MHS celebrates Veterinary Technology Appreciation Week
Mariah Garcia Midlands Humane Society
The week of October 16-22 is National Veterinary Tech Appreciation Week, a time to show our appreciation for all the hard work of vet techs in shelters and clinics across the country. Think of vet techs as the nurses of the veterinary world. They take vital signs, administer first aid, take samples and educate owners on different diagnoses and treatments. Veterinary techs are essential in the veterinary world and according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, between the years 2018 and 2028, vet tech occupations are expected to grow by 19%, which is much faster than your average occupation. This is due to advances in veterinary medicine which provide more possibilities for different treatments and medications.
Midlands Humane Society’s team of veterinary technicians may be small, but they are mighty. Between them, and with the help of our head veterinarian, they take care of more than 150 animals daily in the shelter with various medical conditions. This includes performing assessments, administering medications, necessary treatments, and assisting with various surgical procedures. Between October 4 and October 13, they participated in 72 surgeries… wow!
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The veterinary technical team consists of a certified veterinary technician Jenny Jarrell and three assistant veterinary technicians: Hannah Williams, Magic Pacaj-Berka and Aidan Reitz.
Jenny Jarrell, director of animal care for MHS and a licensed veterinary technician, came to the shelter in 2016 after previously working in emergency veterinary care. Due to her professional background, Jenny is no stranger to a fast-paced work environment that requires constant problem solving.
Hannah joined MHS as an animal care technician with a background in phlebotomy, so it was an easy transition for her to move into the medical team. Hannah loves that she helps with spays and castrations, which helps with the overcrowding issue in our community.
Magic was previously the main animal care technician, which allowed her to train and help with animal care. Welcoming the animals includes vaccination on arrival and settling the animals in their temporary homes with water, food and a nice cozy blanket.
Aidan is the newest member of the medical team, having worked at reception as a customer service and adoption advisor, helping to facilitate adoptions and respond to inquiries from the public. Aidan’s favorite part of his day is learning something new and witnessing operations.
The impact that Jenny, Hannah, Magic and Aidan have on the thousands of animals that pass through the doors of MHS is immeasurable. Their dedication, compassion and flexibility in every circumstance presented to them is second to none and we are so grateful to have them in the MHS family.
If you have a vet tech who touched your life and made sure your furry family member was healthy and happy, consider showing your appreciation for their hard work. Whether it’s giving a shout out online, sending a card with a personalized note, or even dropping off some Dunkin’ Donuts, showing some love to the people who care for our beloved pets is a great way to give back.
From all of us at MHS, Happy Vet Tech Appreciation Week!
MHS Pets of the Week presented by Urgent Pet Care: Mungo is a one-year-old male Border Collie mix whose name is of Scottish origin and means “my pet”. He is a very happy boy who loves meeting new people. He can be a bit of an escape artist and would like an owner who can play with him outside and keep him busy, so he doesn’t decide to go on a solo adventure. He would love a house with another dog to play with! Onyx is a 6 year old male German Shepherd mix that will make a great companion for most families! He has already lived successfully with other dogs, cats and children and is a happy guy. Onyx would benefit from basic training to make him the most successful pup we know he can be. Ashes is a 4 year old Australian Shepherd who is full of energy. She would like an active family that can accompany her on all her adventures! She would prefer to be the only animal in the house, but can accept very slow and appropriate introductions with other animals in the house. Nzuri is a 4 year old lab/livestock female dog who was not in her best shape when she arrived at the shelter. She was underweight and really needed a bath to clean up, and since being treated, she has truly blossomed! When she gets to know new people, she becomes very affectionate and loves to play. Fast movements can make her nervous, so a home with teenage children would be best.
Visit our animals available Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and weekdays from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. The MHS will be closed on Wednesday October 19 for staff meetings. For more information on available pets, visit our website at www.midlandshumanesociety.org.