Every year, the third week of October is known as National Veterinary Technician Week. This year, it’s October 15-21.
Registered veterinary technicians (RVT’s) in general practice are similar to Registered Nurses, except they perform a wide variety of duties every day on the job.
Duties of a veterinary technician include:
Obtain histories or reason for visit
Discuss concerns with pet owners
Assist Veterinarians with exams
Phlebotomy (blood draws)
Process and perform laboratory tests on blood, urine and feces; report results to vet
Place IV catheters
Administer and monitor IV fluid therapy
Administer and monitor anesthesia
Perform Dental cleanings
Assist veterinarians in surgery
Monitor anesthesia patients after surgery
Prepare instruments for surgery
Clean and sterilize instruments after surgery
Administer medications (oral and injectable)
Monitor hospitalized patients
Prepare medications to dispense to clients
Express Anal Glands
Restrain pets for exams, minor procedures
Assist with euthanasias
Answer phone calls
Check out clients after a visit
Wash pet bowls
Registered veterinary technicians must graduate from an
accredited veterinary technician school, and pass a national board exam. In
Veterinary assistants can perform the majority, but not all, of the above tasks with training and supervision.
Suburban Animal Clinic is fortunate to have a wonderful staff of registered technicians, assistants and students.
RVT’s: Anne, Dawn, Dawna, Brooke, Evelyn, Meghan
Technician Student: Mary
Veterinary Medicine Students: Kirk, Emily, Lauren, Anna