Established in 1993, the National Veterinary Technician Appreciation Week was started and founded by the National Association of Veterinary Technicians. The National Association of Veterinary Technicians saw the need of establishing a time of the year when the public awareness of the veterinary profession will be raised. The National Association of Veterinary Technicians (NAVTA) passed the resolution in June 1993. They decided that it was necessary to make it last one week and that it will take place every year during the third week of October.
The National Veterinary Technician Appreciation Week is, in fact, an annual tradition which celebrates and acknowledges the essential role of the veterinary profession. Thus, it serves to encourage the public to show how much they appreciate veterinary technicians and demonstrate their love and respect.
The National Veterinary Technician Appreciation Week is currently only celebrated in the USA, but it has the potential of becoming a global event as the profession is rapidly growing. This week isn’t only a celebratory event where veterinary technicians only get gifts and feel appreciated, but also a great event for people to show how much they appreciate their commitment to animal welfare.
The health of animals is in the hands of veterinary technicians, while people have a different kinds of doctors to take care of their health. Well, animals have all that in just one doctor, and that’s a veterinary (or a veterinary) technician.
NAVTA is an exceptional supporter of this week in the US. In fact, during this week, the association provides all the necessary equipment and materials for the events. The National Association of Veterinary Technicians does not only give event ideas and suggestions, but also does public service announcements and press releases which is of crucial importance.
Every year, more and more veterinary technicians take part in events with educational purposes. These events do not only raise public awareness about the work of veterinary technicians but also boost professionalism in the field. This week has become an ideal time for getting veterinary medicine to a higher level over the years.
The Vet Tech Appreciation Week also has an unofficial anthem. It was written by Kelsey Beth Carpenter, a registered veterinary technician, in 2015. This song has been accepted by vet techs all over the world and it’s considered to be an unofficial anthem of the Vet Tech Appreciation Week.
How do you show appreciation to your local vet?