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Penn Foster College Joins NAVTA on Changing term 'Veterinary Technician' to 'Veterinary Nurse'

James Hurrell, DVM, Director of the Veterinary Academy at Penn Foster, believes the term will bring more respect to the often misunderstood profession.

Published by VeterinaryPracticeNews.com

March 8, 2016

James Hurrell, DVM and Director of the Veterinary Academy at Penn Foster College, today endorsed the National Association of Veterinary Technicians' (NAVTA) initiative to elevate the status of the profession of "veterinary technician" to "veterinary nurse." Dr. Hurrell declared that the new term will "bring more understanding and respect to the people that assist veterinarians with the healthcare of animals."

Dr. Hurrell announced his endorsement at the 2016 Western Veterinary Conference (WVC) in Las Vegas. 

“This proposed change to ‘veterinary nurse’ has been gaining momentum for a while, both for practical reasons within the field of veterinary medicine, and also for reasons of professional standing and recognition for individual practitioners,” Dr. Hurrell said in a press release.

Penn Foster's Veterinary Academy director explained that the name change would bring more respect for a profession whose current title is hard to explain to the public, and forge greater understanding of the educational and professional achievements by those who will be called "veterinary nurse."

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