When I was a young girl I had the best dog. Daisy was a black lab who would meet me at the end of my street every day on my walk home from school. Some of my happiest memories include Daisy. Unfortunately, some of my saddest memories from childhood came when Daisy was stricken with cancer and our family had to put her down.
Over twenty years later, I still remember sitting in the veterinarian’s waiting room not really understanding what was going on. I remember my dad going back with the vet and my older brother and I sitting in the waiting room crying. That day, a veterinary technician sat with us until our dad came back. She explained what was going on and how much pain Daisy had been in because of the cancer.
At the time, like a lot of people, I had no idea what a veterinary technician was. I just knew that the nice lady at the vet’s office made a horrible day a little easier. I would bet that most people can tell you the name of at least one veterinarian whether they own pets or not. I’d also bet that they couldn’t tell you what a vet tech does, let alone the name of a veterinary technician.
Like medical, vision, dental and other health care providers, veterinary care requires a team to give pets the best medical care possible. Veterinary technicians are educated in the latest medical advances and skilled at working alongside veterinarians. They work closely with veterinarians, veterinary assistants, practice managers, patients and owners to provide the essential link with all involved in the care process.
This week the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America, Inc. (NAVTA) is celebrating the profession with National Veterinary Technician Week. This annual event recognizes veterinary technicians for their contributions in pet health care, as well as veterinarians, assistants, practice managers and others involved in this care. This year’s theme is “Pets and Vets need Techs.”
LMU is proud to be home to just one of three Veterinary Technician programs in the state of Tennessee. Founded in 1985, the program’s goal is to meet the increasing demand for veterinary technicians in the region. The program is accredited by the American Veterinary Medicine Association. It also continues to grow, with a second Veterinary Technician program starting at LMU’s Kingsport Extended Learning site in Kingsport in January.
In addition to joining the nation to celebrate NAVTA’s National Veterinary Technician Week, LMU’s Veterinary Technician program is also sponsoring two high profile events in the coming weeks to raise awareness of the profession and LMU’s program.
The Fall Veterinary Technician Continuing Education Conference will be held on Friday, October 21, 2011, at the Schenck Center for Allied Health Sciences on the LMU Main Campus in Harrogate, Tenn. Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m., with the conference beginning at 9 a.m. Six Continuing Education (CE) credits will be available through this conference. Cost for attending the conference is $25, and lunch will be provided. Those wishing to attend the conference should RSVP to Amy Nelson at 423.869.6205 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The annual Veterinary Technology Dog Show will take place on Saturday, November 5, at Haymaker Farms in Harrogate, Tenn. Registration for entries into the dog show begins at 11:30 a.m., with the dog show to commence at 1 p.m. The entry fee is $5 for the first class and $2 for all subsequent classes. Classes include: costume class, saddest dog, happiest dog, junior handler, senior dog, obedience, senior handler, best puppy, best mixed breed, best hound, best herding, best toy breed, best terrier, best sporting, best non-sporting, best working and best trick. All dogs must be on a leash and puppies must be 12 weeks old or older. All dogs must be vaccinated. For more information, contact Director of Veterinary Technology Mary Hatfield at 423.869.6278.
NAVTA is a nonprofit organization that represents and promotes the veterinary technician profession. NAVTA provides direction, education, support and coordination for its members. Incorporated in 1981, NAVTA is the national organization devoted exclusively to developing and enhancing the profession of veterinary technology. Pets give us unconditional love and veterinary technicians give us peace of mind. For this reason, they should be celebrated during National Veterinary Technician Week. More information about NAVTA and this special week can be found at http://www.navta.net or by calling 888.99NAVTA.