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It’s National Veterinary Technician Appreciation Week. Do you know what a veterinary technician is and why they should be appreciated? Educate yourself, then be sure to thank a vet tech the next time you see one.

What is a veterinary technician?

While you might realize that your veterinarian is in charge of most of what goes on in a veterinary hospital, they are only a part of what happens on a daily basis. Veterinarians are responsible for diagnosing pets, prescribing medications, and performing surgery. Most other tasks are carried out or overseen by the veterinary technicians in a practice.

Veterinary technicians are educated in the care of pets as well as their anatomy, physiology, and diseases. They are trained to perform medical and laboratory procedures. Veterinary technicians are your pet’s primary caretakers and advocates.

What is involved in becoming a vet tech?

Veterinary technicians must work to earn their degree in veterinary technology from an accredited program. Upon completion of their degree, they must then pass a national board examination to become registered. Once a veterinary technician is registered, they must then maintain state-mandated continuing education requirements to continue to remain licensed.

What do vet techs do?

A better question might be what don’t vet techs do? You might meet your practice vet techs as they obtain a history and physical stats on your pet or discuss information with you, but veterinary technicians do so much more behind the scenes. They are often ones who are caring for and monitoring sick or injured pets. They administer medications and treatment prescribed by the veterinarian. They obtain specimens such as blood or urine for testing and run laboratory tests. They assist in medical and surgical procedures. They take X-rays. They perform dental cleanings. They administer anesthesia, too.

Veterinary technicians are a vital component of your pet’s care.

Our veterinary technicians are so good at their jobs that we often forget to say thank you. So, this week, during National Veterinary Technician Appreciation Week, we would like to take the opportunity to tell our vet techs that they are very much appreciated. Thank you!