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veterinary technicians 101
Veterinary Technicians 101

In cooperation with:

The Emma Barnsley Foundation

The PEER Program at

Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences

http://peer.tamu.edu/

who we are
Who We Are
  • Veterinary technicians work under the supervision of a licensed veterinarian to treat or to help veterinarians diagnose the illnesses and injuries of animals.
what we do
What We Do
  • Obtain and record patient case histories
  • Collect specimens and perform laboratory procedures
  • Provide specialized nursing care
  • Prepare animals, instruments, and equipment for surgery
  • Assist in diagnostic, medical, and surgical procedures
  • Expose and develop x-rays
  • Supervise and train practice personnel
  • Stock and maintain medicines and supplies
education requirements
Education Requirements
  • 2 –year associate’s degree in veterinary technology
    • 191 veterinary technology programs accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association
  • Veterinary Technician National Exam
    • Licensed Veterinary Technician
  • Texas State Regulatory Examination
    • Registered Veterinary Technician
career outlook
Career Outlook
  • Employment expected to grow 52% by the end of the decade
    • In the top 10 of “growing occupations” in the country
    • Increased demand to support public health, food & animal safety, national disease control programs, and biomedical research
the career field
The Career Field

Food Safety

Small and large animal clinics

Disaster and emergency response

Animal shelters or rescue organizations

Research and laboratory settings

Educational setting

Exotic and zoo animals

specialization
Specialization
  • Anesthesia
  • Surgical
  • Internal medicine
  • Dental
  • Emergency and critical care
  • Behavior
  • Zoo
  • Equine
  • Clinical practice
  • Nutrition
a day in the life of a veterinary radiology technician ii
A Day In The Life of a Veterinary Radiology Technician II
  • Hollye Callis
  • Bachelor’s in diagnostic imaging
    • emphasis in magnetic resonance imaging
  • Registered veterinary technician
  • Registered technician in magnetic resonance imaging
    • 1 – 2 year accredited radiology program
    • National registry exam
a day in the life of a veterinary radiology technician ii1
A Day In The Life of a Veterinary Radiology Technician II
  • Place orders for nuclear medicine cases
  • Perform CT, MRI, and radiography exams
  • Set up machine protocol
  • Position patient
  • Post processing of images
  • Instruct senior veterinary students on obtaining quality radiographs
nuclear medicine
Nuclear Medicine
  • A radioactive isotope (radiopharmaceutical) is administered to the patientand delivered to specific parts of the body
  • Radiation emitted by the radiopharmaceutical is detected by a gamma camera
  • Patient gives off radiation not camera
  • Therapeutic applications
mri and ct
MRI and CT
  • Animals anesthetized or heavily sedated
    • “Mouse trap” for critical patients
  • CT: series of sequential images obtained with x-rays
  • MRI: series of images obtained by magnetic resonance
    • Non-ionizing radiation
radiographs
Radiographs

Patients are generally awake and restrained by someone

Single image obtained using x-rays

a day in the life of a general surgery technician
A Day In The Life of a General Surgery Technician
  • Lauren Minner
  • Associate of Applied Science Degree in Veterinary Technology
  • Registered veterinary technician
client procedures
Client Procedures
  • Spay (ovariohysterectomy)& Neuters (orchiectomy)
  • Cesarean sections
  • Gastropexys
  • Declaws (onychectomy)
  • Mass removals
  • Amputations
  • Elective procedures
  • Assist 4th year students
animal shelter
Animal Shelter
  • Partner with animal shelters
  • Spay and neuter
responsibilities
Responsibilities
  • Assist students with pre-operative exams
  • Assist with pre-medicating patients
  • Prep for surgery
  • Induce patients
    • Place them under anesthesia
responsibilities1
Responsibilities
  • Diagnostic sample collection
  • Monitoring anesthesia
  • Assist in post operative recovery
a day in the life of a neurology technician floater
A Day In The Life of a Neurology Technician Floater
  • Juan Torres
  • Bachelors of Science in Biomedical Science
  • Registered veterinary technician
neurology
Neurology
  • Proprioception testing
    • Awareness of where paws are while standing
  • Reflexes
    • Front & hind limbs
    • Withdrawal: tests for deep pain
  • Palpate spine and neck to check for pain.  
  • Passive range of motion
neurology1
Neurology
  • Blood draw
  • Icing incisions
  • Ultrasounds of bladder
    • Expressing
    • Instructing clients on procedure
  • Cyctocentesis– urine samples
  • Administering medications
  • Assist/instruct 4th year students
floater technician
Floater Technician
  • Orthopedic
  • Soft Tissue
  • General Surgery
  • Rehabilitation
thank you
Thank you!

Brought to you by:

The Emma Barnsley Foundation

The PEER Program at

Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences