My name is Mark Romanoski and I am a Certified Veterinary Technician (CVT) at VETMED. I primarily work in the surgery department, but often help in other departments when it is needed.
Working as a Certified Veterinary Technician
My number one and most important role as a CVT is patient advocate.
Our patients do not have the ability to tell us what is wrong or where it hurts, and they depend on us to communicate to their Doctor any change in behavior, symptoms, vital signs, or reactions to medications. Technicians are specially trained in a range of areas from anesthesia to disease pathology, and we work closely with the Doctors to care for our patients.
Here at VETMED, we work with our Board Certified Surgeons and Cardiologists to perform a large number of surgeries including, open chest and non-invasive heart surgery, soft-tissue, neuro-surgery, and orthopedic surgery. We can do it all here!
Certified Technicians are able to complete advanced training in over 12 specialty areas of veterinary medicine including Surgery, Emergency and Critical Care, Equine, Zoo Medicine… the list goes on and on! Learning and constantly growing my medical knowledge and background is a huge aspect of the job for me specifically, and I spend much of my time outside of work researching advancements within the field and applying that knowledge in my day-to-day work.
With a field that is changing every day, we need to be able to change along with it in order to provide the best possible medical care.
A Typical Day for Me
VETMED’s team of veterinary technicians and I have a very wide range of duties in the surgery department. My day often starts bright and early, checking in surgical patients, calculating drug doses, and administering treatments. While in surgery, we are responsible for monitoring the patient under anesthesia, recording vital signs, and looking for trends or conditions that help us better control anesthetic depth and knowing how body systems will respond to a given stimulus. Anesthesia and surgery can be very challenging, but helping both our patients and clients through difficult times is really rewarding.
Outside of work, I spend much of my time volunteering as a CVT at the Phoenix Zoo Animal Care Center.
While the setting and animals I work with may differ, the goal is the same: to educate, advocate, and provide outstanding medical care for my patients… Whether it’s a two-pound kitten or a 200-pound lion, each is deserving of the best.
Why I Love My Job
I can honestly say that being a Certified Veterinary Technician is so much more than a job for me, and I cannot imagine my life doing anything different. Animals and nature conservation are my biggest passions in life, and I am so grateful that VETMED and all of our amazing clients and patients are a part of it.