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!
We accept walk-ins during our Doctor's Hours to meet your busy lifestyle. If you’d prefer to make an appointment, we offer those too!
News & Events
Meet Our Adoptable Animals!
We are currently fostering some great puppies, dogs and a cat available for adoption! Visit our Featured Foster page HERE to view all animals available for adoption and make an appointment to meet them at our clinic by calling us at 630.355.5300!
Holiday Hours & Closings!
Please note our Holiday Hours and Closings! For Emergency Services during Holiday Hours, you MUST call 630.337.3070!
Holiday Party & Adoption Event!
Save the date and join us on Sunday, December 2nd from 11AM - 2PM for a Holiday Party & Adoption Event! Meet adoptable pets from local rescues and bring your own pet along for $5 photos with Santa! Enjoy treats and light refreshements! Please also consider bringing a toy to donate to Toys for Tots. All proceeds benefit local rescue organizations.
We Are a Toys for Tots Drop Off Location!
Now through Thursday, December 13th we'll be collecting for Toys for Tots! Stop by during our normal business hours to drop off any new, unwrapped toys. No stuffed animals or toy weapons, please. Many thanks for your generosity during the holiday season!