Tech Talk: Veterinary technician credentialing – a call for real change

The AAVSB model regulations categorizes “Imaging including, but not limited to, radiography…” as indirect supervision in the tasks of their Veterinary Technician Scope of Practice document.  Photo: Milkos/Bigstock

Veterinary hospitals around the country have been busier than ever over the past year during the COVID pandemic. This has amplified the shortage of veterinary technicians, which has existed for several years. A major contributing factor to this shortage is poor retention, with many veterinary technicians leaving the profession after five to seven years. Contributing factors for leaving the profession likely correlate with the top six most significant problems that face credentialed veterinary technicians who responded to the NA...


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