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Roles Of Veterinary Technicians


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Roles Of Veterinary Technicians

  1. 1. Roles of Veterinary Technicians
  2. 2. Why we are not called Nurses <ul><li>The human nurses were legally granted exclusive use of the term “Nurse” as only applying to human medicine. </li></ul><ul><li>We can do a lot more than a nurse </li></ul>
  3. 3. Who we compare to in human medicine <ul><li>Nurse </li></ul><ul><li>EMT/Paramedic </li></ul>
  4. 4. <ul><li>Lab Technician </li></ul><ul><li>Phlebotomist </li></ul><ul><li>Anesthesiologist </li></ul>
  5. 5. <ul><li>Radiologist </li></ul><ul><li>Dental Hygienist </li></ul>
  6. 6. <ul><li>Physicians Assistant </li></ul><ul><li>Surgical Technician </li></ul>
  7. 7. <ul><li>Pharmacy Technician </li></ul><ul><li>Client education provider </li></ul>
  8. 8. Veterinary Technician Oath <ul><li>I solemnly dedicate myself </li></ul><ul><li>to aiding animals and society </li></ul><ul><li>by providing excellent care </li></ul><ul><li>and services for animals, </li></ul><ul><li>by alleviating animal suffering, </li></ul><ul><li>and by promoting public health. </li></ul><ul><li>I accept my obligations to practice </li></ul><ul><li>my profession conscientiously </li></ul><ul><li>and with sensitivity, adhering to </li></ul><ul><li>the profession's Code of Ethics, </li></ul><ul><li>and furthering my knowledge </li></ul><ul><li>and competence through a </li></ul><ul><li>commitment to lifelong learning. </li></ul><ul><li>@1987 NAVTA Veterinary Technician Oath </li></ul>
  9. 9. Average Salary & Job Outlook <ul><li>U.S. Minimum Wage $10,712 Annually in 2005 </li></ul><ul><li>The median annual income for veterinary technicians was $25,670 in 2005. </li></ul>
  10. 10. Average Salary and Job Outlook <ul><li>Jobs in the veterinary technician field are expected to grow much faster than average throughout the next decade. It is projected that employment will grow up to 35% over the next eight years. Pet owners are becoming more informed and willing to pay for advanced care because they consider their pet part of the family. This view of pets is ensuring employment growth for veterinary technicians. </li></ul>
  11. 13. New York State <ul><li>First program established at SUNY Delhi in 1960 </li></ul><ul><li>First Graduates of the program 1962 </li></ul>
  12. 14. New York State Licensure <ul><li>Licensing law was passed in 1976 </li></ul><ul><li>First exam given 1978 </li></ul><ul><li>Originally licensed as Animal Health Technicians </li></ul><ul><li>Exam consisted of a written portion which had to be passed, then a hands on practical portion which included live animals and a slide show </li></ul>
  13. 15. New York State <ul><li>Name change from Animal Health Technicians to Veterinary Technicians in </li></ul><ul><li>AVMA </li></ul>
  14. 16. Licensed/Certified/Registered <ul><li>What’s the difference? </li></ul><ul><li>A lot!!! </li></ul>
  15. 17. Number of states with no regulations
  16. 18. NYS Licensing Law
  17. 19. Scope of Practice