TAMPA, Fla. — Any hospital in America would grind to a halt without nurses. The same is true in animal hospitals, where veterinary technicians provide hands-on medical care that saves pets’ lives every day.
So BluePearl Veterinary Partners is celebrating the important role of these dedicated professionals during National Veterinary Technician Week, which is Oct. 16-22. Also, the company recently announced a new tuition reimbursement to help more BluePearl associates become veterinary technicians.
“Veterinary technicians deserve our heartfelt thanks 24/7, 365 days of the year,” said Jennifer Welser, DVM, DACVO, who is BluePearl’s chief medical officer. “Technicians provide the sweat and tears (and clean up the blood) that keeps our hospitals functioning.”
BluePearl recently partnered with Penn Foster to reimburse up to 90 percent of the tuition costs for BluePearl associates to become credentialed veterinary technicians.
BluePearl supports its veterinary technicians by paying a $1,000 bonus to technicians who become veterinary technician specialists (VTS) in such areas as anesthesia, surgery or others.
“Veterinary technicians and assistants are really the backbone of the profession,” said Amy Newfield, BluePearl’s national technician training manager. “That’s why BluePearl is so proud to offer the Penn Foster veterinary technician program, which helps veterinary assistants become veterinary technicians. It helps our associates pay for the cost of their education and it supports the profession as a whole.”
BluePearl is excited to offer up to 90 percent tuition assistance, demonstrating the company’s commitment to providing career enhancements for its associates and increasing the number of credentialed technicians in the profession.
Veterinary technicians play an essential role at BluePearl’s 60 hospitals in 21 states. They assist with surgery and other medical procedures, administer medications and help pet owners’ understand the doctors’ recommendations. Each hospital is planning a week of celebration to honor technicians, which will include everything from pumpkin carving contests to pancake breakfasts and scavenger hunts.
National Veterinary Technician week was founded in 1993 by the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America. It is celebrated during the second week of October each year. More information can be found here.