Oklahoma State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine values its veterinary technicians every day. To celebrate National Veterinary Technician Week, Oct. 13 – 19, the technicians, who are known for giving great care to veterinary patients, have been getting a little extra TLC themselves.
On Tuesday, October 15th, the Technician Appreciation Banquet was held to acknowledge their contributions to veterinary medicine. Anna Soto, RVT, won Technician of the Year. Other finalists for consideration were Lisa Gallery, RVT; Delicia Timmons, RVT; and Juli Alan, RVT.
“Our technicians play a vital role in patient care,” said Dr. Jeff Studer, director of the college’s Veterinary Medical Hospital. “The level of expertise and skills they bring to our organization is unparalleled in this region.”
Similar to human care, veterinary technicians have different levels of expertise. All veterinary technicians start by completing a certified technician program and acquiring a veterinary technician license (registered veterinary technician or RVT). If they want to focus on a particular area of veterinary medicine, they can take additional training to become a Veterinary Technician Specialist (VTS). OSU’s hospital employs five VTS’s, the most of any hospital in the state.
“Our VTS technicians significantly enhance the level of care we are able to provide our patients on a daily basis,” added Studer. “We truly appreciate all they do as they epitomize our mission of shaping the future of veterinary medicine.”
OSU’s College of Veterinary Medicine employs 28 registered veterinary technicians at the Veterinary Medical Hospital, which provides routine and specialized care for all species.
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