Different Types of Vet Techs at DoveLewis
There are many different types of veterinary technician jobs in the industry and DoveLewis has quite a few under our roof!
Some of the most common types of vet tech jobs include:
Certified Veterinary Technician: A Certified Veterinary Technician (CVT), Licensed Veterinary Technician (LVT), and Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT) at DoveLewis provide quality emergency nursing care to patients. Vet techs assist veterinarians in providing medical care for animals, including performing medical procedures, administering medications, collecting samples, providing updates to clients, and more.
Veterinary Technician Specialist (VTS): In our hospital, we have 6+ board-certified veterinary technician specialists who specialize in Anesthesia and Analgesia and Emergency and Critical Care. A veterinary technician specialist is a veterinary technician who has achieved advanced certification in a specific area of veterinary medicine. To become a veterinary technician specialist, a veterinary technician must complete a specific amount of education and experience in their area of specialization then pass a rigorous certification exam. For those interested in pursuing a VTS, we offer mentorship and support, including study groups for the certification exam.
Urgent Care Veterinary Technician: An Urgent Care Vet Tech assists our Urgent Care DVMs in seeing low acuity cases on an appointment and fast track basis. An Urgent Care Technician provides immediate medical treatment to animals with urgent medical conditions that may encounter longer waits at an ER. They are skilled at handling animals in distress and communicating effectively with pet owners who may be anxious or upset about their pet's condition.
Specialty Veterinary Technician: With specialty departments including Surgery, Internal Medicine, Neurology, Cardiology, and Radiology, we need vet techs to work alongside these board-certified veterinary specialists! Veterinary technicians in our specialty departments provide nursing care to patients in conjunction with our Specialists to ensure the highest standard of care.
Veterinary Technician Externship: Not only are we a nonprofit emergency and specialty hospital, but we're also a teaching hospital too! A veterinary technician externship at DoveLewis is a structured, hands-on learning experience that allows veterinary technician students to gain real-world experience in an AAHA-accredited emergency hospital setting. Externships are typically a requirement for graduation from a veterinary technology program and provides students with an opportunity to apply the knowledge and skills they've learned in a practical setting.
Veterinary Technicians are leaders on the floor and we wouldn't be able to serve our community without their compassion, expertise, and love of the human-animal bond. That's why as an organization, we support our teammates and have created a community that is focused on collaboration, wellness, and learning.