All team members in a veterinary hospital are essential - however, in this Staff Chat, we would like to focus on our veterinary technicians. We have some incredible technicians, and we want to share a small part of what they do – not only for us but for you and your furry family!
To become a registered veterinary technician in Ohio, you must successfully obtain an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Veterinary Technology at an accredited facility. This degree is earned through both classroom instruction and clinical experience. After obtaining the degree, you must then pass a board exam that tests across an incredible spectrum of knowledge related to veterinary medicine and practices - only then can you become a registered veterinary technician. But the education doesn't stop there - to maintain certification, a technician is required to take continuing education classes every year.
The duties of a technician can vary widely from day to day, and are dependent on the animals seen that day. It all starts when the techs arrive when they are responsible for taking care of the needs of any patients that stayed overnight with us. Then, it's on to appointments! Our technicians start by getting a thorough medical history - this will assist the doctors in diagnosing a patient's condition, or aid in preparing a patient for surgery. Depending on what is needed for an appointment, the technician may draw blood, draw up and administer vaccines, trim the toenails, express anal glands, or take X-rays. If it's a surgery, then the techs will be the ones prepping your dog or cat - shaving them at the surgery site, placing iv catheters and endotracheal tubes, running lab work, and administering pre-op medications. If your pet is here for a dental, they'll be the ones doing the cleaning and polishing, with the vet stepping in for extractions and final inspection.
These are just a few examples of the many responsibilities that a veterinary technician may accomplish on any given day. The common thread that runs through all of them is compassion. A technician chooses this career because they love animals - compassion is part of everything they do for the pet in their care.
We offer both preventative care services (much like your visits to the dentist), along with dental x-rays and tooth extractions. Good oral hygiene is the best thing that you can do to ensure a longer life, with less health concerns, for your pet. Call us to schedule a dental exam or service.x
Laboratory services are a vital part of the diagnostic process when it comes to veterinarian care. This is because in many cases it is not possible to be able to give a firm diagnosis without undertaking additional tests to confirm the root of the problem. If you have any questions or concerns your vet will be happy to speak to you.x
This is the most effective way to assist in having your companion returned if they go missing. The microchip (about the size of a grain of rice) is placed under the skin between the shoulder blades. When scanned, it provides information that assists in reuniting you with your furry friend!x
Congratulations on the newest member of your household - we can’t wait to meet them! Call us today to schedule an initial visit – our team will conduct a thorough physical exam, in addition to discussing nutrition, training, and medical care. We’ll be more than happy to answer any other questions you may have, as wellx
Laser therapy is a holistic, non-invasive treatment that reduces inflammation, decreases pain, and accelerates healing for a variety of conditions. It is useful as a post-surgical treatment, for acute conditions such as sprains, strains, and wounds, and chronic conditions such as degenerative joint disease and osteoarthritis.x