October 11 to 17 is National Veterinary Technician’s Week, a time to thank our hard-working veterinary technicians for all they do to help care for the pets entrusted to our care. Cedar Pet Clinic is especially grateful for the contributions of our own team of veterinary technicians. Sue, Kristen, Michelle, Jayde, Kelly, Kris, and Maggie have a combined total of 60 years serving our clients and their beloved animal companions.
Duties of a Veterinary Technician
All veterinary technicians must complete a post-secondary program in veterinary technology to be eligible to work with animals. Programs may take up to two years to complete. In a veterinary clinic, technicians work alongside doctors to provide diagnostic and treatment services for several different breeds of pets. Some of their primary responsibilities include:
- Administering anesthesia and monitoring how the animal responds to it
- Taking blood, urine, and tissue samples
- Conducting laboratory tests
- Taking x-rays
- Providing emergency first aid
- Implanting microchips
- Administering medications and vaccines that a veterinarian has prescribed
- Notating patient charts
To say that our clinic couldn’t operate without these dedicated professionals is an understatement. They enter the field because they are compassionate people who love animals and want to make a difference.
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