In October, we celebrated all things awesome about our Registered Veterinary Technicians. The Ontario Association of Veterinary Technicians decided in 2017 that celebrating for only one week just wasn’t good enough. So, we get to honour this team of professionally trained people for the whole month of October, and they deserve it! We had a lot of fun while showing appreciation for our team of super technicians in various ways.
From left to right, Venessa, Victoria, Jessica
What does a Registered Veterinary Technician Do While At Work?
Most people are surprised to discover the wide range of skills required to become a veterinary technician. At this practice, they have many responsibilities in a variety of fields such as anesthesia, radiology, pharmacy, nursing care, nutrition and weight management, dental hygiene, dental x-rays, client education and so much more. On any given day, you will find our veterinary technicians performing duties in patient care, surgery, dentistry and client care. They work together with our veterinarians to monitor and assess patients throughout any hospital procedure from the point of admission to the time they go home. They follow-up with clients and provide supportive care for patients who require ongoing care at home.
Jessica, Lead Technician, performing a dental hygiene procedure and reviewing dental x-rays
Veterinary technicians have been educated to work in the fields of small animal medicine, large animal medicine, research and diagnostic laboratory testing, as well as some specialty areas such as exotic pets and zoo animals. After graduation, they usually select a field of interest where they work to acquire additional skills and knowledge. Like veterinarians, they are required to complete regular continuing education courses to maintain their licensing and registration within the field and to keep current with changes in veterinary medicine. To find out more about joining this rewarding profession, go to the Ontario Association of Veterinary Technicians www.oavt.org
Vickie and Venessa sporting ear-tipped surgical caps from the Trap Neuter Release Program at the Toronto Humane Society where they generously help out regularly.
Written by: Annex Animal Hospital