Veterinary Technicians: What They Do and Why We Love Them!
Did you know that October 14-20 is annual Veterinary Technician Appreciation Week? At Naperville Animal Hospital, we celebrate our beloved veterinary technicians every day, but the third week in October is a great opportunity for us to officially recognize the vital role they play at our practice.
Whether you interact with our technicians during your pet’s annual wellness visit, during an emergency, or on a regular basis due to a chronic health condition, you’ve witnessed these amazing professionals in action. Keep reading to learn more about veterinary technicians and how they support the health and well being of our patients.
Obtaining an associate’s or bachelor’s degree in veterinary technology is the first step toward becoming a veterinary technician. All aspiring veterinary technicians in Illinois must pass the Veterinary Technician National Exam and receive their license through the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation. Veterinary technicians must also complete at least 15 hours of continuing education every two years in order to maintain their license.
A Day in the Life of a Veterinary Technician
The workday of a veterinary technician is extremely varied, involving everything from reception work, patient care, client interaction and education, assisting veterinarians, and so much more!
On a typical day, a veterinary technician may be responsible for any of the following duties:
- Arrive early to prepare the clinic for the day’s patients, review the schedule, and make sure everything is sparkling clean and ready for your arrival.
- Provide nursing care, perform vaccinations, nail trims, blood draws, and other routine procedures and diagnostics for patients.
- Prepare pets for surgery and dental cleanings, assist our veterinarians during procedures, and monitor patients post-operatively.
- Call to check up on the recovery and well being of pets who have been recently treated.
- Spend time with pet owners in the clinic discussing their pet care questions and concerns.
- Clean up blood, urine, feces, and lots and lots of pet hair (a veterinary technician never leaves work with clean scrubs!).
Essential Team Members
The Pet Experts welcome the chance to recognize all the hard work our vet techs put in each and every day. We can’t thank them enough! If you’d like to send your own words of appreciation to our veterinary technicians, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We always love to hear from you!
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