National Veterinary Technician Week!

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Let’s Celebrate Veterinary Technicians! 

And other support staff if you don’t recognize them at some other time of the year.

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Click on words in green for links to more information!

Click here for a PDF with ideas on celebrations and inspirations. 

October 13-19, 2019

Hills logoThanks to Hill’s for partnering with NAVTA and sponsoring yet another fabulous poster!

Visit the NAVTA site for more details on this week.

AVMA also has some ideas on their site, including social media images you can use and a veterinary technician brochure.

Preparation/ask for help:

  • Utilize vendor reps                         Small gifts for goodies bags, sponsoring breakfast/lunch/snacks
  • DVM staff involvement                 Ask DVMs and other leadership staff to generate ideas and participate in the planning
  • Recruit special talents                   Your team all has special talents and can bring many creative ideas to the table
  • Set a budget                                       Having a per-person budget will help in planning
  • Get clients involved                       Send a message to your top clients to let them know it is national vet tech week so they can get involved
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Click here to link to the Veteos (Vet + Videos) link for Vet Tech Appreciation Week!

Here are some great ideas to support team members

Treat them to an unique CATALYST VetPC Workshop on “#Celebrate More!”

The following ideas are compiled on this printable PDF:  NVTW_Celebrations_Inspiration

Simple ideas with high value (low cost)

  • Social Media posts                         Post individual shout outs to your techs on social media during vet tech week
  • Word clouds*                                    Make word clouds filled with words that describe each tech.  Print and frame.
  • Handwritten thank you card       Be specific- highlighting what they bring to the team and a genuine thank you
  • Appreciation boards                      Post a board where team or clients can leave appreciation notes to each other

The personalized (cost varies)

  • Pens*                                                       Pens with their name
  • Can holders/insulators                  If you have a bunch that likes to enjoy adult beverages, these are fun
  • Jewelry*                                                Jewelry with their pet’s names, vet tech sayings or pet symbols
  • Logo wear                                             Jackets, sweatshirts, etc that have their name and hospital logo on them
  • Personalized gear                            Personalize anything they use regularly – lunch totes, water bottles, etc.
  • Key chains                                            Animal themed or personalized
  • Window decals                                  Vet Tech pride sayings like “I’m a Vet Tech, what is your super power?”
  • Personalized mugs/cups               Order personalized mugs and fill with treats

Small goodies (low cost)

  • Office supplies                                      Fun animal themed note pads, pens, highlighters, etc.
  • Lotto scratch off cards                    “We hit the lotto when you joined the HOSPITAL NAME family”; pair with candy coins
  • Hand sanitizer                                      “Your helping hands make HOSPITAL NAME what it is”
  • Candles                                                     “You’re a SCENTsational team member”
  • Tiny Hands by Archie McGee       Funny gift – tiny hands so everyone always has an extra ‘helping hand’
  • Food warmers*                                      Food warmers to help keep food warm when we don’t get the chance to stop to eat
  • Pet items                                                   Pets are part of our family and getting goodies for them warms the hearts of our teams
  • Gift cards                                                  Gift cards to their favorite restaurant, spa or store

Experience gifts (higher cost)

  • Additional paid day off                 Gift them an additional day off to team to use over the next calendar year
  • Close and connect                          Close the clinic for a few hours for an off-site lunch or team building activity
  • Piñata                                                     A good old piñata filled with candy brings out the giddy child in all of us!
  • Coffee cart                                          Find a traveling coffee cart company that can come in and make drinks for your team
  • Chair massages                                 Find a traveling massage therapist that can come in and give chair massages

Medical inspired

  • Scissors                                                   A nice, sharp pair of bandage scissors.  Available from major vendors
  • Nurse pro packs                                 Think technician tool belt.  Give them all the things to fill it over the week
  • Stethoscope watch                           Watch face that attaches to a stethoscopes

Combo gifts (cost varies)

  • Goodie bags                                       Filled will small gifts of appreciation like hand lotion, hand sanitizer, pens, notebooks/post-its, gum/mints, Starbucks gift cards, favorite treat or candy, handwritten Thank You card.
  • Kits                                                         Themed kits – self-care, movie night, dinner on us, etc.

Food (cost varies)

  • Themed food days                           Find out team members favorite meals or snacks and do a themed day…example:  Today is Amy’s favorite snack day: chips and queso.
  • Meal ideas (assemble)                   Taco Tuesday, Nacho bar, Waffle bar, baked potato bar, ice cream sundae bar
  • Meal ideas (day of)                          Pizza, grill out, catered delivery from your local restaurants
  • Local restaurants                             Reach out to local restaurants and see if they want to donate coupons, food or other goodies for your vet tech week.  Promote their business on social media for supporting your team.
  • Homemade breakfast                    Pancakes/Waffles.  Made extra special when managers and doctors make the breakfast!

These ideas are compiled on this printable PDF:  NVTW_Celebrations_Inspiration

Website Resources:

  • (FREE online word cloud creator)
  • (personalized products)
  • (personalized and vet tech inspired products galore)
  • (food warmer to fit a burrito)
  • (tool belt for technicians)


DISCLAIMOR: CATALYSTVetPC does not endorse any of the products listed.  This list is designed to help inspire you to celebrate your veterinary technicians to the fullest during national veterinary technician week.