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MDARD Celebrates National Licensed Veterinary Technician Week

The department recognizes the vital role licensed veterinary technicians play in protecting animal health

LANSING, MI – The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) is celebrating National Licensed Veterinary Technician Week—a week devoted to recognizing the valuable and essential contributions of licensed veterinary technicians (LVTs) to the field of veterinary medicine. LVTs have a vital role in regulatory medicine as MDARD’s Animal Industry Division (AID) has several LVTs on its staff. Whether working in a clinic, at MDARD, or in a related field, LVTs across the state of Michigan help AID to fulfill its mission to protect, regulate, and promote animal health.

LVTs, or veterinary nurses, possess a broad range of animal health skills and have a wealth of knowledge regarding the care of various species, making them an integral part of the field of veterinary medicine. LVTs work closely with other animal health professionals to ensure animals are getting the best possible care.   

“Maintaining the health and well-being of Michigan’s animals is a collaborative effort. At MDARD, we recognize how LVTs are important partners in helping us work toward this goal,” said State Veterinarian Dr. Nora Wineland. “Within AID, we have LVTs who apply their knowledge and experiences to regulatory medicine. Whether they are conducting outreach, responding to reportable diseases, inspecting animal shelters, or performing other tasks, their passion for and knowledge concerning animals is clear; and we are proud to have them be a part of our team.”

“Working for AID has definitely allowed me to pursue my passion for working with animals and helping them,” said Colleen Phillipich, LVT, and Animal Import/Export Coordinator for AID. “It’s given me the opportunity to not only do what I love and use what I went to school for but also have a great work/life balance.”

“I love getting to work with animals in a different way,” said Nicole Ballreich, LVT, and Field Licensed Veterinary Technician for AID. “It is very different from a clinical setting, but the goal is the same: protecting those animals. And even though I do it in a different way, it is still great work to do and something that I still enjoy doing.”

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