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Celebrating Vet Tech Week – Meet Tami

This week, we’re celebrating Veterinary Technician Appreciation Week by highlighting the Zoo’s four AMAZING vet techs! Some of their daily responsibilities include intubating animals and monitoring anesthesia, venipuncture and placing IV catheters, interpreting blood films, cytologies and fecals under the microscope, taking radiographs, and filling prescriptions. Although you may not see them on Zoo grounds like other staff, they’re an integral part of the team, playing an important role in providing exceptional animal health care.

Meet Tami!

How long have you been a vet tech at the Houston Zoo?

1 year

How did you start your career?

I trained at the Vet Tech Institute, and I have been a vet tech for 13 years. I did emergency and day practice before starting at the zoo last year.

What is your favorite thing about being a vet tech?

I love being able to interact and be close to some amazing species.

What’s one thing people might not know about what vet techs do?

Everything! Anesthesia, taking xrays, drawing blood, placing IV catheters, filling prescriptions, looking at bloodwork/blood smears and fecals. I wish it was just cuddling cute animals all day.