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Meet our veterinary technicians!

Oct 14, 2015


National Veterinary Technician Week

All week long, we are celebrating National Veterinary Technician Week with fun festivities for our amazing licensed veterinary technicians (LVT). Similar to nurses in human healthcare, veterinary technicians are invaluable in providing the level of high-quality care provided to our patients every day. Our LVTs perform a wide range of tasks such as assisting veterinarians in medical procedures, providing nursing care for all hospitalized patients, pet owners on recovery instructions, and much more. They are an integral part of the The COVE medical team and we are grateful for each and every one of them.

Meet Our Licensed Veterinary Technicians

We’ve asked our technicians to share what motivated them to choose this career path, and what they love most about their job. We hope you are inspired by their passion.

Don’t forget to leave a comment below to show them a little love for Veterinary Technician Week! 

Andi D., LVT


What made you choose to become a veterinary technician?

“My cat, Mischief, was hospitalized for DKA, and she was quite sick. The doctor spoke with me a couple of times, and he could tell me about her blood work, the medications they were giving her, and what his plan was for her care, but that was about it. When I went to visit her, it was a certified veterinary technician who took me into the back and told me how Mischief was eating, which blanket she liked the best, how comfortable she appeared in her bed, and then asked me what her normal personality was like so she could tell me how Mischief was doing. She knew the details that were important to me, and my gratitude for her willingness to sit with me for a full hour and answer my questions started me thinking about a career as a technician -- so that I could "pay it forward" and extend the same to other people.”

What do you love most about your job?

“It's difficult to choose just one reason to love working as a licensed veterinary technician for The COVE but I can say that this is the best veterinary practice I have ever worked for.  One thing at the forefront of my mind is how my team members help and support me through everything in my life. My little sister was diagnosed with breast cancer, and people stepped up to cover my shift so I could race in her honor. Some even stepped up to join the Team for the Race without the slightest hesitation. You don't take that kind of support and caring for granted; I certainly don't.  I work with the most amazing people and that is something I love.”


Jess C. aka Flower, LVT


What made you choose to become a veterinary technician?

“In the 6th grade we had a veterinarian come to our school to visit and discuss the career field. I remember going home and telling my mom, "When I grow up I want to work with animals!" However, I really decided to become a technician in high school after researching the Bel-Rea Institute of Animal Technology and I remembered my interest back in sixth grade and realized this is what I was meant to do, who I was meant to be.”

What do you love most about your job?
There are so many things I enjoy because I'm a COVE technician: the community outreach events, our collective performance of high quality medicine, and having the opportunity to work alongside our board-certified specialty doctors. But my favorite thing about being a COVE technician is working with such wonderfully passionate, caring and knowledgeable teammates.”


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What made you choose to become a veterinary technician?
“The reason I became a veterinary technician was to help heal and relieve suffering of animals."



Mary H., LVT


What made you choose to become a veterinary technician?“Because when I worked for an internal medicine specialist, I wanted to know more about what was happening with the cases that were referred to us, such as how the body worked, how the different parts worked together, and how the diseases could be managed. I aspired to gain the professionalism and knowledge of the technicians I worked alongside.”

What do you love most about your job?
"Working with specialists whose advanced training in specific areas allows them to treat pet's problems in greater depth and with more finesse."


Marie M., LVT


What made you choose to become a veterinary technician?
“My passion for animals was obvious at an early age and I set my path to ensure that caring for animals would be the focus of my career, and being a licensed veterinary technician was the perfect avenue."

What do you love most about your job?
“The knowledge and skills I’ve been able to develop by working along side Dr. Small and the cardiology team predominantly over the last 3+years, has been invaluable. In addition, gaining experience in the ICU/ER has further expanded my skill set and professional satisfaction."


Rachel F., LVT


What made you choose to become a veterinary technician?

“I chose to be a veterinary technician because I was drawn to the challenge of helping something that couldn't tell you what's wrong. It's like being a detective. When all the clues come together, and you have finally figured out the answer to that pet’s problem, it's immensely rewarding for the both of us!”

What do you love most about your job?
“I love that the patient really does come first at The COVE. We have multiple specialties that collaborate to ensure each patient is getting exactly what they need.”


Tricia C., LVT

What made you choose to become a veterinary technician?
“I wanted to be able to help animals and their owners. Being that designated person with the patients means a lot to me.”

What do you love most about your job?
“At The COVE we are definitely setting the standards higher in veterinary medicine. From the moment the owner and patient come through our front door until they are discharged, quality patient care at the top of the list. I’m happy to call myself part of Team COVE!”


Tyler G., LVT


What do you love most about your job?"At The COVE, all departments work collectively to provide the highest standard of medicine to all patients and thorough communication and service to the clients."


Learn more about veterinary technicians

Veterinary technicians are required to graduate from a veterinary technology program, pass the Veterinary Technician National Examination, and obtain a state license to practice. Similar to nurses in human healthcare, veterinary technicians can also specialize in an area of interest like emergency, dentistry, surgery, etc.

Visit the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America (NAVTA) website to learn more about the profession.

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