sizes of animals, and of pet owners and veterinarians alike. No good veterinarian takes for granted the contributions of a great veterinary technician. I know I sure don’t.”