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Veterinary Technician Week!

Veterinary Technicians are an important part of the veterinary team at City Pets Vet. He or she has many responsibilities throughout the day, including assisting the Veterinarian with patient exams and providing treatment when your pet is sick or injured. In this post, we’ve mapped out a typical day in the life of a Veterinary Technician.

8am: When the Technician arrives at the hospital, he or she is responsible for getting the hospital ready for the patients scheduled for surgery that day. The Technician arranges blankets in the kennels so our patients are comfortable and prepares the surgical suite for each particular surgery as the equipment necessary can vary depending on the procedure. Monitoring equipment is tested for safety prior to each surgery.

10am: Veterinary Technicians are the doctor’s right hand! They are trained in anesthesia monitoring and can assist the Veterinarian with surgical procedures such as spays, neuters, growth removals, dental cleanings and various other surgeries by monitoring vitals and passing sterile instruments to the doctor during surgery. During dental cleanings, the Technician takes dental x-rays and cleans, scales, and polishes the teeth.

12pm: After surgery, the Technician provides loving care to pets during recovery. We also have hospitalized patients in the clinic that may require intravenous fluids, medications, or other treatments.

3pm: Veterinary Technicians assist with scheduled exams throughout the day and demonstrate skills specific to their education and training. The Technician collects blood, urine and fecal samples. The samples are then taken to an outside lab to use for many different tests, including blood screens, urinalysis, parasite testing, biopsies, etc.

The Veterinary Technician also assists the doctor with exams. He or she may set up in-house testing recommended by the doctor such as ear cytologies, fine needle aspirates, feline leukemia testing and canine heartworm testing, and in-house blood and urine testing. The technician fills prescriptions throughout the day, and administers treatments which include ear cleaning, anal gland expression, and administering oral medications to dogs and cats.

5pm: At the end of the day, surgical patients are discharged from the hospital. The Technician goes over home care and prescribed medications with the client. Technicians then help with cleaning and closing the hospital for the day.

As you can see Veterinary Technicians wear many “hats.” They are Dental Hygienists, Nurses, Anesthetists, Surgical Technicians, Radiology Technicians, Pharmacy Technicians, Phlebotomists, Lab Technicians,  and animal lovers. Thank you Vet Techs, we appreciate you!!!

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