Vet Techs

Veterinary Technicians are an integral part of our practice. These licensed professionals are responsible for so many things that it’s easier to tell you what they’re -not- allowed to do: diagnose, prescribe, or perform surgery. This means that they can handle administering medications or treatments prescribed by the veterinarian, anesthesia, preparing vaccinations and medications, talking with clients about recommended care for pets, and admitting and discharging surgical patients. They also do their best to keep the vets in line and on time. It’s no exaggeration for me to say that without our techs, we wouldn’t accomplish 1/4 of the work we do now.

Over the next few weeks, I’m going to make a post for each of our techs so that you can get to know them a bit better. I’ve asked them to write up a quick biography and submit a photograph by way of introduction. It’s my pleasure to start the series off with Diane Bateman.

Diane Bateman, L.V.T.   

I am married to Terry and have a 9 year old Weimaraner named Jag.  We have three grown boys all of whom live within 30 miles of us.  I have been a technician working in small animal practice for many years since graduation from M.S.U.. We love to go back to M.S.U. to visit and attend various events. We will be forever Spartans!!  Go Green!!




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2 responses to “Vet Techs

  1. Chris

    Techs are allowed to administer anesthesia? That’s a surprise. Their training must be way more extensive than I thought. How many years of school do they have?

  2. Veterinary Technicians can go through a 2 or 4 year program before being eligible for licensing exams. They have a national and a state board exam prior to being licensed in Michigan.

    The DVMs determine all doses for the medications, but the technicians are allowed to administer the drugs, intubate, and then maintain anesthesia (monitoring and adjustments).

    We’re very careful about anesthesia here. On surgery days, the doctor who is performing surgery has 2 technicians to help. Generally, the 2 techs will anesthetize a patient under the doctor’s supervision. The patients are prepped, then taken into the surgery suite. One technician stays with that patient throughout the procedure, continuously monitoring vital signs. The other tech is usually making sure that the recovering patients are doing well, as well as handling paperwork. This allows the DVM to be able to focus on the surgery. The anesthesia-monitoring tech keeps the DVM appraised of the patient’s status so that adjustments can be made if necessary.

    We’re long past the days where patients didn’t survive anesthesia or had severe complications from the experience. We prefer to send home wagging tails and pain-free pets. 🙂

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