You are speaking at a local high school day about the veterinary technology profession. As you are describing the education required to become a credentialed veterinary technician, one of the students raises his hand and asks, "Why do veterinary technicians have to learn about drugs? After all, they aren't going to be veterinarians!" How might you address this legitimate question.
Today's veterinary technician cannot diagnose, do surgery, or prescribe treatment or medications, but the veterinary technician needs to understand how the drug works, its uses and contraindications, and the signs of adverse reactions to properly monitor in-hospital patients, to detect any possible adverse reactions early, and to educate clients or animal owners about the drug or if they have a question.