Happy Veterinary Technician Appreciation Week.
I am thankful to say that here at the Animal Hospital at Lake Brandt, we have some of the hardest working, most passionate, and skilled veterinary technicians that are completely essential to providing the best care for our beloved clients and their furry family members. Unfortunately, because a majority of our technician's skill are performed in the treatment area, surgery or the dental suite, many clients do not see this for themselves and may hold the belief that veterinary technicians are just glorified animal handlers that are present during the examination process. It is my goal in this blog post to shed some insight and appreciation toward a veterinary technician's daily life in the office.
A typical day in the life of a veterinary technician involves arriving to the office before several of the other staff members, performing necessary treatments for animals staying in the hospital, administering medication, observing and recording overall vitals and/or preparing the surgery or dental suite for the upcoming procedures for the day. Shortly after the office opens, the drop offs and check-ins for surgery patients begin often accompanied with the uncomfortable conversation of performing CPR in the rarest of emergencies. Depending on the assignment of the day, a technician may spend the morning prepping patients for surgery with placing IV catheters, prepping sterile surgical sites and/or monitoring and maintaining proper vitals during anesthesia. If not involved with procedures, one would find our technicians recording histories from clients during appointment times, preparing fecal and heartworm tests, as well as, collecting blood samples and performing in house laboratory testing.
After a busy morning, a much deserved lunch break prepares the mind and body for an eventful afternoon. The afternoon is generally full of the hustle and bustle of afternoon appointments, the occasional sedated procedure and continued care of patients recovering from the morning's anesthetic procedures. Often the end of day comes quickly without realization until the last patient is discharge and the final clean up begins to prepare the office for another day of excellent care for the patients of The Animal Hospital at Lake Brandt. Of course, there is always time for the occasional puppy/kitten selfie picture to interrupt a busy day and remind us all of why we truly work so hard to share precious moments of love with our patients.