Veterinary technicians, I believe, are the heart of veterinary medicine. From requests of cat owners, the Winn Feline Foundation came up with a way to recognize veterinarians eight years ago, called the Veterinary Honor Roll. With a donation of $100 to the Winn Feline Foundation, the honored veterinarian receives a plaque, and quite a beautiful plaque, as well as recognition on the Winn Feline Foundation website. Many veterinarians have been honored for their tireless work, sometimes saving cats’ lives, sometimes for their research efforts and sometimes for a lifetime of care and compassion at the end of life.
I am on the Board of Directors at Winn, and I know what a success the Veterinary Honor Roll has been, offering a way for cat owners to give say ‘thank you’ aside from a box of chocolates, not that chocolates are bad….But certainly, veterinarians seem to appreciate the acknowledgement, and cat owners appreciate the opportunity to say ‘thank you.’ Moreover, the money goes to help many more cats. Winn Feline Foundation is the only organization on the planet that specifically funds studies to better understand feline health.
It was a major oversight, of sorts, that Winn didn’t offer a similar outlet for thanking veterinary technicians, veterinarians and cat owners alike can express gratitude now as Winn has launched the Veterinary Technician Honor Roll.
Cat owners often experience a deep appreciation for the care their cats receive at their veterinary hospital. A Technician’s role in providing this care can be essential to the overall satisfaction of the client’s pet health care experience. Winn’s new program is meant to allow clients to express their heartfelt appreciation with more than a “Thank You.”
Winn also encourages veterinarians to utilize the new Technician Honor Roll as a way of recognizing extraordinary competence and performance by a technician on their health care team. What better way to celebrate this year’s National Veterinary Technician Week, October 11th through the 17th!
For a donation as small as $100, Winn will send a beautiful framed certificate to the special technician and a letter naming the cat owning donor or sponsoring DVM. In addition, the technician’s name will be listed on the “Technician Honor Roll” page on Winn’s website, http://www.winnfelinefoundation.org/programs/technician-honor-roll.