Our team continues to be here for you and your cherished pets. We are OPEN and are now able to provide a wide range of services. To learn more about the changes we have implemented in response to COVID-19 and what to expect during your next visit, click here.
October was Veterinary Technician Month, though many of us feel that it could be a year-round celebration.
Many years ago (actually many, many) I thought that I wanted to be a Veterinarian, that was until I found out that I could be a Technician. I started a co-op at a vet clinic close to my home and realized that the person I would be reporting to was a Technician. At the time, I didn’t know what it was she did, but it sure looked great.
She got to do so many things with both the pets and people that it seemed like a good fit. Do you know what a technician can do? Check out the list below!
Blood – blood collection from your pet, prep of the blood, testing of the blood in the house, reporting to the doctor about the results.
Fecal – stool testing (“poop”), looking for parasites, protozoa, eggs
Urine – urinalysis including cytology (looking at spun parts urine)
X-rays – taking the x-rays, ensuring positioned well
Ultrasound – doing the diagnostics that supply the radiologist with a report, collection of samples
Holding of pets – to make sure that they are safe from harm (both human and themselves)
Anesthetics – IV placement, assist with sedation, putting in endotracheal tubes, surgery prep, monitoring under anesthetic, post-surgery monitoring, clean up, sterilization of instruments, assist the doctor during surgery as needed.
Talking to clients – discussing medications (how and why the medications that the doctor wants are to be used, answering questions, explaining about surgeries or other procedures for clarity.
Assisting with Euthanasias – being a large part of the final visit with a loved one. We are there to help with all you and your pet’s needs.
Anything that is needed
There are so many more things that Technicians do it is hard to put them all down, but if you ask us, we would be happy to help you as we can.
We work as a team to make the clinic run well. Someday are more stressful than others, but we try to make it though by striving to make it better for all. I love my job and the people that I work with. I enjoy being a Technician, all year round.
With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 15, 2020 some restrictions on veterinary practices have been lifted. Based on these changes, below are some important updates to our operating policies.
1. WE CAN NOW SEE ALL CASES BY APPOINTMENT ONLY
This includes vaccines, wellness exams, blood work, heartworm testing, spays and neuters, dental services, and more!
2. SAFETY MEASURES TO KEEP EVERYONE SAFE
Continue our "closed waiting room" policy to protect our clients and staff. When you arrive, please remain outside the hospital and use your cell phone to call 519-893-1360. We will take a history of your pet's health and discuss any concerns. A staff member will then meet you outside to bring your pet into the hospital for an examination. The Veterinarian will call you to discuss the recommended treatment plan. After your appointment, a staff member will return your pet to you outside, and take care of any needed medications and payment.
Continue the use of credit cards as the preferred payment method.
Continue with curbside pickup of food and medication. We are asking that all food and medications are pre-paid at the time of ordering it. If your food is not prepaid, we unfortunately cannot hold it for you for longer than 1 day at this time. If you are paying Debit, we will be allowing one client at a time to enter the clinic to pay. Currently, we prefer not to take cash.
Our online store is available to have your order delivered directly to your home. To place an order through our online store, visit our website and click on "Online Store".
3. ONLINE CONSULTATIONS ARE AVAILABLE
If you wish to connect with a veterinarian via message, phone or video, visit our website and follow the "Online Consultation" link.
4. NEW PET OWNERS
Have you welcomed a new furry family member to your home? We’d love to meet them! Visit our Must Know New Pet Owner Information page for useful resources and helpful recommendations for new pet owners.
5. OPERATING HOURS
We are OPEN with the following hours:
- Monday to Friday: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
- Saturday: 8:00 am - 12:00 pm (food and medication pickup only)
- Sunday: CLOSED
Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!
- Your dedicated team at Manitou Animal Hospital Team