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We take for granted that we'll have skilled veterinary technicians to take care of us at local animal hospitals, but if you've followed our coverage of National Veterinary Technician Week, you know that, not so long ago, this profession didn't exist. On her blog, Vet Techs in the 21st Century, Bonnie Loghry talks about the history of veterinary technology, and we asked her to share some of her research with Vetstreet readers.
Bonnie Loghry is a registered veterinary technician with more than 30 years of experience; she also recently got her bachelor's degree in veterinary technology, and is currently investigating a master's degree. Her main focus is on the importance of veterinary medicine within the field of public health. She works as an educator in a vet tech program near her home in northern California, and also does some international work, which is where that public health focus comes into play.
"In 2008, I did my first international veterinary trip to Haiti to work with a group training veterinary agents in that country," she says. "This past summer, I was back in Haiti, working on a project sponsored by USAID. It was veterinary-based, but when you're dealing with developing nations, everything is public health. When you rely on a donkey to get to fresh water, your whole family goes down if that donkey goes down."
Loghry is equally passionate about education in her own country and "loves [her] students to distraction," which is why she started a blog. "If you teach, you've got to get the material across; you don't have a lot of extra time in the classroom," she says. "There were so many facets of veterinary technology I wasn't finding enough time to get across, and one of them was the history of our profession . . . The students don't always understand how young a profession we are, and how far we've come."
Pulling from a variety of sources, including The Dynamic History of Veterinary Technology and Nursing, Clinical Textbook for Veterinary Technicians, 6th Edition, as well as navta.net, Loghry offers a brief history of veterinary technology, with several major events listed:
To learn more about veterinary technicians, check out our coverage of National Veterinary Technician Week, as well as the Facebook page of our sister publication, Veterinary Technician.
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