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A Day in the Life of a Veterinary Technician

June 16, 2016

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to work as a veterinary technician? A Carrington College Veterinary Technology program[1] graduate shows us what a typical day is like.

Amber is a Registered Veterinary Technician at VCA Mission San Jose Animal Hospital in Fremont, California.

“When a patient walks in the door, the receptionist greets them and then a technician or I will get a quick history of what they’re here for. We’ll let the doctor know that they are here and what’s going on. Then after the doctor tells us what the game plan is, we go from there, doing things like taking blood work, getting x-rays or giving vaccines. The technicians perform all of it,” Amber said.

Natasha is the Hospital Manager at VCA Mission San Jose Animal Hospital. “My technicians get to do rounds with each other, as well as with the doctors. They do vaccines, blood draws, they assist during appointments, and then during surgery they’ll help monitor the patient while the doctor does the surgery itself,” she said.

“You’re monitoring anesthesia, you’re getting everything open for the doctor. You’re helping the doctor position the patient, whatever way they need to for the procedure. And then you’re also recovering the patient and then after care, making sure that they are stable enough to go home and medications are ready to go home,” Amber said.

I guess, when I started the (Carrington College Veterinary Technology) program, I didn’t have a full aspect of what it entails, because I’m like, oh puppies and kittens and whatever.  And it’s that plus more,” Amber said.

“The satisfaction from the client, that’s the most rewarding part.  Especially if their pet is sick and you’ve been working with them the whole time.  The owners thank you so much for being with their dog or with their cat. It makes you feel like you’re doing something at the end of the day,” she said.

To learn more about Carrington College’s Veterinary Technology Program visit today.

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