Let's get back at it tonight: What does a credentialed veterinary technician do?
While most people hear the word "technician" and think someone is working on your cable box, credentialed vet techs are doing so much more. In fact, the equipment and keeping it maintained is, for some techs, the one thing they DO NOT want to be doing.
Technicians in the veterinary field are taking radiographs, gathering samples for various testing, running anesthesia, scrubbing in for surgery, taking care of neonates, managing inventory and entire pharmacies (and knowing each drug inside and out), critical care nurses, laundry managers, record keepers and more...
Their specific skill set and role in the hospital leads them to be natural leaders and advocates. Hospitals are holding these techs accountable and looking to them to train and educate their other employees.
For every time a client calls and says "I want a doctor not a tech", we wish they understood just how much the techs actually know. If you are talking to a tech, they've likely already confirmed the information with a doctor themselves and are going in most cases to be able to give you some extra minutes of their day to chat about Fluffy's diarrhea.
Disclaimer: None of this is to say the other positions in the hospital aren't important - but this is veterinary technician week, so let's keep praising these specific folks, shall we?