Today is the first day of National Veterinary Technician Week! Much like nurses in human health care, veterinary technicians can sometimes be undervalued and underappreciated. The unsung heroes of veterinary medicine, they play a vital role in the health and wellbeing of your pet as the “right hand” of our veterinarians. Get to know some of our Certified Veterinary Technicians!
But what exactly does a veterinary technician do? According to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, the more than 95,000 veterinary technicians in America are responsible for performing medical tests under the supervision of a licensed veterinarian to assist in diagnosing the injuries and illnesses of animals.
Here are some of the many tasks our Certified Veterinary Technician do each day:
- Observing the behavior and condition of animals
- Providing nursing care or emergency first aid to recovering or injured animals
- Bathing animals, clipping nails or claws and brushing or cutting animals’ hair
- Restraining animals during exams or procedures
- Administering anesthesia to animals and monitoring their responses
- Collecting laboratory samples, such as blood, urine, or tissue, for testing
- Performing laboratory tests, such as urinalysis and blood counts
- Taking and developing X-rays
- Preparing animals and instruments for surgery
- Administering medications, vaccines, and treatments prescribed by a veterinarian
- Collecting and recording patients’ case histories
The list can go on and on. In fact, the list of what a veterinary technician can’t do is much shorter and easier to digest. A veterinary technician cannot make diagnoses, perform surgery, or prescribe medication. Just about everything else is fair game.
We are so excited to share our appreciation of our Certified Veterinary Technician!