Remember to show gratitude to your pet's vet tech the week of October 10.
The work of a vet tech is never done. LVTs, CVTs, RVTs, and veterinary assistants spend countless hours on the job for very little pay. They do what they do because they love their work--which is directly reflected in the care they give pets.
Surgery technicians miss out on lunches when an easy surgery turns out to be difficult. Radiology techs wrangle hyper Labrador puppies to get the perfect x-ray needed for proper diagnosis.
Blood draws lead to awkward flexibility and a lot of squatting which wear physically on a vet tech's body. Emergencies come in as techs are headed out for the day, but they stay three hours late because saving a dog's life is more important than their personal time.
Vet techs are smart people and they do the dirty work, too. They take temperatures, deal with tricky clients, collect and analyze poop samples, remove ticks and fleas, and sometimes get scratched or bit along the way.
And still they show up to work the next day and the next day and the next day.
Because the kisses from a slobbery puppy, the head nuzzling from a bird, the purring from a cat, and the challenge of reptile medicine are all worth it.