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Features January 2016 Issue

Why Aren’t They Just Called Veterinary Nurses?

Confusion over members of the healthcare team who are not veterinarians

You will often see in the pages of Your Dog that we use the term “veterinary technician” and then say, in parentheses, “veterinary nurse.” Why aren’t veterinary technicians just called veterinary nurses in the first place?

Good question, and it’s one that the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America (NAVTA) has been asking, too. In fact, that organization, which represents vet techs, as they are called colloquially, has begun having conversations with state, national,…

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