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What Does a Vet Tech Do?

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National Veterinary Technician Week 2014: October 12-18

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What Does a Vet Tech Do?

  1. 1. The Animal Medical Center
  2. 2. National Veterinary Technician Week October 12-18 Every year The AMC celebrates National Veterinary Technician Week, honoring veterinary “nurses.” This year’s theme: What does a vet tech do? The Animal Medical Center
  3. 3. Role of Veterinary Technicians More than 80 veterinary technicians play a crucial role in caring for patients at The AMC. The AMC demands much of our technicians. They participate in research, teaching and some are also certified technician specialists, by the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America or as Certified Canine Rehabilitation Assistants. The Animal Medical Center
  4. 4. Technicians supervise over 30 patients per day anesthetized at The AMC Veterinary technicians play a critical role in safe and effective anesthesia for procedures such as surgery and dentistry. Every patient is carefully monitored by a technician while under anesthesia. The Animal Medical Center
  5. 5. Technicians place endotracheal tubes Skilled technicians are essential in providing anesthesia during a wide variety of procedures. Technicians place a breathing tube in a dog’s trachea to deliver anesthetic gas during a CT scan. The Animal Medical Center
  6. 6. Technicians monitor anesthetic recovery All AMC patients recover from anesthesia on heated mats, attended by the recovery room technicians. Waking up from anesthesia to smiling faces would make anyone happy - even if they just had surgery. The Animal Medical Center
  7. 7. Technicians comply with controlled drug regulations Certain medications, such as narcotics, are strictly regulated. Using computerized drug dispensing devices, technicians record controlled drug use for each patient. The Animal Medical Center
  8. 8. Technicians assist with ultrasounds And many other critical diagnostic procedures The Animal Medical Center
  9. 9. Technicians keep research on track To advance veterinary care, The AMC participates in clinical research. Our technicians monitor study protocols and remind pet families of examinations to ensure all data for studies is collected according to the protocol and is on time. The Animal Medical Center
  10. 10. Technicians care for pets other than dogs and cats Caring for these pets requires special training and skills. The Animal Medical Center
  11. 11. Technicians wear waders If your veterinarian prescribes physical therapy for your pet, select a facility with Certified Canine Rehabilitation Assistants. Physical therapy is a rapidly growing specialty in veterinary medicine. To ensure patient safety and optimize treatment, technicians climb into the underwater treadmill with therapy patients. The Animal Medical Center
  12. 12. Technicians are highly trained professionals In the United States, 221 veterinary technology programs have received accreditation. Training of veterinary technicians takes place in 2-year colleges, 4-year colleges and there are even online training programs. If you would like to join the ranks of these talented and caring professionals, check for an accredited program near you. The Animal Medical Center
  13. 13. Most important of all! October 12-18 is National Veterinary Technician Week: Be sure to thank the many veterinary technicians who keep all types of animals healthy. The Animal Medical Center

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