We remain open to provide care for your pets. We are following the direction of government and regulatory authorities and have implemented hospital and visit protocols to keep both you and our team safe. For regular updates on our hours and visit protocols, please follow our social media platforms.
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.
We are all aware of the concerns and rapidly changing situation with COVID-19. Due to the close public contact that our work requires, we have taken necessary measures to protect our clients, our team and work hard to ensure we can continue to provide excellent care for our patients.
The following changes have taken effective Monday, March 30:
• Currently, we are operating a “closed waiting room” clinic to protect our clients and staff. We ask you to stay in your vehicle and use your cell phone to call our front desk at 519-893-1360 once you have arrived. For scheduled appointments we will take a history over the phone or we ask that you email us any concerns prior to the appointment. A technician will meet you outside the doors to bring your pet into the clinic for an examination with the veterinarian. We will then call to discuss our recommended treatment plan and take payment over the phone. A technician will then meet you outside the door to hand off any take home medications and return your pet.
• We are reducing our operating hours to Monday to Friday 9am-6pm. We will be closed on Saturday until further notice. We are running with limited staff in order to be able to continue to be open, so please be patience.
• Like many veterinary hospitals right now, we will only be taking care of urgent or sick pet cases, therefore, we are rescheduling annual physical/vaccines appointments for at least the next 4 weeks.
• If you are ordering food or medications, please allow 2-4 business days as our suppliers are dealing with issues at their ends and are attempting to provide orders as soon as possible. We will advise you as soon as your order arrives. Please call us when you arrive to pick up your order - our staff will meet you outside the door with your items. 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. We have stopped taking cash payments for the time being.
• We do have an online store available for purchasing food 24/7. Go to our website manitouanimalhospital.com and click “online store” to sign up.
• Online consultations are now available! If you wish to connect with a veterinarian via message, phone or video, visit our website and follow the "Online Consultation" link.
• Following the recommendations of our government and human medical experts, we are doing our best to practice social distancing within the constraints of our jobs and have taken these measures to avoid both contracting and facilitating the spread of this disease.
Thank you for your cooperation and patience in these matters. Please stay healthy and thank you for helping us be diligent for everyone's safety. As we have heard from all levels of government, the situation is fluid and any updates will be provided as changes occur.