Technology in Action at Oakview

In 2019 we are exposed to a whole new realm of social media that we did not see 20 years ago. Many of us, like myself, avoided the social media craze for as long as I could but we now use this as a source to educate and share stories with our clients. The blog we started last year is one of the very many ways we reach out to all of you. As a technician, I am able to share with you topics that are interesting, educating and sometimes funny or heartfelt. We also rely on our Facebook page, Youtube channel, in clinic computer software and website to help us maintain contact with our clients, in addition to the care and attention provided in clinic.

Oakview is considered a paper-light clinic, which means the vast majority of our work is done on the computer. We are fortunate enough to have digital x-ray machines and a wonderful ultrasound machine that allows us to get clear, concise images and get them off to specialists instantly. This helps us get answers quicker, and we don’t have to worry about things getting lost in the mail!

Over the next few weeks, we wanted to pick out a few things that stood out to us as team members of the clinic that help make life a little easier for everyone.

by Nikki Getzloff, CVT

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Nikki and her dog Finn

Nikki started working at Oakview in July of 2014 after applying for a position while interning. She graduated with an Associates Degree in Veterinary Science in 2016 and became certified as a technician shortly after graduation. She has a special interest in Imaging as well as shelter medicine.

Nikki shares her life with her son Eli, 2 cats Scout and Shamrock, a chinchilla named Pickachu, a dog named Finn and her horse Bristol. Outside of work she enjoys providing a foster home for pets with the local humane societies, leading her son’s cub scout den, kayaking, camping, riding her horse and overall enjoying the outdoors.

Nikki’s Club Vet Story

I started an internship for school here at Oakview Vet in the spring of 2014. After many school hours spent absorbing information from everyone here, I approached management to let them know if they were hiring I would be interested. It just so happened that a kennel team member was leaving to further their education and a spot was available, so I applied right away. I was hired the day before my birthday, talk about a gift that keeps on giving!

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Nikki performing a dental cleaning during her internship

Through kennels I got to know a lot of the clients here and the pets they love. One of my favorite things was being able to send updates to the owners while pets were with us. I always sent messages from the dog; a response I will never forget was an owner who was surprised that his pet could “text” but struggled with rolling over at home. We really do look forward to responses that owners send us.

I quickly learned the routine in the treatment area, where the technicians and assistants work and was able to spend some of my time restraining animals for vaccines and appointments. I graduated with my Associates Degree in Veterinary Technology in May of 2016 and became certified as a Technician in December of 2016.

Nikki Finn - Oakview Vet Plover Stevens Point WI
Nikki and her dog Finn

I now spend my days leading the kennel team, working as a technician, managing our computer software and working on whatever projects come my way. I am looking into earning a secondary degree in Imaging, but that will be on the horizon for the future. I am thankful I get to come to work each day enjoying what I do, the people and pet’s I meet, and the team I work with.

written by Nikki Getzloff, CVT and Club Vet Lead

Nikki CVT - Oakview Vet Stevens Point Plover WI

 

Nikki started working at Oakview in July of 2014 and we are so very glad she did. She brings a smile to work everyday.
Nikki shares her life with her son, canine friend Finn and her horse Bristol.
Her interests include horseback riding and trap shooting.

Club Vet: Caring For Your Pets While You are Away

You may think working at a veterinary clinic, especially in the boarding kennel, means we play with puppies and kittens all day. However, we often have older, sick pets that need lots of medications, assistance walking, and frequent potty breaks. We comfort worried parents that are hesitant to leave their loved ones. Pets can be nervous or scared, and we have to do everything in our power to make them feel comfortable during their Club Vet vacation. A lot goes into being a great member of our team!

Kennels - Oakview Vet Plover Stevens Point wi

Kennels - Oakview vet Plover Stevens Point WI

 

Club Vet is the only veterinary supervised boarding facility in our area. This means the services provided are under the supervision of the veterinarians and certified veterinary technicians here at Oakview. The kennel team goes through a significant amount of training to monitor for any medical concerns, as well as monitoring eating, drinking, potty habits and weight.

While our main focus as a kennel attendant is the care of your pets while you are away, we also do a lot of unnoticed jobs around the clinic. We take pride as a team to make sure the clinic is clean and presentable each day, from scrubbing toilets and floors to disinfecting benches and washing windows. We do A LOT of laundry and often times get asked to help with various other tasks in the clinic.

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Endless Laundry!

Many of our Club Vet attendants start out in kennels to work their way into the veterinary fields as assistants, technicians or doctors. Follow us over the next few weeks to be introduced to our kennel team and learn why they love what they do!

Check out Club Vet on our website!

written by Nikki Getzloff

Nikki CVT - Oakview Vet Stevens Point Plover WINikki started working at Oakview in July of 2014 and we are so very glad she did. She brings a smile to work everyday.
Nikki shares her life with her son, canine friend Finn and her horse Bristol.
Her outside interests include horseback riding and trap shooting.

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