Vet Tech Appreciation Week is under way!  We at VRCC are so appreciative of everything our veterinary technicians do, so why not dedicate one week a year to shower them with gifts, food, and other goodies to show them how much we appreciate their hard work and dedication?!

Being a vet tech is not easy.  To be a certified veterinary technician, you have to enroll in a certification or associate’s degree program from an accredited institution, which typically takes 2 years to complete.  Many times an undergraduate degree is required in order to enroll.

So, what to veterinary technicians do, and why is the 3rd week in October dedicated to them, as decided by the National Association of Veterinary Technicians of America (NAVTA)?  Well, let us show you…

As much as we’d love to believe that their job is centered on playing with slobbery dogs and cuddly kittens, their assistance to veterinarians is a crucial piece to assuring your pet is cared for with the utmost attention.

Veterinary technicians are responsible for many duties related to animal health care, but here is a list of some of the top responsibilities of a vet tech:

  • Taking the history of the patient
  • Client communication
  • Collecting and analyzing test specimens
  • Recording medical data
  • Closely monitoring progress of patients
  • Anesthetic induction
  • Drug calculation
  • Patient prep
  • Blood draws
  • IV injections
  • Assisting during surgical procedures
  • Obtaining radiographs
  • Bandaging and splinting
Here is a playful meme that demonstrates the perception of vet techs:

Vet Tech meme

VRCC has over 60 certified veterinary technicians working under our board certified veterinarians.  As Colorado’s largest specialty veterinary hospital with 24 hour emergency care, the quality of our team must be unparalleled, and we are proud to have such a wonderful, caring, and intelligent team of veterinary technicians working for us at all hours of the day.

VRCC also has a very unique team of veterinary technicians called Specialty Patient Care (SPC).  VRCC is the only hospital that has a Specialty Patient Care program, exclusively dedicated to the overnight monitoring of hospital patients 7 days a week.

In order to provide excellent medical care, patient monitoring is continued through the night and weekend by the SPC team.  They are well-trained, caring veterinary technicians who provide care as an extension of each specialty practice at VRCC.   Our VRCC specialists are available to the SPC team through the night, advising them when there has been a change in patient status, changing treatment protocols or answering questions that may arise.

SPC’s focus is on our patients and their families.  They are not pulled away from their duties by emergencies and incoming emergency calls.  VRCC’s Specialty Patient Care team knows how much our patients mean to their families and they work hard to provide the highest level of compassionate care.

Thank you so much to all of our wonderful veterinary technicians for your hard work and dedication to the field of veterinary medicine.  Happy vet tech appreciation week!