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Fun Facts about Vet “Techs”

vet techNational Veterinary Technician Week is a time to show appreciation for all of the professionals who work in veterinary medicine. If you have a pet, you know how valuable veterinary technicians are. However, you might not know much about the week that honors the work they do. Keep reading to learn fun facts about the week that recognizes the technicians who keep your pet healthy and happy.

National Veterinary Technician Week was founded by the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America and was first celebrated in 1993. During the week-long celebration, an annual conference is held to educate vet technicians on the latest changes to veterinary medicine. Other common events held during this week are pet adoptions and informational meetings on how to properly care for animals and keep their vaccinations up to date.

National Veterinary Technician Week is not only a time for vet techs to educate themselves, it is also a time to educate the public about the many roles of a vet tech. For example, most people don’t know that vet techs do everything from scheduling appointments to monitoring a pet who has been anesthetized. Some states even offer veterinary technicians specialization in phlebotomy and surgery. Ultimately, it is important to recognize that as veterinary medicine advances so does the role of veterinary technicians.

Since National Veterinary Technician Week is about showing appreciation for the people who care for your pet, it is important to know all about the job that they do. For example, the most common workplace injuries for vet techs, in order of frequency, are scratches, bites and back injuries. Not surprisingly, the urge to adopt every pet that walks through the door is another job risk vet techs commonly report.

Remember to mark your calendar for this year’s National Veterinary Technician Week. Send your favorite vet tech a small gift from you and your pet to show them how much you appreciate all of the work that they do.

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Vet techs perform many critical functions at a veterinary office. They help veterinarians to examine animals and may administer medications and vaccines. They also help to prepare animals for surgery, and conduct diagnostic testing such as x-rays, blood counts, and urinalysis. Vet techs also explain conditions, medications and procedures to animal owners, keep detailed records of patient histories, and may be called upon to administer emergency care. While veterinary technicians work almost exclusively in clinical practices, veterinary technologists are sometimes employed by research laboratories.

Next, you probably didn’t know that there is a veterinary technician oath. Not many institutes practice the use of this oath but it does exist and sounds like this; “I solemnly dedicate myself to aiding animals and society by providing excellent care and services for animals, by alleviating animal suffering, and promoting public health. I accept my obligations to practice my profession conscientiously and with sensitivity, adhering to the professions Code of Ethics, and furthering my knowledge and competence through a commitment to lifelong learning.”

Have you ever tried to bandage a paw? Or better yet, put a bandage on a tail wound and get that bandage to stay on? It’s not as easy as you think. A good vet tech knows exactly how tight it needs to be an how much material needs to be used.

Vet techs have incredible medical knowledge skills as well. While they don’t prescribe medications they are knowledgeable about a great number of drugs, how they are used and what dosages are necessary. A vet tech can do all sorts of laboratory tests such as identifying parasites on a fecal exam or looking for abnormalities on a blood smear. They can tell you what cells are normal to see on a urinalysis and which ones can be indicative of a serious problem.

On top of all that, most vet techs have great people skills as well. They often act as grief counselors while discussing euthanasia with distressed owners. Vet techs need to deal with anxious pet parents during emergency visits. They are also the ones who explain in great detail post surgical care instructions or directions for administering medication.