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OSU Veterinary College celebrates National Veterinary Technician Week

Thursday, October 17, 2019

Working as a veterinary technician, veterinary assistant or radiology technician at OSU’s Veterinary Medical Hospital are the following (left to right): Row 1: Justin Hicks and Dianne Hudson; Row 2: Tiffany Watson, Carey McCully, Torie Garnatz, Arantxa Lasa and Mayte Aleman-Carter; Row 3: Cherlyn Simpson, Robin Jack, Briana Wiker, Miranda Maschek, Ashley Wick, Shannon Maxwell, and Judy Branson; and Row 4: Heather Yates, Alexis Lara, Anna Soto, Elissa Vogel, and Shalee Ready.Also working at the hospital but not pictured are: Katlin Bullock, Cody Collom, Lisa Gallery, Katherine Gaskill, Stephanie Gillham, Brandy Hutchings, Ian Kanda, Holley Ladymon, Katie Lackey, Melissa Magazu, Cody McCarley, Sue McKenzie, Kristal McKinzie, Ashley McMillin, Tracie Merrill, Sue Mott, Marla Nelson, Ashlee Reed, Carolyn Rodebush, Jennifer Sisk-Miley, Jennifer Smith, Delicia Timmons, and Rachel Wasserman.

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.

MEDIA CONTACT: Derinda Blakeney, APR | OSU College of Veterinary Medicine | 405-744-6740 | derinda@okstate.edu

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