Celebrating National Veterinary Technician Week

This week, we’ve been recognizing and celebrating the unique impact that veterinary technicians have on our profession.  Veterinary technicians are critical to the day-to-day function of our practices and play vital roles in preserving animal health and welfare. National Veterinary Technician Week provides an opportunity to recognize veterinary technicians’ contributions, and give them an honorary high-five for their hard work.

This year’s celebration focuses on the resiliency of veterinary technicians,” said Ashli Selke, RVT, CVT, President of the National Association of Veterinary Technicians (NAVTA), the not-for-profit association behind National Veterinary Technician Week.  “Veterinary Technicians have shown great ability to recover from or adjust to stress and change, especially over the last two years.”

When we asked our practice managers to share what their technicians mean to their hospitals, we learned that not only are these professionals capable of so much (aka. rockstar status!), but they also lead with so much compassion, care, and heart.  “Our technicians mean so much to us! I think we have the most wonderful tech team. They work so well together and care for our patients like they were their own”, said Bess Drath, Practice Manager at North Elm Animal Hospital.

We also heard from many that the efficient use of technicians drives practice efficiency and well-being—for everyone in the hospital. Championing our talented and spirited technicians is a win for everyone, from fellow team members to patients.  Candace Stockman, Practice Manager at Grace Animal Hospital, noted “We are an extremely tech-driven hospital and look for any opportunities to highlight our team!  They truly are amazing.  The biggest thing I have learned as a Practice Manager is that allowing technicians to have a voice, be heard, and put their ideas into action keeps them eager and ahead of the curve with practice standards.”

As we wrap up a week of celebrations and hoorays, we encourage everyone to reach out and thank their technicians for their hard work and dedication.  Veterinary medicine would be lost without them.