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2008 Demographic Survey Results

  1. 1. 1 Veterinary Technicians’ Challenges & Opportunities NAVTA Demographic Survey December 2007
  2. 2. 2 • The Veterinary Technicians’ Challenges & Opportunities survey was conducted by mail for the National Association for Veterinary Technicians in America (NAVTA) to gather opinions regarding issues and challenges veterinary technicians face in their careers, and to enable NAVTA to develop effective programs and services to better meet the needs of veterinary technicians. • Irwin Broh Research mailed two versions of the survey on September 14, 2007, one version for NAVTA members and a 2nd version for non- members; sample files were provided by NAVTA. • Completed surveys were accepted through November 13, 2007. • In total, 1,725 useable surveys were returned for an overall response rate of 42.3%. The breakdown by version is shown below: Methodology Total NAVTA Members NAVTA Non- Members Surveys Mailed 4,080 3,080 1,000 Completed Surveys 1,725 1,455 270 Response Rate 42.3% 47.2% 27.0%
  3. 3. 3 Issues Facing Veterinary Technicians • Low income is the key problem facing veterinary technicians; job burnout and lack of professional recognition are the next most prevalent issues. – Two-thirds of NAVTA members and three-fourths of non-members rank low income among the top 3 problems they face. • For about one-third of respondents, supervision of staff and client communications take up more time today than 3 years ago. • Looking toward the next 5 years, employment, salary, and benefits is the primary issue that will affect veterinary technicians’ jobs. • Roughly 4 in 5 veterinary technicians are either “satisfied and will definitely stay” or “will probably stay” in the field. • Nine in 10 agree that only veterinarians or veterinary technicians should be allowed to perform certain tasks (e.g. take radiographs, induce anesthesia, perform dentals). – Eight in 10 agree they are so under-paid that feasibility of staying in the profession is declining. Key Findings
  4. 4. 4 Veterinary Technician Associations • The average NAVTA membership length among respondents who are current members is 6.1 years. – Slightly less than one-third of current non-members have been a NAVTA member in the past, with an average membership length of 3.3 years. • The NAVTA Journal, including CE announcements, News for Members, four reviewed CE articles per issue, and opportunity to earn CE credit are considered “very or somewhat important” to more than 9 in 10 members. – Most NAVTA services are “very or somewhat important” to at least 7 in 10 members. • Among non-members, awareness is highest for the following NAVTA services: National Veterinary Technician Week, The NAVTA Journal, and the NAVTA website. • Approximately one-third of non-members did not renew or never joined NAVTA due to unfamiliarity with NAVTA, too busy to get involved, and the cost of dues. Key Findings (Cont’d.)
  5. 5. 5 Veterinary Technician Associations (Cont’d.) • NAVTA members are significantly more likely than non-members to be a member of their state veterinary technician association (64% versus 39%, respectively). • CE meetings are more popular among NAVTA members. – Half of members attended at least one National meeting within the past year, compared to 35% of non-members. – Roughly 2 in 5 members and non-members attended one or more state veterinary medical association sponsored CE meetings. – Just under 40% of members and 27% of non-members attended at least one state veterinary technician association CE meeting. – About 1 in 5 members and non-members attended at least one local veterinary technician association CE meeting. • Members are significantly more likely than non-members to indicate the current dues are “about right” (81% versus 50%, respectively). – Half of the members would be willing to pay higher dues to support added programs and services. Key Findings (Cont’d.)
  6. 6. 6 Veterinary Technician Associations (Cont’d.) • Areas for NAVTA to work on include: increasing veterinarians’ awareness about utilization of veterinary technicians, assisting states with credentialing laws and requirements, and providing the public with information about the profession. Employment, Economics and Career • Respondents currently employed as a veterinary technician are primarily female and 38 years old, on average. – NAVTA members tend to be slightly older than non-members and work in larger communities. • Three fourths of non-members and about half of members are employed in companion animal practice. • Nearly all members (99%) and the majority of non-members (88%) are certified, registered, or licensed, and about 9 in 10 are credentialed in the state where they are employed. Key Findings (Cont’d.)
  7. 7. 7 Employment, Economics and Career (Cont’d.) • Nearly all use a computer at work, most often to maintain client records. • NAVTA members are significantly more likely than non-members to have graduated from an AVMA-accredited program (88% versus 69%, respectively). • On average, respondents have worked just over 11 years as a veterinary technician, about 7 years with their current employer, and with slightly fewer than 3 employers throughout their career. • Full-time veterinary technicians earn $35,400, on average; NAVTA members earn significantly more than non-members. – Part-time employees earn about $15 per hour. • More than 9 in 10 full-time veterinary technicians receive paid vacation; other benefits provided by about 4 in 5 employers include health insurance, free or discounted animal care, and CE registration. Key Findings (Cont’d.)
  8. 8. 8 Issues Facing Veterinary Technicians
  9. 9. 9 Problems Facing Veterinary Technicians: Ranked Among Top 3 • Low income is the key problem facing veterinary technicians, particularly among non-members of NAVTA. – Job burnout and lack of professional recognition are the next most prevalent issues. Top 3 Problems Total (1,725) Member (1,455) Non-Member (270) Low income 68% 67% 75%* Job burnout 43% 43% 41% Lack of professional recognition 41% 43%* 33% Lack of career advancement 30% 29% 36%* Competition with assistants trained on the job 26% 28%* 19% Lack of employment benefits 25% 24% 30%* Underutilization of my skills 24% 24% 24% Relationships with other staff 8% 8% 7% Problems with equipment and materials used 7% 8% 6% Relationships with veterinarians 5% 6% 4% Unavailability of continuing education 4% 4% 7%* Client relations 4% 4% 5% Working with vendors or suppliers 1% 1% 2% Lack of qualified help/hard to find LVTs/experienced staff 1% 1% 1% Which of the following are the three most significant problems that you face as a veterinary technician? * Indicates a significant difference at the 90% confidence level when comparing members to non-members.
  10. 10. 10 Activities That Take Up More Time Today • For about one-third of respondents, supervision of staff and client communications take up more time today than three years ago. Total (1,725) Member (1,455) Non-Member (270) Supervision of staff 35% 34% 37% Client communications 33% 32% 38%* Teaching 24% 25%* 20% Inventory/order 23% 21% 33%* Dentistry 22% 21% 26%* Laboratory testing 19% 18% 21% Anesthesia 17% 17% 17% Behavior Counseling 15% 15% 13% Nutritional Counseling 13% 13% 15% Radiology 13% 12% 14% Surgery assisting 12% 12% 14% Animal management 10% 11%* 7% Selling products 8% 7% 12%* Grief Counseling 4% 5%* 3% Indicate any activities in your current employment situation that take up more of your time on the job today than three years ago. * Indicates a significant difference at the 90% confidence level when comparing members to non-members.
  11. 11. 11 Top 3 Issues Total (1,725) Member (1,455) Non-Member (270) Employment, salary, and benefits 66% 65% 68% Specialization in veterinary technology 41% 43%* 32% Medical/computer technology 36% 36% 37% Credentialing for veterinary technicians 30% 31%* 24% Non-educational ways to earn the Veterinary Technician title 29% 29% 28% Animal welfare consciousness 27% 27% 29% Changing animal-owner demographics 20% 19% 24%* Availability of relevant continuing education programs 18% 18% 20% Emerging zoonotic diseases 16% 16% 17% Bioterrorism, related to nation’s food supply 7% 7% 8% As you look towards the next five years, what three issues do you believe will most affect your job? * Indicates a significant difference at the 90% confidence level when comparing members to non-members. Issues Affecting Job Next 5 Years: Ranked Among Top 3 • Employment, salary, and benefits is the primary issue that will affect veterinary technicians’ jobs in the next five years. – Specialization in veterinary technology is the next major issue, particularly among NAVTA members.
  12. 12. 12 Career Satisfaction 43% 40% 13% 3% 1% 43% 39% 13% 3% 2% 42% 43% 11% 3% 1% 0% 20% 40% 60% 80% 100% I'm satisfied and will definitely stay in veterinary technology I will probably stay in veterinary technology in the future I will probably change to another field in the future I'm dissatisfied and will definitely change to another field No answer Total Member Non-Member • Regardless of NAVTA membership, roughly 4 in 5 veterinary technicians are either “satisfied and will definitely stay” or “will probably stay” in the field. How satisfied are you with your career in veterinary technology? * Indicates a significant difference at the 90% confidence level when comparing members to non-members.
  13. 13. 13 Agreement Statements – Top 2 Box 79% 80% 92% 77% 79% 92% 90% 90%* 85%* 0% 20% 40% 60% 80% 100% I frequently recommend to clients which pet products to use Veterinary technicians are so under-paid that feasibility of staying in the profession is declining In addition to veterinarians, only veterinary technicians should be allowed to perform certain tasks, e.g., take radiographs, induce anesthesia, and perform dentals Total Member Non-Member • Nine out of 10 veterinary technicians agree that only veterinarians or veterinary technicians should be allowed to perform certain tasks. – Non-members are significantly more likely than members to agree they are under-paid and frequently recommend pet products. Please indicate how strongly you agree or disagree with each of the following statements. (Scale: Strongly Agree, Agree, Disagree, Strongly Disagree) * Indicates a significant difference at the 90% confidence level when comparing members to non-members.
  14. 14. 14 Agreement Statements: Top 2 Box (Cont’d) 18% 44% 77% 17% 43% 76% 78% 23%* 50%* 0% 20% 40% 60% 80% 100% The NAVTA mission statement should be changed to include more representation for assistants As a technician, I am currently happy with the level of recognition and support given to veterinary technicians by professional veterinary organizations The veterinarian listens to my opinion regarding product and equipment purchases Total Member Non-Member Please indicate how strongly you agree or disagree with each of the following statements. (Scale: Strongly Agree, Agree, Disagree, Strongly Disagree) * Indicates a significant difference at the 90% confidence level when comparing members to non-members. • Non-members also agree significantly more than members that they are happy with the level of recognition and support provided by professional organizations and that the NAVTA mission statement should include more representation for assistants.
  15. 15. 15 Product Recommendation: Ranked Highest Priority 2% 5% 15% 71% 2% 4% 14% 64% 72%* 22%* 2% 9%* 0% 20% 40% 60% 80% 100% Advertisements in trade journals Program incentives Sales representatives CE seminars on products Total Member Non-Member • CE seminars have the strongest affect on product recommendations. – NAVTA members are significantly more likely to select CE seminars, while non-members are more likely to select sales reps and program incentives as having the greatest affect on product recommendation to clients. Rank which of the following most effect your recommendation of a product to clients. (1=highest priority, 2, 3, 4=lowest priority) * Indicates a significant difference at the 90% confidence level when comparing members to non-members.
  16. 16. 16 Veterinary Technician Associations
  17. 17. 17 Non-Members Yes, 30% No, 68% No answer, 2% • Fewer than one-third of current non-members have been a NAVTA member in the past. – The average NAVTA membership length among current non-members is 3.3 years. Have you ever been a NAVTA member? If yes, for how many years? Base: Non-members only How many years? (82) 1 year or less 35% 2-3 years 37% 4-5 years 14% 6-9 years 2% 10 or more years 7% No answer 5% Average (years) 3.3 Past NAVTA Membership Among Non-Members
  18. 18. 18 NAVTA Membership Length NAVTA Members 16% 24% 19% 15% 21% 5% 1 year or less 2-3 years 4-5 years 6-9 years 10 or more years No answer How many years have you ever been a member of the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America (NAVTA)? Base: Members only Average: 6.1 years • Two in 5 current NAVTA members have been a member for 3 years or less. – The average NAVTA membership length among current members is 6.1 years.
  19. 19. 19 Importance of NAVTA Services Among Members: Top 2 Box 91% 93% 94% 95% 96% 0% 20% 40% 60% 80% 100% Opportunity to earn CE credit The NAVTA Journal Four reviewed CE articles per issue News for Members CE announcements Member • The NAVTA Journal and its articles are considered “very or somewhat important” to nearly all members. • Importance scores for all other NAVTA services and programs are shown on the following page. How important are each of the following NAVTA services and programs? (Scale: Very Important, Somewhat Important, Not Important, No Opinion, Not Familiar) Base: Members only
  20. 20. 20 Importance of NAVTA Services Among Members: Top 2 Box (Cont’d.) 53% 63% 69% 71% 75% 79% 82% 83% 84% 85% 87% 88% 0% 20% 40% 60% 80% 100% NVTW poster, button Health Insurance program PR brochures, Career DVD Members Only Section on Website Discounts (Stethescope, Hotel, Car, Movie) Student Chapters State Representative Network AVMA/NAVTA Liaison Committee National Veterinary Technician Week Liaison with American Association of Veterinary State Boards Website Committee on Veterinary Technician Specialties Member How important are each of the following NAVTA services and programs? (Scale: Very Important, Somewhat Important, Not Important, No Opinion, Not Familiar) Base: Members only
  21. 21. 21 Awareness of NAVTA Services Among Non-Members 6% 7% 34% 34% 40% 63% 77% 84% 0% 20% 40% 60% 80% 100% Discounts (Stethescope, Hotel, Car, Movie) Health Insurance Program State Representative Network AVMA NAVTA Liaison Committee Liaison with American Association of Veterinary State Boards The NAVTA Web site The NAVTA Journal National Veterinary Technician Week Non-Member • Non-members are most aware of National Veterinary Technician Week, The NAVTA Journal, and the NAVTA Website. Are you aware of the following NAVTA services and programs? Base: Non-members only
  22. 22. 22 Reasons for Not Renewing/Joining NAVTA 10% 1% 3% 6% 13% 30% 33% 36% 0% 20% 40% 60% 80% 100% No answer Not employed in veterinary technology Don’t intend to stay in veterinary technology NAVTA programs are not relevant to me NAVTA membership is not a good value relative to dues NAVTA dues are too expensive Too busy to get involved Not familiar with NAVTA Non-Member • Roughly one-third of non-members did not renew or never joined NAVTA due to unfamiliarity with NAVTA, too busy to get involved, and expensive dues. Which of the following best describes your reason for not renewing your membership or never joining NAVTA? Base: Non-members only
  23. 23. 23 Primary Reason for Leaving Field* 43% 14% 14% 14% 29% 0% 20% 40% 60% 80% 100% No answer Lack of respect from vet(s) Prefer to be a stay-at- home mom Low pay Burn-out Non-Member • Among the 7 non-members not currently employed as a veterinary technician, reasons for leaving the field include burn-out, low pay, prefer to be a stay-at-home mom, and lack of respect. If you are not currently employed as a veterinary technician, which reason below expresses your primary reason for leaving the field? In what type of work are you currently employed? Base: Non-members not currently employed as a veterinary technician *Caution: Extremely small base size (n=7) Currently employed as: Pet sitter/boarder Stay-at-home mom Mixed animal practice Personal attendant
  24. 24. 24 State Veterinary Technician Association 60% 13% 14% 39% 5% 6% 16%*14%* 64%* 0% 20% 40% 60% 80% 100% State Association member Served as an officer Served as a committee member Total Member Non-Member • NAVTA members are significantly more likely than non-members to be a member of their state veterinary technician association, and to have served as an officer or committee member. Are you a member of your state veterinary technician association? Have you ever served in any of the following capabilities? As a State Association officer? As a State Association committee member? * Indicates a significant difference at the 90% confidence level when comparing members to non-members.
  25. 25. 25 CE Attendance: Local Veterinary Technician Association 54% 17% 4% 1% 24% 18% 4% 1% 22% 48% 14% 4% 2% 55%* 32%* 0% 20% 40% 60% 80% 100% 0 1-2 3-6 7 or more No answer Total Member Non-Member • About 1 in 5 NAVTA members and non-members attended at least one local veterinary technician association sponsored CE meeting within the past 12 months. Within the last 12 months who sponsored the CE meetings you attended and how often did you attend? – Local Veterinary Technician Association * Indicates a significant difference at the 90% confidence level when comparing members to non-members.
  26. 26. 26 CE Attendance: State Veterinary Technician Association Within the last 12 months who sponsored the CE meetings you attended and how often did you attend? – State Veterinary Technician Association * Indicates a significant difference at the 90% confidence level when comparing members to non-members. 42% 34% 3% 1% 20% 42% 1% 19% 44% 25% 1% 1%3%* 35%* 29%* 0% 20% 40% 60% 80% 100% 0 1-2 3-6 7 or more No answer Total Member Non-Member • State veterinary technician association CE meetings are more popular with NAVTA members; 39% of members attended at least one meeting within the past year, compared to only 27% of non-members.
  27. 27. 27 CE Attendance: State Veterinary Medical Association Within the last 12 months who sponsored the CE meetings you attended and how often did you attend? – State Veterinary Medical Association * Indicates a significant difference at the 90% confidence level when comparing members to non-members. 40% 37% 5% 1% 17% 41% 4% 1% 16% 37% 31% 6% 1% 38%* 25%* 0% 20% 40% 60% 80% 100% 0 1-2 3-6 7 or more No answer Total Member Non-Member • Roughly 2 in 5 NAVTA members and non-members attended one or more state veterinary medical association sponsored CE meetings in the last year.
  28. 28. 28 CE Attendance: National Within the last 12 months who sponsored the CE meetings you attended and how often did you attend? – National (e.g. AVMA, NAVC, WVC) * Indicates a significant difference at the 90% confidence level when comparing members to non-members. 38% 41% 5% 1% 15% 37% 5% 1% 13% 42% 29% 4% 2% 44%* 23%* 0% 20% 40% 60% 80% 100% 0 1-2 3-6 7 or more No answer Total Member Non-Member • NAVTA members are significantly more likely than non-members to attend a National sponsored CE meeting; half of the members attended at least one meeting within the past year, compared to 35% of non-members.
  29. 29. 29 Choice of CE Meetings: Ranked Highest Priority 9% 12% 37% 39% 9% 12% 37% 11% 14% 39% 32% 41%* 0% 20% 40% 60% 80% 100% Price Fulfill CE requirements Location Speakers/topics Total Member Non-Member • Speakers/topics and location have the strongest affect on attendance at CE meetings. – NAVTA members are significantly more likely than non-members to choose to attend a meeting based on the speakers/topics. Rank which of the following most affected your choice of meetings. (1=highest priority, 2, 3, 4=lowest priority) * Indicates a significant difference at the 90% confidence level when comparing members to non-members.
  30. 30. 30 Member No, 76% Yes, 23%* No answer, 1% • NAVTA members are significantly more likely than non-members to have given a presentation about veterinary technology within the past year; almost one-fourth of members have given a presentation compared to 1 in 10 non-members. Within the past 12 months, have you given a presentation about veterinary technology? * Indicates a significant difference at the 90% confidence level when comparing members to non-members. Veterinary Technology Presentation Non-Member Yes, 10% No, 88%* No answer, 2%
  31. 31. 31 NAVTA Dues 1% 76% 21% 2% 17% 1%0% 50% 81%* 1%* 11%* 39%* 0% 20% 40% 60% 80% 100% Low About right High No answer Total Member Non-Member • NAVTA members are significantly more likely than non-members to indicate that the current dues are “about right;” 8 in 10 members share this opinion, compared to only half of non-members. – Half of the NAVTA members would be willing to pay higher dues to support added programs and services. In your opinion, are the current NAVTA dues ($50 per year) low, about right, or high, when compared to benefits of NAVTA membership? Would you be willing to pay higher dues to support added NAVTA programs and services? (Base: Members only) * Indicates a significant difference at the 90% confidence level when comparing members to non-members. 50% of members would be willing to pay higher dues to support added programs/services
  32. 32. 32 Areas NAVTA to Work On: Ranked Highest Priority • One-third of veterinary technicians want NAVTA to work on increasing veterinarians’ awareness about utilization of veterinary technicians. – More than 1 in 5 feel NAVTA should be working on assisting states with credentialing laws and requirements and providing the public with information about the profession. Rank from 1 to 6 the areas that NAVTA should be working on. (1=highest priority, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6=lowest priority) * Indicates a significant difference at the 90% confidence level when comparing members to non-members. Ranked Highest Priority Total (1,725) Member (1,455) Non-Member (270) Increase veterinarians’ awareness about utilization of veterinary technicians 34% 34% 36% Assist states with credentialing laws and requirements 23% 25%* 17% Provide the public with information about the profession 21% 21% 20% Continuing education program development 17% 17% 16% Recruitment of students for veterinary technology programs 3% 4% 2% Implementation of certification process for assistants 2% 1% 5%*
  33. 33. 33 Employment, Economics and Career
  34. 34. 34 Member No, 1% Yes, 97% No answer, 2% • The vast majority of respondents are currently employed as a veterinary technician. Are you currently employed as a veterinary technician? * Indicates a significant difference at the 90% confidence level when comparing members to non-members. Employed as Veterinary Technician Non-Member Yes, 95% No, 4%* No answer, 1%
  35. 35. 35 Age, Gender & Community Size • Respondents currently employed as a veterinary technician are primarily female and 38 years old, on average. – NAVTA members tend to be slightly older than non-members and work in larger communities. What is your age? What is your gender? What is the size of the community in which you work? Base: Respondents currently employed as a veterinary technician * Indicates a significant difference at the 90% confidence level when comparing members to non-members. (Base: Respondents currently employed as a veterinary technician) Total (1,648) Member (1,385) Non-Member (263) Average Age 38.0 38.3* 36.7 Gender Male 3% 3% 3% Female 95% 95% 95% No answer 2% 2% 2% Community Size 2,500 or less 4% 4% 6% 2,501 to 50,000 34% 32% 47%* 50,001 to 500,000 36% 37%* 30% 500,001 or more 21% 23%* 12% No answer 5% 4% 5%
  36. 36. 36 Employment Category • Non-members are significantly more likely to be employed in companion or mixed animal practice, while NAVTA members tend to work as veterinary technicians in other capacities. Which category best describes your employment? Base: Respondents currently employed as a veterinary technician * Indicates a significant difference at the 90% confidence level when comparing members to non-members. (Base: Respondents currently employed as a veterinary technician) Total (1,648) Member (1,385) Non-Member (263) Companion animal practice 52% 48% 75%* Mixed animal practice 12% 11% 18%* Specialty practice 9% 10%* 7% Emergency practice 8% 10%* 2% Veterinary technology education 6% 7%* 0% Veterinary school 4% 5%* 0% Diagnostic or research laboratory 2% 3%* 0% Humane shelter 1% 2%* 0% Other university or college employment 1% 2%* 0% Equine practice 1% 1%* 0% Zoo/zoological 1% 1%* 0% Federal, state, local government 1% 1%* 0% Industry or sales 1% 1% 0% Food animal practice 1% 1% 0% Other 2% 2% 0%
  37. 37. 37 Allocation of Work Time • NAVTA members spend significantly more of their work time in animal nursing and teaching, while non-members spend more time in laboratory, surgical assisting, inventory/ordering, selling products, and meeting sales reps. Estimate what percentage of your work time is spent in each of the following functions? Base: Respondents currently employed as a veterinary technician * Indicates a significant difference at the 90% confidence level when comparing members to non-members. Average % of Time Spent in Each Function (Base: Respondents currently employed as a veterinary technician) Total (1,648) Member (1,385) Non-Member (263) Animal nursing 17.2 17.9* 13.4 Anesthesia 14.0 14.1 13.4 Client communication 12.3 12.1 13.5 Laboratory 10.4 10.3 11.5* Teaching 10.2 11.3* 4.3 Surgical assisting 9.3 8.7 12.1* Supervision of staff 9.0 9.0 9.2 Radiology 7.8 7.7 8.2 Inventory/ordering 5.4 5.0 7.8* Selling products 3.1 2.8 4.6* Meeting sales reps 1.4 1.3 2.3*
  38. 38. 38 • Nearly all NAVTA members and the majority of non-members are certified, registered, or licensed (in 1.3 states, on average). • About nine in 10 are credentialed in the state where they are employed. Are you certified, registered, or licensed in veterinary technology? If yes, in how many states? Are you credentialed in the state where you are currently employed? Base: Respondents currently employed as a veterinary technician * Indicates a significant difference at the 90% confidence level when comparing members to non-members. Certification, Registration & Licensing 97% 93% 93% 88% 91% 99%* 0% 20% 40% 60% 80% 100% Certified, registered, or licensed Credentialed in state employed Total Member Non-Member Non- Total Member Member Average number (1,600) (1,370) (230) of states: 1.3 1.3 1.3
  39. 39. 39 Others in Practice • Veterinary technicians in private practice work with approximately 5 veterinarians, 5 graduate/credentialed veterinary technicians, and 6 assistants, on average. – NAVTA members tend to work in larger practices than non-members. If you work in private practice, how many veterinarians, technicians, and other assistants work in the practice? Base: Respondents currently employed as a veterinary technician * Indicates a significant difference at the 90% confidence level when comparing members to non-members. (Base: Respondents currently employed as a veterinary technician) Total (1,648) Member (1,385) Non-Member (263) Average number of… Veterinarians 5.2 5.7* 3.1 Graduate/credentialed veterinary technicians 4.8 5.3* 2.5 Assistants 5.9 6.3* 3.7
  40. 40. 40 Computer Usage • Nearly all respondents use a computer at work, most often to maintain client records. – NAVTA members are significantly more likely to use the computer for Internet access and word-processing, while non-members are more likely to use it for client records and inventory. Do you personally use a computer in your work? Base: Respondents currently employed as a veterinary technician If yes, for what primary functions do you use the computer? Base: Respondents currently employed as a veterinary technician and use computer at work * Indicates a significant difference at the 90% confidence level when comparing members to non-members. (Base: Respondents currently employed as a veterinary technician) Total (1,648) Member (1,385) Non-Member (263) Personally use computer at work 96% 96% 96% Primary Functions (1,586) (1,333) (253) Client records 88% 87% 97%* Internet access 66% 68%* 53% Word-processing 61% 62%* 55% Inventory 49% 47% 59%*
  41. 41. 41 Internet Usage • NAVTA members use the Internet both at work and at home more frequently than non-members. How often do you use the Internet at work? Base: Respondents currently employed as a veterinary technician and use computer at work Do you use the Internet at home? Base: Respondents currently employed as a veterinary technician * Indicates a significant difference at the 90% confidence level when comparing members to non-members. Internet Usage... Total Member Non-Member At Work (Base: Respondents currently employed as a veterinary technician and use computer at work) (1,586) (1,333) (253) Multiple times/day 44% 47%* 30% Once a day 17% 16% 23%* Once a week 11% 9% 22%* Never 26% 26% 25% No answer 2% 2% 0% At Home (Base: Respondents currently employed as a veterinary technician) (1,648) (1,385) (263) Multiple times/day 42% 44%* 30% Once a day 32% 32% 36% Once a week 13% 12% 17%* Never 11% 10% 15%* No answer 2% 2% 2%
  42. 42. 42 Education • NAVTA members are significantly more likely than non-members to have graduated from an AVMA-accredited program. – Over three-fourths hold an associate degree and one third a baccalaureate degree, members significantly more so than non-members. Are you a graduate of an AVMA-accredited program in veterinary technology? Year of graduation? What educational degrees do you have? Base: Respondents currently employed as a veterinary technician * Indicates a significant difference at the 90% confidence level when comparing members to non-members. (Base: Respondents currently employed as a veterinary technician) Total (1,648) Member (1,385) Non-Member (263) Graduate of AVMA-accredited program 85% 88%* 69% Year of Graduation (1,396) (1,214) (182) 2000-2007 51% 52% 46% 1990-1999 28% 27% 32% 1980-1989 15% 15% 14% 1970-1979 5% 5% 6% No answer 1% 1% 2% Degree (1,648) (1,385) (263) Associate degree 77% 79%* 68% Baccalaureate degree 34% 37%* 21% Graduate degree 4% 5% 3% Other 4% 4% 7%* No answer 1% 1% 2%
  43. 43. 43 Employment • On average, respondents have worked just over 11 years as a veterinary technician, about 7 years with their current employer, and with slightly fewer than 3 employers. • They work an average of 39.2 hours per week, 49.7 weeks per year. How many years have you worked as a veterinary technician? How many years have you worked with your current employer? How many employers have you had as a veterinary technician? In your current position, how many hours do you work per week? How many weeks do you work per year? Base: Respondents currently employed as a veterinary technician * Indicates a significant difference at the 90% confidence level when comparing members to non-members. (Base: Respondents currently employed as a veterinary technician) Total (1,648) Member (1,385) Non-Member (263) Average... Years worked as veterinary technician 11.6 11.5 12.2 Years worked with current employer 7.1 6.9 8.4* Number of employers 2.8 2.9 2.4 Hours per week 39.2 39.4 38.5 Weeks per year 49.7 49.6 50.0
  44. 44. 44 Income • Full-time veterinary technicians earn $35,400, on average; NAVTA members earn significantly more than non-members. • Those employed part-time earn about $15 per hour. Regarding your current income, please indicate the dollar interval that approximates your annual gross income (i.e., before payroll deductions). If you work less than 40 hrs/wk, considered part time, which of the following most closely represents your hourly pay? Base: Respondents currently employed as a veterinary technician * Indicates a significant difference at the 90% confidence level when comparing members to non-members. Total Member Non-Member Annual Income (Base: Respondents working 40+ hours/week as a veterinary technician) (1,209) (1,029) (180) Average $35,400 $36,100* $31,100 Median $33,000 $33,800 $29,100 Hourly pay (Base: Respondents working <40 hours/week as a veterinary technician) (422) (341) (81) Average $15.4/hr $15.5/hr $14.8/hr Median $15.3/hr $15.4/hr $14.8/hr
  45. 45. 45 Employer-Provided Benefits • More than 9 in 10 full-time veterinary technicians receive paid vacation from their employer; other benefits provided by about 4 in 5 employers include health insurance, free or discounted animal care, and CE registration. – As shown below and on the following page, NAVTA members are significantly more likely than non-members to receive several of the employer-provided benefits. Please mark each of the following benefits that are provided by your current employer. Base: Respondents currently employed as a veterinary technician and work 40+ hours/week. * Indicates a significant difference at the 90% confidence level when comparing members to non-members. (Base: Respondents working 40+ hours/week as a veterinary technician) Total (1,209) Member (1,029) Non-Member (180) Paid vacation 93% 93% 94% Health insurance 83% 85%* 70% Free or discounted animal care 82% 81% 91%* CE registration 79% 80% 74% Paid legal holidays 75% 76% 70% Paid overtime 74% 74% 71% Retirement/pension plan 66% 68%* 53% Paid sick leave 66% 67%* 55%
  46. 46. 46 Employer-Provided Benefits (Cont’d.) Please mark each of the following benefits that are provided by your current employer. Base: Respondents currently employed as a veterinary technician and work 40+ hours/week. * Indicates a significant difference at the 90% confidence level when comparing members to non-members. (Base: Respondents working 40+ hours/week as a veterinary technician) Total (1,209) Member (1,029) Non-Member (180) Uniform/equipment allowance 65% 65% 62% CE time off 62% 65%* 46% CE travel and lodging 57% 59%* 45% Dental insurance 49% 52%* 31% State association dues 40% 43%* 26% Credentialing fees 36% 38%* 29% NAVTA dues 34% 39%* 7% Life insurance 32% 35%* 17% Disability insurance 29% 31%* 17% Profit-sharing 22% 23%* 16% Incentive pay 10% 10% 8% Malpractice insurance 4% 4% 3% Pet Insurance 2% 2% 2% Housing/apartment 0% 0% 1%
  47. 47. 47 Geographic Region Total 6% 14% 20% 13% 15% 4% 5% 9% 12% 1% New England Middle Atlantic East North Central West North Central South Atlantic East South Central West South Central Mountain Pacific Hawaii/Alaska In what state are you employed?

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