Published by Splash Magazine
November 11, 2014
By Paola Benavides
Veterinarians are as important as doctors, and likewise Veterinarian Technicians are as important as nurses. Both go hand in hand and need each other's assistance. This is what has brought me on this educational journey for a field I love. I am delighted to still continue my studies with Penn Foster College Veterinary Technician Program. I'm excited to share that there is an entire week out of the year dedicated to Veterinary Technicians that falls on the third week of October called National Veterinary Technician week (NVTW). Owing to the fact that it was NVTW on October 12, 2014 through October 18, 2014, there were social events and fundraisers to raise awareness and advocate the role that Veterinary Technicians play in the Veterinary field.
NVTW was founded on June 1933 by the Executive Board of National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America (NAVTA). NAVTA is an organization that represents and promotes veterinary technology by providing guidance, aid, and education for its members. NAVTA also works alongside other organizations to support the humane treatment and care for animals. The veterinarian community has been celebrating NVTW for 81 years with the help of many animal hospitals, organizations, students, etc.
This year's theme for NVTW was “What Does a Vet Tech Do? Fortunately, Penn Foster's Veterinary Technician Program decided to participate and promote NVTW. In 2013, Dr. Jim Hurrell (Director of the Veterinary Program), Amanda Teter (Assistant Director of Veterinary Program), and Diane Placidi (Administrative Assistant to the Clinical Program) all engaged in NVTW. They organized a Vaccine Clinic in which Veterinary Technicians provided vaccinations for the pets of about 30-40 Penn Foster Employees. Last year was a success as Dr. Jim Hurrell stated, “If you love animals, you're a good person and you're a giver. The faculty felt good for helping the community. Clients were happy that it was inexpensive, and the local community shelters got money since we donated the profits.” At the end of the day everyone was content and satisfied with NVTW.