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Surgical Techs and New Technology in the OR

Pictured is a Surgical Tech in an operating room.

The future is here

Those of you who are thinking about careers as Surgical Technologists may be wondering what the future holds in terms of the newest, most advanced operating room technologies. For example, the use of robotics have already appeared in operating rooms around the country.

With recent government rules for better treatment and shorter hospitalizations, especially for non-emergency surgeries, technological advances will mean not only less time in the hospital but reducing the need for some procedures as well as frequency of others. Training Surgical Technologists in the correct use of the latest medical equipment will help to continue to improve performance and safety and reduce downtime.

Where do Surgical Technologists fit into this picture?

With all of the talk about automation and especially the role of robotics in the operating room, will there be a place for future technologists and other support personnel as technology appears to be ready to take over more tasks?  After all, technology has been reducing not only lengthy hospital stays but sometimes the need for certain kinds of  inpatient surgery altogether.

You can relax, according to Robotic Coordinator John Bires, while pointing out the scope of his hospital’s surgical robot, the da Vinci XI as it performs kidney surgery under the control of the surgeon working the control console.

“This is the XI robot…it has a different make-up but can reach a lot more parts of the patient easily. It also makes it easier for the staff to use.”

AS he speaks, the presence of doctors, nurses and surgical techs working in the room emphasize his point: “We will still need a surgical tech. Still need a surgeon. Still need an anesthesiologist, still need a nurse. All the people still have jobs. We can just do the job better with a robot.”

No matter how advanced and useful robots, camera imaging and other new technologies may be, there is and will continue to be a need for trained Surgical Technologists and other key support personnel. Operating rooms will continue to need pre- and post-op disinfecting, and instruments will need to be sterilized and accounted for, ensuring that Surgical Technicians will remain valued members of the medical team.

Veterinary Technician or Veterinary Assistant? What’s the difference?

Pictured is a woman feeding a horse

Animals – you love them and you want to work with animals but you are not sure which role is best for you.  Or you are a pet parent and you didn’t even know that there are Vet Assistants and Vet Technicians – they all wear scrubs and care for your pet when a visit is necessary.

Both positions do share the same responsibilities.  For example: They are required to sterilize each patient room in-between patients, as well as ensuring all tools and other area’s of the clinic are properly sterilized.  Both are required to be trained on proper disposal of needles and comply with all OSHA standards.

However, the major difference between a Veterinary Technician and a Veterinary Assistant is education among other differences listed below:

Veterinary Technicians

  • In order to become a Veterinary Tech you must attend a two year accredited college and obtain an AA.  Or attend a Technical School that provides a Vet Technician program .  After successful completion of the required education, Vet Technicians are required to take and pass a Credentialing exam.
  • Technicians complete an overall cursory exam and document findings in the patients medical record.
  • Properly calculate medication dosages and volumes of liquids or tablets to be administered to the patient.
  • Administer IV, IM, SQ and oral medications.
  • Provide IV and SQ fluid therapy to patients and maintain aseptic conditions.
  • Draw blood for transfusions type match match blood samples and perform blood transfusions.
  • Responsible for accurate readings of blood tests by properly smearing of the slide.  The ability to identify blood born pathogens.
  • Understand aspetic principles and apply them towards surgical patients, instruments, equipment and room

The above listed responsibilities are just a few as Vet Technicians are relied upon for many tasks.  Veterinarian Technicians are the “Nurses” in the animal world.  However, the position of a Vet Assistant is just as important.

Veterinary Assistant

  • Requires High School Diploma.
  • Understands medical terminology.
  • Supports the receptionist with scheduling appointments, making payments and keeping records up to date.
  • Over-see’s all supplies and orders supplies as needed.
  • Must know and understand all OSHA regulations.
  • Knowledgeable on infectious diseases.
  • Communicate after care (if necessary) to pet parents.
  • Assist with wound dressings and treatments and other tasks as requested by the Doctor or Technician

Again, the above listed are just a few responsibilities of a Vet Assistant.

As indicated, both roles are significantly important.  But what is not listed on the responsibilities is love and compassion for animals.  It takes very special individuals to work in either roles.

Surgical Technology Student Becomes Programs First Graduate!

Pictured is Kirsten at her Surgical Technology externship location/future employer!We’d like to congratulate Kirsten Brown (middle), who just completed her externship as the first graduate from our Surgical Technology program! She completed her 60 weeks of theory and lab with us here at MCC. She then spent her 13 week externship with Children’s Hospital, where she’s been offered a full-time position!

Through the use of classroom lecture, activities and hands-on laboratory exercises, Kirsten learned to perform a wide range of Surgical Technology skills including client education, office procedures and surgery.

We’re so proud of you, Kirsten! We look forward to seeing where your professional career takes you!

Interested in a Surgical Technology career?

Milwaukee Career College helps you get the skills you need to succeed in a new career. Want to learn more? Fill out the form or give us a call get get more info!

If you read one article about surgical techs, read this one.

Pictured are some MCC Surgical Tech Students

Whether you’re still trying to figure out what you want to be when you grow up or you already have your heart set on becoming a surgical tech, this article is for you. Surgical tech is the coolest career in the world (that might not be factually correct but in our opinion, it’s a fact) for these five reasons.

#5 – Endless Job Opportunities

Every surgery ward in the world needs a team of surgical techs, and many hospitals need surgery techs 24 hours a day, seven days a week. And geography doesn’t limit your options; whether you live in a big city or a small town, chances are there is a hospital nearby. If you aren’t convinced yet, the number of surgical techs hired annually is projected to increase every year from now until 2022.

#4 – Less School, Same Potential

Surgical techs can earn their degree in under two years while still enjoying a rewarding career, a competitive salary, meaningful work, and ample opportunity to grow. You can expect to learn everything you need to know to be successful in your surgery tech career in just two years, which means you can start your career earlier.

# 3 – Every Day is Different

While some people love monotony and routine and predictability, you love adventure and excitement. Surgery techs never know what to expect from one day to the next; they see it all. They have the opportunity to learn and grow and experience new things every single day of their careers. The work is exciting, interesting, and engaging, which makes the day go by fast.

# 2 – Varying Shifts

Some people aren’t able to work a standard Monday through Friday job from 9 – 5. In many facilities, surgical techs are staffed on the evening and night shifts as well which can provide dynamic work opportunities for single parents, students pursuing a higher degree, or night owls.

#1 – You Save Lives

Saving lives is the number one benefit of becoming a surgical tech, hands down. The satisfaction of knowing that you played a role in a life-changing procedure is unmatched.

Learn more about the Surgical Technology program at Milwaukee Career College today!

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Noel Fritz

"My time at MCC was amazing! The faculty and staff genuinely care about each and every student. I couldn’t thank Mrs. Hoover, Mrs. Jordan, and Mrs. Buckley enough for teaching us the knowledge and skills we need to succeed in the medical field. Hard work and dedication landed me an externship I could only dream of with Froedtert Hospital. I am beyond blessed to have had the opportunity to accept an offer and start my career as a medical assistant with Froedtert Hospital. Dream. Achieve. Succeed."


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Picture is Noel Fritz checking a patient's blood pressure.

Noel Fritz

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Noel Fritz

Picture is Noel Fritz checking a patient's blood pressure.
"My time at MCC was amazing! The faculty and staff genuinely care about each and every student. I couldn’t thank Mrs. Hoover, Mrs. Jordan, and Mrs. Buckley enough for teaching us the knowledge and skills we need to succeed in the medical field. Hard work and dedication landed me an externship I could only dream of with Froedtert Hospital. I am beyond blessed to have had the opportunity to accept an offer and start my career as a medical assistant with Froedtert Hospital. Dream. Achieve. Succeed." View more testimonials

Chaya Cohen

The admissions department and accomondations for future students is amazing :)
Looking forward to starting the vet assistant course on the 26th! :)

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Chaya Cohen

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Chaya Cohen

The admissions department and accomondations for future students is amazing :) Looking forward to starting the vet assistant course on the 26th! :) View more testimonials

Amanda Krebs

While I was a student at MCC I had an amazing time. All the teachers took the time to get to know their students, even Dr. Cybela. I was able to learn hands on in the career, and Mcc helped me find a Job in the field I studied. This is a great school, and I am glad I was a student.


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Pictured is MCC grad Amanda Krebs working in a Vet Clinic

Amanda Krebs

Milwaukee Career College
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Amanda Krebs

Pictured is MCC grad Amanda Krebs working in a Vet Clinic
While I was a student at MCC I had an amazing time. All the teachers took the time to get to know their students, even Dr. Cybela. I was able to learn hands on in the career, and Mcc helped me find a Job in the field I studied. This is a great school, and I am glad I was a student. View more testimonials

Tiffany Tice

Some of the best memories I have, have been made here.. =)

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Tiffany Tice

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