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Being a Veterinary Technician

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!

  • Diagnostics
  • 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.
  • Paperwork
  • 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.

Written by: Lisa Clifford, RVT

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Being a Veterinary Technician

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Last updated: July 2, 2020

Dear Clients,

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

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