What is a technician appointment?

Mar 01, 2010

Technician appointments are patient visits handled by a credentialed veterinary technician rather than a veterinarian. In these visits, technicians administer routine services and some maintenance care. Following are some examples of services that technicians might provide:

  • Blood draws for preanesthetic testing
  • Thyroid checks
  • Heartworm tests
  • Urinalysis retests
  • Nail trims and bird grooming
  • Certain vaccines, such as Bordetella and leptospirosis
  • Anal gland expressions
  • Scheduled radiographs
  • Fluid administration
  • Ear cleanings

(Laws about which duties credentialed technicians are allowed to perform vary by state. Be sure to check your state's practice act for a definitive list.)