Value of technicians

Value of technicians

Continuing education remains a sound investment—even in tight economic times.
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Aug 01, 2009
By dvm360.com staff

The career of veterinary technician continues to grow in stature. Here's proof: Three more technician specialties (zoology, equine, and a neurology subspecialty) were announced in July, bringing the total number of options sanctioned by the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America up to 12. A new law recently went into effect in Washington state allowing qualified technicians to administer controlled substances without direct supervision of a veterinarian, and other states are considering similar measures that give technicians more freedoms.

As technicians' credentials and roles expand, a few questions still loom in the background. Will you find jobs that truly allow you to perform the myriad duties you're qualified to do, and will you be compensated accordingly? The data featured here illustrate that gaps remain in both of these areas but, hopefully, the margins are closing.



Covering the cost of credentials

Some practice owners wrestle with the idea of springing for education that might spur an employee to seek a new job, says Marianne Mallonee, hospital administrator and part owner of Wheat Ridge Animal Hospital in Wheat Ridge, Colo. Without help from the practice, the cost of attending a national convention or pursuing additional credentials—such as becoming a specialized technician or a certified practice manager—can be prohibitive. Case in point: Of technicians who carry student loans, 64 percent said they don't earn enough to live comfortably and pay their loans, according to the 2009 Firstline Team Trends Study. (See related data below.)

To create a win-win situation, Mallonee recommends proposing a business deal. Suggest that you'll reimburse the practice at a prorated amount for any CE allowance they give you if you leave the practice. For example, if you take a new job within a year of the education, you'll pay back 75 percent of the tuition costs. If you leave within two years, you'll reimburse the practice for 50 percent. Whatever percentages you decide, write a contract to preserve the details for future reference.









Proceedings papers for techs

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

CVC IN SAN DIEGO PROCEEDINGS

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)

CVC IN SAN DIEGO PROCEEDINGS

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

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

CVC IN SAN DIEGO PROCEEDINGS

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 patient's lives (Proceedings)

CVC IN SAN DIEGO PROCEEDINGS

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)

CVC IN SAN DIEGO PROCEEDINGS

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