National Veterinary Technician Week: October 12-18, 2008

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The Heart of Pet Wellness.

Companion animals are more than just furry creatures on four legs; they are part of our American families. We give them attention, protection and love. Yet what many Americans don’t give them is the security of seeking veterinary care that includes treatment by a credentialed veterinary technician.

The range of medical treatment available for animals has increased exponentially in the past several decades. The public needs to make sure the veterinary clinic they choose hires credentialed veterinary technicians, ensuring the person treating their animal is educated in the latest medical advances and working alongside veterinarians to give pets the best medical care possible.

The National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America, Inc. (NAVTA) will celebrate October 12-18, 2008 by recognizing National Veterinary Technician Week. “Vet Tech Week provides an opportunity to honor the veterinary technician for the outstanding job they do. It also provides NAVTA with an opportunity to educate companion animal owners about the benefits of working with a veterinarian that employs credentialed veterinary technicians, which is equally important,” stated Andrea Ball, executive director of NAVTA.

“Credentialed technicians receive more than a degree from an accredited veterinary program. Most are required to take a certification exam and many complete ongoing training in the classroom and on the job to keep up with medical advances and the wide range of animal care disciplines, which range from small pets to livestock and exotic species. When you invest in medical treatment for your pet, in return, you should receive the best care possible and a credentialed veterinary technician helps ensure this happens.” National Veterinary Technician Week is also a time to acknowledge the veterinarians who hire credentialed veterinary technicians, recognizing the important role they play in pet healthcare.

NAVTA is a nonprofit organization that represents and promotes the profession of Veterinary Technology. NAVTA provides direction, education, support and coordination for its members. Incorporated in 1981, NAVTA is the national organization devoted exclusively to developing and enhancing the profession of veterinary technology. They take a year round approach toward educating and promoting veterinary technicians through conferences, tradeshows, and a poster campaign sponsored by Ft. Dodge Animal Health. Companion animals give us unconditional love and veterinary technicians give us peace of mind and they should be celebrated during National Veterinary Technician Week. More information about NAVTA and this special week can be found at http://www.navta.net.

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