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Veterinary Nursing in Action

Kenichiro Yagi, RVT, VTS (ECC, SAIM), Adobe Animal Hospital, Los Altos, California

Heather Prendergast, RVT, CVPM, SPHR, Patterson Veterinary University, Las Cruces, New Mexico

October 2016

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Veterinary Nursing in Action

Veterinary Technician’s Oath

I solemnly dedicate myself to aiding animals and society by providing excellent care and services for animals, by alleviating animal suffering, and by promoting public health. I accept my obligations to practice my profession conscientiously and with sensitivity, adhering to the profession’s Code of Ethics, and furthering my knowledge and competence through a commitment to lifelong learning.

Veterinary Nursing in Action

Kara M. Burns, MS, MEd, LVT, VTS (Nutrition), Brief Media Director of Nursing, Veterinary Team Brief Editor

In 1993, the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America (NAVTA) executive board passed a resolution declaring the third week of October National Veterinary Technician Week (NVTW) to focus positive attention on the veterinary nursing profession. 

According to NAVTA, the NVTW goals are:

  • Educating the public about the roles and responsibilities of veterinary nurses 
  • Reinforcing the value and professionalism of veterinary nurses to veterinarians and the public
  • Providing an opportunity for veterinary team members to salute one another for excellent work performance 
  • Acknowledging veterinarians for hiring credentialed veterinary nurses 

NVTW’s 2016 theme is “Veterinary Nursing in Action,” which connects to the diversity of experiences and species managed in the veterinary profession and reminds each veterinary nursing team member of the action steps listed in the veterinary technician oath.

In the spirit of this theme, let us look back at the veterinary nursing profession over the past year.

  • A task force was established to research the uniformity of a single credential and the terminology that is most representative of our roles and responsibilities on the veterinary team. Kenichiro Yagi, RVT, VTS (ECC, SAIM), and Heather Prendergast, RVT, CVPM, cochair the National Credential Task Force spearheaded by NAVTA. 
  • Veterinary Nurse or Veterinary Technician? explains the work that the task force has done exploring and opening up discussions with all constituents involved in this important discussion. 
  • The Committee on Veterinary Technician Specialties announced 2 new specialties—the Academy of Dermatology Veterinary Technicians and the Academy of Veterinary Ophthalmic Technicians—bringing the total of veterinary technician specialty academies to 13, a truly amazing achievement. The very first specialty, the Academy of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Technicians (AVECCT), is celebrating its 20th anniversary. 

There are 230 AVMA-accredited veterinary nursing programs and 31 NAVTA-approved veterinary assistant (AVA) programs, proof of the continuing interest in veterinary team professional careers and the need to differentiate each team member’s skills and responsibilities.

Veterinary Team Brief recognizes that every veterinary team member is a valuable asset and congratulates the veterinary nursing team on another well-deserved celebration. Use this celebration as the springboard to promote and support teammates and clients. Lift one another UP! Celebrate each other, celebrate the prfession, celebrate YOU! 

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