Veterinary technicians are vital in end-of-life cases

Veterinary technicians are vital in end-of-life cases

Techs are well-suited to provide guidance to pet owners in upsetting and unfamiliar circumstances, Dr. Mary Gardner says.
Oct 09, 2018

Veterinary technicians are widely respected and valued for the comfort and care they provide patients before, during and after procedures in the clinic. But Fetch dvm360 conference speaker Mary Gardner, DVM, co-founder of Lap of Love Veterinary Hospice network, says techs carry the same significance for clients, including those whose pets unfortunately won't recover.

"Families need their hand to be held, they need communication, they need some guidance" during hospice, she says.

While some medical topics need to be discussed specifically with the veterinarian, Dr. Gardner says techs are excellently equipped and positioned to discuss management of clinical signs a pet may be exhibiting, as well as help clients assess patients' quality of life.

"Our technicians are wonderful and they absolutely can handle end-of-life conversations and be rock stars at it," she says.

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