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Vet Talk

A Love Letter to Veterinary Technicians
October 13, 2014 (published)



This is a thank you to those who:

  • Remembered my brain when I left it in the truck or at home.
  • Found the exact drug I needed in the critical seconds before the world exploded.
  • Took my diagnostic plan and translated it into the correct number of sample containers and blood vials filled, spun, and sent to the lab at the precise temperature needed.
  • Prepared my patients (and their owners) for surgery.
  • Helped me MacGyver lifesaving equipment out of baling twine, duct tape, and clothes hangers.
  • Retained and shared their memories of what my other colleagues have done in the same situation over the years.
  • Saved my sanity from an endless list of things that drove me batty.
  • Saved my life. Literally. Kept me from being kicked, dragged, scratched, bitten, and trampled over and over.
  • Read my mind, saw into the future and had everything laid out for the procedure even before I myself knew what we were doing

This is a love letter to my technicians.

For all of the times you said, “Would you like me to draw up a bit more sedation,” when you really meant, “For the love of My Aunt Hannah’s Radish Bed, would you please sedate this horse more before we all die?”

For all of the times you responded to my 3 a.m. “Help! The dying horse died in the stall and I need to move it before we open in the morning” phone calls.

For all of the times you managed to miraculously organize and coordinate the seven million blood tubes with the correct numbers of cattle, mystically fill out the arcane forms so that all I had to do was scribble something resembling my name, and whisk the whole mess off to the lab with appropriate postage or number of owls or whatever.

For all of the IV bags and lines you changed, catheters you placed, wounds you prepped, bandages you changed, creatures you bottle fed, drugs you ordered, equipment you fixed, phone calls you saved me from, and patients you kept safely anesthetized.

For all of the times you drove the truck so that I could look up drug dosages, catch up on paperwork, nurse a migraine, or pump milk for one of my nursing infants.

For all of the times you told me, “I know you can do it; I have great faith in you.” You will never know how important to me it was to hear that!

Thank you.

Veterinary technicians are more than just the person in the scrub top who takes your dog’s temperature or asks you a few questions before the vet comes in. They are more than the person who holds your horse for vaccinations so that you don’t have to be the bad guy.

Veterinary technicians are a lifeline connecting you, your veterinarian, and your animals. They are educated and trained to perform a raft of procedures and provide the best possible nursing care for your animal. Their job frees the veterinarian to do the things that only we are allowed to do – diagnose illnesses, perform surgery, etc.

The veterinary technician may fill a different role in a multi-doctor small animal hospital than in a large animal ambulatory practice, but no matter the practice type, veterinarians need our technicians, and you and your animals need them too.

In the U.S., National Veterinary Technician Week is always the third week of October (Oct. 12-18 in 2014). Thank your friendly neighborhood vet tech for all that they do. Baked goods are standard thank-you-currency in most clinics.

19 Comments

Teralin Aker
October 16, 2015

This letter is perfect. Funny but very true


Jo Wynn
October 15, 2015

Thank you!


Victoria Elam
October 15, 2015

Thank you for those heartfelt comments.  I have been a tech since I graduated from tech school at Walter Reed in the U. S. Army in 1978.  As most other techs, I still work two jobs, one fulltime in research and the other part time in small animal practice.  I love what I do and I do it for the clients, the investigators and always for the animals.  After all without them, I would not have a job let alone a career!!  Shout out to all Vet techs no matter what you do, Thank you for everything you do everyday!!


Elena
October 15, 2015

Thank you so much for saying what I've longed to hear from the vets I work with.


Leigh Faulkner
September 17, 2015

Thank You! Your letter has just made my 45 year career worthwhile! I graduated from the first class to accredited by the VAMA, the 1974 class of The University Of Nebraska School of Technical Agriculture (UNSTA). I am now retired, yes I kiss miss my job, unfortunately the last place of employment was all about numbers...$$$, and had no pride of or respect for their dedicated employees.  Had I worked for you, I'd still be in the trenches, looking forward to every day. Thank you! And huzzah to you!!!!


Rosalinda
September 17, 2015

Thanks from my heart go to Carrie from Ingram Park Animal Hospital in San Antonio, who not only took care of my loved pet Chachita(whom I still love and miss)when I would take her in, when I boarded her there, when Carrie, out of the kindness of her heart said she care for Chachita while I recuperated(I barely recuperated and something else got me)so I asked them to if they could help me find a home for Chachita because I did not want to have her in cage until I was completely healed).  That's when Carrie she would helped me out, but unfortunately I was never able to bring Chachita home and I asked Carrie if she would like to keep her.  I could not think of anyone better than and I am totally grateful for her doing so.  Thank you Carrie.  I still miss my little girl.  It hurts so bad.  But I know she is better of with Carrie than with me.  Thank you, Carrie and to all the caring Veterinary technicians who do so much for our babies.


Debi
September 16, 2015

Thank you for recognizing all the hard work we do. And thank you for many of the same reasons, plus things like, "Have you eaten? Go grab a sandwich." or, " Are you okay?". For not treating us like we aren't important because we don't have a DVM, or a degree of any kind. For remembering birthdays, asking about our husband/wife/kids/family, for making us a part of yours. Thank you.


Sandra Kirkwood, DVM 
January23, 2015

What an inspiring message you have sent to ALL Veterinary Techs. All over. We cant do this without you.


Stacey 
October 19, 2014

Just sending a warm heart felt Thank You!!!!


Kathy 
October 17, 2014

Thank you for sharing.  Encouragment for tired by student.  Will be worth the studying. 


Cathy Shea 
October 15, 2014

Thank You, Thank You, Thank You. For not letting my day, week or world from spinning out control. You make me look good.


Rev. Sarah Diane 
October 15, 2014

Beautiful and deeply-deserved. Thank you! Thank you.


Sara Dechance 
October 14, 2014

Outstanding....I have said the quote, "would you like me to pull up more sedation" more times than I can count...and meant nearly the same thing.


Veronica Navarro 
October 14, 2014 

Thank you.


Janis McCarthy 
October 14, 2014

Thank you for this!  I graduated as a Vet Tech in 1976 and after 10 years in the field, landed my dream job as the sole zoo vet tech at our zoo. I watched it grow over the nearly 30 years I've been there (now 2 F/T vet techs and me as the retired P/T VT, and 3 vets from 1).  I was fortunate to work with inspiring vets such as yourself. I truly felt as though I had wings to fly free and work as I had been trained to do. It is all about the team and I was blessed to be part of our medical team. We all have each others' backs. Thank you for recognizing this and saying it so well.


Donna Watson 
October 13, 2014

Great article, and thanks to all vet techs. Esp my beautiful daughter who is graduating soon with her AS in vet . technology! !


Angie Poos 
October 13, 2014

Thank you for this! I am a vet tech in a small animal practice. It has grown CONSIDERABLY over the time I've been a tech. (16years). It's so refreshing and touching to read this!! Thank you!!


Danielle 
October 13, 2014

Thank you for those kind words! There are some days I feel completely unappreciated, but a lick from a puppy brings me back to the reality of how important we are!


JLP 
October 13, 2014

Thank you for being a veterinarian that notices all the tasks that frequently go unnoticed.


 


 
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