The Vet Tech Appreciation Week or the National Vet Tech Week represents an annual tradition in celebrating the Vet Tech profession. For now, this vet tech week is celebrated only in the US, but as the profession grows each year it won’t be a miracle if other countries join the celebration as well.
The tradition started in June 1993 when a resolution by the National Association of Veterinary Technicians (NAVTA) was passed. With this resolution, every third week in October was declared as a National Vet Tech Week.
This year the National Veterinary Technician Week will be held October 14-20 2018 and next year will be October 13-19 (2019).
NAVTA supports the vet tech week by providing media kits including event ideas, preparation suggestions, sample proclamations, sample press releases, and public service announcements. You can find all these materials at the NAVTA web site.
During this week, veterinary technicians and their colleagues (veterinarians, assistants) organize and plan events not just with celebratory purposes but much more than that. The fundamental and main goals of the vet tech week are to give information to the public by educating them what a veterinary technician does. Further on, reinforcing the professionalism that veterinary technicians across America have and developing the higher value of the profession.
Through activities and mutual support, this is a great chance for the vet techs to work on team building and encourage each other for self-development in the future.
During this vet tech appreciation week, veterinary technicians can educate each other how to build a more professional relationship with the rest of their colleagues and veterinary professionals in order to bring the veterinary medicine on a higher level.
In 2015, Kelsey Beth Carpenter, an RVT (Registered Veterinary Technician) from San Francisco recorded a song which is considered to be the unofficial anthem of the Vet Tech Appreciation Week. The song goes something like: ‘people say I’d love to have your job, ‘cos you just play with puppies all day long’… Well, you might guess I which direction the lyrics go afterward. You can listen to the song here: “Happy National Veterinary Technician Week“
Except for being a great event where vet techs can feel appreciated and cherished, it’s also a necessity for the rest of the people to show how much they are grateful for the work the veterinary technicians do.
They are crucial for the everyday clinical practice and preserving the animal welfare and health as best as they can. If human health care has nurses, anesthesiologists, radiation technologists, laboratory technologists, respiratory therapists, dieticians, physiotherapists, in veterinary medicine we have all of those in one – Veterinary Technicians.
So we can just say a big THANK YOU to vet techs around the world! Please remain the same every-day heroes that you were born to be.
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You can also download this National Veterinary Technician Week cover photo to use on your social media for the upcoming vet tech appreciation week.
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