Veterinary technicians are critical to the day-to-day function of veterinary practices, and play vital roles in preserving animal health and welfare. National Veterinary Technician Week, first celebrated in 1993, takes place in the third week of October each year (October 12 – 18, 2014), and provides an opportunity to recognize veterinary technicians’ contributions.
Although we value veterinary technicians every day of the year, we take this week to honor their commitment to compassionate, high-quality veterinary care for all animals.
We, at Gilbertsville Veterinary Hospital, are so proud of our dedicated team of veterinary technicians. As a thank you for all that they do, we surprised them with dinner at a local restaurant (they thought they were attending a continuing education class) and the whole team enjoyed cupcakes in honor of Veterinary Technician Week.
Here are some of the reasons why our technicians do what they do…..
“I have always known I would work in the small animal field. My mother thinks her Siamese cat named Annie may have contributed to my love of animals. When she was pregnant with me, Annie would lie on or next to my mother’s belly and purr. I love all species of animals but cats hold a special place in my heart. I grew up with multiple cats and can’t imagine not living with many kitties lounging around. I love that I am able to adopt the less adoptable kitties and have the experience to care for their multiple health issues. I have been able to use my experience to help clients care for their kitties in the best possible way.”
Meghan, Veterinary Technician
“I’ve always been drawn to animals since I was a little girl. I was very lucky to know what I wanted to do for the rest of my life, as a career, at such a young age. Even though I’m still young, I know this is what I was meant to do. I am very passionate about the animals!! We see new and interesting cases, build relationships with our clients, and put our skills and knowledge to the test. I also love the technical side and the education that goes into being a Certified Veterinary Technician. Because of my position as Team Leader, I also really love the personal connection I have with my team mates. I enjoy meeting with them on a monthly basis, helping to further them in their careers, and help solve problems with them as a team.”
Alyssa, CVT, Team Leader
Todd, Director of Operations and Logan
Kat, CVT, Veterinary Technician and Pet Chicken
Alison, Veterinary Technician and Manny
Shayd was one of hundreds of “bully dog” mixed breeds found at the Berks Animal Rescue League almost 2 years ago. I spend quite a bit of time there and was asked to examine her one day because she was ill. She was pulled off the streets of Reading intact, heavy with milk from a recent litter and running with and intact male friend. She was spayed and had exploratory surgery because there was a mass of some sort in her abdomen. No one found anything unusual. I fell in love with her and brought her home to live with our pack. She had a hard time gaining weight and not much of an appetite. Two months after adopting her, my son came home from school to find a 10 inch round wad of Berber carpeting in her crate with her. It was in her stomach all that time.
Our dog pack is unfortunately down to one now, just Shayd. We love her very much. We get glimpses of her former life in Reading on occasion. She hates the basement, runs from the laundry (who can blame her) and would much rather walk than run. Since she looked like a body builder when we got her, we suspect lots of treadmill work. If you know very little about what these amazingly lovable dogs are forced to do in the name of sport, please take some time to visit a shelter or an appropriate website. Also, when you get a chance to gather a new canine distraction into our arms and lives, consider a rescued dog or critter of any variety and go to your local shelter. You would be amazed at who people throw away.