The vet’s office: Staying sharp
With frequent training, veterinary technicians remain on the cutting edge of care
By Dana Marcott CVT and Holly Henschke CVT
Wildwood Animal Hospital and Clinic LLC
As certified veterinary technicians, we are held to a high standard of continuing education to maintain our licensure. Two important topics of study include veterinary dentistry and canine and feline CPR. Many technicians attend educational seminars and bring valuable information back to their practices, ensuring that we are using the best medical procedures.
As the veterinary medical field expands, the standard of care also increases. Currently, dentistry is one of the most rapidly growing fields. Many clients come in for an exam and find out that their pet needs a dental cleaning.
Exactly what does that entail? Your cat or dog’s dental cleaning is very similar to when you go to the dentist. The technician doing the dental cleaning begins with a complete oral exam. We check for missing teeth, fractured teeth, loose teeth, abnormal gum tissue, and growths. Then each tooth is checked for any defects that could cause a problem.
Once we have charted all of the teeth, we clean the surface of the teeth with an ultrasonic scaler. This tool allows us to remove all of the buildup on the pet’s teeth. We also have tools that allow us to gently clean under the gum line along the surface of the tooth.
Once the teeth are clean, they are polished to ensure that their surfaces are smooth. Finally, a technician may do dental radiographs on any questionable teeth to help the veterinarian determine whether the teeth are healthy.
Technicians are also ready to step in if the worst should happen. Though having to perform CPR is rare, keeping up with the most current standards and practices is extremely important and could save lives.
The American Animal Hospital Association recommends that veterinary hospitals review CPR protocols every six months to ensure that training stays fresh in every team member’s mind should an emergency occur. As in human medicine, the focus has shifted from respiration to chest compressions to keep the heart pumping blood to the rest of the body. CPR is most successful when a veterinary team works together to place an intravenous catheter, perform continuous chest compressions, provide oxygen, and administer potentially life-saving medications.
By keeping our veterinary team informed of the latest standards of practice, we are able to provide the care your furry family member deserves.
Wildwood Animal Hospital and Clinic LLC is located at 210 Airpark Road in Marshfield and online at wildwoodanimalhospital.net.