Vets can solve every problem (y'know, as long as they have techs)

October 19, 2018

Dr. Matthew Brunke is a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation and practices rehab, acupuncture and pain management in the Maryland area. For more information check out

Specialists lean on their veterinary technicians as extra sets of handsand eyes.

Veterinary rehabilitation guru and Fetch dvm360 conference speaker Matthew Brunke, DVM, DACVSMR, CCRP, CVPP, CVA, says even in a specialized area of practice, technicians play a vital role. Their capabilities ("everything behind the scenes or in front of the scenes," as he puts it) keep doctors from burning out and make things run more smoothly.

But there's another reason he relies on a team approach:

"When a patient isn't right, my techs know it usually before my clients do-and sometimes before I do," he says.

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So, having such a finely tuned unit is better for patient care too.

For these reasons, Dr. Brunke urges veterinarians to utilize technicians to the fullest extent of their skills. He also encourages techs to expand their expertise, whether that means pursuing areas of specialization through continuing education or becoming the clinic advocate for some aspect of patient care.

"It frees up our time to do better as diagnosticians," Dr. Brunke says.

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