Every year, the third week of October marks Vet Tech Week. A special occasion that allows us to express our deepest gratitude for the incredible individuals who play a vital role in the world of veterinary care. These often-unsung heroes are the backbone of many clinics, handling a wide range of responsibilities, including assisting with veterinary clinical trials. At Argenta, we are also blessed with several veterinary technicians working in our global research organisation.
Pearls of Wisdom
This year’s theme for Vet Tech Week is ‘Pearls of Wisdom’. So, we collected the wisdom of vet techs involved in clinical research at investigator sites or within Argenta. People are not always aware of the professional development opportunities that clinical research can provide. “Your passion in the veterinary field will change over time. Don't hesitate to explore other options within the field to fulfil your own happiness,” says Julie Pellicore, Clinical Trials Coordinator at Falls Village Veterinary Hospital.
The demands and expectations placed on veterinarians and clinic personnel have seen a noticeable increase in recent years. Several factors contribute to this escalating pressure. The growing human-animal bond means that many pet owners now view their pets as family members, leading to higher expectations for medical care. Additionally, like other businesses, many veterinary clinics face economic strains due to increasing overhead costs while trying to keep services affordable for pet owners. This economic tension, combined with long hours, balancing work and home life, and emotional tolls like euthanasia decisions, can contribute to burnout and mental health challenges among veterinary professionals.
Evelyn Chang, Senior Clinical Research Associate at Argenta, says, “It is okay to take a break from time to time. Go take your dog for a walk. It’s not only good for them but also good for you.”
“Many hands make light work’. A tremendous task seems less daunting and becomes a much smaller task when there are others to help out,” shared Kris Rollins, Medical, Administrative and Clinical Trial Coordinator at the Animal Hospital of Dauphin County.
Sharesa Spiker, Lead Veterinary Assistant at Falls Village Veterinary Hospital, added, “Veterinary Medicine can be very stressful and challenging; mentally, emotionally and physically. So, do not overlook the small victories or forget to take time to enjoy the small moments.”
These pearls of wisdom are a testament to the dedication and empathy that vet techs bring to their work. They remind us that veterinary care isn't just about medical procedures; it's about the human-animal bond.
Vet Tech Appreciation
We encourage everyone to take a moment to show appreciation for vet techs in your life. Not just during Vet Tech Week, but every time they contribute to the well-being of your furry, feathery, or scaled family member! Whether it's a heartfelt "thank you," a small gesture of kindness, or a social media shoutout, let them know how much their hard work means to you.
Are you interested in starting with clinical research in your practice? Please get in touch.
Please check our LinkedIn page to see more Pearls of Wisdom, and don’t hesitate to give them a ‘like’.