BluePearl Celebrates National Veterinary Technician Week

ATLANTA – This week, the veterinary community celebrates National Veterinary Technician Week, which is dedicated to bringing awareness to the important role veterinary technicians play in veterinary medicine and the community.

Veterinary technicians perform jobs equivalent to those of nurses in human medicine. Veterinary technicians are often the first to see and begin assessment of an injured or sick animal, and they provide the bulk of the nursing care required for a recovering patient.

To be become a certified veterinary technician, candidates must complete a minimum of two years in a collegiate program based in veterinary technology and pass a series of tests. This training is similar to the training of registered nurses. Besides basic life-saving training, veterinary technicians receive specialized training to handle the many different types of species they can encounter, including cats, dogs, birds, reptiles, hoofed animals and other animals.

“People who work in the veterinary community don’t get into this profession for selfish reasons; they do it because they love animals and want to make a difference,” said Dr. Neil Shaw, chief medical officer of BluePearl Veterinary Partners. “This week we honor the wonderful veterinary technicians who provide the backbone of what makes our caring team a success.”

National Veterinary Technician Week was founded by the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America. For more information visit:

About BluePearl Veterinary Partners
BluePearl Veterinary Partners employs more than 1,350 people including more than 350 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.



Date: Oct. 14, 2013