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Patient Care Staff Goes Above and Beyond

March 3, 2015

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Morgan Cecil, RVT, cares for a Chihuahua in the Small Animal Clinic.

While the veterinarians are often credited with the outstanding patient care provided at the Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital, none of it would be possible without the more than 200 members of the patient care staff. Providing the lion’s share of the day-to-day patient interaction, these technicians work around the clock to ensure the safety and well-being of the nearly 50,000 patients a year the hospital serves.

Patient care staff perform much of the monitoring and many of the treatments, feedings, groomings and walks required with each patient visit. They are at the forefront of monitoring patients throughout the day and night to make sure their stay at the VMTH is a happy, safe and healthy one. The staff is comprised of Registered Veterinary Technicians, Assistant Veterinary Technicians and Animal Health Technicians. Each has completed training programs and certifications to enable them to pursue their career paths in veterinary medicine.

Many members of the team have two- or four-year degrees in a designated area of animal science or veterinary patient care. Several are California Registered Veterinary Technicians and Veterinary Technician Specialists who are actively involved in providing continuing education to train others locally, nationally and internationally. All of the VMTH’s patient care staff must pass a rigorous on-going training program, and technicians must complete 20 hours of professional continuing education every two years to keep abreast of the latest advancements in veterinary medicine. Beyond caring for patients, the staff coaches, trains and monitors veterinary students and technician students in many aspects of patient care and paraveterinary techniques.

The patient care staff often forms close bonds with the patients, and the love and caring showered on the animals is greatly appreciated by their owners. The faculty and hospital administrators receive many letters from owners praising the quality of care provided by our technical staff.

About the Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital
The William R. Pritchard Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital at the University of California, Davis—a unit of the School of Veterinary Medicine—provides state-of-the-art clinical care while serving as the primary clinical teaching experience for DVM students and post graduate veterinarian residents. The VMTH treats more than 47,000 animals a year, ranging from cats and dogs to horses, cows and exotic species. To learn more about the VMTH, please go to Timely news updates can be received on its Facebook ( and Twitter ( pages.

Rob Warren
VMTH Communications & Marketing Officer