What is a technician appointment?


Examples of services that technicians can provide by themselves or with little supervision.

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.)

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