Contrary to popular belief, you don’t need to be a vet tech to work in a veterinarian office; however, veterinarian technicians have a level of expertise individuals without, don’t have. Veterinary technicians assist the veterinarian during surgery and other procedures, and they are also known as veterinary assistants, veterinary technicians and Certified Veterinary Technicians (CVTs).


When you visit our veterinarian office in Fort Collins, you will most likely be brought back to the procedure room by vet assistant. We employ assistants to help complete daily duties for animals who stay at our facility, billing and other duties.

Veterinary Technician

A veterinary technician will likely be the individual in the procedure room with you prior to the veterinarian. During this time, the vet tech will take your pet’s temperature, check their ears for blockage and more. Veterinary technicians are certified by the American Veterinary Medical Association or other accrediting agency approved by the board. To become a vet tech, the individual must have met the minimum qualifications and fulfilled requirements prescribed by Board rule. A veterinary technician may also help the veterinarian during procedures and surgeries.

What are the main differences between technicians and assistants?

You may still be trying to figure out what the real differences between a veterinary technician and assistant are; let us be of some assistance. A veterinary technician has the authority to perform minor veterinary procedures on their own whereas a veterinary assistance must be under the supervision of a veterinarian to complete such tasks. In the end, neither a veterinary technician nor an assistant can perform surgery, prescribe, diagnose or engage in any activity prohibited by Colorado’s veterinary practice act.


There’s no doubt about it, we know you want the best care possible for your furry friend. We only hire individuals who have excelled in their educational courses and have the experience we can rely on. With that being said, veterinary technicians are properly trained in a vet tech school and have aptitude for general science and more. Assistance usually do not require any education but we make sure our veterinary assistants know how to handle animals properly.

Make an appointment with our veterinarian today!

Is it time your dog or cat visits with our veterinarian and technicians today? We recommend you schedule at least one veterinarian visit per year to make sure your furry friend is happy and healthy. We’ll be sure to send you reminders in the mail to keep your pet up-to-date; however, we welcome appointments without a reminder card. If you are in the need of veterinary assistance, please don’t hesitate to give us a call today at 970-223-7789. We’re Fort Collins’ Top Rated Local® Veterinary Hospital and we have the ability to treat your pet with the care they deserve. Reach out to us online now and schedule an appointment.