This week is National Veterinary Technician Week.
We have been celebrating by slowing working to make them diabetic 😉
Our technicians do so much every day. From the moment they walk through the door they are busy and they rarely sit down. They often work through lunch making sure that a pet is safe and comfortable after surgery or talking with a distraught client about their sick friend.
They work with blood and poop and whatever that horrible stuff that comes out of anal glands is called. Then they talk about it over a quick snack in the stairwell. They coo over puppies and kittens in appointments, then stay up all night making sure a sick little one is eating enough.
They spend hours on hold with pharmacies to make sure that your medications are correct and pull their hair out doing the paperwork necessary for sick animals to get the pain medication that they need.
They never stop learning and often spend their own time becoming more knowledgeable and skilled.
To become a LVT (licensed Veterinary Technician) they must get through an intensive program and learn about the anatomy, physiology and behavior of multiple species. They must be able take blood and urine samples from these species, and then how to appropriately and safely get information from these samples. They must safely anesthetize and control pain and address emergencies in these species. At the end of this intensive program, they take State and National Board Exams. When they have completed these tasks they can then be called LVT’s. This title cannot convey the intelligence, courage, love, patience, dedication, and commitment that they posses. That they need in order to succeed in their chosen field. These super hero’s of the veterinary hospital deserve our respect and admiration. They too often get our short tempers. They take it in stride and continue to make all of our lives better.
Next time you come in, please learn your Technicians name, and Thank her. Look her in the eye and let her know how much you and your pet appreciate that she shows up ready to do what needs to be done to make your lives better.
Note – I often use the female pronoun here. Currently at Madison we have only female LVT’s. I do not intend to discount of leave our their Male counterparts.