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Veterinary technician underutilization, lack of job satisfaction, lack of professional respect, limited career advancement, low wages, and lack of employee benefits have been reported in multiple surveys for decades as the primary reasons individuals leave the field. I contend these are also reasons we do not have more individuals entering the profession.

The COVID-19 pandemic has contributed to increasing the severity of this longtime problem, bringing it to the current crisis level. Credentialed veterinary technicians are working longer hours, often asked to work additional shifts, frequent...


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