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National Veterinary Technician Week

Oct 19, 2016

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It’s one of our favorite weeks here at The COVE - National Veterinary Technician Week! Our talented and dedicated licensed veterinary technicians (LVT) are an integral part of the medical team. LVTs perform a wide range of tasks such as assisting veterinarians in medical procedures, providing nursing care for all hospitalized patients, pet owners on recovery instructions, and much more. It’s the expertise and dedication of our veterinary technicians that ensure high-quality care is provided to our patients every day. 

Therefore, we want to give a big THANK YOU to all of our veterinary technicians. To our technicians, we are grateful for each and every one of you. We know you’ve touched the lives of so many pets and their owners. We are honored to work alongside you and to have you in The COVE family. 

What is the most memorable moment you’ve had as a veterinary technician?

Last year, our technicians shared what motivated them to choose this career path. This year they’ve shared one memorable moment working as a veterinary technicians. Some stories are funny and others heartwarming, but ALL of them are inspirational and make us appreciate the hard work veterinary technicians do every day.  

 

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Andi D., LVT

As part of my vet tech training, my school required mandatory large animal and small animal experience, so I spent six months at Penn's New Bolton Center, and during my week of Overnight Nursing, I had the pleasure of meeting Skeeter. Skeeter was a pygmy goat who suffered from an excess of personality, as well as bladder stones. He was going to transfer to Penn for a lithotripsy (using sound waves to break up stones versus going to surgery to remove them), but he needed to stay with us for fluids prior to that. And "Skeeter" was not interested in keeping his IV! No matter what we tried, Skeeter repeatedly chewed his fluid line and pulled out his IV catheter, and we spent every hour replacing one or the other. I'm pretty sure Skeeter enjoyed our hourly tussles, chasing him around the stall and trying to MacGuyver a new solution. We tried everything to keep that line out of his reach - something that should have been relatively easy, considering fluids for large animals hang from the middle of the stall's ceiling. Skeeter was especially crafty, though. By the time the sun was starting to rise, Skeeter looked like a satellite dish (two enormous E-collars), and we had the line looped and duct-taped around every loose rafter we could find, and he went right to sleep about the time for shift change, cute as can be, snuggled in his hay. I remember walking out of that shift, marveling at how tricky one little goat could be. And it made me realize that humans are by no means the smartest species on the planet.


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Brandy S.,LVT

Several years ago, while working at a referral practice in Charleston, South Carolina, we had a case of three labrador retrievers (all part of the same family) that had been attacked by a very large Canebrake Rattle Snake. They arrived at our facility and were already extremely ill from the venom. Our team got to work immediately trying to stabilize our patients, but it seemed like every effort failed. We tried multiple anti-venin transfusions and plasma transfusions, but the dogs didn't seem to be responding. After much research, we had three vials of rattlesnake anti-venin flown in to try to improve their status.  After several hours, two of the labs had horrible anaphylactic reactions and the transfusions had to be discontinued. At this point, it had been several days. The poor puppies were so painful, swollen, and their blood was still not clotting properly. We all felt helpless, as if we couldn't help these poor babies and their family.

After more research, we came up with a last stitch effort - hyperbaric oxygen therapy. Our practice was among one of the few practices in the country to have a hyperbaric oxygen chamber specialized for veterinary medicine. There had been some new evidence showing that the treatments could be effective against toxins. It was a shot in the dark, but we knew it couldn't hurt, so we immediately began treatments. By the third treatment we could see a drastic improvement in two of the dogs. By the second day, they seemed well enough to be returned home! The third patient was the one that won of all our hearts. She was the eldest of the three and had taken the biggest hit from the snake so she was the most ill. However, by the third day of treatment, she began to perk up. Her swelling decreased and she began to eat on her own. After a few days, she was also returned to her family. It warms our hearts to see patients that are struggling and battling through something so horrible be able to go home to their loving families. That experience reminds me of how amazing and how far our field has come in advancement for better treatment options. I am happy to say those patients are all doing well and living the life, and I'll never forget how tirelessly our team worked to get those three home again.


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Dana Y., LVT

One of the most memorable experiences as a technician was several years ago when an elderly man's 60 pound mixed breed dog was suddenly ill. He elected to hospitalize Buddy for steroid injections and wait to see if his condition improved. I remembered seeing the man walking his dog in the neighborhood daily and knew how much they meant to each other. I know how devastated he would have been to lose his Buddy. So we were all very surprised and thrilled when after two or three days Buddy started improving and made a complete recovery!

 

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Rachel F., LVT

Being a licensed veterinary technician is an extremely rewarding career.  Giving animals the chance, and often a second chance, at a comfortable, healthy and happy life is what makes it worth it to me everyday.  

My most memorable experience was a rescue dog that had been adopted with cataracts. She was completely blind and had been since adoption. She had never seen the loving, greeting arms of her second but forever family. After she successfully underwent bilateral cataract surgery by a board certified ophthalmologist, she was brought to the front to greet her family and go home. She acted scared when she went through the lobby door and lowered to the floor. Her family recognized her fear and bent down and called her name with open arms. The sweet dog almost sprung off the floor with delight! She recognized their familiar voices and was able to SEE her new family for the very first time! The sheer joy and amazement by both the dog and the family resignates with me to this day!


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Meg T., LVT

My most memorable moment as a veterinary technician was recovering a patient from anesthesia who had been on a ventilator for a week. It was amazing to care for him while he was on the ventilator, perform his anesthesia for his soft palate resection, and then finally see him go home with family. The whole experience really showed me that good nursing care can mean all the difference for our patients.

 

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Tawny H., LVT

My most memorable experience as a tech is so hard to pinpoint. There are many patients that have left an impact on me in many ways. But I will never forget one of my first emergencies working at The COVE. It was a patient named Bear that had a traumatic uroabdomen. He was such an amazing boy whose family loved him to no end. Being able to help Bear and watch him go home to his family was a great feeling. No matter how hard certain days may get, seeing the critical patients get better and make it back home to their families and kids, makes the hard work and care all worth it!

 

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Tyler, G., LVT

It's hard to pick just one memorable moment to share throughout my career as an LVT. I’ve been a part of The COVE family for several years now. From greeting my clients and having them trust me with their pet to making a difference in the well-being of my patient’s daily lives, there is not a single day goes by without a memorable moment.


Don’t forget to leave a comment on our Facebook Page to show them a little love for Veterinary Technician Week! 





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