Veterinary technicians are tantamount to veterinary nurses and are the backbone of veterinary care. If you’ve ever had an emergency with your beloved pet, you know how comforting it can be to have a knowledgeable and experienced veterinary technician caring for them. When you bring your pet in to see us, you know they are getting the very best in care from our team.

Our veterinary technicians are an integral part of that team. And with October 14-20th, 2018 designated as National Veterinary Technician Appreciation Week, we can think of no better time than now to tout the amazing capabilities and talents of these professionals. This week is dedicated each year to allow managers, veterinarians, and pet owners to thank veterinary technicians for all they do to care for and love our pets.

What Is A Veterinary Technician?

Also called a veterinary nurse, veterinary technicians assist the doctors in caring for animal patients. They possess invaluable skills and expertise in client education, and bring an extra set of senses into the exam room with veterinarians that they work with.

Each state has different requirements for credentialing technicians. In Illinois, there are a number of  AVMA accredited schools that provide a certified veterinary technician program. Once schooling is complete, the individual must pass a state board examination before they are designated as a Certified Veterinary Technician (CVT).

What Do Veterinary Technicians Do?

Ask any one of our veterinarians. They will tell you that they simply could not do their jobs without their veterinary technicians. These professionals wear many hats, and their jobs vary greatly from day to day. Simply put, their expertise complements the veterinarian’s knowledge, and raises our pet owner’s confidence in the level of care we provide at The Pet Experts.

Their duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Taking a medical history for each pet’s exam
  • Performing laboratory diagnostics
  • Taking radiographs
  • Assessing pain and discomfort
  • Assisting in diagnosis
  • Assisting the veterinarian in surgical procedures
  • Monitoring anesthesia before, during, and after surgery
  • Providing nursing care and TLC to hospitalized patients
  • Performing laser therapy treatments
  • Providing updates and information to veterinarians regarding patient health
  • Answering client questions and providing client education

Far from just another set of hands to fetch a vaccine, veterinary technicians use all their senses, knowledge, and experience to help veterinarians deliver exceptional care on a daily basis. They often notice things a veterinarian or pet owner might miss, and keep the flow of the day moving forward.

Veterinary technicians thrive on learning new skills and expertise, and are required to maintain current knowledge of new technologies, medical advancements, and skills. There are also technician specialists just like there are veterinary specialists – in the areas of emergency and critical care, oncology, surgery, and nutrition (to name a few).

Perhaps the single biggest attribute of these amazing and talented veterinary technicians is their love for animals and dedication to animal welfare and well being. Your pets are benefitting from the expertise and experience of not only the veterinarian, but the veterinary technicians assisting them. And that’s a win for everyone!

This October, take a moment to thank your pet’s veterinary technician for all they do. We’re celebrating them, too, and so give us a call at Wheaton Animal Hospital if you have ideas for how to show appreciation to these amazing team members.