The third week of October is National Veterinary Technician Week. This is a week to appreciate and celebrate the work and dedication of veterinary technicians.
Oftentimes veterinary technicians work long hours performing a multitude of duties that range from surgical assisting and anesthetic monitoring, to performing dental cleanings, to providing nursing care for hospitalized patients and taking x-rays, to cleaning kennels and walking dogs.
Our Hill’s Pet Nutrition representative also provided pizza one day of the week, and was available to answer pet nutrition questions from the students.
In addition, students were able to complete a fun quiz regarding how well they knew the history of the vet tech profession as well as the history of the program they are enrolled in at the Blaine campus.
Three veterinary technology program students won prizes for their completion of the quiz, ranging from a $25 gift card for Holiday stores, $10 iTunes gift cards, and water tumblers. Prize winners were very enthusiastic about their winnings, as you can see in their photos!
According to Sarah Lemm, CVT and veterinary technology program chair at MSB-Blaine, “A career in veterinary technology is highly rewarding in many ways, and also highly demanding, both physically and mentally.
“Veterinary technicians need to possess multiple abilities which include everything from being a kennel assistant, to providing nursing care to patients, to communicating with clients, to dealing with the more emotional side of veterinary medicine which involves the subject of euthanasia.
All of this while not earning an income comparable to what one would if they were a nurse in the medical field.”