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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.