I solemnly dedicate myself to aiding animals and society by providing excellent care and services for animals, by alleviating animal suffering, and promoting public health.
I accept my obligations to practice my profession conscientiously and with sensitivity, adhering to the profession’s Code of Ethics, and furthering my knowledge and competence through a commitment to lifelong learning.
-Veterinary Technician Oath
It’s been 8 years since I first read this oath that I will revisit frequently for the rest of my career. You would think that immediately after graduation I would have been filled with nothing but pride for what I accomplished over the years prior. And there was pride, I knew the importance of my degree, and I knew the great and important things that lay ahead of me, but there was always something else there. I struggled with this incomplete feeling for some time and it would even come out when people talked to me. They would say, “I heard you just graduated from school…congrats on becoming a veterinarian!” or “My daughter has always wanted to be a veterinarian when she grows up….would you talk to her some time?” or “That’s great! Are you going to continue onto vet school?” And then there was my response, that would always make me cringe, I would give them a big smile and say thank you so much, but I’m actually just a Vet Tech.
This week comes once a year and it undoubtedly is important to us all. Hearing you are appreciated and respected makes us all feel good. There are so many great things this week. There is candy, and cards and lots of kind words, but my favorite part of this week is the PRIDE.
I have worked through a lot of my insecurities over the last few years and accomplishing that directly relates to my coworkers. I work with the most talented veterinary nurses and the most intelligent and hard-working assistants. We help support our specialists and doctors, but we do so much more. We comfort distressed and painful animals, we prevent the spread of disease and we SAVE LIVES. We are strong and compassionate when it feels impossible. We help people through the hardest day of their lives and are the hands that lovingly lay their furry family members to rest. We give them more time when they just need a little more time and when the end has come we provide beautiful paw prints that hang on their walls or are tattooed permanently on their bodies so they never have to feel alone. We educate people and help them build bonds that enrich their lives. We love kittens and puppies, and we love SCIENCE, too.
This week and always, I am incredibly proud to work with the best assistants and technicians in the world. Be proud of yourselves; each of you bring something unique and important to each patient and person that comes through the front door. Thank you.
Happy National Veterinary Technician Week!