Tech Talk: Is there really a veterinary technician shortage? A profession in crisis

Editor’s Note: Welcome to Tech Talk, a bimonthly column by NAVTA president Ed Carlson. Future columns will explore possible explanations for the veterinary technician shortage, underutilization, and improper use of veterinary technicians and assistants, along with potential strategies to address these issues. If you have questions or ideas for future columns, please comment below.

Ed Carlson is the current 2021 NAVTA President; he was also the recipient of the NAVTA 2019 Technician of the Year award.

Is there really a shortage of veterinary technicians? According to the U.S Department of Labor, the number of veterinary technicians/technologists employed is 91,297.1 Is this an accurate number of credentialed veterinary technicians? A...


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