Have you ever met a Superhero? If you own a pet, it is likely that you have met several! They have the ability to meet your pet and immediately fall in love with them. They hold them for scary procedures in such a way that your pet can feel safe and secure, while having the tastiest treats fed to them. If your pet needs a blood draw, no problem… these unsung hero’s can collect it, process the lab work, and fill any prescriptions all within your appointment time.
A microscope is one of their necessary tools, as they need to read urine samples, fecal samples, skin impression smears, ear cytology’s, or even a blood smear to help the veterinarian diagnose your furry friend. If they happen to sneak out of the exam room, you may find them taking an urgent phone call to help another pet stay healthy. You may catch one trimming your guinea pigs nails, or perhaps expressing a dog’s anal glands. Sometimes you will see them all dressed in lead to shoot some radiographs.
You may not always see them in a superhero state, as sometimes they get covered in urine, feces, vomit, or even anal glands! They take it like a champ and always have extra scrubs on hand if needed.
If you get unsettling news, and your pet needs to stay at the hospital, these amazing individuals will help you understand the process and get you a cost for treatment. Then they swoop in and place an IV catheter, set up a comfy home for your pet to sleep comfortably and give the necessary treatments to help them recover smoothly. If you have questions on how your pet is doing during their stay, you may want to ask for one of these superhero’s instead of the doctor, as they will probably have more information for you. After all, they have been the ones caring for your pet the whole time! When it’s time to go back home again, you will likely meet with one to go over home care instructions. They have the best advice and have so much knowledge through their schooling, continuing education and most importantly their hands on experience.
If you get a late night phone call from the Vet Clinic, it is most likely them calling to make sure your pet is doing well after their last visit. There is no leaving at closing time as they are there until the job is done.
At the end of your pets journey, they can help the doctor take away their suffering. This part tugs at their heart strings, but after all they love animals so much this is the last gift they can give. They may try to hug you, but don’t worry, it’s just part of their nature as they share in your grief.
These Superhero’s are called VETERINARY TECHNICIANS!! And they wouldn’t trade their job for anything in the world!
Tune in next week as we share more about what Veterinary Technicians do a on surgery day!
by Becca Dambroski, CVT
Becca joined the clinic in 2005 after graduating from UWSP with a Bachelor of Science Degree. She became a certified veterinary technician in 2007. Becca and her husband Keith have three children, Ava, Zoe, and Oliver. Her fur family consists of 3 horses: Jet, Mr Pickles and Mariah. Her cats are Stormy and Cheetah.In her down time, she enjoys reading and spending time with her family and fur babies. Becca also enjoys working on her family’s dairy farm.