A hot take on veterinary technicians' salaries

January 7, 2019
Mary L. Berg, BS, RVT, RLATG, VTS (dentistry)

Mary L. Berg, BS, RVT, RLATG, VTS(Dentistry) is a Charter member of the Academy of Veterinary Dental Technicians and received her Veterinary Technician Specialty in Dentistry in June 2006. Mary is currently serving as the treasurer of the AVDT and the American Society of Veterinary Dentistry. She is the past president of the KVTA and a member at large of the NAVTA board. Mary worked in research for more than 22 years, specializing in products aimed at improving oral health of companion animals. She was the practice manager and dental technician specialist at Gentle Care Animal Hospital in Lawrence, Kansas, for more than seven years and is currently the president of Beyond the Crown Veterinary Education, a veterinary dental consulting service. She and her husband Doug live on a farm near Lawrence, Kansas, with a menagerie of animals.

This VTS sees a positive trend in wages.

Veterinary technicians as a group are bought in and devoted to their careers-but of course they want to be compensated fairly. We put the question of technicians' salaries to Fetch dvm360 conference speaker Mary Berg, BS, RVT, RLATG, VTS (dentistry). It turns out she's optimistic.

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"Veterinarians are starting to recognize the importance of having veterinary technicians on staff-and utilizing them to their fullest," she says.

And get this: She says that clinics who use their techs to the fullest have a demonstrably higher overall revenue than those who don't.

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