Veterinary Team Member Utilization Assessment Tool

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Table 5.3

This tool is not meant to depict a comprehensive list of tasks CrVTs can perform. In addition, the list of tasks is intended to be agnostic about the differences in state practice acts. It is instead meant to give a view of what is and what is not possible based on the current state of the practice.

For each skill/task, place a 1 in the column if that role regularly performs the task and place a 0 in the column if they do not. Total all points for each column. If the Veterinarian column has more than 5 points, consider moving those tasks to CrVTs. While this list is not inclusive of all skills a CrVT could perform, it gives the team a chance to self-evaluate and identify training opportunities. Overall, the list has 4 required tasks for a veterinarian; depending on state veterinary practice acts (or rules and regulations), all other tasks could be delegated to a CrVT or VA (either under direct or indirect supervision), depending on the skill level of the team.

Use this guide to determine the role of each team member within the practice, then seek (or develop) training to elevate the team to an optimal utilization state. Where overlap exists between the roles of the veterinarian and CrVT (for example, client communication, patient care, and team wellbeing), the veterinarian and CrVT should consider creating a document that defines how they will collaborate and support each other in practice.

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Skills/Tasks Veterinarian Performs CrVT Performs Other Veterinary Team Member Performs (VA, CSR) Not Performed/ Referred Out
Collect urine/fecal samples
Communicate a patient’s prognosis to a client**
Cytology sample collection
Dental charting*
Dental extractions*
Dental local blocks*
Dental prophylaxis*
Dental radiographs
Dental radiographs
Dermatological testing
Diagnose a patient’s condition**
Epidural block*
Esophagostomy tube maintenance
Establish an airway during cardiopulmonary arrest
Feeding tube care
Fill prescriptions
Gastric intubation
Intraosseous catheter placement
IV catheter placement*
IV fluid calculation—maintenance
Manage team roles during cardiopulmonary resuscitation
Medication administration, oral
Medication administration, injectable
Microchip insertion*
Monitor anesthesia parameters and maintain stable anesthetic plane
Monitor emergent/critically ill patient
Nail trims, anal gland expression, ear cleanings
Nasogastric tube placement
Neonatal care/resuscitation
Obtain arterial blood gas sample
Obtain diagnostic electrocardiogram
On-site triage
Ophthalmological testing (Schirmer tear test, fluorescein staining, tonometry)
Orthopedic radiographs (ventrodorsal shoulder, OFA pelvis, spinal series)
Pain assessment
Patient restraint
Perform chest compressions
Perform euthanasia
Perform initial teletriage
Perform intake physical examination (routine surgery patients, etc.)
Perform point-of-care ultrasounds
Perform surgery**
Peripheral catheter placement
Physical rehabilitation assessments
Place intravenous catheter and administer resuscitative drugs during cardiopulmonary resuscitation
Radiographs (basic)
Recheck appointments
Recover postoperative/ sedated patients
Routine hospital/ clinic cleaning: kennels, laundry, floorcare, etc.
Run and read in-house laboratory tests (urinalysis, complete blood count, chemistry panel, packed cell volume, SNAP tests)
Surgical assisting
Suture/staple removal
Suture existing skin incisions*
Telehealth/ follow-up
Tracheal intubation*
Ultrasound-guided nerve blocks*
Urinary catheter placement (dogs, cats)
Urinary catheter placement/ unblock a male cat
(obtained, monitored) on a nonanesthetized patient
Walk post–orthopedic surgery/neurologic patients
Walk stable canine patients
Write prescriptions**

*State dependent; some practice acts allow VAs or CrVTs to perform tasks as long as a veterinarian is present (on premises or in room).
**These skills/tasks are only performed by a licensed veterinarian.

CrVT, credentialed veterinary technician; CSR, customer service representative; OFA, Orthopedic Foundation for Animals; VA, veterinary assistant.

The 2023 AAHA Technician Utilization Guidelines are generously supported by CareCredit, Hill’s Pet Nutrition, and IDEXX.

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