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A Boy, A Girl, and The Marine Corps: A Love Triangle: Betty White and National Vet Tech Week!

A Boy, A Girl, and The Marine Corps: A Love Triangle

"I cast my lot with a Marine and where he was, was home to me." ~ Anonymous.

Monday, October 10, 2011

Betty White and National Vet Tech Week!

It's been nice to be home!

I just returned yesterday afternoon from my conference.  Yes, I did manage to make it, though I missed the first day.

But I woke up today to be reminded that it's National Veterinary Technician week.  :)  So, there have been a lot of people in the vet industry praising us.  Which is nice, considering we were completely overlooked at the Gala I attended.  But that's another story.

Here's a Vet's description of what we do:
The Role of Veterinary Technicians
This week, National Veterinary Technician Week, is when we pause to celebrate the wonderful technicians veterinarians rely on. But really, veterinarians know that a week could never be enough, so much do we owe our veterinary technicians.
Consider …
They are the pet whisperers who soothe an anxious cat or dog in an exam room, who always have a kind word and a sweet snuggle for an animal in the waiting area, exam room or surgery. 
They are the skilled nurses who insert IVs, wrap wounds, clean teeth and monitor anesthesia.
They are the first responders who are always in the front lines to help animals when there’s a disaster.
But more than any of those things, veterinary technicians are without a doubt the glue that holds veterinary medicine together, and the oil that makes all the parts work together smoothly. Highly trained, highly skilled and highly committed, veterinary technicians handle the care of animals and the education of pet owners. They are skilled surgical nurses and keen diagnosticians, savvy handlers of all kinds and sizes of animals, and of pet owners and veterinarians alike. No good veterinarian takes for granted the contributions of a great veterinary technician. I know I sure don't."
Pretty  nice.  Sometimes, vets forget to appreciate us.  It's nice to know at least one of them out there doesn't take us for granted.  HAHA!

A couple things that float around FB off and on:
‎"I have come to the realization that A LOT of people don't know what a Veterinary Technician is or what our job entails. Let me just give you a breakdown! I AM an anesthesiologist, an x-ray technician, a maid, a surgery assistant, a loving hand, a pharmacist, a teacher, a mortician, a coroner, a shoulder to cry on, friend to cry with, a ...sucker for a furry face, a face to lick, a midwife, a delivery nurse, a dental hygienist, a vet’s best friend, a pet’s best friend, a babysitter, a physical therapist, a mother, a playmate, a chew toy, a protector. I CAN make the pain go away, save a life, see what’s wrong, clean anything, ease a mind, fill a drug order, show the right way, end suffering, give kisses, get kisses, clean teeth, & bring someone to do the right thing. I HAVE a strong stomach, endured countless scars, scratches, and bites, cried with a stranger, cried into the fur of too many lifeless bodies, a big heart, a thoughtful mind, the strength to do the right thing even when it hurts, the ability to fall in love in 5 seconds, and the deepest love for all creatures. I AM A VET TECH."
"Right now a Veterinary Technician is helping a Queen become a mother, is holding the paw of a dying dog, is inserting an IV into a kitten, is listening to a Pet Parent tell a story, and is missing their own pets while caring for others. Vet techs all over the world are saving lives!! Re-post if... you are a Vet Tech, love a Vet Tech or appreciate a Vet Tech!"

So, hug a Vet Tech today.  :)

Also, some pictures from my conference:
Betty White was the Keynote speaker at our Conference Gala.  She has a long history with WSU and their vet school.  This year was the 100th anniversary of the WSVMA, so she came to honor us, but it was we who were honored!
She received an honorary lifetime membership to the WSVMA
She was also given an honorary alumni status from the WSU Vet School, complete with white jacket.
She was so touched she teared up as she thanked us, then she offered to spay or neuter our pets!  LOL!  So funny!
And I got to meet her and get her autograph!!!  WHOOHOOO!!!!
This is me with John Keister.  If any of you are from the Seattle area, you will remember him from the local hit Almost Live, which ran Saturday nights after SNL.  He was hilarious as the MC and was a pleasure to meet.  :)
So, hug and thank a vet tech this week and be SUPER jealous that I got to meet Betty White and John Keister!

Happy National Veterinary Technician Week!!!


Blogger Sasha said...

Happy vet tech week!! That is so cool you got to meet Betty White, jealous!

October 10, 2011 at 9:54 PM  
Blogger Nellie said...

Happy Vet Tech Week! Glad you can do it. I am too allergic for most animals :( Wish I wasn't.

October 11, 2011 at 5:17 AM  
Blogger Chelsey said...

Happy Vet Tech Week! :) I'm actually in school right now (just took a study break) as we speak to be a veterinary technician. This post was so moving, and motivating. I just loved it! I actually just had to do a paper on the importance of attending conventions/meetings and things, and this is a perfect example. Again, Happy Veterinary Technician week! :)

October 11, 2011 at 7:48 AM  
Blogger The Social Frog said...

Ohhh, what fun to meet Betty White, I love her,lol. Happy Vet Tech Week!


October 11, 2011 at 8:18 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm not sure who's more jealous of the fact that you got to meet Betty White, myself or my husband, lol.

He's STILL intent on taking her to the next Army Ball he actually decides to go to.

October 11, 2011 at 9:55 AM  

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