Past NAVTA president speaks up

Past NAVTA president speaks up

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Apr 01, 2009
By dvm360.com staff

There are many career choices for the veterinary technician—and the number of opportunities is increasing every day. There’s an overwhelming need for veterinary technicians as these opportunities rise, as the veterinary profession grows, and as the awareness of what veterinary technicians can do and the efficiency in the way they do it heightens. This for veterinary technicians increases job security, but on the same page, it doesn't ensure that our jobs won't be affected by the economy.

Earning potential is related to many different things. As stated above, there are increasing opportunities for veterinary technicians and with these are many different salary scales. Veterinary technicians usually graduate with a two-year degree and take a state exam and the Veterinary Technician National Exam (VTNE) to achieve the status of credentialed. It’s becoming increasingly common for the veterinary technician to go beyond this education and pursue more advanced degrees (Bachelors and Masters) and/or achieve specialty status in one of the recognized academies by NAVTA (Internal Medicine, Anesthesia, Dental, Emergency and Critical Care, and Behavior).

The items mentioned will, of course, have an impact on higher salaries. We have to be realistic though, being a veterinary technician won't make you rich. Higher salaries are increasing, but certainly not a lot of veterinary technicians are making $70,000 (maybe about 5 percent).

I, for one, didn't pursue this profession to get rich. I wanted to make a difference in the quality of animals’ lives. I've been a certified veterinary technician for 25 years and continue to love our profession. I think we're the luckiest people in the world to have such a great profession. I'm still amazed by all of the veterinary technicians that I've met in these 25 years who've made our profession what it is and have made such a difference in many animals' and all of our lives.

Julie Legred, CVT
2008 NAVTA President

Proceedings papers for techs

The very best behavior advice for new puppy owners (Proceedings)

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The entire hospital staff should play a role in the counseling of new puppy owners.

The technician's role creating a behavior centered veterinary practice (Proceedings)

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A focus on pet behavior in the veterinary clinic is an excellent practice builder.

Trying times--dealing with canine adolescent dog (Proceedings)

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A behavior wellness exam is an opportunity to check up on a pet’s behavioral health and answer any related questions a client may have.

Enriching geriatric patients' lives (Proceedings)

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An important time for practices to include a behavioral exam is when a pet becomes a senior.

Tubes and tracheas--all about endotracheal tubes and lesions in difficult intubations (Proceedings)

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Endotracheal tubes are usually made from silicone, polyvinyl chloride (PVC) plastic or red rubber.