Registered Veterinary Technicians and Veterinary Assistants

Our more than 60 registered veterinary technicians, similar to nurses in human medicine, are integral members of the veterinary health care team. All veterinary technicians are licensed and registered, work under the supervision of a licensed veterinarian, and assist in special procedures and patient care. Some of our technicians also have specialty training and certification, such as emergency/critical care, anesthesiology and canine rehabilitation. While veterinary technicians can help perform a number of tasks, they do not diagnose, prescribe, perform surgery, or engage in any activity prohibited by a state's veterinary practice act. They are trained to do the following:

  • Obtain and record patient case histories;
  • Collect specimens and perform laboratory procedures;
  • Provide specialized nursing care;
  • Prepare animals, instruments, and equipment for surgery;
  • Assist in diagnostic, medical, and surgical procedures;
  • Advise and educate animal owners;
  • Supervise and train practice personnel;
  • Perform dental prophylaxes.; and
  • Participate in anesthesia and anesthetic monitoring

Our technicians also oversee, assist, and teach students regarding all aspects of patient care. All of our veterinary technicians have graduated from an American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA)- accredited veterinary technician program and are registered with the Ohio Veterinary Medical Licensing Board.

Veterinary Assistants

Veterinary assistants help in the care of ill and injured animals as well as provide assistance to clinicians, veterinary technicians, and veterinary students in the day-to-day operations of the Hospital. They assist with the admission and discharge process (loading and unloading of animals) and provide basic care functions such as assisting with the collection of lab samples for testing; providing clean housing, food, and water at all times; holding animals during procedures; and monitoring patients and notifying technicians or veterinarians of any unusual changes or symptoms.