How Unique a Vet Tech is From a Vet Assistant

Vet Tech is From a Vet Assistant

Many people are confused between veterinary technician and veterinary assistant. They thought both professions are the same. In fact, it is important to understand that a vet tech is totally different from a vet assistant. Both professions are different in many aspects such as academic qualifications, tasks performed, salaries paid, levels of skill and competency, etc. Here’s dog training career overview for beginners.

In general, vet techs are educated to be the veterinarian’s nurses or laboratory technicians. They must receive formal training from any accredited veterinary school for 2 years and obtain the certification after passing the Veterinary Technician National Exam. Passing this exam assures the public that the vet techs have the entry level knowledge of the routine duties they are asked to perform in any veterinary hospital or clinic. They can perform work like giving injections, collecting blood and urine, removing stitches as well as administering medications for the sick or injured animals independently. Besides, their tasks also include assisting the veterinarians during surgical procedures and providing intensive care for animals.

On the other hand, a vet assistant is someone whose role and responsibilities are totally different from a vet tech. The vet assistants usually have experience working in the animal care field but they are not licensed vet techs who possess academic qualification and certification. Most of them are responsible for doing front office work such greeting pet owners, taking appointments, escorting the patients and their owners to exam room, weighing the patients, doing proper filing, etc. In certain circumstances, the vet assistants also provide assistance during surgical procedures but they are not allowed to give injections or administer medication on their own.

In fact, vet nurses can be the supervisors for the vet assistants and their job scope is much wider. Vet nurses should be proud of themselves as their professional qualifications are recognize

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Health Services

Health Services

Health Services

Health Services

Public health is entering a new era, and the OKC-County Health Department is proud to be among those who are leading the way. We aim to reduce chronic diseases by keeping our citizens well instead of dealing with illness after people become sick.

In this section of the website, you will find many of OCCHD’s clinical services, which you can see in the menu on the left side of this page. In addition to clinical services, you will also find services for children, heart disease reduction, and diabetes prevention.

Release of Records

If you would like to request a release of records, please complete the Release of Records form. After completing this form, you may bring the form in to OCCHD Kelley, which is located at 921 NE 23rd Street, Oklahoma City, OK 73105. To mail the form, please address it to:

OKC-County Health Department
ATTN: HIPAA Officer
921 NE 23rd Street, Oklahoma City, OK 73105

HIPAA

It is the policy of the OKC-County Health Department to keep all your medical and personal information confidential. To download our HIPAA Privacy Notice, please click here

Filing a HIPAA Privacy Complaint

If you believe that a person, program, or location within the Oklahoma City-County Health Department (OCCHD) violated your (or someone’s else’s) health information privacy rights or committed another violation of the HIPAA Privacy Rule, you may file a complaint with OCCHD.

If you believe that an entity or person other than OCCHD (such as a physician, nurse, pharmacy, hospital, clinic, nursing home, or health insurance company) violated your HIPAA Privacy, you may file a complaint with the Federal Office of Civil Rights.

Complaints to OCCHD (regarding an OCCHD person, program, or location) must:

  1. Be filed in writing, either on paper or electronically;
  2. Name the person, program, or location within OCCHD that is the subject of the complaint and describe the acts or omissions believed to be in violation of the HIPAA Privacy Rule;
  3. Be filed with 180 days of when you knew that the act of omission occurred.

Filing a complaint with OCCHD is voluntary. However, without the information requested, OCCHD may be unable to proceed with your complaint. We will use the information you provide to determine if the we have jurisdiction and, if so, how we will process your complaint.
Names or other identifying information about individuals are disclosed when it is necessary for investigation of possible health information privacy violations, for internal systems operations, or for routine uses, which include disclosure of information outside OCCHD for purposes associated with health information privacy compliance and as permitted by law.

It is illegal for OCCHD to intimidate, threaten, coerce, discriminate or retaliate against you for filing this complaint or for taking any other action to enforce your rights under the Privacy Rule.

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Wellness Now in Action

Wellness Now in Action

Wellness Now in Action

Wellness Now in Action

Open Streets OKC 2015

Open Streets OKC 2015 Outcomes
For a list of presenting sponsors and information about Open Streets OKC please visit the Open Streets OKC website.

November is American Diabetes Month!

One out of ten Oklahoma City residents suffer from diabetes. One in four people that have diabetes do not know that they have it! To decrease or delay your risk of Type II diabetes, visit your doctor annually, choose healthy foods, and exercise most days of the week.Try healthcare admin classes by state for a professional healthcare knowledge.

Diabetes FAQs

Come Kick It!

OCCHD, Wellness Now Coalition, Shape Your Future, and Santa Fe South Schools hosted a kickball tournament on Saturday, May 31st, in honor of World No Tobacco Day and Physical Fitness Month.

Open Streets OKC – 2014

For one afternoon in the spring of 2014, NW 23rd Street from Western to Robinson became a car-free space for an engaged, active community and a showcase for local businesses, organizations, and activities.

Wellness Now, along with the City of Oklahoma City, The Neighborhood Alliance of Central Oklahoma, the Y, and the Association of Central Oklahoma Governments (ACOG) hosted an Open Streets event on Sunday, March 30th.

Open Streets had something for everyone – food, music, art, dance, and fun – plus gave people the opportunity to xplore the 23rd Street corridor like never before. Everyone had the chance to not only learn about health and active transportation, but live it as well.

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Wellness Now in Action

Open Streets OKC 2015

Open Streets OKC 2015 Outcomes
For a list of presenting sponsors and information about Open Streets OKC please visit the Open Streets OKC website.

November is American Diabetes Month!

One out of ten Oklahoma City residents suffer from diabetes. One in four people that have diabetes do not know that they have it! To decrease or delay your risk of Type II diabetes, visit your doctor annually, choose healthy foods, and exercise most days of the week.

Diabetes FAQs

Come Kick It!

OCCHD, Wellness Now Coalition, Shape Your Future, and Santa Fe South Schools hosted a kickball tournament on Saturday, May 31st, in honor of World No Tobacco Day and Physical Fitness Month.

Open Streets OKC – 2014

For one afternoon in the spring of 2014, NW 23rd Street from Western to Robinson became a car-free space for an engaged, active community and a showcase for local businesses, organizations, and activities.

Wellness Now, along with the City of Oklahoma City, The Neighborhood Alliance of Central Oklahoma, the Y, and the Association of Central Oklahoma Governments (ACOG) hosted an Open Streets event on Sunday, March 30th.

Open Streets had something for everyone – food, music, art, dance, and fun – plus gave people the opportunity to xplore the 23rd Street corridor like never before. Everyone had the chance to not only learn about health and active transportation, but live it as well.

Open Streets OKC 2014 Outcomes PDF

Follow OKC-County Health Department’s board Open Streets OKC on Pinterest.

For more information about the Open Streets event, please see the Open Streets website.

NE Regional Health and Wellness Center Community Festival

To celebrate the opening of our NE Regional Health and Wellness Center, a community festival was held on May 4, 2013.

Walkability Workshop and Audit April 13, 2013

Results of Walkability Workshop

5210 Launch Event

The 5210 Launch event on October 7th, 2012 was a great success! For pictures and media from the event, please see the 5210 Facebook page.

Weight of the Nation

Wellness Now and OCCHD hosted a screening of the HBO documentary series “Weight of the Nation” on July 30, 2012. The screening was a rousing success, with lots of attendees and a wonderful panel discussion afterwards. Thank you to everyone that attended!

Sugar Sweetened Beverages

In recognition of National Public Health Week April 1-7, 2013, all Oklahoma City residents were urged to go “Sugary Drink Free” for one week and help cut hundreds of unnecessary calories from their diets. Materials to support schools, organizations, and to encourage residents to be “sugary drink free” are available on this page.

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