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It is national veterinary week! Veterinary technicians play an integral role in veterinary hospitals and animal care. Without them, veterinary hospitals and clinics could not function.  

Veterinary technicians are educated in animal care and handling, understand normal life functions. They are knowledgeable and proficient in clinical and laboratory procedures that are all parts of practicing veterinary medicine. Technicians support veterinarians in providing care for their animal patients in clinics and hospitals. They also play a critical role in educating clients on caring for their animals through treatment and recovery. Alongside, day-to-day care standards like nutrition and preventive care. In smaller practices, they may also provide practice management and administrative support.  

Veterinarian technicians provide a similar type of support and care that regular nurses do for human patients in hospitals. They are often a first point of contact for the patient or client. Techs speak with them about the medical issues they are facing and the reasons for their visit. They may collect a patient’s medical history details; collect specimens such as blood and urine for lab testing. Technicians can perform lab procedures,  prepare animals and equipment for surgery. Alongside assist veterinarians with medical, surgical, and diagnostic procedures; and provide specialized nursing, and pre- and post-operative care for patients, among other duties and responsibilities.  

How to show support to your local veterinary technicians

National Veterinary Technician Week is a week to emphasize, recognize and celebrate the important and indispensable roles veterinary technicians play. They care for animals and support the functioning of veterinary hospitals and clinics. Their commitment to providing high-quality, compassionate care to animals should be honored. Vet technicians should be thanked for all their work and dedication to the welfare of animals every day, but especially during this specially designated week. 

During this week, veterinarians, clinics, and the veterinary community can focus on bringing attention to vet techs in a variety of ways. Such as through community activities like a Hospital Open House or a fundraising evening, like an animal walk for charity. Remember to thank the veterinary technicians at your hospital. Not just this week, but each time you see them, for everything they do for you and your pets. 

Note: This article, written by LifeLearn Animal Health (LifeLearn Inc.) is licensed to this practice for the personal use of our clients. Any copying, printing or further distribution is prohibited without the express written permission of Lifelearn. Please note that the news information presented here is NOT a substitute for a proper consultation and/or clinical examination of your pet by a veterinarian.