Pet nurses nurse pets

Here is a blurb about veterinary technicians not being nurses, according to human nurses in New York. My question is what's the big deal? We call veterinarians doctors. We call it veterinary medical school.

Nursing degrees range from a ONE year Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) to extensive post-graduate education. Veterinary technology school is 2 years and they have to pass a national board exam to become accredited. Both professions require continuing education.

Just because something has "always been that way" does not mean it should stay that way. Just because the term "nurse" has traditionally applied to human medicine only doesn't mean that veterinary technicians should be denied the same equivalent title as human nurses if they want it.

I personally think nurse is a much more descriptive term than technician. I think the term also calls to mind the same feeling of respect that people have had for human nurses that has been around for decades if not centuries. I don't have a problem with either term, but I think they should be able to call themselves nurses if they want to.

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  • I agree with your feelings on this subject! Unfortunately, until there is a the veterinary community as a whole comes together to support a name change it won’t happen. Our human counterparts will continue to have legal claim to the term…NURSE.
    ktcvpm, 6 years ago | Flag
  • We actually received a letter from our state nursing board stating that we should no longer use this term, nurse on our website. I 100% agree with what you have said, what is the big deal? We now use 'veterinary nurse' instead of nurse. Are there not better things to worry about? Can nurse not be a universal term used to describe a practice of providing care, not tied to one association? Amen Heather!
    paigep, 6 years ago | Flag

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