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National Veterinary Technician Week

Every October, we celebrate Veterinary Technician Week, and use this week to bring special attention to the amazing work our entire team puts in every day. While working with cute animals is definitely a bonus, our staff does more than play with puppies all day. This year, we wanted to go more-in-depth on the day-to-day duties of our veterinary support staff.


Our staff often stays late, works through lunch, and refuses to take breaks when there are patients in need. They are experienced, compassionate, and dedicated to providing the best care possible for your fur babies. They are a source of knowledge when clients have questions, a shoulder to cry on during hard times, and someone who loves on your pet when you aren't around. But what else do they do?

Veterinary Technicians

A veterinary technician's primary job is to assist veterinarians in caring for patients, but they do much, much more. In addition to being a vet tech, our technicians are also phlebotomists, surgical assistants, lab technicians, and oral hygienists, to name just a few of their duties! In addition to holding the patient while the vet examines them, vet techs:

  • Obtain Samples

  • Place IV catheters

  • Administer medications

  • Prep patients for surgery

  • Monitor surgical procedures

  • Capture radiographs

  • Clean teeth

  • Educate clients

  • Provide love and compassion

Technician Assistants

A busy clinic runs more smoothly with technician assistants. Our technician assistants assist our doctors and techs by assisting in restraining patients, assisting in obtaining samples, and continuing their education to expand their knowledge of veterinary medicine. Technician assistants also:

  • Obtain and record patient vitals

  • Prepare vaccines for the doctor

  • Assist technicians with sample collection

  • Assist in capturing radiographs

  • Perform nail trims and anal gland expression

Veterinary Receptionists

We would be absolutely lost without our veterinary receptionists. Our receptionists are as knowledgeable in veterinary medicine as they are personable, and are usually the first face you see when coming in for a visit. In addition to working the front desk, our receptionists:

  • Triage patients

  • Book appointments

  • Coordinate schedules

  • Relay important messages

  • Welcome clients and patients

  • Organize end-of-life plans

Kennel Technicians

Our kennel technicians assist in providing loving care to animals that are at Prosper Trail Animal Hospital. This includes:

  • Feeding patients

  • Walking dogs

  • Bathing patients

  • Taking pictures for client updates

  • Keeping the hospital clean and tidy

  • Assisting doctors and technicians when needed

  • Continuing their education and expanding their knowledge of the veterinary field

Prosper Trail Animal Hospital truly couldn't function without our incredible team. Their dedication to their patients, to showing up every day ready to take on what ever is thrown their way, and to always continuing to pursue more knowledge and become more skilled is certainly something to be appreciated.

Thank you to our incredible veterinary staff!!!


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