October 14-20 is National Veterinary Technicians Week, now in its 20th year. Veterinary technicians and technologists – veterinary ‘nurses’ – are licensed professionals who care for animals under the supervision of a veterinarian. Vet techs are licensed to perform procedures such as taking x-rays, inducing and maintaining anesthesia, drawing blood and urine samples, administering medications, and assisting with medical and surgical procedures. Theirs is the voice you often hear on the phone with updates on your pet’s progress or answering your questions. Most veterinary clinics could not function without them. Veterinary technicians work in other fields as well. Jobs for licensed vet techs are also available in zoo and wildlife medicine, research laboratories, and the military.
At the cat hospitals, we are fortunate to work with talented and dedicated vet techs. We’d like you to know a little more about them:
Chantal graduated with Honours in Arts and Science from St. Lawrence College in 1996, and graduated from the Animal Care Technician program in 1998. She has been working as a veterinary technician since 1999 and joined Bytown Cat Hospital in November 2004. Chantal speaks English and French. In her spare time, she loves to spoil her own cats including a Maine Coon and a Sphynx.
Nancy joined the Bytown Cat Hospital team in 2004 after graduating from the Boreal College Veterinary Technologist program at the University of Guelph campus in Alfred, Ontario. In addition to her skills as a vet tech, Nancy is also our very popular groomer. Nancy speaks English and French and lives outside Ottawa with her cats and her dog.
Jessica graduated from the Veterinary Technician program at Algonquin College in Ottawa in 2006. She is a Registered Veterinary Technician and joined the Merivale Cat Hospital team in 2008. Her house is full of an array of animals, including a dog, a cat, a turtle, and tropical fish.
Jamie is a Registered Veterinary Technician, having graduated from Algonquin College in 2011. She is the proud owner of two lovely cats (Sooty and Kohl), two parrots (Rista and Briar), three parakeets, and one gecko! Jamie loves horseback riding and photography.
Want to learn more about becoming a veterinary technician/technologist?
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