NATIONAL VETERINARY TECHNICIAN WEEK
National Veterinary Technician Week honors the professionals across the U.S. who provide outstanding services. The observance takes place the third week in October each year. It also aims to educate and raise awareness about what vet techs do.
Like the job title says, the vet tech is responsible for many of the technical responsibilities around a veterinary office. Some of those duties include drawing blood, getting samples, dispensing medication, prepping the animal for and assisting during surgery. They also manage care after surgery until the animal is ready to go home.
Education requirements include a minimum of an associate’s degree or higher in veterinary technology. Vet techs must also pas a national exam, followed by licensing or certification. Additional training follows, much like an internship that involves clinical work with animals. It takes more than just a love of animals.
Vet techs must also have the desire to pursue a career that at times may be demanding. Depending on the type of clinic they work in, they may work with large and small animals with a variety of conditions, injuries, and temperaments.
Veterinary Technologists require a bachelor’s degree. As a veterinary technologist, an exam, and credentialing is also required.
The job outlook for vet techs is promising. Growth in the area of veterinary sciences outpaces many other sectors. However, the current median pay according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics is approximately $34,420 per year.
HOW TO OBSERVE #VetTechWeek
Thank a vet technician you know. If you’re interested in learning more about this career choice, attend a job fair. For those who are veterinary technicians, consider speaking at a high school job fair. Help fill future jobs. Use #VetTechWeek to share on social media.
NATIONAL VETERINARY TECHNICIAN WEEK HISTORY
In 1993, the North American Veterinary Technician Association, Inc (NAVTA) proclaimed the third week in October as National Veterinary Technician Week. Every year since the observance has spread across the country giving the public the opportunity to learn more about the profession.