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BluePearl Celebrates National Veterinary Technician Week


MINNEAPOLIS – This week, BluePearl Veterinary Partners is celebrating National Veterinary Technician Week, a week dedicated to bringing awareness to the important role veterinary technicians have in veterinary medicine and the community.

Veterinary technicians perform jobs equivalent to those of nurses in human medicine. Veterinary technicians are often the first to see and begin assessment of an injured or sick animal, and they provide the bulk of the nursing care required for a recovering patient.

To be become a certified veterinary technician, candidates must complete a minimum of two years in a collegiate program based in veterinary technology and pass a series of tests. This training is similar to the training of registered nurses. Besides basic life-saving training, veterinary technicians receive specialized training to handle the many different types of species they can encounter, including cats, dogs, birds, reptiles, hoofed animals and other animals.

“As we celebrate National Veterinary Technician Week this year, we want people to realize that while they may not commonly be referred to as nurses, our expert veterinary technicians have similar training and deal with their patients with the same level of care,” said Dr. Neil Shaw, chief medical officer of BluePearl. “Quite simply, without our wonderful team of veterinary technicians, we wouldn’t be able to succeed as an organization.”

National Veterinary Technician Week was founded by the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America. For more information visit:

About BluePearl Veterinary Partners

Formed in 2008, BluePearl Veterinary Partners is headquartered in Tampa, Fla., and employs more than 1,200 people including approximately 250 veterinarians. BluePearl hospitals are referral-only and don’t provide primary care. Most BluePearl hospitals offer 24-hour emergency care services. BluePearl is one of the world’s principal providers of approved veterinary residency and internship educational programs. BluePearl also participates in and conducts clinical trials to study the effectiveness of new drugs and treatments, which give clients access to cutting-edge medicine not yet commercially available and improves the quality of care delivered to our patients.


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