(Battle Ground, IN ” October 1, 2003) — The National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America, Inc. (NAVTA), has proclaimed October 12-18, 2003: National Veterinary Technician Week. The event is celebrated annually to recognize veterinary technicians for their contributions to the veterinary healthcare team.
National Veterinary Technician Week provides veterinary technicians the opportunity to promote their profession to the public and colleagues. This year’s theme, “Veterinary Technicians . . . Educated, Skilled, Professionals,” focuses on the education and skills required to care for today’s pets. With the ever- evolving technology used by veterinarians to diagnose illnesses, veterinary technicians continue their education and master new skills in order to provide treatment for the animals in their care.
Primary responsibilities in a veterinary practice involve animal nursing, administering medications, assisting in surgery, taking radiographs, performing ultrasound, inducing and monitoring anesthesia, performing dentistry, managing the hospital, and performing laboratory tests. Veterinary technicians are also employed in biomedical research, the military, sales, industry, and education.
NAVTA is a nonprofit organization that represents and promotes the profession of Veterinary Technology. NAVTA provides direction, education, support, and coordination for its members, and works with other allied professional organizations for the competent care and humane treatment of animals. Incorporated in 1981, NAVTA is the national organization devoted exclusively to developing and enhancing the profession of veterinary technology.