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September 27, 2017

Bright Idea from Accreditation

Bright Idea: Tech week tips

It’s that time again! Show your support staff some love during National Veterinary Technician Week (October 15–21) with these tips from accredited practices and AAHA’s Member Experience team.

“Create a survey for each technician. Ask them their favorite color, scent, snack food, etc., and create a small goodie basket based on their answers.”
–Nicole Henderson, CVT
AAHA Accreditation Specialist

“Call the local massage school to come to the practice and have them work on each staff member in a massage chair for 15–20 minutes. Do something for them that they would not do for themselves.”
–Roxanne Rebarber–Levinston
Bridgewater Veterinary Hospital
Bridgewater, NJ

“Get creative! Some of my favorite tech week gifts included socks (search “veterinary technician socks”) and these fun wine glasses for those really tough days.”
–Margaret Jones, BA, CVT
AAHA Accreditation Specialist

“The doctors at my practice each prepare a meal for the team (we celebrate the awesomeness of all non-DVM team members during tech week). I usually make breakfast tacos, another DVM might make grilled cheese sandwiches on another day, etc. We do different gifts from the hospital each day, too. Last year, I got everyone Hydroflask insulated water bottles in their favorite colors with personalized paw print stickers on them. That’s been my biggest hit yet!”
–Tanya ten Broeke, DVM
Gladstone Veterinary Clinic
Milwaukie, OR

“I have noted some practices in my region have something special planned for each day of the week, such as lunch every day, maybe a celebration breakfast waiting for the technicians as they arrive for work, or a basket for each technician containing small personal treats, like gift cards, lip balm, and movie tickets. The thought is to recognize and celebrate the wonderful technicians who are so dedicated and work hard to support patients, clients, and doctors. This gesture of appreciation can be shown in so many ways!”
–Rhonda Sayle, RVT
AAHA Practice Consultant

“We have arranged for lunch every day that week, since that is usually what they skip! I also like to make them the focus of social media that week and raise client awareness.”
–Michele Forbes, DVM
Compassionate Care Animal Hospital
Ann Arbor, MI

“I would love for me and my fellow techs to hang out together and volunteer at a local animal shelter. We all have different likes and dietary preferences, so something not centered around food, but around animals, would be great.”
–Joanne Scott, LVT
Leesburg Veterinary Hospital
Leesburg, VA

“I once worked for a hospital that had something new each day (lunch, Starbucks, jackets with the hospital logo embroidered on them) leading up to the end of the week, when we were each asked to sign up for a 30-minute block. They didn’t tell us what the blocks were for, and when you walked into the room, they had transformed it into a spa. They brought professionals in for massages and pedicures, provided cucumber water and small snacks, and played calming music. It truly made the week amazing.”
–Anthony Merkle, CVT
AAHA Accreditation Specialist

“I did a whole week of fun stuff last year, like scratch-off tickets with Extra gum in a cute little bag that said, ‘We’re Extra LUCKY you’re on our team.’ I filled the break room with snacks and drinks another day and let them pick out scrub jackets. One day, I gave them 30 minutes for a long lunch or to tack on to their time card, and we had a ‘guess how many gloves’ contest for a chance to win one of two $25 gift cards.’”
–Susan Driever
Animal Hospital Highway 6
Sugar Land, TX


Introducing the 2017 AAHA Canine Vaccination Guidelines

Reaching for vaccine vials is not as simple as it used to be. That’s why AAHA is pleased to announce its newly revised Canine Vaccination Guidelines are now available.

Published for the first time as an online educational resource for the entire veterinary community, these guidelines offer important updates to the 2011 AAHA Canine Vaccination Guidelines that will help practicing veterinarians meet patient and client needs in a complex infectious disease environment, including:

  • An interactive, lifestyle-based vaccine recommendation tool
  • Antibody testing algorithms
  • Quick reference tables
  • Cutting-edge product summaries
  • An expanded FAQ section
  • And more

Access them online at


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