The best way I know to make connections with strangers is to tell them I'm a veterinarian. I get "ohs" and "ahs" and stories about pets - present and past. It makes me feel special.
But I know that in veterinary medicine the hidden angels are our staff members - especially the veterinary technicians - that work in every veterinary clinic largely behind the scenes. And this week is their week - Oct 14th to the 20th.
Technicians are the nurses of veterinary medicine. They are the ones that keep a practice humming and the doctors on schedule. From the time your pet enters the hospital to the moment they leave, you can be sure the veterinary technicians are taking special care of your companion. They work weekends and evenings, even overnights at the 24-hour facilities. They often pet-sit to help make ends meet and most have many pets that were in need of a special home.
So this week and every week, show your appreciation with a big smile or an extra thank you. They don't do the job for the money or the recognition. They do it because they love helping animals heal.
Thanks to all of the veterinary technicians that make our lives as veterinarians so much better!
Mary Craig, DVM, MBA
Dr Craig is a mobile veterinarian with a house call practice focused on end-of-life care.