Did you know October 12th through the 18th is National Veterinary Technician Week ? I didn’t, but when I found out Harley and I thought we ought to do something special for the Vet Techs in his life…
Veterinary Technicians are educated professionals who work closely with your veterinarian to ensure the best quality medical care for you pet. If you have a pet, there has to be at least “one time” when you’ve sat in the Vet’s office biting your nails, wringing your hands, or tapping your feet on the floor anxiously waiting for either results or a diagnosis about your beloved four legged furrend.
Lord knows Harley had a bucket full of challenges as an infant pup and his Vet Techs were a blessing getting us through those difficult and trying times. When I was at my wits end those early days as a pet parent, they were very reassuring. Always calm, courteous, comforting and caring. Taking the time to make sure I was “okay.”
There are actually two Vet Techs in particular who have played instrumental roles in Harley’s life – Kendall Reaves…
And Matt Erwin…
So for a little Monday Mischief, Harley convinced me to allow him to do a PSA “intro” before you read his very first interview…
HARLEY – Kendall since I’ve known you the longest I’ll start with you. Why did you choose this particular profession over some other career in health? Like, Dentistry? Public Health? Nursing?
KENDALL – For me, it was always veterinary medicine. Being a Vet Tech is so rewarding, it’s so much more than just medical science. Our patients can’t talk – they can’t tell you what’s wrong with them. So each situation is like solving a mystery. I’ve got to first assure them that they trust me, then I must carefully read their body language, and study them. They are trying to show me signs and it’s up to me to use those signs like puzzle pieces to help give me the total picture and get them better.
HARLEY – Matt, can you tell me why you wanted to become a Vet Tech?
MATT – I have always loved being around animals. I first started out as a kennel attendant walking the dogs. But after a while I realized I wanted to learn and interact more with the animals as well as build relationships with the owners. I love that feeling of accomplishment watching an animal get better, knowing I helped play a part.
HARLEY – From your Vet Tech experience, what aspect of all of this would you say you enjoy the most?
KENDALL – It would have to be taking care of those animals we hospitalize. When they remain here with us recuperating, naturally they require much more attention. While they’re in our care, lots of TLC builds trust and helps with their recovery. I want them to feel safe, because they’re away from home. I also enjoy bonding with the family members as we communicate about their pets progress.
HARLEY – I know I’ve never been a “difficult” patient (BOL) but have you ever had a terrifying experience with an animal?
MATT – When you’re working on an animal who is under sedation, you are taught that the animal can sometimes have involuntary movements while sedated. Once as I assisted with a procedure, a dog lifted his leg and somehow lodged his paw nail inside my nostril. As he “yanked” his paw away – blood started pouring from my nose. I panicked when I saw all the blood because I just knew half my nose was ripped open. When I did get it cleaned up and looked at my nose in the mirror it wasn’t that bad. That’s when I learned I can look at animal blood all day long, but not my own.
HARLEY – Kendall, what about you?
KENDALL – I remember petting a six week old kitten and the next thing I knew the kitten leaped up in the air and landed on my face where her paw grabbed onto my eyelid and she bit down on my chin for balance. There she hung for dear life dangling in the air. I ended up with a few scratches but I survived!
HARLEY – Oh My Doodle! Who knew all of this was going on when I’m not around!
Well that’s all the questions I’m allowed to ask. I could go on and on but “she” gave me a word count limit.
“But before we close” (that’s what some of the television people say) let me tell you – I’m so happy there’s an entire week dedicated to celebrating Vet Techs.
I think your presence in the office is invaluable to all us animals, plus the parents, and even the Doodle Doc herself – so “thank you – for all that you do” and enjoy your week. You deserve it 🙂
Thanks for reading!…