Happy National Volunteer Week

IMG_5725IMG_5726We would like to take this time to thank and acknowledge all of the volunteers including our own Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT), Suzanne, for selflessly dedicating their time to support causes they believe in. Suzanne volunteers some of her time to the Canine Confidence Crew at Ventura County Animal Services (VCAS). The crew works with dogs who have high energy and/or confidence issues. They stimulate and build confidence in these dogs by getting them to focus and stand on certain objects. They are also using their muscles to balance on these objects which, in turn, tires them physically. "Some come in scared with no confidence," says Suzanne "and they leave a tired, confident dog." Suzanne is not the only one volunteering her time at the Ventura County shelters. Our no-kill Simi Valley and Camarillo shelters are supported by over 100 volunteers. We want to thank each and every volunteer from the bottom of our hearts for making our community a better place. If you're interested in volunteering for VCAS click here.

This Week is National RVT Week!

We are so proud to have three outstanding Registered Veterinary Technicians (RVT) on our staff to help provide outstanding care for your pets. RVTs have at least an associate degree in the sciences and are required to pass state and national board examinations along with completing a considerable amount of certified continued education in order to uphold their license. On any given day, an RVT performs their profession as a general caregiver, phlebotomist, surgical assistant, cytologist, pharmacy technician, anesthetist, dental technician, or radiologist. Being a veterinary technician can not only be hard on your body but it can be difficult emotionally considering you can sometimes see pets at their worst. We cannot begin to convey the importance of RVTs in this field and we are very proud of our RVTs, Tom, Libby, and Suzanne. This month, Tom and Libby are featured on the cover of the veterinary-exclusive, Trends magazine published by the American Animal Hospital Association. Trends magazine is delivered to about 30,000 veterinary hospital across the US and Canada. The magazine features the importance of veterinarian technicians in the article, "The Truth About Technicians: the good, the bad, and the beautiful." If you would like more information about being a Registered Veterinary Technician in the state of California click here.

National Vet Tech Week

National Veterinary Technician Week is October 12th-19th. We are so thrilled to have three outstanding Registered Veterinary Technicians (RVT) on our staff. RVTs are highly skilled at anesthesia induction and monitoring, radiology, pharmacology, dental procedures, and so much more. Our RVTs are a big reason we are able to offer pets such high quality care. Thank you Tom, Libby, and Suzanne! It generally takes 2-3 years to complete schooling to become an RVT. Once schooling is complete, a state and national board examination must be passed. The nearest Veterinary Technician program is at Pierce College. Click here for more information.