National Veterinary Technician Week
October 15, 2013
October 14-18 marks this year's National Veterinary Technician
Week (NVTW), a celebration the United States Congress declared 21
years ago to be celebrated during the third week of October. This
year's theme for NVTW is "Your Trusted Partner in Lifelong
Watch this video to
see just how busy veterinary technicians are each and every
Veterinary technicians often work behind the scenes, throughout
animal clinics and hospitals, providing nursing care, patient
assessment, and surgical assistance. Additionally, veterinary
technicians work as radiography technicians, dental hygienists,
client communicators, educators, medical laboratory technicians,
and often as hospital and practice managers. Although many work in
private veterinary practices, technicians may also find employment
with universities, animal shelters, stables, reproductive
facilities, zoos, wildlife facilities, pharmaceutical sales, the
military, and homeland security.
"Technicians act as the patient's advocate in much the same way
as Registered Nurses do for humans," said Melanie T. Landis, DVM,
MBA, director of the Veterinary Technology Program at Blinn
College. "Not only do they ensure that treatments are
performed, but also monitor responses and keep the veterinarian
The Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital (VMTH) at the Texas
A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences,
in addition to employing many veterinary technicians, hosts
second-year veterinary technology students from nearby Blinn
College for up to seven weeks each spring semester.
After they graduate and have passed both the Veterinary
Technician National Examination and a state jurisprudence exam,
these students will become a credentialed veterinary technician.
Blinn is one of only eight schools in Texas that offer a veterinary
technology program accredited by the American Veterinary Medical
Recently, the Texas state legislature adopted a bill which will
change this credential from "registered veterinary technician"
(RVT) to "licensed veterinary technician" (LVT), beginning in
September 2014. This moves technicians from a voluntary
registration overseen by the Texas Veterinary Medical Association
to a licensed profession with legal standing that will be monitored
by the Texas State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners. Current
RVTs will be able to make this transition fairly easily; all they
will need to do is fill out an application and pay the annual
licensing fee before next September.
"Working at Texas A&M is a dream come true for me," said Liz
Wood, a registered veterinary technician working in internal
medicine at the VMTH. "I have the opportunity to utilize every
aspect of my training. I help care for and treat some of the most
baffling cases in the country. I work with some of the most
renowned specialists in their fields. Most importantly, I have the
pleasure of training and influencing future veterinarians. They
leave us knowing the gold standard with which to care for their
patients as well as the best ways to utilize their technicians.
They know that their clinic and hospital staff are a part of the
veterinary care team, and when used appropriately, can be very
efficient and successful. I am very proud to be a part of the
future of veterinary medicine."
For more information about the Texas A&M College of
Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, please visit our
website at vetmed.tamu.edu or join us on Facebook.
Angela G. Clendenin
Director, Communications & Public Relations
Ofc - (979) 862-2675
Cell - (979) 739-5718
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