By Staff and Press Reports
The Choctaw Animal Clinic celebrated National Veterinary Technician Week October 13-19. The clinic’s new veterinary technician is Amanda McGraw. She graduated from Mississippi State University in 2013 with a Bachelors Degree in Veterinary Medical Technology. This is a four year program involving two years of general classes, one year of veterinary technology lectures and labs and the final year in clinical rotations and externships.
As a tech, Amanda assists Dr. Rita Morris with the patient care, assessment and nursing. She prepares pets for surgeries, assists in surgery, monitors pets during anesthesia and recovery. She also performs many lab procedures in the clinic. Amanda communicates with clients and provides education on pet healthcare, nutrition and post-communicates with clients and provides education on pet healthcare, nutrition and post-surgical care. She works with the rest of the staff in keeping the clinic clean and ready for business. Amanda will help Dr. Morris provide the best care possible for every animal that visits the clinic.
During National Veterinary Technician Week, veterinary technicians are celebrated for their tireless work they perform as advocates and caretakers for hospitalized pets.
Veterinary technicians work throughout animal clinics and hospitals providing nursing care, patient assessment, and surgical assistance along with many other duties.
Amanda is a member of the National Association of Veterinary Technicians of America and American Association of Equine Veterinary Technicians. She has special interests in equine medicine and behavior modification.
At home, Amanda has 3 horses, 2 dogs, 1 cat and 2 birds. She is currently engaged to be married. In her days off, she gives horse riding lessons at Southern Oaks Farm in Starkville.