Archive for February 4th, 2012

Unsung heroes

Saturday, February 4th, 2012

I thought I would blog a lit­tle about what keeps a vet clinic run­ning. Yes you need the vet, the sup­plies, and of course the clients. But with­out the licensed techs, assistants/nurses, and receptionists-we would fall apart. They are the ones that con­sole, teach, pro­vide com­fort, effi­ciently answer phones, make appoint­ments, run labs, run anes­the­sia, make sure pay­ments are made, make sure ani­mals are fed, watered, cleaned, and keept the vets on sched­ule. There are so many more things they do on a daily basis that a list could take up the whole post, so I will spare you.
If any­one is think­ing about becom­ing a licensed vet tech, it is a great field with high demand.  There are many pro­grams now avail­able, either on-line classes or at local col­leges. There are pre-requisites to get in to school though. Most are high school level classes but you most likely need a col­lege level chem­istry class before vet tech school or dur­ing. Talk­ing to my assis­tants that are in school, they rec­om­mend tak­ing it prior so that you do not have to add that to your course load. It is also very help­ful to have vet­eri­nary related expe­ri­ence as well as a prior degree. The two year pro­grams are intense and recoure course­work in phys­i­ol­ogy, anatomy, phar­ma­col­ogy, radi­ol­ogy, den­stistry, anes­the­sia, sur­gi­cal prep and assis­tance, ani­mal nurs­ing, and phar­ma­col­ogy. You need to also get prac­ti­cal expe­ri­ence in a vet­eri­nary office in large ani­mal field and small ani­mal. And then you have to take the exams for licens­ing for state/national accred­i­ta­tion. There is plenty of infor­ma­tion out there for peo­ple inter­ested in this field.
Whether you are a licensed tech, a nurse/assistant, a recep­tion­ist, office man­ager, or ken­nel assis­tant, I want to thank you for every­thing you do.