Celebrate National Veterinary Technician Week with us

Celebrate National Veterinary Technician Week with us

Appreciation and inspiration for the technicians who serve pets and people every day.
Oct 14, 2018
By dvm360.com staff

Happy National Veterinary Technician Week from dvm360.com!

If you're wondering how long we plan to particularly celebrate the work of veterinary technicians, here's your answer (courtesy of Lionel Richie): All night week long!

And as a thank you, we're serving up free team training, appreciation and inspiration.  

First things first ...

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Print: 'You're one heck of a tech!'

Let the technicians in your veterinary practice know that their daily bum-busting and all-around awesomeness are not going unnoticed with these printable notes. (We like to think of them as verbal high fives.)

Docs who get it

Not surprisingly, some of our favorite DVMs are the biggest champions of techs (we knew they were smart). Click on the images below to hear more in their own words about why they love their technicians and how they empower them to use their skills.

And a practice manager who gets it too

Client communication translator 1.0

This nifty translator takes what you say to clients and translates it back into the words behind what you say to every pet owner. See more translations here.

The Veterinary Nurse Initiative

We've compiled some of dvm360's coverage of the initiative to help keep track of what's happened since it was announced at the beginning of National Veterinary Technician Week back in 2015, and we'll keep updating the list as more news, opinions and issues arise.

You need a nerd book

Do you ever feel like you could use a second brain to store all of the information you're supposed to remember? The nerd book is kinda like that. Here's how to make one.

Whom should I ask? A dvm360 flowchart

Is your question best posed to a veterinarian or a technician? Here's a handy flowchart to find out.

How to: Up your anesthesia game as a veterinary technician

An original Veterinary Anesthesia Nerd says 'that's just the way we've always done it' is a bad basis for anesthetic protocols. Watch the video below, and then learn more here.

Free poster: Recognize your veterinary nurses

Do your clients know how hard your veterinary nurses are working to protect and preserve the health of their pets? Here's how to boost your nurses' cred in your hospital. Get your own copy and post it in your practice today. 

The anatomy of a veterinary nurse

What are veterinary nurses made out of? Sugar and spice and handling lice, and snips and snails, and puppy dog's tails—plus more awesome medical knowledge and insanely compassionate care than the normal human being is capable of. Check out our diagram here. 

Man on the street: What IS a tech?

Ken Yagi, BS, RVT, VTS (ECC, SAIM), hits the pavement at CVC in Kansas City to find out what pet owners really think when they hear the words "veterinary technician" and "veterinary nurse."

(Mini) Team Meeting in a Box: Mental health matters

Odds are, someone on your team is either experiencing psychological distress now or will in the future. Practice some self-care today. This Team Meeting in a Box provides all the tools you need to start a conversation about the importance of mental health in your veterinary practice.

Veterinary technician pay

Is your pay stepping up or down? Find salary data from the 2016 Firstline Career Path Study here. 

Back Office Blunders, Episode 7: Go do your doctor stuff

Veterinary technicians can perform many high level tasks in the hospital. If they're allowed to.

Tech vs. nurse: National credential initiative cheat sheet

Here's a quick breakdown of what it is—and what it means for technicians and the profession. 

A message from your furry friends

More great inspiration ...

Consider this short story about technician compensation. How can we rewrite the narrative for a happier ending? 

Love letters from leaders in the veterinary profession 

Need a pick-me-up? Read what veterinary professionals love about technicians


Texts from your veterinary clinic cat

CC, your veterinary clinic cat, is out of food—and out for blood. Read all of the texts here