Our veterinary technicians are the final team of the Blum Animal Hospital support staff to be highlighted.
What do the Veterinary Technicians do?
Veterinary technicians have a multitude of responsibilities –assisting the doctors by obtaining blood and urine samples from the patients, taking radiographs both for dentals and when a doctor requests them during an exam, and performing technician appointments where they give vaccines, trim nails, express anal glands or help medicate a pet.
When your furry family member comes in for an anesthetic procedure, the veterinary technicians are the ones who place the IV catheter and administer fluids before it begins. They also induce or start anesthesia on your pet and monitor the anesthesia throughout dentals, surgeries or other sedated procedures. Technicians also go over important information with owners when pets are discharged from the hospital after procedures and call the following day to follow up to see how they are doing.
Our veterinary technicians are very knowledgeable and assist clients with demonstrations on how to give subcutaneous fluids, insulin injections or administer other medications. They also assist the veterinary care coordinators with phone calls from clients who have questions regarding a pet that doesn’t need a doctor to call them back.
What is a typical day like for a Veterinary Technician?
Just like the veterinary care coordinator and veterinary assistant teams, the veterinary technicians have a morning and afternoon shift. The morning technicians’ day starts with the intake of surgical, dental and other hospitalized patients. For the pets who need pre-anesthetic bloodwork or other labs run, the veterinary technicians will draw the blood and run the necessary tests.
For routine dental procedures, the veterinary technicians perform the scaling or cleaning of a pet’s teeth. They also record any gingival pockets (gaps or spaces between the gum and teeth) or other abnormalities found in the mouth. Technicians also assist the doctors with surgery as well as other hospitalized testing – the technician working with each procedure also prepares the pet’s go-home medications and writes up discharge instructions.
Throughout the day from 10 am – 7 pm, our veterinary technicians also can see up to 22 technician appointments, while also assisting the other hospital staff with other duties. The veterinary technicians are called upon to perform plethora of tasks!
Written for Blum Animal Hospital by Jackie Sheppard.