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



Lisa Clifford holding two dogs

Being a Veterinary Technician

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Last updated: December 11, 2020

Dear Clients,

As Ontario continues its reopening, we are excited to see our community get closer to a sense of normalcy. We applaud the significant effort and sacrifices you and your family have made to help us get this far.


At Manitou Animal Hospital our primary goal is to care for your beloved pets. By extension, this means keeping you as a pet parent healthy as well. Many of you have already recently visited the hospital and have personally experienced the additional safety procedures we have put in place to ensure the well-being of you and your pets using our “closed waiting room” policy.

Our "closed waiting room" policy:

  1. When you arrive in the parking lot, 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.
  2. A staff member will then meet you outside to bring your pet into the hospital for an examination.
    We ask that you remain in the parking lot and keep your phone turned on.
  3. The Veterinarian will call you once the physical exam is complete to discuss the recommended treatment plan.
  4. We encourage credit card over the phone as the preferred payment method. We can also accept e-transfer.
  5. A staff member will bring your pet and any medications back outside to you.

During the coming months and as long as COVID-19 continues to circulate in our community we at Manitou will continue to offer our services using these enhanced safety procedures, including the curbside and closed waiting room service model. For the health and safety of everyone, we will not be able to have you accompany your pet(s) into the clinic for procedures at this time. We unfortunately would just not be able to meet proper physical distancing requirements and ensure your safety and our team's.

We typically have a significant number of clients [100+] visit our clinic daily whether it be for medication, food or for a visit with the veterinarian or vet technician. Space in the front room and the exam rooms is very small, a well documented factor for increased risk of COVID transmission. If everyone were to come inside our clinic, even with masks on, it would significantly increase the risk of COVID exposure to each client entering the clinic as well as our staff. We are simply not willing to risk the health of you, your family and our staff. We know that with continued effort we will get through this together. We sincerely appreciate your patience and help in working with us during these challenging times.

Until then, we promise to give each and every one of your pets the very best care and a ton of hugs and kisses when they are in for a visit. We always treat them as if they were one of our own and look forward to seeing them!


Your dedicated care team at Manitou Animal Hospital


We are OPEN with the following hours:

Monday to Thursday: 8:00 am - 7:00 pm
Friday: 8:00am - 6:00pm
Saturday: 8:00 am - 12:00 pm (food and medication pickup only)
Sunday: CLOSED