RN in a Vet's office - page 5

Hi everyone, I noticed here in Baltimore when I took my dog to a vet that they hired RN's to work in the clinic. I didn't get to ask about it but I distinctly remember that they advertised that... Read More

  1. by   AllisonLeighLVT
    Ok NYS LVT (New York state licensed veterinary technician) here,

    firstly the the thought of a human nurse (RN) working in a veterinary hospital is just appealing, neglegant, and dangerous! Probably how you'd feel if you heard of an LVT working in a human hospital. We have either associates or bachelors degrees in veterinary science and must pass a state board exam in order to obtain a license to practice. We are highly skilled and take pride in our work! I personally work in an emergency and critical care hospital as an ICU nurse (that's my job title) we hav a cardiology dept, internal medicine dept, surgery dept., oncology dept, etc and they each have their own boarded DVMs (dr. Veterinary med) and LVT's. Each LVT is dubbed with their job title aka... Surgery tech= anesthesiologist, internal medicine tech = ultrasounographer, etc. as an ICU tech I am responsible for bi hourly patient rounds/ tx, phlebotomy, radiological images, I am a lab tech in my own right as all our bloodwork is run in house by the tech who drew the sample, I also am a dental hygienist who does teeth cleaning while running anesthesia at the same time. I run hyperbaric oxygen chamber treatments, MRI's, CT's, and administer chemo. I could go on but the point I'm making is that I think you'd need a different RN/ technician each time in human medicine, we do it all! There's only 2 jobs in vet med... DVM or LVT (or assistant/ orderly type) not the wide array that there is in human medicine. And we deal with hundreds of species daily. Our education is just as expensive an my salary is around 50k plus benefits & 401k. Please do not belittle us or say you'd love to do it as a 'fun' part time gig or hobby! This is a serious profession! Oh did I mention daily euthanasia and death on a scale human nurses couldn't fathom.... Rant complete!
  2. by   AllisonLeighLVT
    The vet tech licensing board requires that you be "of good moral character" amoung other things!
    a tech can definitely loose her license for both on and off the job offenses!
  3. by   Fuzzy
    It also must be mentioned that most of our job as technicians involve dealing with people. The animals are the easy part. So if you are wanting to get into this profession to get away from people (crazy or otherwise) you need to consider a different career choice. Every animal comes attached to a human in some way. Granted there are positions where you do not have to work with the public but those positions still involve dealing with people.

  4. by   SusanLivengood
    Because education is important to some of us.
  5. by   nkandzior
    LVTs do sooooo much more in a clinic than an average RN. We actually do everything with patient care. We anesthetize, obtain blood samples, run the labwork, obtain samples for pathology, examine these samples, radiographs, patient care before and after a procedure, assist in procedures, dentistry, cleaning of bedding, dishes, equipment repair and maintenance, ordering, inventory control, pharmacy, the list goes on and on. After 20 years as an LVT I am tired of everyone thinking we just "play with puppies and kittens" all day long. I have had black eyes, fat lips, bites that needed sutures, scratches, exposure to zoonotic diseases. All these RNs with a stick in their rear can just bite me! I worked 30 plus hours a week, went to school full time, had student loans to repay, State and National board exams to pass. I have to do CE every year to maintain my license. We do just as much if not more than all of you that feel you are the only people that qualify as a nurse. Even though I have many friends and relatives that are RNs, I am proud to say that I am only a Licensed Veterinary Technician and not a nurse.
  6. by   nkandzior
    Well said!
  7. by   TiffyRN
    Quote from nkandzior
    I have had black eyes, fat lips, bites that needed sutures, scratches, exposure to zoonotic diseases.
    I'd say that when I visit the vet's office, I almost always see one of the employees, either the vet or one of the techs with bandages or visible scratches of some sort. I know that my greatly loved and completely non-violent kitties always turn into vicious demon cats at the vet's office, even biting me. I know you guys have it rough.