Happy Veterinary Technician Week to all you hard working technicians out there!
No one is on the front lines of animal care like you are and veterinary medicine couldn’t do it without you.
In honor of the awesome work that you do, we’ve teamed up with some great partners to launch www.weheartvettechs.com.
Spread the love by visiting the site, nominating your favorite technicians, and using #WeHeart VetTechs on Facebook and Twitter to win great prizes.
Below is a guide to some of the best web resources for veterinary technicians and assistants. These can help connect you to (free) continuing education, jobs, client education materials, technician accreditation and more.
Without further ado, here are the Top 5 Veterinary Websites for Technicians.
1. VSPN (and Veterinary Partner)
The Veterinary Support Personnel Network (VSPN) is VIN’s sister website built with the veterinary technician and assistant in mind. You must register prior to use but it is FREE!
VSPN contains an extensive reference library, listings of online CE including VSPN’s live online rounds, message boards, resources for managing your hospital, and much more.
Don’t forget to check out the “VSPN Notebook“. This constantly updated and customizable handbook is designed to provide quick and useful information for everyday practice. It is available both online and in hard copy on the VSPN website.
Lastly, check out Veterinary Partner. This is VSPN and VIN’s partner page for pet owners. Looking for trustworthy handouts for your clients? This is your spot.
The National Association of Veterinary Technicians website is not to be missed.
Their extensive list of web links for the veterinary technicians is probably the best collection out there.
The NAVTA website is also home to detailed information on veterinary technician and assistant training and accreditation programs such as obtaining Approved Veterinary Assistant and Veterinary Technician Specialist certification.
Lastly, don’t miss NAVTA’s event calendar, links to the NAVTA Journal editions, and the NAVTA job board.
3. IDEXX Learning Center (ILC)
IDEXX Laboratories has built an impressive online learning center that is quickly growing into a top industry education resource.
The ILC is visually appealing and easy to navigate. Snippets is my favorite section, containing quick 2-3 minute video tutorials on everything from client communication tools, to medical procedure protocols, to tutorials for IDEXX’s laboratory equipment and practice management system, Cornerstone.
The On-Demand Learning section features online courses (for example, the IDEXX Guide to Bleeding Disorders), archived webinars, tutorials, and quizzes. What’s more: most of them are RACE-approved.
The ILC also contains links to live webinars and information about upcoming conferences, including IDEXX-sponsored CE events around the country.
You must register to gain access to the ILC, but it is available FREE to veterinary technicians and veterinarians everywhere.
WhereTechsConnect.com is a website aimed at connecting veterinary hospitals with support staff, including technicians, seeking employment. Think of it as the Monster.com of the veterinary technician world.
It is very easy to navigate and updated constantly. You can search posted jobs FREE and reply to ads right from the site.
For hospital managers, there’s a built-in application screener when evaluating applicants.
VetMedTeam.com has been around for over 10 years and is dedicated to furthering your veterinary career through continuing education.
VetMedTeam offers an abundance of online RACE-approved CE courses centered on veterinary technicians, veterinarians, and practice managers.
Most of the courses are FREE and accessible to anyone across the globe.
You must create a member profile prior to use.
More Techy Resources for Veterinary Technicians
We could go on and on about other useful and techy resources for the veterinary technician. In fact, we already did!
Check out the following five VMD Technology articles:
Trade Magazine Survival Guide (with a section just for techs including the awesome Veterinary Team Brief)
Top 10 Pharmacology Resources
Top 15 Veterinary Websites
Introducing the Timeless Veterinary Drug Index App
An Exclusive Interview with the Technician Behind On the Floor @Dove
Happy Vet Tech Week! #WeHeartVetTechs
About the Author
Dr. Caleb Frankel is an ER veterinarian, author, speaker, and entrepreneur. He currently divides his time between two roles: emergency veterinarian at VSEC, a 70-doctor referral hospital in Greater Philadelphia, PA (USA) and the founder of Instinct Science, a new animal health company helping the world’s state-of-the-art veterinary practices streamline their care through medically-driven invoicing and thoughtful automation.
He served as Director of New Product Development at Brief Media for 4 years where he lead the development and launch of products such as Plumb's Veterinary Drugs and New York Vet. Follow Dr. Frankel on Twitter @VMDtechnology.