Sunday, February 14, 2016

Veterinary Technicians - Trusted Partners in Your Pets Care

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Sleuth, the VNN Reporter Dog

Sleuth loves to go see his veterinarian…but he also loves the attention he gets from the veterinary technicians and assistants whenever he visits.  And that got him to thinking…what exactly do veterinary technicians do?  As usual, Sleuth asked his friends at the Veterinary News Network for some quick facts about “vet techs”.

1)    Most pet owners look at veterinary technicians and immediately equate them with the role that nurses play in a human hospital.  While that is, to some extent, true, technicians actually do a whole lot more!

2)    Veterinary technicians and assistants help veterinarians by doing a host of duties, including:  monitoring anesthetized patients, prepping patients for surgery, performing dental cleanings, calculating treatment doses, taking x-rays, providing high quality nursing care and helping communicate vital information to pet owners.

3)    The first attempts to certify veterinary assistants date back to the 1950s and 1960s in the US.  Today, there are more than 160 programs available across the US, including many online courses.

4)    To earn a degree in veterinary technology, you must attend an accredited two or four year program.  Furthermore, after graduation, you must pass the Veterinary Technician National Exam before receiving the credentials of Licensed Veterinary Technician (LVT), Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT) or Certified Veterinary Technician (CVT).

5)    Veterinary assistants are also important members of the veterinary team, but their training is often done either on the job or through a variety of certificate programs or online courses.  Our state’s veterinary practice act defines what duties and responsibilities fall under a veterinary technician’s job description. 

6)    Whether it’s a technician or an assistant who is helping, it’s important to understand that these employees are crucial to the veterinary practice.  Their jobs help make our doctor’s jobs easier and more efficient.

7)    In some cases, veterinary technicians will continue their education and actually specialize in a number of areas.  Specializations include nutrition, dentistry, behavior, anesthesiology or even zoo medicine.

8)    The Department of Labor lists veterinary technology as one of the top twenty fasting growing careers.

9)    Trust a site like to provide you with accurate and unbiased pet health information.