Contributed by: Kristin Schafgans, DVM, DACVIM (SAIM) Internal Medicine Veterinary Specialist

National Veterinary Technician Week has been celebrated annually in the third week of October since 1993. Although veterinary technicians are valued immensely every day of year, this week is meant to put a spotlight on the dedication and hard work of these incredibly talented and dedicated professionals that are a critical part of your pet’s care team.

Veterinary technicians take on many roles including anesthetist, phlebotomist, radiology technician, intensive care nurse, pharmacy technician, receptionist, and professional provider of TLC for your pet, among many others!

Veterinary technicians receive two years or more of training at an accredited institution, pass a rigorous examination, and earn a degree before they are licensed.  They can also choose to become a Veterinary Technician Specialist in a number of specialties with additional intensive training and exams.

Make sure to give your vet tech your thanks and gratitude next time you see them!