Why so many terms for veterinary technician?

Why so many terms for veterinary technician?

Veterinary Nurse Initiative aims to streamline, unify professional designation.

No doubt you've heard about the ongoing debate over whether to switch the term from "veterinary technician" to "veterinary nurse." If you think the question is one of vanity or some sort of professional land grab, consider what Fetch dvm360 conference speaker Ken Yagi, BS, RVT, VTS (ECC, SAIM), had to say at this week's Kansas City event.

As dvm360 Team Channel Director Portia Stewart reports, Yagi explained that the move would lessen the burden on states by creating common terminology for policies and procedures and make governance easier.

Sound complicated? It definitely is. Yagi explains that the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America is working in conjunction with the American Veterinary Medical Association and other officials to codify language and viewpoints for the purpose of creating a unified stance.

He predicts the process may take five to 10 years.

To hear more of Portia Stewart’s account from Fetch, click the video.


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