We invite all our clients to join the Brownsburg Animal Clinic team in celebrating National Veterinary Technician Week October 15 through 21, 2023.
In close collaboration with our veterinarians, veterinary assistants, client/patient service representatives, clinic assistants and office management staff, our registered veterinary technicians (RVTs) play a vital role in the day-to-day operations of the clinic, caring for our patients and helping keep our clients well-informed about their pets.
What Registered Veterinary Technicians Do
Our RVTs’ daily to-do lists most often include—
- Taking the pet’s medical history and understanding current health concerns
- Giving medicine and vaccines as prescribed by our veterinarians
- Teaching clients to give medicine and provide home care for their pets
- Taking x-rays
- Assisting in surgeries and dental procedures
- Collecting samples and performing lab tests
- Cleaning and bandaging wounds
- Removing stitches
- Maintaining patients’ medical records
Our RVTs’ Qualifications
To be qualified as an RVT in Indiana, our team members have successfully—
- Completed an American Veterinary Medical Association-accredited two- or four-year program leading to an associate’s or a bachelor’s degree in veterinary technology,
- Earned certification from the Indiana Professional Licensing Agency, and
- Taken and passed the Veterinary Technician National Exam (VTNE) and a written jurisprudence examination.
The computer-based VTNE presents 150 multiple-choice exam questions plus 20 more questions being tested for future exams. There’s a three-hour time limit on completing the exam.
The questions focus on nine areas:
- Emergency Medicine/Critical Care
- Pharmacy and Pharmacology
- Pain Management/Analgesia
- Laboratory Procedures
- Diagnostic Imaging
- Animal Care and Nursing
- Surgical Nursing
In Indiana, only those who have met these requirements may use the title “registered veterinary technician” or the abbreviation “RVT.”
Once they’ve earned their license, our RVTs must keep current by completing 16 hours of continuing education every two years.
We appreciate the commitment and dedication shown by our RVTs and thank them for their service to our patients and clients. We are pleased to recognize and honor their contributions to veterinary medicine during this special week.
We encourage you to express your appreciation for our RVTs on your next visit to the clinic.