National Veterinary Technician Week
History/Purpose: In June 1993, the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in Americas Executive Board passed a resolution declaring the third week in October as National Veterinary Technician Week (NVTW). During this special week, veterinary technicians can focus favorable attention on their profession through a variety of activities.
These activities serve to:
1. Educate the public about this vital member of the veterinary medical team.
2. Reinforce the value and professionalism of veterinary technicians to veterinarians and the public.
3. Provide an opportunity for veterinary technicians to salute one another for excellent performance in their work.
4. Acknowledge veterinarians for hiring veterinary technicians.
National Veterinary Technician Week Proclamation:
Whereas, veterinary technicians are important members of the veterinary health care team, work in veterinary medicine throughout the nation, and are extremely important in the effort to provide quality animal health care to insure the humane treatment of all animals;
Whereas, there are over sixty accredited programs throughout the United States which provide intensive study of the skills and knowledge to work competently as a Veterinary Technician, including, anatomy, physiology, microbiology, clinical techniques, pharmacology, anesthesiology, surgical and medical nursing, radiology, and clinical pathology training;
Whereas, it is extremely important that each veterinary technician maintain certification, registration, or licensure through the successful completion of a national and or state examination, practice lifelong learning through continuing education and uphold high ethical standards;
Whereas, veterinary technicians will be joining their colleagues across the country to urge all to become aware of the important contribution of veterinary technicians to the health and well being of all animals; therefore be it Resolved, the Executive Board of the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America does hereby declare that beginning in 1994, the third week in October be designated National Veterinary Technician Week.
Adopted by the NAVTA Executive Board, 1993