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A Tech and Your Pets, LLC LVT Relief Services for NoVA-area Veterinary Practices. We offer experienced LVTs control of their work schedule, and offer veterinary practices access to more LVT availability without the commitment of a new hire.

Kelly Marques, owner of A Tech and Your Pets, LLC is a licensed veterinary technician with a degree in veterinary technology from Northern Virginia Community College, an AVMA accredited school. Kelly has over a decade of experience with animal care, with 8+ years licensed. Kelly and the team at A Tech and Your Pets are your go-to choice for clinic staffing needs.

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Meet The Crew!A Tech and Your Pets has multiple fantastic LVTS ready to help relieve some of the understaffing problems ...
26/04/2021

Meet The Crew!

A Tech and Your Pets has multiple fantastic LVTS ready to help relieve some of the understaffing problems throughout Northern Virginia. One of these LVTs is named Rae.

Rae has been an LVT for 22 years, practicing in a variety of veterinary specialties from emergency/critical care, Internal Medicine, Research, and small animal clinics. Her special "on the job" interests include caring for geriatric animals, especially small dogs and cats. Rae and her husband Brian have 3 dogs (Ruby, Stewart, and Jessie), and one Momma Cat. In her spare time Rae is learning about wildlife rehabilitation and studying Reiki and energy work for animals and people. She also enjoys nature photography, Oddity art, antique car shows, and yoga.

Looking for talented LVTs? Contact us at [email protected]!

#TechRelief #LVTLife #VetLife

Meet The Crew!

A Tech and Your Pets has multiple fantastic LVTS ready to help relieve some of the understaffing problems throughout Northern Virginia. One of these LVTs is named Rae.

Rae has been an LVT for 22 years, practicing in a variety of veterinary specialties from emergency/critical care, Internal Medicine, Research, and small animal clinics. Her special "on the job" interests include caring for geriatric animals, especially small dogs and cats. Rae and her husband Brian have 3 dogs (Ruby, Stewart, and Jessie), and one Momma Cat. In her spare time Rae is learning about wildlife rehabilitation and studying Reiki and energy work for animals and people. She also enjoys nature photography, Oddity art, antique car shows, and yoga.

Looking for talented LVTs? Contact us at [email protected]!

#TechRelief #LVTLife #VetLife

Meet The Crew!A Tech and Your Pets has multiple fantastic LVTs ready to help relieve some of the understaffing problems ...
12/04/2021

Meet The Crew!

A Tech and Your Pets has multiple fantastic LVTs ready to help relieve some of the understaffing problems throughout Northern Virginia. One of these LVTs is named Pam.

Pam grew up in NOVA and completed her Vet Tech degree at NVCC right out of high school. Pam has been working as an LVT at hospitals all around the area for 28 years. She is married with three kids, and has a parrot named Yna, Mr. Kitty the cat, and a dog named Iris. Pam loves the idea of retiring to the rural countryside one day. In her spare time she enjoys cooking, camping, kayaking, hiking, and relaxing by the fire.

Looking for talented LVTs? Contact us at [email protected]!

#TechRelief #LVTLife #VetLife

Meet The Crew!

A Tech and Your Pets has multiple fantastic LVTs ready to help relieve some of the understaffing problems throughout Northern Virginia. One of these LVTs is named Pam.

Pam grew up in NOVA and completed her Vet Tech degree at NVCC right out of high school. Pam has been working as an LVT at hospitals all around the area for 28 years. She is married with three kids, and has a parrot named Yna, Mr. Kitty the cat, and a dog named Iris. Pam loves the idea of retiring to the rural countryside one day. In her spare time she enjoys cooking, camping, kayaking, hiking, and relaxing by the fire.

Looking for talented LVTs? Contact us at [email protected]!

#TechRelief #LVTLife #VetLife

Toxic or Totally Harmless? Welcome back! Did you guess which of these items were toxic? Remember that all toxicities are...
06/04/2021

Toxic or Totally Harmless?

Welcome back! Did you guess which of these items were toxic? Remember that all toxicities are based on amount ingested and the weight of the animal. Make sure to call the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center if you have any questions or concerns.

What is the strangest thing you have seen a pet eat? Let us know in the comments below!

All information can be found on The ASPCA Animal Poison Control website at https://www.aspca.org/pet-care/animal-poison-control . We highly recommend bookmarking this site at your clinic for easy reference.

#VetLife #LVTLife #LVTRelief

Toxic or Totally Harmless?It is all too common that an animal comes in with ingestion of a possible toxic food, plant, o...
05/04/2021

Toxic or Totally Harmless?

It is all too common that an animal comes in with ingestion of a possible toxic food, plant, or item. We all know the BIG 3: Chocolate, Xylitol, and Rat Poison. But what about things like Begonias, heartworm medications, and macadamia nuts?

Let’s see if you can spot which of these are toxic and make sure to come back tomorrow for the answers!

All information can be found on The ASPCA Animal Poison Control website at https://www.aspca.org/pet-care/animal-poison-control . We highly recommend bookmarking this site at your clinic for easy reference.

#Vetlife #LVTLife #TechRelief

Meet The Crew!A Tech and Your Pets has multiple fantastic LVTs ready to help relieve some of the understaffing problems ...
29/03/2021

Meet The Crew!

A Tech and Your Pets has multiple fantastic LVTs ready to help relieve some of the understaffing problems throughout Northern Virginia. One of these LVTs is named Antonio!

Antonio received a BS in Biology from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2012 and an AS in Veterinary Technology from Northern Virginia Community College in 2017. He has volunteered and then worked at animal hospitals in various capacities since as far back as 2005, and became a Licensed Vet Tech in 2019. Antonio has 2 dogs: Tic-Tac and Lychee. His hobbies include photography and cinematography.

Looking for talented LVTs? Contact us at [email protected]!

#TechRelief #LVTLife #VetLife

Meet The Crew!

A Tech and Your Pets has multiple fantastic LVTs ready to help relieve some of the understaffing problems throughout Northern Virginia. One of these LVTs is named Antonio!

Antonio received a BS in Biology from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2012 and an AS in Veterinary Technology from Northern Virginia Community College in 2017. He has volunteered and then worked at animal hospitals in various capacities since as far back as 2005, and became a Licensed Vet Tech in 2019. Antonio has 2 dogs: Tic-Tac and Lychee. His hobbies include photography and cinematography.

Looking for talented LVTs? Contact us at [email protected]!

#TechRelief #LVTLife #VetLife

Muzzle Up ProjectDogs with muzzles get such a bad rap as being "bad" or "vicious" dogs. But when looking at the situatio...
22/03/2021
The Muzzle Up! Project

Muzzle Up Project

Dogs with muzzles get such a bad rap as being "bad" or "vicious" dogs. But when looking at the situation from their eyes, most dog bites are a result of fear or pain. Working in the veterinary field, we are very familiar with these two emotions for our patients.

With the Muzzle Up Project, we can make muzzles less scary and more a means to communicate with pets that, "yes this will be scary and there might be a little pain, but we are here to help". Maureen Backman has an amazing video on how to help get pets comfortable with muzzles. This is a fantastic resource to show owners that muzzles are not bad but a way to help their pets while keeping everyone safe.

For more animal behavior articles, check out The Animal Behavior Wellness Center Articles available below:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f2D72CsFRiY

Another fabulous idea from the Muzzle Up Project... a hands free way to acclimate your dog to the muzzle! "Muzzle muzzle on the walll... Curious why The Muzzle Up! Project is sticking muzzles on walls? Check out the latest video on a hands-free way to help dogs learn to target a muzzle. No noise, no...

“Meet The New Face of A Tech and Your Pets Kelly Marques is a 2011 graduate of Northern Virginia Community College’s AVM...
15/03/2021

“Meet The New Face of A Tech and Your Pets

Kelly Marques is a 2011 graduate of Northern Virginia Community College’s AVMA-accredited Veterinary Technology program, with 12+ years of experience working with small animal veterinary practices and laboratory services. Kelly has maintained an active Virginia DHP license continuously since 2012. Just within the last year, she has taken over A Tech and Your Pets business from her friend and coworker Kim, before she moved overseas.

A Tech and Your Pets was originally established in 2011 in Ohio with the goal of helping care for pets. The business soon focused on the needs of understaffed animal clinics/hospitals that had that same mission. After a few years the business moved to Virginia with the same objective; to provide experienced, licensed, veterinary technicians to short-staffed animal hospitals. Without help, hospitals can offer more advanced services than is possible or practical without licensed staff, and with our experience we can help train less experienced technicians to be more effective after we’re gone.

With Kelly as the new owner of A Tech and Your pets, she plans to continue to grow the business with new clients and more staff to help even more animal hospitals provide the best pet care possible.

#VetRelief #LVTLife #MovingUp”

“Meet The New Face of A Tech and Your Pets

Kelly Marques is a 2011 graduate of Northern Virginia Community College’s AVMA-accredited Veterinary Technology program, with 12+ years of experience working with small animal veterinary practices and laboratory services. Kelly has maintained an active Virginia DHP license continuously since 2012. Just within the last year, she has taken over A Tech and Your Pets business from her friend and coworker Kim, before she moved overseas.

A Tech and Your Pets was originally established in 2011 in Ohio with the goal of helping care for pets. The business soon focused on the needs of understaffed animal clinics/hospitals that had that same mission. After a few years the business moved to Virginia with the same objective; to provide experienced, licensed, veterinary technicians to short-staffed animal hospitals. Without help, hospitals can offer more advanced services than is possible or practical without licensed staff, and with our experience we can help train less experienced technicians to be more effective after we’re gone.

With Kelly as the new owner of A Tech and Your pets, she plans to continue to grow the business with new clients and more staff to help even more animal hospitals provide the best pet care possible.

#VetRelief #LVTLife #MovingUp”

08/03/2021

A Cause close to our heart. Remember to take care of yourself first, then others. For both our Vets and our Techs.

#NOMV #Vetlife #Vetlifestyle #techrelief

Remember to look out for your staff and coworkers, but more importantly YOURSELF!This is a great article about Resilienc...
18/02/2021
The heart of resiliency in veterinary medicine

Remember to look out for your staff and coworkers, but more importantly YOURSELF!

This is a great article about Resiliency of Vet Staff and how to make sure you keep going, even when times are tough.

#vetlife #LVTlife #lvtrelief

“One day you will tell your story of how you overcame what you went through and it will be someone else’s survival guide.” —Brené Brown

Happy Valentine’s day! I hope you get to spread a little love and may all the anal glad expressions miss your clothes.Al...
14/02/2021

Happy Valentine’s day! I hope you get to spread a little love and may all the anal glad expressions miss your clothes.
All Illustrations by Hannah Wagle

#LVTRelife #LVTLife #VetLife #VetLifeStyle

05/02/2021

This had me rolling with laughter!

#lvtrelief #LVTlife #vetlife

How has Covid-19 affected your veterinary practice?With quarantine, social distancing, and the fear of catching this new...
29/01/2021

How has Covid-19 affected your veterinary practice?

With quarantine, social distancing, and the fear of catching this new virus; a lot of new changes have taken over clinics across the world. Some clinics have opted for car/drop-off services, while others increased appointment times to allow disinfectants to sit longer in rooms between patients.

What has your clinic done to ensure the safety of your patients/clients/staff?

#VetLife #VetHealth #TechAndYourPets #TechYourPet

How has Covid-19 affected your veterinary practice?

With quarantine, social distancing, and the fear of catching this new virus; a lot of new changes have taken over clinics across the world. Some clinics have opted for car/drop-off services, while others increased appointment times to allow disinfectants to sit longer in rooms between patients.

What has your clinic done to ensure the safety of your patients/clients/staff?

#VetLife #VetHealth #TechAndYourPets #TechYourPet

26/01/2021
Popyng a cyst on a Basset Hound

GRAPHIC WARNING

For all the Vets and Techs who just love a good abscess expression!
This one is particularly..... chunky 🤢
#TechRelief #LVTLife #vetlife

Self-Care During QuarantineWorking in the Veterinary field is hard! Our patients can't understand what we are saying or ...
22/01/2021
Pandemic self-care for veterinary teams

Self-Care During Quarantine

Working in the Veterinary field is hard! Our patients can't understand what we are saying or doing. Our Clients may not have the knowledge to make critical decisions. Both have to learn to trust our recommendations and skills. Add on a highly contagious virus with no cure or vaccine, and you have a recipe for emotional burnout across your team.

So how do you prevent burnout? According to Nicole Vykoukal, LCSW, a psychotherapist and yoga teacher in Austin, Texas, there are multiple methods you can apply at work to help relieve some of these stressors. Some our physical activities, such as stretching or jogging. While others include my favorite; having a good laugh with a trusted coworker.

How do you relieve stress at work?

To read the full article, click the link below:

AAHA: Pandemic Self-Care for Veterinary Team

https://www.aaha.org/publications/newstat/articles/2020-03/pandemic-reframing-and-self-care-for-veterinary-teams/

#VetLife #VetLifeStyle #TechYourPets #TechAndYourPets

Living through a pandemic is really, really exhausting. The mental health risks are real. That means radical, relentless self-care is more importan...

A fantastic review of veterinary anesthesia machines. Of course, the best anesthesia machine is a skilled LVT!#LVTLife #...
21/01/2021
VETgirl Veterinary CE: A review of veterinary anesthesia machines

A fantastic review of veterinary anesthesia machines. Of course, the best anesthesia machine is a skilled LVT!

#LVTLife #TechRelief

Feel nervous about doing veterinary anesthesia? In this VETgirl online veterinary continuing education video, we review non-rebreathing and re-breathing anes...

17/01/2021
Anybody feeding their pets Sportmix pet food products? It was recently recalled due to a link between pet illnesses and ...
14/01/2021
Dog deaths, illnesses linked to pet food containing aflatoxins

Anybody feeding their pets Sportmix pet food products? It was recently recalled due to a link between pet illnesses and aflatoxins found in the food.

Click the link below to learn more:

The FDA is alerting veterinary professionals and pet owners to potentially fatal levels of aflatoxins in certain Sportmix pet food products, which have been recalled.

This is a nice refresher for calculating CRIs. I know I needed a quick review. It's like riding a bike right?I know that...
12/01/2021
Quiz: Constant-Rate Infusion Skills

This is a nice refresher for calculating CRIs. I know I needed a quick review. It's like riding a bike right?

I know that CRIs were the bane of my existence in class. What are some of the technical aspects of veterinary med that were hard for you in school that you have sense mastered in practice?

#vetlife #LVTLife #lvtrelief

Constant-rate infusions require close attention to fluid and drug amounts and compatibility. Test your ability to correctly calculate fluid rate, dose, and volume.

Pet-related art from around the net, with sources (where possible)
27/03/2020

Pet-related art from around the net, with sources (where possible)

Pet-related art from around the net, with sources (where possible)

26/03/2020

Calling all LVTs and anyone that knows an LVT (licensed veterinary technician) in or near Fairfax County:

As crazy as times are right now, people still need care for their pets, and A Tech and Your Pets is expanding to help more vet practices maintain their care and surgical readiness, and we need your help to do it!

We are looking for LVTs interested in either part-time, or part-time leading to full-time, work. And yes, we do have clinics looking for help RIGHT NOW!

Reach out via Messenger or see job posting to apply.

New logo, and more big things to come!
12/08/2019

New logo, and more big things to come!

27/03/2015

Some client's clients just make you smile and your day brighter (makes up for the grumpy and disrespectful ones).

14/01/2015

This is a first. Showed up for work on the wrong day because I misread my calender. Good laughs :) Better than not showing up!

07/01/2015

The ingenuity which veterinary clinics create to better serve their patients and clients never ceases to amaze.

23/12/2014

Every single patient has been a cat today. And mean. And we've needed to use our amazing leather gloves for protection every..single.. patient. Need a nickname for them. Ideas?
Sadly, they do not have metal bands, otherwise Iron Maiden would have been perfect!

05/12/2014

Getting my Continuing Education on learning about canine pancreatitis (yeowch!), E. Canis infections (very common in this area) and various insulins to treat diabetes mellitus.

14/11/2014

Yay! Recommendations are bringing in some great clients. I'm excited at the chance to serve my clients in the best way possible.

29/10/2014

A tidbit for dealing with difficult patients: sing softly to them. Amazing how much it helps to calm.

22/10/2014

So blessed by my clients. Received a free meal for national veterinary technician week.

13/10/2014

It seems my way of taping in catheters has been deemed "strange" yet very functional. Thankful to the Canadian veterinarian who taught me over 10yrs ago for the technique I use.

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