Veterinary Technician

We Love our Assistants!

We are celebrating all of our technicians and assistants this week for National Veterinary Technician Week! Last year, I wrote an article about the credentials and skills our LVTs possess. This year, I'd like to focus on the other half of our patient care support team, our amazing assistants!

In our hospital, a technician's assistant's primary role is to keep the day running smoothly by helping our veterinarians and technicians wherever needed. You'll often find our assistants checking in appointments, restraining patients, preparing lab samples and vaccinations, and keeping our hospital ship-shape!

We're also honoring our hard-working groomer's assistants this week. These ladies pamper the dogs and cats visiting Teri for their spa day by helping with walking, bathing, brushing, drying, trimming nails, and cleaning ears. They also are in charge of keeping the groom room tidy and tackling all that pet hair!

A big thanks to all of our assistants - Erin, Mary, Vyonne, and Michelle - we couldn't do it without you!



We Love our Technicians!


Next week (October 10-16th) is National Veterinary Technician Week! We are looking forward to our in-clinic celebrations and are taking this opportunity to explain who technicians are and what they do.

LVT stands for Licensed Veterinary Technician.  Depending on the state, the same credential can be seen as CVT (Certified Veterinary Technician) or RVT (Registered Veterinary Technician).  Regardless of the acronym, a veterinary technician can be compared to a human hospital's RN and the title is awarded to those who have completed the following:

  • Associates or Bachelors Degree in Veterinary Technology from a nationally credentialed institution
  • Successfully completing National and State Board Exams
  • Licensure (Certification or Registration) by the state licensing board
  • 10 Hours of Continuing Education every 2 Years (SC requirement)

In a private practice, such as Daniel Island Animal Hospital, the LVT plays a vital role in patient care and the day-to-day operations of the hospital. We rely on their education and experience to support our doctors with cases ranging from wellness to emergency. Here are some of our technician's responsibilities:

  • Surgical Preparation, Induction, and Monitoring
  • Dental Cleanings
  • Radiology
  • Patient Medical Histories
  • Specimen Collection and Laboratory Tests
  • Prescription Filling
  • Client Education
  • Hospital Patient Monitoring and Care
  • Injection and Fluid Administration
  • IV Catheter Placement
  • Patient Restraint
  • Nail Trims and Anal Gland Expressions
  • Inventory Management
  • OSHA Compliance
  • Controlled Drug Monitoring and DEA Compliance

In cooperation with our doctors, assistants, receptionists, and manager, our compassionate and knowledgeable technicians help keep patient care and client service standards top-notch. We strive to make your trip to our hospital a positive experience for pets and people alike!

Thank you Missy, Bethany, Jen, and Mara - you guys ROCK! Happy Vet Tech Week!

If you are interested in becoming a veterinary technician, you can find more information through these resources: American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA),  National Association of Veterinary Technicians (NAVTA), Trident Technical College (TTC)