When your furry companion comes into our hospital, much of their care is performed by our incredible veterinary technicians at Temple Heights Animal Hospital. Whether your pet comes in for an annual wellness visit, hospitalization for an illness, or an anesthetic procedure, you can rest assured your four-legged friend is in excellent hands. Gear up to celebrate National Veterinary Technician Week from October 11 to 17 by learning more about these patient care superstars.
Veterinary technicians provide nursing care
Our veterinary technicians are devoted to ensuring their patients remain comfortable, clean, and pain-free while under our care. If your pet is sick and needs to be hospitalized, our vet techs will place an intravenous (IV) catheter, calculate drug dosages, administer medications, coax your pet into eating, and notify our veterinarians of any changes that need addressing. For pets who require surgery, our vet techs will create an anesthetic protocol, perform pre-anesthetic testing, induce anesthesia, monitor your pet’s vital signs, and recover your furry pal after surgery, paying close attention to their pain and comfort levels.
Veterinary technicians perform diagnostic testing
While our veterinarians order any diagnostic testing, our highly trained vet techs have the skills and know-how to carry out a plethora of these tests, whether it’s measuring a pet for X-rays, setting up a fecal float, or searching for bacteria or crystals in a urine sample. Without rapid, accurate results, your pet’s diagnosis and treatment plan would be delayed, but our vet techs are so well-versed in using our in-house diagnostic equipment that they can get answers quickly.
Veterinary technicians educate pet owners
Sometimes medical terminology, and knowing which parasite prevention protects your pet against which parasite, can be confusing. Our veterinary technicians often bridge the communication gap between veterinarians and pet owners, interpreting and clarifying the medical terms, demonstrating medication administration, explaining the ins and outs of heartworm prevention, and being your pet’s biggest health care advocate.
No matter what task our veterinary technicians are performing, you can trust them to have your beloved pet’s best interests at heart. See our patient care superstars in action—call us to schedule an appointment.