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National Veterinary Technician Week

national vet technician week
Healthcare workers make the world go round. And while doctors and nurses across specialties deserve appreciation every day, there’s no better time to highlight all they do than during national weeks of recognition.
This year, National Veterinary Technician Week is from Oct. 17th through the 23rd. It’s a time to celebrate and recognize the work these veterinary technicians, known in the industry as veterinary nurses, are doing on a daily basis as part of the veterinary healthcare team.

A Day in the Life of a Veterinary Technician

Like with most healthcare roles, no two days are the same for a veterinary nurse. They work tirelessly in the exam room and are by the side of veterinarians to assist during operations. Their knowledge, skills and perhaps most importantly, compassion allow the practice to be efficient while soothing the nerves of both patients and pet parents.
Veterinary nurses are constantly working with the veterinarian, office staff and pet parents to create a seamless and safe experience for everyone. Some more concrete duties they may perform include vital sign monitoring, obtaining and testing samples, surgery prep and dental work, just to name a few.

Why We Appreciate Veterinary Technicians

In honor of National Veterinary Technician Week, we thought we’d highlight some of the reasons why we love veterinary nurses. Firstly, they have dedicated a lot of time and energy to their education to receive the credentials necessary for the role. And after this academic work, they seamlessly transition into the fast-paced, demanding veterinary world.
But perhaps the most important reason we applaud veterinary nurses today (and every day for that matter) is because of what they do for our pets. Going to the vet can be stressful for pets and pet parents alike. Compassionate, kind veterinary nurses give pet parents the peace of mind that their furry family member is in good hands. Their presence and expertise can also help to calm down an anxious pet, which makes their time at the vet significantly better.

Celebrating National Veterinary Technician Day

Feeling inspired to show your appreciation for your veterinary nurse this upcoming week? It’s surprisingly easy to do so!
Here are a few ways to show your thanks for everything your veterinary nurse does:
Write a card: A few kind words can go a long way. Send your veterinary nurse a card this week thanking them for their work and all they’ve done for you and your pet.
Share a picture: Veterinary nurses will never say no to pictures of your pet! Especially if they haven’t seen their patients in person for a while, sharing a picture of your healthy and happy pet with their veterinary nurse is a great way to show them their work is appreciated.
Self-care kit: Veterinary nurses are constantly washing their hands. Some lotion can be a great little gift they are sure to use.
A meal or coffee: Whether it’s an early morning or late night, a gift card for coffee or to a restaurant means a lot to a busy veterinary nurse.
Something for their furry friend: Does your veterinary nurse have a four-legged friend at home? Gift them some goodies for their pet.
No matter what you do - make sure to thank your veterinary nurse this week!