The movement to register veterinary nurses compared to the more commonly used term of veterinary technician was the focus of a perception study of a small sample of human registered nurses. This article is detailed, yet clearly shows the veterinary nurse or technician role is not understood at an educational level. The term is just as confusing to similarly titled persons in human medicine.
Source: NAVTA Journal, Apr/May 2016, page 42. (direct link unavailable)
Despite significant growth, there is a high turnover rate in the veterinary technician profession. A 2012 NAVTA survey indicated a majority of veterinary technicians lack professional recognition which is thought to be a potential cause for the high turnover rate. With multiple title designations that vary from state to state, the public is confused about who the veterinary technicians are, and defining their purpose in the veterinary community.
INSIGHTS: The number of veterinary technicians is expected to grow by 30 percent by 2022. Representatives and marketers in manufacturing and distribution companies know the importance of these persons within our industry. Following the veterinary nurse debate will help when calling on practices and interacting with the technicians. Remember, technicians are tremendous resources, as well as decision makers.