The Veterinary Innovation Council
A collaborative, industry-wide initiative focused on leading innovation in global animal health.
The Veterinary Innovation Council is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving access and quality in animal healthcare worldwide by developing and championing disruptive solutions surrounding key emerging issues.
To be an effective steward of the veterinary profession, instigating needed change in a collaborative way to transform the veterinary ecosystem.
Innovation that advances the veterinary medical profession and leads to improved animal health and welfare.
Five Key Focuses of VIC
- Build understanding and respect across the veterinary profession for the vital, underutilized talents of credentialed veterinary technicians/nurses, including specialists.
- Support the national initiative (VNI) to standardize the credentialed veterinary technician profession in Veterinary Practice Acts under the title of “Registered Veterinary Nurse”.
- Focus on the quality, requirements and outcomes for the two current professional degrees of a two-year A.S. degree in veterinary technology/nursing and a four-year B.S. degree in veterinary technology/nursing, and differentiate meaningfully between each degree.
- Work with stakeholders to create an accreditation process for the four-year B.S. degree plus a national certification examination through the AAVSB (modeled after its VTNE examination for A.S. degree holders).
- Work with stakeholders to design and implement (including accreditation and a certification examination) a Master’s degree to be offered by accredited veterinary colleges, building upon the B.S. degree (or equivalent) with additional scope of practice training and privileges.
Click here to see the Veterinary Innovation Council’s Master’s of Science in Advanced Veterinary Clinical Care Report.
Building Better Teams
Pet healthcare in the United States faces challenges on all fronts due to chronic shortages throughout the system. The below challenges exist in veterinary medicine and are the basis to the development of VIC’s seven strategic steps toward building better teams.
- There are too few veterinarians to meet growing demand by millennials for pet care, with the shortage increasing each year.
- There are too few credentialed veterinary technicians/nurses, a general dissatisfaction with utilization of their trained skills and competencies and low pay.
- There is a lack of training or awareness for veterinarians on how best to work with veterinary technicians/nurses and why it is vital to successful practices.
- We have a confusing mixture of titles and responsibilities for veterinary technicians/nurses from state to state, with pet owners not understanding their expertise, training and certification.
- There’s a need to apply lessons from human healthcare about the essential role of extenders or professionals other than veterinary medical doctors. A thoughtful, national strategy must be developed to address these issues.
- With the exception of four universities, veterinary schools are not involved with academic programs for veterinary technicians/nurses.
- The new culture of pets in America and the rise of millennial pet owners has increased overall demand for pet healthcare professionals.
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