What is so special about a Vet Tech being Registered? I mean, really, why should we even care that our pets are being seen or cared for by a Registered Veterinary Technician?
This is an important question. One that I am going to take a few minutes of your time to answer because IT IS important.
What are some of the things that set an RVT apart from being just a regular Veterinary Assistant/Technician? Some of these tasks can include:
- Observe and record an animal’s behavior and condition
- Provide nursing care to ill and/or surgery recovering patients
- Administer emergency first aid as needed to injured animals
- Assist in surgery, administer anesthesia, monitor responses and vital signs
- Collect blood, urine, or tissue samples for laboratory testing
- Perform lab tests such as urinalyses and blood counts
- Take and develop x rays and other types of imaging
- Administer medications, vaccines, and treatments prescribed by a veterinarian
- Communicate with animals’ owners in an informed and courteous manner
In order to do those jobs, they have to go through an accredited 2-year degree program that has been approved by the American Veterinary Medical Association, the same group that oversees the program for the Veterinarians.
After they complete the degree program, they have to apply for and take the North Carolina Registered Veterinary Technician State Exam, and of course, pass it.
Even that is not all. Every 2 years, they have to take 12 hours of Continuing Education credits, and even in the digital age we live in, only 3 hours can be by computer, so, lots of in-person, hands-on training.
In other words, they have to be special people, trained thoroughly, with much knowledge to do the job for which we trust them…to take care of those parts of our family we love who have four legs.
So, during this week, Registered Veterinary Technician Week, we are proud to honor Dani Treadway, Amanda Garrett as RVTs and Tracy Payne and Aly James who are almost through with their degrees.
Happy National Veterinary Technician Week. Stop by or send them a message telling them how much you appreciate them and the care they give to your pet.