While most people realize that vet techs assist veterinarians in caring for sick and injured pets, they typically don’t know the full extent of their jobs. At Buffalo Trace Veterinary Service, we couldn’t provide your pets with such excellent care without the assistance of Arien, Mandy, Shirley and Geneva, our dedicated veterinary technicians.
Life is Never Dull for a Veterinary Technician
If there’s one thing a veterinary technician can say about his or her career, it’s that no two days are ever the same. One day everything can go smoothly with typical appointments and the next could bring several emergencies and planned surgeries. Below are just some of the duties our vet techs perform each day:
- Ask pet owners questions to learn more about the animal’s health history and record this information in the patient chart for the doctor
- Provide immediate first aid to injured pets
- Collect urine, blood, tissue, and other necessary samples to prepare for laboratory testing
- Restrain animals during procedures if necessary and help to keep them calm by petting them and talking to them
- Take and develop X-rays
- Administer vaccines and medications
- Administer anesthesia and perform other duties to prepare animals for surgery
- Trim nails, brush coats, and perform other basic grooming tasks
While technical skills are certainly important for this job, it also requires someone with a strong sense of compassion, good problem-solving skills, detail orientation, and the ability to present information to clients in a clear, straightforward way.
Pets who visit us are usually sick or injured, which makes their human family understandably stressed and upset. Since the veterinary technician is one of the first staff members our clients encounter, the ability to express empathy and patience is critical. The standard educational credential for entry-level work as a veterinary technician is a degree or certificate from a technical college.
Feel Free to Express Your Thanks
We encourage you to get into the spirit of Veterinary Technician’s Week by letting Arien, Mandy, Shirley, or Geneva know that you appreciate their work. Of course, you don’t have to reserve your thanks for the week of October 15 to October 21. A kind word is welcome any time of year. We also want to let you know that we appreciate you being our client and trusting us with the care of your beloved furry family members.