Veterinary Technician of the Year Award

Veterinary technicians are at the heart of any veterinary practice and deserve to be recognized and celebrated! The American Animal Hospital Association Veterinary Technician of the Year award recognizes the outstanding achievements of accredited, experienced veterinary technicians.

Congratulations to the winner of the 2023 Veterinary Technician of the Year Award!

Susan Herbert, RVT

Susan Herbert, RVT,
from Chestermere Veterinary Clinic in Alberta, Canada

2023 finalists of the Veterinary Technician of the Year Award!

  • Meagan Hembrough, LVT, from West Loop Animal Hospital in Longview, TX
  • Meika Valazquez, CVT, from Black Canyon Veterinary Clinic in Montrose, CO
  • Nicole Van Sant, LVT, VTS-ECC from Cornell University Veterinary Specialists in Stamford, CT

 

See 2022 Veterinary Technician of the Year Award winner here.

This award was made possible by the generous support of Zoetis.

Criteria, Submission Requirements and Process

Eligibility

Open to credentialed veterinary technicians from any veterinary practice who have worked at least ninety (90) days with the veterinary practice submitting the nomination, and who are currently working for that practice. Veterinary technicians who receive an award are not eligible in the following year.

Criteria

Part 1: Finalists have been selected! You will recieve a notification on how to complete Part 2.

Part 2: 2023 Winner has been selected

Deadline and Process

Part one materials by nominator due: September 4, 2023
Part two materials by finalist due: September 27, 2023
Application fee: None

Submit materials online at www.aaha.org/vtoy by 11:59 pm EST September 4.

Prizes and Recognition

Finalists

  • Cash prize of $250
  • Commemorative plaque announcing your achievement
  • Discount on attendee registration to AAHA Con in Washington, DC (September 2024)
  • Individual AAHA membership (if the finalist is not from an AAHA-accredited practice) for one year
  • 15% discount on any merchandise or publication in the AAHA publications store for 12 months following designation as a finalist
  • An article in an AAHA publication and mentions on the AAHA website and social media

Winner

  • Total cash prize of $750
  • A trophy will be awarded in lieu of a plaque
  • A complimentary registration to AAHA Con in Washington, DC (September 2024)
  • Individual AAHA membership (if the winner is not from an AAHA-accredited practice) for one year
  • 15% discount on any merchandise or publication in the AAHA publications store for 12 months following designation as a winner
  • An article in an AAHA publication and mentions on the AAHA website and social media
  • Special lapel pin to wear at your veterinary practice

Questions?

Contact AAHA at 800-252-2242 or aaha@aaha.org

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Finalist and Award Announcements

Finalists will be notified (without indication of award placement) by September 15. Finalists and winners will be featured on the AAHA website and social media.

Copyright Release

NOTE: AAHA plans to showcase the winning technicians’ applications (confidential information excluded). In addition, AAHA would be proud to include some of the ideas, quotes, pictures, etc. that were provided with your application in future promotional materials. However, we must have your permission before displaying or using anything belonging to you.

I grant to the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA), its representatives, and employees the right to use materials from our submission for the AAHA Veterinary Technician of the Year Awards. I authorize AAHA, its assigns, and transferees to copyright and publish the materials in print and/or electronically. This includes pictures and information submitted for the award. It does not include any confidential information, such as nominee contact information or continuing education.

I agree that AAHA may use such materials for any lawful purpose, including, for example, in social media, member communications, advertising, or on the AAHA website.

I hereby certify that all information contained in this Application is true and accurate to the best of my knowledge. I further certify that as of the date hereof, all veterinarians in the practice have a license in good standing with the applicable state/provincial veterinary licensing board. I hereby certify that no state, provincial, or other applicable governmental agency, or client, has taken any adverse action against the Practice or any employee employed by the Practice in the 10 years preceding the date hereof. I have read and understand the above and have the authority to sign on behalf of my practice.

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