Some jobs require you to perform a specific role, while others need you to wear many hats to complete all your tasks. A veterinary technician’s career path offers a diverse, exciting daily job, and our Mill Creek Animal Hospital vet techs are always eager to see what the day’s schedule holds. As National Veterinary Technician Week approaches—October 11 to 17—we’re pleased to highlight these incredible team members. They may receive only one mere week each year in “official” celebration, but we believe each and every one of our vet techs deserves to be celebrated all year long. During your pet’s future appointments, pay close attention to how our superstar team rocks their job duties. You’ll find them completing many critical tasks throughout our hospital. 

Veterinary technicians in the surgery suite

Surgical assistance and anesthesia monitoring are two vital tasks that trained vet techs must perform. Our vet techs have advanced knowledge of physiology, pharmacology, anesthesiology, and many other “-ologies,” and have been educated on how your pet will metabolize and respond to anesthetic medications. By keeping a close eye on your pet’s vital signs—and knowing the appropriate values for a specific species, age, and health status—they can rapidly identify problems and rectify the situation. Our vet techs know how to react in potential emergencies, and require little guidance to leap into life-saving action. 

During your pet’s surgery, one of our talented vet techs is our veterinarian’s right-hand woman, helping to identify body tissues, bleeding issues, and abnormalities, along with handing them the correct surgical instruments, and maintaining a sterile field. After your pet’s surgery, our compassionate vet tech will sit with them while they recover, ensuring they wake up smoothly and pain-free. 

Vet techs in the hospitalization ward

Our hospitalization ward is another key place you’ll find our vet techs, treating sick and injured pets, ensuring they are comfortable, clean, and recovering from their ailment. Vet techs know how to correctly administer medications, including whether a medication needs refrigeration, given slowly intravenously, or cannot be mixed with another medication. They’re well-versed in detecting subtle changes in your pet that may indicate pain, nausea, or other potential problems, alerting our veterinarians, and creating a revised treatment plan to keep your furry pal on the road to recovery. Under one of our vet tech’s care, your pet will receive endless love, devotion, and nursing to get back on their paws and return home to your arms. 

Vet techs in the exam room

While our veterinary assistants are also highly skilled at helping our veterinarians in the exam rooms, our vet techs have a greater understanding about disease processes, medications, and general pet care, and are excellent at communicating with pet owners. You’ll find our vet techs holding your pet for physical exams, taking histories, and explaining medication administration. They’re a fantastic resource on all things pet care, so use their wisdom to answer your questions about how best to provide for your furry companion. No question is too silly when it comes to caring for your pet, and our vet techs love taking the time to “talk shop,” and discussing the best ways to keep your four-legged friend happy, healthy, and thriving.

Veterinary technicians in the lab

In addition to being pet care superstars, our vet techs are diagnostic equipment rockstars. In our lab area, we have a wide array of machines for diagnosing a variety of ailments, and our vet techs know how to obtain the appropriate sample and run the correct tests for diagnostic purposes. Occasionally, these fancy pieces of equipment can be finicky, and our vet techs can troubleshoot problems and get them back online, ensuring your pet receives a rapid diagnosis with our in-house laboratory testing. You may find our vet techs performing the following tasks:

  • Running a urinalysis on a urine sample from a pet suspected to have a urinary tract infection
  • Screening a puppy’s stool sample for intestinal parasites
  • Taking chest X-rays of a coughing dog
  • Checking an itchy cat’s ear cytology for mites, yeast, or bacteria
  • Searching under the microscope for fungal organisms from a ringworm culture
  • Running assorted blood panels to check for anemia, infection, clotting issues, organ dysfunction, diabetes, and more

Without our highly trained vet techs, we’d have to send your pet’s samples to an outside laboratory, wait days or weeks for results, and postpone their treatment. 

Whatever sort of care your pet needs at Mill Creek Animal Hospital, you can trust in our veterinary technician team to get the job done with compassion and skill. Give us a call to schedule your pet’s next appointment, and see our vet tech superstars in action.