Veterinary technicians are critical to the day-to-day function of veterinary practices, and play vital roles in preserving animal health and welfare. National Veterinary Technician Week provides an opportunity to recognize veterinary technicians’ contributions. 🥰
Make sure to thank your favorite tech!
I have been in the veterinary field since 1994. I started out at the bottom and quickly learned the ropes. It is not knowledge that appears overnight. The information is passed to you from doctors, techs, assistants and other support staff. Things they have learned, losses they have had and victories they have achieved. Everything I have learned about veterinary medicine has made me the person I am today. I have been the pet sitter, the kennel person, the veterinary assistant, the receptionist, the front office manager, the IT person, the hospital administrator, the janitor, the office manager, the dog walker and the team member.
Veterinary Medicine is challenging! Your'e happy one minute to see the new puppy and sad the next to euthanize the older, kidney failure cat. I can't express enough that this wasn't my career of choice. I was lucky enough to fall into this field in 1994. I met a doctor that said, "come work with me"!! She was my first mentor, my first inspiration and an amazing person. I worked for her for 8 years and wonder to this day if she hadn't had to change her life - would i still be working with her? I would say yes, but then I wouldn't have learned all the many new & different "things" I have learned - or would I have?!
This veterinary field can take you anywhere you want to go but you have to want the challenge and need to have the drive to succeed. Failure is there but you have to learn daily to make the changes you want to see in yourself.
I remember the first euthanasia I was ever part of :( It was an older cat that had been making some improvement with different treatments. I would help this cat at the appointments by administering SQ fluids and snuggles. I never thought in a million years I would be there for his last breath. I was so hard! I was taught in technician school "do not let the client see you cry". How in the world does this get taught and how can it be? Needless to say I cried - as I am doing now. It was hard but best for the cat that was failing to thrive. This was when I worked in general practice - which I did for more than 1/ 2 of my career.
Wow! What a career it has been. I have gained most of my fur babies through different clinics, met most of my best friends and my mentors! I am proud to be a CVT - Certified Veterinary Technician! Proud to say I have helped that pet, loved that pet, administered medications, anesthesia, put in IV catheters, can proficiently use a microscope, have trained employees, assisting in surgery, performed xrays, drawn blood on a furry moving target, looked into the eyes of a parvo puppy, helped with c-sections and brought puppies into this world, weighed bladder stones that were 1/2 the weight of a Yorkie and made the paw print of a deceased dog so their family would have a last memory. Not to mention the different doctors and practices that I have shared many years with... I've been lucky enough to enjoy - general practice, Chinese Medicine, Chiropractic, start up practices, the sale of a practice, sitting on different boards for certifications, writing online CE's, AAHA inspections, protocol writing, Rehabilitation medicine, urgent care and specialty. I would like to say I have come full circle! I started with going to art school in the 80's - graphic design & commercial art, tech school in the 90's and now I am a CVT & Marketing Coordinator for an amazing company.
I have loved every aspect of this field, made great friends and learned to work with many different styles of doctors, all wonderful in their own way. There has always been one common goal - "doing what is best for the pet". Sharing our love though our passion and knowledge!
Happy Veterinary Technician week to all my friends and all the technicians/assistants in our big, amazing and wonderfully growing field. Cheers & enjoy this special week! 🐴🐶🐾😻🦜🦎🐇🐄🐹
Laura Rice, CVT
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