Take one motivated candidate, add an annual technician school allowance, and what do you get? A credentialed technician, says
Emma McGuffin-Sanchez, business manager at Pacific Veterinary Specialists and Emergency Service in Capitola, Calif. Her practice
sets aside $2,400 every year that employees can apply toward attending veterinary technology school. "We offer this program
to team members who meet or exceed the hospital's expectations," McGuffin-Sanchez says.
To apply, candidates must submit a letter outlining why they should be considered to receive the funds. Then the practice
owners and nursing supervisor review the applications and select the deserving participants.
There is one condition: Team members who accept the funds must agree to work full time at the practice for two years after
completing their schooling. "We divide the allowance over a 24-month period as a loan," McGuffin-Sanchez says. "Then, if the
candidate leaves before he or she completes two years of employment, we prorate the amount of the loan that's forgiven."
McGuffin-Sanchez says her practice is pleased with the program's results. "It's one way we can demonstrate our support for
our nurses," she says. "If they succeed, we succeed."