Emily VanEron - July 26 2022
Vet Tech Appreciation Week 2022
- What is a Veterinary Technician?
- When to Celebrate
- 5 gift ideas
It's not every day that you should show appreciation to a vet tech in your life...
WHO AM I KIDDING?!
Veterinary Technicians (really everyone in veterinary medicine) are so undervalued that they need to be appreciated more - and not just with a pizza party.
But what do you get a vet tech so they feel appreciated?
Here are 5 things you can get/do for them to make them feel loved and remember why they got into this field in the first place.
What is a Veterinary Technician. exactly?
A veterinary technician is an animal nurse and they have a lot of responsibility. As defined by AAHA, "In addition to their nursing duties, they act as patient advocates, phlebotomists, radiology technicians, laboratory technicians, anesthesia technicians, and surgery technicians. Except tasks legally restricted to veterinarians, such as diagnosing disease conditions, performing surgery, prescribing medications, and prognosing medical outcomes, veterinary technicians are trained to do everything a veterinary hospital requires to run smoothly."
If you're more of a visual person, here is a graphic made by MOVTA listing some of the duties vet techs have:
This graphic from movta.org shows examples of just some of the things veterinary technicians do.
When Should They Be Celebrated?
Some feel love or appreciation through gifts, and it's a great way to say, "thank you for all you do!" Here are some special events for when to buy a gift for a veterinary technician:
- Veterinary Technician Appreciation Week (October 16-22, 2022)
- A milestone in their career
- Employee Appreciation Day (every first Friday of March)
- The technicians’ birthday
- Christmas, Hanukkah, Eid, or a special holiday to them
- The birth of a new child
- Mother's or Father's Day
Is it difficult?
Being a veterinary technician isn't about playing with puppies and kittens all day, although those new patient appointments aren't half bad. But being a vet tech can be difficult. If you've been working in the field, you know. If you stumbled upon this blog because you're thinking about pursuing a career in vet med, we don't mean to scare you... you got this! We want you to be prepared so when those difficult days come, you'll know you are not alone.
- There are HIGH expectations. From the doctors, from management, oh and don't forget from the clients... some of them expect us to do everything for free.
- The critics. Not everyone you work with is going to be your friend, and that's okay. What's not okay is for your coworkers to belittle you. Instead, try to find that coworker willing to take you under their wing and guide you.
- The hard cases. It may be a euthanasia of a long-time client, losing a patient in surgery, seeing a neglect case... The hard ones weigh heavy but try not to let them consume everything. Remember the good ones too!
5 Perfect Gifts to Show Your Appreciation for Veterinary Technicians
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1A Journal. And not just any journal... A Vet Med Wellness Journal. You can't keep everything bottled up or you will burn out very quickly. This journal keeps me, and over 500+ veterinary professionals, sane after each shift. It's specifically for those in veterinary medicine with prompts tailored just for you.
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3Scrub Caps. No one wants those hideous disposable scrub caps... Get our one-of-a-kind designs on a cap for your staff.
4Bandage Scissors. The clinic will [most likely] supply bandage scissors but the worst thing is when you're working on a patient, you need bandage scissors, and they're in use or no where to be found! Instead, the staff can always be prepared with your own pair you can keep in your pocket. Plus you can get a pair with an awesome design! That way they always stand out AND no one else can steal them.
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5Badge Reels. The worst part about having a card key was trying to remember it. Well, not anymore! Everyone loves the interchangeable designs on the badge reel that it becomes an accessory.
I hope this guide helped you find some amazing gifts for your technicians.
What gifts are you going to get your techs for National Veterinary Technician Appreciation Week?
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