Show Your Vet Tech Some Love
By Lorie Huston, DVM
Veterinary technicians, aka vet techs, are the unsung heroes of your pet’s veterinary care team. Without these devoted men and women, your veterinarian’s office would be a sea of chaos and confusion. I should know. I’m a vet! These highly trained individuals do everything from greeting clients and answering phones to restraining pets, drawing blood, assisting with surgical procedures, and cleaning cages. Here are some fun ways to show your appreciation to your veterinarian’s vet techs.
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1. Write a Thank-You Note
Believe it or not, something as simple as a thank-you note will mean a lot to your vet tech. Just the simple kind act of letting her know that he is appreciated will be enough to put a smile on your vet tech’s face and a bounce in his step for the remainder of the day.
2. Send Flowers
If you’d like to go a step further than a simple thank-you note, consider sending a bouquet of flowers too. It doesn’t have to be an expensive or elaborate arrangement. Just a simple vase with a daisy would be more than enough. Of course, if you really want to splurge on sending a thank you, feel free to send her two dozen long-stem roses, an elaborate array of orchids or … well, you get the idea.
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3. Bring Coffee and Snacks
Pop into the office with a fresh supply of coffee and maybe an assortment of donuts or cookies. Take my word for it. In a busy veterinary practice, these will be appreciated all the away around. Your vet tech will love you for it and so will the rest of the hospital staff.
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4. Box of Chocolates or Fruit Basket
Another token of appreciation that will not go unnoticed is a box of chocolates. Alternatively, a fruit or candy basket would make a nice gift for the vet tech with a different kind of sweet tooth. And while all of these sweets are appropriate on holidays, your vet tech will feel extra-special if he receives such a token on a regular (non-holiday) work-day.
5. Tell Them ‘Job Well Done’
Last but not least, and probably most importantly, the next time you see your vet tech in the veterinary office, put on a big smile and tell her what a great job she’s doing. And don’t forget to tell her veterinarian how lucky the veterinary hospital is to have her as an employee.
COMMENTS FROM LOVIN MY PUP.COM: THIS IS SUCH AN INTERESTING ARTICLE!! BUT I CAN’T HELP BUT THINK THAT SOME OF THE SUGGESTIONS ARE OVER THE TOP ON MOST OCCASIONS! I LOVE THE VET TECHS IN BELLA’S CLINIC. THEY ARE SO KNOWLEDGEABLE AND ARE ALWAYS READY AND WILLING TO ANSWER QUESTIONS OR GIVE SUGGESTIONS. IN FACT, BELLA’S 20 POUND WEIGHT LOSS IS DIRECTLY ATTRIBUTED TO A VET TECH WHO DEVELOPED HER PORTION CONTROL USING THE FOOD THAT SHE WAS ALREADY ON. ANOTHER VET TECH, ON THE WAY OUT, SUGGESTED THAT I USE CARROTS AND STRING BEANS AS TREATS INSTEAD OF THE ONES THAT I WAS GIVING HER. VOILA! DOWN 20 LBS IN 6 MONTHS. I SENT A THANK YOU NOTE TO THE OFFICE.
I AM A FIRM BELIEVER IN THANK YOU NOTES. THEY ARE TOTALLY APPROPRIATE FOR SHOWING APPRECIATION TO THE STAFF WHO WORK WITH YOUR PETS. AT CHRISTMAS TIME, A BOX OF CANDY , COOKIES, OR AN ARRANGEMENT WOULD BE GOOD. I LIKE THE IDEA OF COFFEE AND DONUTS AS WELL, AS LONG AS THERE IS A SIGNIFICANT REASON (IE, SUCCESSFUL SURGERY, RECOVERY FROM SEVERE ILLNESS, ETC.) IN MY PERSONAL OPINION, I DON’T SEE WHY ROSES WOULD EVER BE APPROPRIATE. WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT THIS?. PLEASE FEEL FREE TO COMMENT WITH YOUR OPINIONS AND/OR WHAT YOU HAVE DONE IN THE PAST TO REWARD GOOD CARE.
AND DON’T FORGET TO SHARE YOUR LOVE WITH YOUR PETS EVERY DAY! KEEP COMING BACK!