What is LVT?
Licensed Veterinary Technicians (LVTs) are educated and trained to be the veterinarian’s nurse, laboratory technician, dental hygienist, radiography technician, anesthetist, surgical nurse, pharmacy technician and client educator. They provide many of the essential skilled services your pet should have when visiting a veterinary hospital!
High-quality veterinary facilities will employ a high ratio of Licensed Veterinary Technicians (LVT) per Veterinarian and use their abilities and skills to their fullest! SouthCare is committed to hiring and retaining the best, reliable, and most committed technicians.
Washington requires passing both the national credentialing exam and a state exam after fulfilling the educational requirements. Passing these exams ensures the public that the veterinary technician has at least an entry-level knowledge of the duties they are asked to perform in the veterinary clinic or hospital. To maintain their licensure, technicians in Washington must take continuing educations courses.
Many veterinary technicians are also placed in a supervisory role in veterinary practices. Veterinary technicians can find employment in veterinary practices, biomedical research, zoo/wildlife medicine, industry, military, livestock health management, pharmaceutical sales, etc.
What do we do as LVTs at SouthCare?
Here is an example of some of the things we do on a daily basis:
Vital signs/Tech exams
Anesthetic administration, management, and monitoring
Surgical prep, surgical nursing, surgical monitoring
Place IV catheters
Critical, Emergency, and Nursing Care
Administer fluids and transfusions
Laboratory testing (CBC, blood chemistry, manual blood counts, cytology review, urinalysis and sediment exams, fecal/parasite screening, blood typing and cross-matching, etc)
Sample collection and preparation for in-house review or submission to pathologists
Supervise, direct, and train veterinary assistants and kennel staff
Safe, effective restraint
Medication administration (oral, intravenous, intramuscular, intraperitoneal, subcutaneous, etc)
Nail trims, anal sac expressions
Hospital maintenance and cleanliness
Give our patients lots of love & care!
Whew! That’s just a normal day!