Veterinary Technician: The state licensed and nationally credentialed veterinary technician’s responsibilities include, but not limited to, taking patient histories from clients, providing treatment for routine problems, and giving counseling to clients. Technical skills include: venipuncture, collecting urine, performing skin scrapings, taking and processing radiographs, and performing routine lab procedures and tests. These lab procedures and tests include the following: hematology, biochemistry, chemistry, microbiology, urinalysis, and serology. Technicians assist the veterinarian with physical examinations that help determine the nature of the illness or injury. Responsibilities also including administering and maintaining anesthesia, and medications, fluids and blood products as prescribed by the veterinarian, maintenance of treatment records and inventory of all pharmaceuticals, equipment and supplies, and help with other administrative tasks within a veterinary practice. Tasks in patient care include; recording temperature, pulse and respiration, dressing wounds, applying splints and other protective devices, and performing dental cleanings, perform catheterizations – urinary, arterial, and venous; ear flushes; intravenous feedings and tube feedings. Equipment use includes operating electrocardiography and radiographic equipment. Technicians also commonly assist veterinarians in surgery by providing correct equipment and instruments and by assuring that monitoring and support equipment such as anesthetic machines, cardiac monitors, scopes and breathing apparatus are in good working condition.
Port Orange, Florida, United States