Elmhurst - StephIt’s National Veterinary Technician Week and we would like to take a moment to regale you about our wonderfully talented team of technicians who provide exemplary care to our pet clients every day. Thank you, Stephanie and Kelly! We appreciate your hard work, compassion, and dedication more than you might know.

This special week also offers us a chance to honor the many ways vet techs provide support and comfort to our special fur friends. Not only are technicians skilled in necessary medical procedures, but they are also comforters, educators, and friends to animals. They are the front-line team, often dealing with medical emergencies and end-of-life emotional support. In short, they are the rock on which we all rely.

By observing National Veterinary Technician Week, we hope to encourage others to discern the skills and talents it takes to become a certified veterinary technician, a profession that is key to the health and wellness of our pets.

Talent, Skill, and Dedication

To become a veterinary technician takes training and certification, most often in the form of a two-year degree focused on veterinary medicine. Vet techs provide a range of supports and are required to study biology, chemistry, and the humanities before delving into medical coursework in pathology, radiology, and pharmacology.

And, while you’ll find most vet techs in a clinic setting, the field is rapidly expanding. There are now highly-complex research and species-specific opportunities for those seeking specialized roles.

Some of the many places you can expect to find a certified veterinary technician include:

  • Private veterinarian practices
  • Animal shelters
  • Zoos and aquariums
  • Military K-9 units
  • Homeland Security
  • Universities
  • Pharmaceutical companies
  • Highly trained and state licensed, veterinary technicians provide direct care and reassurance to our pets, as well as maintain important relationships with pet guardians.

    They are skilled nurses, savvy diagnosticians, expert handlers, and insightful care providers.

    Your Veterinary Technician

    At Elmhurst Animal Care Center, our veterinary technicians work in support of our team of doctors and, many times, will interact with Elmhurst-Kellyyou and your pet as one of the important points-of-contact for information and reassurance.

    Our trained technicians provide an array of services and behind-the-scenes tasks, including, but certainly not limited to:

  • Radiology
  • Lab sample analysis
  • Pre- and post-surgical care
  • Observation
  • Shots and medication
  • Daily nursing and first aid
  • Of course, our technicians provide far too many indispensable support services to list, but perhaps one of the most valuable is the attention and care they provide to our pets and pet parents.

    Truly, we could not operate at capacity without the energy, talent, and skill our team of veterinary technicians provide. We hope you have a chance to get to know and thank this great group of Elmhurst professionals! Happy National Veterinary Technician Week!