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NAVTA Announces National Veterinary Assistant Day, May 17, 2023

Many members of the medical community are recognized during specific days or weeks that reflect acknowledgement of their daily contributions. Among these are National Veterinary Technician Day (October 15) and National Nurse’s Day (May 6). Veterinary Assistants provide a much-needed presence within Veterinary clinics and hospitals. They perform a great number of tasks in support of the on-going clinical duties of Veterinary Technicians and Veterinarians. Oftentimes, they are a first line of hands-on care and comfort offered to a scared, sick, or injured animal that presents for care.

In 1993, the National Association of Veterinary Technicians of America (NAVTA) put forth a resolution for dedicating one week to honoring Veterinary Technicians during the 3rd week of October each year. Globally, April 29th is set aside as World Veterinary Day, a celebration spearheaded by The World Veterinary Association in 2000 to honor veterinary practitioners. Just as was done in 1993, NAVTA is in a position as the only Approving body for Veterinary Assistant’s programs of study to spearhead a time of recognition that specifically celebrates the Veterinary Assistant.

To honor the work and dedication of NAVTA Approved Veterinary Assistants everywhere, the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America announces the third Wednesday of May each year be designated as National Veterinary Assistant Day to honor this group of Veterinary professionals.
Jamie Rauscher, LVT, NAVTA president, commented: “NAVTA is proud to officially recognize the Veterinary Assistants who work so hard to help provide excellent patient care that allows our patients’ successful outcomes. We have collaborated with many others who view our Assistants in the same light. Help us thank them for all that they do.”

NAVTA is pleased to recognize Veterinary Assistants this May 17, 2023 and hopes that Veterinary Clinics, Hospitals, and training facilities will celebrate the many contributions of Veterinary Assistants to the health of our patients and pets.

To learn more about NAVTA’s Approved Veterinary Assistants, visit: