Yeah, you love your dog. And you know who else does? Your vet tech. Yep, they’re the folks who do a lot of the dirty work – literally – when your sweet, furry friend is at the veterinarian’s office for a visit, or an overnight kenneling. And they ain’t doin’ it for the money, either.
Vet tech, you say? Aren’t they just paying their dues on the way to becoming a “real” vet? Well, some might be, but a vet technologist or vet technician are actually specifically trained to perform medical tests under the supervision of a licensed veterinarian, and help veterinarians diagnose and treat your sick or injured pup. And they didn’t just come from flippin’ burgers to the vet’s office. Vet technologists need a 4-year bachelor’s degree, and vet technicians need a 2-year associate’s degree. Typically, both vet technologists and vet technicians must take a credentialing exam in order to become registered, licensed, or certified with the state.
Vet techs are often the first line of defense against an ornery pet who wants no business having its nails trimmed, physical exam or meds administered. You probably won’t see many vet techs with fancy manicures, but rather the scuffs, scratches and scars that just come with the territory. Or the terrier. Yes, your vet tech is the nurse, lab specialist, dental hygienist, anesthesiologist, grief counselor and more, all rolled into one. And then there’s that dirty work we talked about. Your vet tech is most likely the one cleaning up “accidents” or other bloody, icky messes. They’re also the likely candidate who’ll follow your dog around to capture those all-important lab samples: a/k/a number 1 and number 2. And the list goes on.
Your vet tech feeds, waters, walks and loves on your pet while he’s being boarded – even on weekends and holidays; even when it’s cold, wet, windy or all three. They’re the ones who’ll make sure meds get taken, walks get walked, and kennels get cleaned. They love those dogs (and cats) just like they’re part of their furry family. So the next time you’re in the veterinarian’s office, take a second to tell your vet tech how much you appreciate all they do for the health, safety and comfort of your dog.