In an effort to expand access to care in our community, and to make routine and simple visits more affordable, we are excited to announce the addition of Veterinary ParaProfessional Exams (VPP) to our team.
Pets scheduled for a VPP exam must have a recent (within 12 months) exam by a veterinarian at Queen Creek Vet and be healthy. During this visit, a technician will examine your pet and answer questions related to things such as recommended diet, behavior, training, and relay recommendations for annual testing and vaccinations. If needed, vaccinations may be administered by the technician.
Because pets will not be seeing a veterinarian, these are for healthy pets only. If during the examination a medical concern is identified, the technician will ask if you would like to have it addressed with a veterinarian at our regular office fees. This can be done within the same visit in most cases, but there may be a short wait until a veterinarian is available. Otherwise we will reschedule the appointment with a veterinarian at our earliest availability.
Our veterinary para professionals are technicians with college-level education in animal anatomy, physiology, and health. They have completed either a Certified Veterinary Technician program (CVT) or a bachelor’s degree in an Animal Science or Veterinary Science field. Additionally, these technicians have reached the highest level of technical training that our hospital offers and are experienced with anesthetic procedures, surgeries, dentistry, hospitalized and sick patients, and routine wellness care. Our VPP’s also undergo extensive additional training with Dr. Kurth, our Veterinary Medical Director. VPP’s are qualified to perform physical examinations, administer vaccines, answer general health and behavior questions, and identify concerns that need to be addressed by a veterinarian.
Veterinary Para Professional Technicians
Kayla is no stranger to veterinary medicine. She grew up helping care for pets staying at a veterinary hospital owned by a relative, taking on additional tasks over time. Kayla spent a few years enjoying the cooler weather while attending NAU and completed her first degree with a B.S of Political Science in 2016. She was quickly drawn back to her roots of animal welfare and medicine, so back to school she went. While attending ASU’s pre-vet program she reached out to QCVC to see about job shadowing. Kayla was then hired as a technician and has worked in all areas of the hospital gaining experience in patient care, medical examination and records and monitoring anesthesia. In 2021, Kayla graduated with her Bachelor of Science in Pre-Veterinary Medicine at Arizona State University. She is looking forward to continuing her education with a focus on zoological medicine.