What does a Veterinary Technician Do?
If one took many of the roles performed by various medical professionals – nurse, pharmacy tech, surgical assistant and x ray tech to name but a few – and rolled them into a single job description the result would be a veterinary technician.
Veterinary technician is a relatively new and continually developing career path. Animal medicine has become far more advanced and complicated over the last few decades and to keep up veterinarians are increasingly turning to the services of a well-trained vet tech to help them keep up with the growing demand for a wide range of animal health services – everything from routine wellness checkups and immunizations to more complex forms of surgery.
A good veterinary technician must be prepared to turn their hand to all kinds of different responsibilities, from feeding and cleaning up after their patients to helping the vet that employs them diagnose and treat a number of different species, after all the average veterinarian’s practice is not just limited to cats and dogs.
Traits of a Good Veterinary Technician
A veterinary tech must of course have a great deal of patience since unlike when working with humans animals cannot of course be instructed or reasoned with verbally. While an RN may be able to calm a jumpy five year old child by calmly explaining why they need a shot one cannot rationalize with a cat in the same way, so sometimes the job can even get a little dangerous! However for those who love animals and have a natural affinity with them the career of veterinary technician can be very rewarding indeed.