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National Veterinary Technician Week

shutterstock_120247687This past week we celebrated National Veterinary Technician Week.  It was created in 1993 and is celebrated every year during the third week of October.  This is a holiday that is near and dear to our hearts at each of our hospital locations, as the AZPetVet family values our veterinary technicians beyond words.  They spend their time working with our sweet, furry clients and are often times tasked to do things that are nowhere near glamorous.  So thank you, techs!  We appreciate you and your commitment to our AZPetVet family of both colleagues and clients!

If you are interested in becoming a veterinary technician, some of the duties to look forward to might include:

  • Assist doctors and team members with treatment of animals seen in the exam rooms, as well as those being hospitalized for treatments or surgery.
  • Have the ability to do blood draws, place IV catheters, give injections and vaccines, SQ fluids, express anal glands, clipping and scrubbing wounds, and provide restraint when needed.
  • Position animals and have the ability to take and process radiographs.
  • Perform laboratory procedures such as blood draws, fecal floats, urinalysis, heartworm tests, and parvo tests.
  • Support the doctors prepping for surgery, wrapping packs, autoclaving and sterilizing surgical materials, and assisting in surgeries and dental cleanings; assist with monitoring vital signs on all patients.
  • Assist with euthanasia.

In the state of Arizona to become a certified veterinary technician you must graduate from a minimum two year AVMA accredited program in veterinary technology and pass a national and a state veterinary technician examination.

If you have any questions about becoming a technician or are already a certified technician looking for current employment, we are always looking for team members with the right attitude to join our family!  And with 18 locations and growing, we have opportunities across the valley.  Visit our careers page on our website (www.arizonapetvet.com/careers) for more information.

Source: https://www.avma.org/Advocacy/StateAndLocal/Documents/scope_vet_assistant_duties.pdf

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