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Celebrating National Technician Week

October 10, 2011

The second week in October is National Veterinary Technician Week.   The theme of this year’s NVTW is “Pets and Vets need Techs”. Celebrating for one week every year solidifies the yearly commitment every veterinary technician gives to the profession of veterinary technology, veterinary assisting and veterinary medicine.  Our doctors at Case will tell you that we have the best technician staff and I could not agree more.  They are a phenomenally dedicated group of men and women who truly understand and embrace the Human-Pet-Veterinary Bond.  They treat each animal within their care as if it was their own and they advocate for the pet’s needs, realizing that their voice is important. 

Our technicians work long, physically hard days.  Although we try to give them a comfortable work environment, the nature of their job doesn’t always make this possible.  Let’s face it, there are bodily functions that just have to be dealt with and there are some pets that are just not appreciative of our help and let us know it by lashing out.  And yet, on a day where they might have been urinated on, defecated on, and bitten, our veterinary technician health care team takes it in stride and remains cheerful and upbeat. 

Here are a few quotes I gathered from them this week:

“It’s nice to be recognized for doing what I love.  I couldn’t have chosen a better profession”

“I love working with animals.  No job is more rewarding”

“Saving lives, stomping out disease, doing the work of the Lord.”

“Being able to help animals is something that I’ve always wanted to do.  It’s a great feeling knowing that this profession allows me to put my love for animals to good use. “  

“I love using my unique ability to be patient and comforting with animals and their owners in times of sickness.  it is very rewarding to help animals recover, knowing you were an integral part in the recovery.  helping owners to enhance the special Human-Animal Bond is the best part of my job.” 

“Not many people can say that they look forward to work each and every day, but I have that luxury.  I am fortunate enough to be surrounded by a great group of technicians and veterinarians.  I also get to see happy puppies, kittens, dogs, and cats each day.  Animals are great to work with because they’re always happy to see you regardless of how bad they may feel.  Their tails are always wagging and they always have a “smile” on their face. I really love my job.”

Traditionally, I have not done anything overly special for our technicians on this publicized week.  The main reason is that I believe strongly in the whole healthcare team concept and there is no national Receptionist Week, Groomer Week, Veterinarian   Week, or Kennel technician Week.  Last week we had a party for the whole staff to celebrate the end of summer (traditionally one of our busiest times in the practice).  It was striking how much the team enjoyed one another’s company and truly like one another.  In my thirty plus years in this profession, I consistently have seen the bond the veterinary team forms with each other.  They work 12 hour shifts together and probably spend more time with their team members than they do their family.  But, I don’t think that that is the “gorilla glue” that holds them together.  It is not the pay, the benefits, or the glamour.  It is the fact that they are united in a common mission:  to promote the Human –Animal Bond and to take care of those who cannot take care of themselves-the animals.    My hat goes off to our technician team during this celebratory week.  I am in awe at what all those in the profession accomplish on a daily basis.  We are in what is often called a “Noble profession”  and it makes me proud to be a part of it. 

Do you have a child or know someone interested in becoming a technician?  There are over sixty accredited programs throughout the United States which provide intensive study of the skills and knowledge to work competently as a Veterinary Technician, including, anatomy, physiology, microbiology, clinical techniques, pharmacology, anesthesiology, surgical and medical nursing, radiology and clinical pathology training.  We have one locally at Ogeechee Technical College in Statesboro.  Check them out at http://ogeecheetech.edu/faculty/program%20pages/vet%20tech/index.html.

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