What is an Equine Vet Tech?

In honor of National Veterinary Technician Week, here’s some information about vets’ right-hand men and women.

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What is an Equine Vet Tech?
Vet techs are the nurses of the veterinary profession, and they provide specialized care and can assist in a variety of diagnostic, medical, and surgical procedures for both small and large animals. | Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt/The Horse
While your veterinarian is explaining the procedure he’s about to perform on your horse, there’s likely another person preparing the required materials. And late at night, while you’re trying to sleep but worrying about your horse’s condition after surgery, someone is there watching over him and ensuring he’s receiving all the care he needs.

Who are these individuals? They’re veterinary technicians, of course.

“Teamwork is the basis of any horse-related activity; veterinary care is no exception,” said Luis Cadena, DVM, of Peterson & Smith Equine Hospital in Ocala, Florida. “Vet technician work is vital in every aspect of our job. Our safety and the safety of the horse are in their hands.”

In celebration of National Veterinary Technician Week, let’s take a closer look at our veterinarians’ right-hand men and women

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Erica Larson, former news editor for The Horse, holds a degree in journalism with an external specialty in equine science from Michigan State University in East Lansing. A Massachusetts native, she grew up in the saddle and has dabbled in a variety of disciplines including foxhunting, saddle seat, and mounted games. Currently, Erica competes in eventing with her OTTB, Dorado.

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