In honor of National Veterinary Technician Week, we asked Erica Mattox to discuss what being a Veterinary Technician means. Erica is president of the Idaho Society of Veterinary Technicians and Assistants (ISVTA), and Nursing Director at WestVet 24 Hour Animal Emergency & Specialty Center. At Pets Best, we’re proud to have assembled a team of claims processors that reflect the very best the Veterinary Technician and Assistants profession has to offer. National Veterinary Technician Week was created by the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America (NAVTA).
What is a Veterinary Technician?
Veterinary Technology is a career dedicated to the quality care of animals.
Most veterinary technicians work with small animals including; dogs, cats, and exotic animals. As a technician there are also opportunities working with large animals such as horses, cows and other livestock. There are also many other unique opportunities such as; humane societies, hospital management, veterinary schools, zoo animal care, and research.
Veterinarians look to veterinary technicians to provide technical support for all aspects of animal care. A veterinary technician can do everything a veterinarian can do with the exception of diagnosing, giving a prognosis, prescribing medication, or performing surgery.
Veterinary technicians will interact with clients and their animals, perform examinations, collect samples of blood, urine, feces and other body fluids and tissues, conduct laboratory tests, take x-rays, administer anesthesia, and assist in surgery.
How to Become a Veterinary Technician