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Vet Tech of the Year
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Fill out the downloadable form PDF to submit your nomination for Veterinary Technician of the Year!

The deadline for nominations is Oct 1, 2017 (nominees must be NAVTA members in good standing). The winner will announced at the Western Veterinary Conference in March 2018.



2016 Veterinary Technician of the Year:


Kenichiro Yagi, BS, RVT, VTS (ECC, SAIM)


“Ken is always willing to answer questions and continually challenge his staff to never settle for how things have always been done, but to ask why. Under his leadership, the quality of medicine and care at Adobe has grown by leaps and bounds”.

                        Mary Ann Baik, RVT, VTS (ECC)


NAVTA received multiple letters of recommendations for Mr. Kenchiro Yagi, an ICU Supervisor and Blood Bank Manger at Adobe Animal Hospital in Los Altos, CA.


Ken is constantly discerning ways to move the profession forward and never stops championing the veterinary profession and every individual team member within the profession. He is a VTS in both Emergency and Critical Care and Small Animal Internal Medicine. Mr. Yagi speaks internationally on topics of ECC, Internal Medicine, and transfusion medicine. In addition, he is an accomplished author; he has written numerous journal articles and just recently published Manual of Veterinary Transfusion Medicine and Blood Banking, with Marie K. Holowaychuk, DVM, DACVECC. Ken also serves as the recording secretary for the Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society, the treasurer for the Academy of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Technicians, and the NAVTA State Representative Committee chair. This past year, he became the co-chair of the National Credential and Standardization Task force for NAVTA, initiating conversations with global, national, and state organizations in regard to consumer protection and patient care by implementing the use of a single term. Ken also is on the board of directors of NAVC’s Veterinary Innovation Council, and is the incoming Veterinary Technician Program Chair. On top of these phenomenal accomplishments, he is in the final stages of completing his Master’s degree in Veterinary Science.


Ken not only gives back to the profession and professional associations, but also to the team members he meets across the country and around the world. Ken firmly believes that every individual should contribute to the veterinary team in a meaningful way. Ken has stated, ‘Asking “Why?” to understand the “What” and “How” of the field, and consciously incorporating evidence-based knowledge into our practice will lead to maintaining the latest and highest standards required of us to ensure positive outcomes, whenever possible.’


The NAVTA Veterinary Technician of the Year award is to be presented to a NAVTA member who has been an active member of the association, providing leadership, and contributing to the association and the overall betterment of the industry. Mr. Kenichiro Yagi is the epitome of what this award recognizes. His tireless efforts to move the veterinary technician profession forward, one technician/nurse at a time, is to be applauded and exemplified. His humble, thoughtful, and knowledgeable advocacy makes us proud to have him as a part of this profession, and to receive this award.


Congratulations Ken, and thank you for everything you do in this profession. We would not be where we are today, without you.




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