Veterinary Technician Week


Veterinary technicians work hard every day to support the veterinarians they work with and to provide sick and injured animals with the best possible care. Recognizing this, the National Association of Veterinary Technicians started an appreciation week in 1993. 

Now in its 25th year, National Veterinary Technician’s Week is an opportunity for clinic staff and pet owners to show their appreciation for the excellent service that vet techs provide every day. At Cedar Pet Clinic Lake Elmo, we would not be able to provide the level of care you have come to expect for your pet without the support of our nine vet techs.

No Two Days are the Same in the Life of a Vet Tech

As anyone who works in the veterinary field can tell you, the days move fast and unexpected changes are par for the course. That means veterinary technicians must be experts at prioritizing care and managing stress. They also assist in facilitating routine pet health care, including the following:

  • Administer medication, give vaccines, take X-rays, and collect laboratory specimens
  • Provide first aid 
  • Speak to pet owners to learn more about the animal’s health history
  • Help to prepare pets for surgery
  • Assist with keeping pets calm and restraining them for their safety

Veterinary technicians are often the first point of contact that our clients have with our staff beyond our client care team. Our Cedar Pet Clinic Lake Elmo veterinary technicians have a special gift of helping both you and your pet feel comfortable in our care.

What Makes a Good Veterinary Technician?

People typically go into this line of work because they love animals and want to help them. When hiring a new vet tech, one of the first things we look for is a sense of compassion for pets and their families. Other important skills include the ability to communicate important information to clients, problem-solving abilities, and detail orientation. At Cedar Pet Clinic, all of our veterinary technicians are certified, meaning they attended either a two-year or a four-year education program and participate in continuing education every year.

Meet Our Team

We are proud of our team of dedicated veterinary technicians at Cedar Pet Clinic Lake Elmo. Please allow us to introduce them to you:

  • Jayde, 11 years of service
  • Kathleen, 6 years of service
  • Kelly, 6 years of service
  • Kristen, 7 years of service
  • Maggie, 5 years of service
  • Michelle, 10 years of service
  • Roxy, 1 year of service
  • Sarah, 6 years of service
  • Sue, 32 years of service
  • Nancy, our newest team member, since July 2018

Each of our vet techs loves pets so much that she shares her home with at least one furry friend!

Feel Free to Express Your Thanks

Veterinary Technician Week 2018 runs from Sunday, October 14 to Saturday, October 21. Cedar Pet Clinic Lake Elmo plans to celebrate throughout the week. We also encourage you to thank a vet tech if you get the chance, and we thank you for entrusting our clinicwith the care of your beloved pets.

After-Hours Emergencies

After Hours Veterinary Care
1014 Dale Street North
St. Paul, MN 55117
(Inside Como Park Animal Hospital just north of downtown St. Paul)
24-hour care for multiple species

Animal Emergency & Referral Center of MN
1163 Helmo Avenue N
Oakdale, MN 55128


Animal Emergency & Referral Center of MN
1542 7th St. W.
St. Paul, MN 55012
(located 2 blocks east of 35E)