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Trends magazine call for photos: Tech-ing through the pandemic

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Veterinary assistant Tameika Rice holds a Burmese python at the AAHA-accredited Animal Hospital and Pet Resort at Southwood in Tallahassee, Florida. (Photo courtesy of the Animal Hospital and Pet Resort at Southwood); Stacey Novak, CVT, assists James Wahl, DVM, with an ultrasound procedure at AAHA-accredited Avenue Animal Hospital in Tinley Park, Illinois. (Photo courtesy of Avenue Animal Hospital); (From left) Erin Leinheiser, CVT, Danielle Nelson, CVT, and Robert Merrill, DVM, perform a tibial-plateau-leveling osteotomy surgery at AAHA-accredited Bethany Family Pet Clinic in Portland, Oregon. (Photo courtesy of Brittany Blake)

Greetings, technicians! It’s getting close to that time of year again, when Trends celebrates National Veterinary Technician Week, which this year falls on October 12–18, 2020.

Since 2012, you’ve sent in your best photos of technicians doing their thing at work, and we compile them into our [email protected] multipage photospread.

This year, considering the global pandemic, we decided to do something a little different, so we’re asking for the best photos of “Tech-ing through the pandemic.” You can interpret that however you want; let’s see what you’ve got!

Send your high-resolution (300 dpi) photos to [email protected] by August 1, 2020.

Please also include the photo credit (who took the picture), first and last names of people in the pictures with any credentials (LVT, CVT, etc.), and the name and location of your practice.

Note: By submitting photos to Trends you guarantee that you have the right to share the photos and are granting AAHA permission to use the photos in AAHA publications.

Tips for great photos

Each year, we get tons of great submissions, so make sure you are sending your best pics! Here are a few tips to increase your chances of getting into Trends.

  • Resolution: Photos must be 300 dpi or greater in order to be printable in the magazine. Your iPhone or digital camera will do the trick if you send the original photo file. Photos from Facebook or elsewhere on the internet will not work, as they are not optimized for print.
  • Lighting: Make sure your subjects are well lit, and there are no bright lights right behind the subjects.
  • Follow the theme: The theme is [email protected] (with a sub-theme of “Tech-ing through the pandemic”), so the best photos will show you . . . working! Posing with animals is cute and fun and we all love to do it, but we want to see the work you do, especially pandemic-specific work!
  • Check the AAHA standards: Our accreditation team is sharp, and they review the photos before publication. Every year, we have to disqualify some great photos because they depict a violation of an AAHA standard. For example, incorrect personal protective equipment, incorrect restraint of an animal, etc. (Most of the disqualifications are for incorrect donning or lack of masks.)