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Celebrating Veterinary Technicians, the ‘nurses’ of Animal Care.

I have been a veterinarian for the past 33 years and love what I do. Part of the reason I feel this way is because of the people I work with. Client Care Specialists, hospital managers, Veterinary Assistants and especially Veterinary Technicians.

October is Veterinary Technician month and during this month we celebrate these special women and men who provide nursing care to animals, perform prescribed treatments including injections, anesthetics, x-rays, dental care and many other tasks too numerous to list. I could not practice the way I do nor offer the service our clients have come to expect without our talented, dedicated and compassionate veterinary technicians.

There are 10 colleges in Ontario, and as strange as it may seem, one college in British Columbia, which are accredited by the Ontario Association of Veterinary Technicians. These colleges offer 2 or 3-year courses during which time students learn how to help provide care to animals of all sizes. The theory and skills students learn allow them to become proficient in many areas of practice.

Graduated Veterinary Technicians have the option of working in practice both general or specialized where, like in our practice, they interact directly with pets and their owners. Other careers available for veterinary technicians focus on supportive roles for animals including pharmaceutical companies, nutrition companies and others which focus on support of practicing veterinarians. Positions are available in government in policy development and implementation.

Veterinary Technicians are an indispensable component of animal care and I am so fortunate to work with and be helped by a group of dedicated, compassionate and very intelligent people.

More information about careers as a veterinary technician can be found at www.oavt.org (Ontario Association of Veterinary Technicians) and a really good video on how valuable veterinary technicians are can be found at: The Importance of Veterinary Technicians

 

Written by Dr. David Kerr, DVM

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Last updated: May 29, 2020

Dear Clients,

With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 19, 2020 some restrictions on veterinary practices have been lifted. Based on these changes, below are some important updates to our operating policies.

1. WE CAN NOW SEE ALL CASES BY APPOINTMENT ONLY

This includes vaccines, wellness exams, blood work, heartworm testing, spays and neuters, dental services, and more!

2. SAFETY MEASURES TO KEEP EVERYONE SAFE

3. ONLINE CONSULTATIONS ARE AVAILABLE

If you wish to connect with a veterinarian via message, phone or video, visit our website and follow the "Online Consultation" link.

4. OPERATING HOURS

We are OPEN with the following hours:

- Monday: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
- Tuesday: 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
- Wednesday: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
- Thursday: 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
- Friday: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
- Saturday: 8:00 am - 2:00 pm
- Sunday: CLOSED


NEW PET OWNERS

Have you welcomed a new furry family member to your home? We’d love to meet them! Visit our Must Know New Pet Owner Information page for useful resources and helpful recommendations for new pet owners.

Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!

- Your dedicated team at North Hill Animal Hospital