TAMPA, Fla. – Starting Sunday, the veterinary community will begin celebrating National Veterinary Technician Week to bring awareness to the important role veterinary technicians play in the care and treatment of animals.
Veterinary technicians have the educational background and perform jobs similar to those of registered nurses in human medicine. They are often the first to see and begin assessment of an injured or sick animal, and they provide most of the nursing care required for a recovering patient.
To become a certified or licensed veterinary technician, candidates must complete a two year college degree in veterinary technology and pass a series of exams. Besides training in nursing and treatment skills, they learn to handle the many different types of species they may encounter, including cats, dogs, birds, reptiles, horses, farm animals and other species.
“At BluePearl, our veterinary technicians are the backbone of a team that gives us the ability to provide remarkable care for pets,” said Dr. Jennifer Welser, chief medical officer of BluePearl Veterinary Partners. “Their compassion, patience and understanding have helped us to become the community’s choice for specialty and emergency veterinary medicine, and without them, none of this would be possible.”
National Veterinary Technician Week was founded by the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America. For more information visit: https://www.navta.net/events/national-veterinary-technician-week
About BluePearl Veterinary Partners
BluePearl Veterinary Partners employs 1,800 team members including more than 450 veterinarians. BluePearl hospitals offer referral-only, specialty care services and most offer 24-hour emergency care. BluePearl does not provide primary care. The company is one of the world’s principal providers of approved veterinary residency and internship programs. BluePearl also participates in clinical trials that investigate the effectiveness of new veterinary drugs and treatments, providing pet families access to cutting-edge medicine that is not yet commercially available. BluePearl is headquartered in Tampa, Fla.