Veterinary Nurse

Veterinary Nurse Day and Veterinary Technician week

12th of October is Veterinary Nurse Day and 14th till 20th October is Veterinary Technician Day.

For these two occasions we asked some of our veterinary staff to write a small article about their job in our clinic.

Written by veterinary nurse Mark Gutierez:

Veterinary Nurse Day was established to increase public awareness of the complex and pivotal role that the veterinary nursing team plays in delivering excellent patient and client care, whether they are working in the field on large animals like horses and cattle, or carefully handling the smallest pets like lizards and mice, they are a vitally important part of the care that pets receive.
A veterinary nurse has a wide variety of roles, ranging from cleaner, animal handler, receptionist, administering medication, caring of a sick patient, anesthetic monitoring, and assisting vets in the consult and surgical procedure. However, most of a nurse’s role often remain unseen, like; caring for hospitalized patients, preparing instruments and pets for the daily procedure, attending to emergencies. These are just some of the roles that keep the vet nurse busy in the hospital area.
When your pets stay in the hospital facility, vet nurses are the ones making sure that the bandage is checked and changed, the patients are fed and watered, and properly monitored and spend some time with love and attention so they will not feel lonely during their stay.

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Written by veterinary nurse Evangeline Santos:

I would consider myself as a newbie in the veterinary technician team. I have started as an animal handler and after years of hard work and studies, I have been promoted as a veterinary technician.

Veterinary technicians, in my opinion, should possess unique qualities to be able to fill in the demands of our daily routines. We arrive at the clinic earlier than the rest of the staff. We receive the handover from the night shift so we could continue the daily care to our patients. After receiving the handover, we then start giving the treatment that is due for our shift and of course TLC to all the patients.

By the time the rest of the staff arrives at the clinic, the show then usually starts. The veterinarian will have a round and do assessments on their patients and we have to assist them all throughout the time. Afterward, we will receive the patients for surgery by keeping the standard of proper patient admission.

We do blood tests for our hospitalized and scheduled for surgery patient. We assist the vets in sedating or anesthetizing the pets. We give the vets the instruments needed for certain surgeries and make sure we have maintained the sterile technique.

Towards the end of the day, we give updates to the clients regarding the surgical procedures and advise them when is the best time to pick up their pets. We perform the discharges and give instructions to the owners regarding the medications and other post-op care. Then later in the evening, we give a handover to the next shift to continue the process of giving care and treatment to the admitted pets.

These are just the common routines we are encountering on a daily basis.  We are the first line of care and we are proud of it. We give the best we can to our patients and clients.

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Written by Veterinary Nurse Rafael Recto:

I love being a veterinary technician, on every surgery and procedure, on every critical thing that I have my fingerprint on in a good way. I love being asked for my participation in these critical items. It gives me great job satisfaction that significantly outweighs the stress, the hard work, and the time. They are all part of my everyday’s life.
As a veterinary technician, I know that sometimes in this field people sometimes get stressed and overwhelmed because of the volume and the nature of the work. But if you really love this profession no matter what, you will find a way to overcome it all. What really makes me sad is the owners want to put down their animals that are not sick, just because they are tired of them.
I’m a radiation technologist by profession and many of my co-workers and friends are asking why I choose to become a veterinary technician. I simply tell them, this job is not for everyone it is very rewarding and challenging with plenty of benefits.