Veterinary technicians are often the unsung heroes of the animal care world. But many times, they’re the ones to give your beloved pet some much-needed TLC during their nervous moments at the veterinary clinic.

For National Veterinary Technician Week, we’re showing our love for vet techs by showcasing photos that our Facebook fans submitted of these doting technicians having sweet moments with the pets in their care.

Do you have a vet tech you really appreciate? Tell us about them in the comments!

Cuddling must be one of the best parts of a vet tech's job! Here, technician Carolyn Torno holds an adorable Basset Hound puppy at Hillside Animal Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri. The tech's proud mom submitted this photo.

Jess Spalla of Pawsitive Pet Care in Waterloo, Iowa, helps her patient CJ get a better view of the squirrels at the feeding station outside.

Feathered friends need some comfort, too. Dedicated veterinary technician Amanda Horton from Street Road Animal Hospital in Pennsylvania gives some love to a baby macaw before her first exam.

Carmen DeSantis, a technician at Mahopac Animal Hospital in New York, says a bittersweet goodbye to the hospital cat, General, after he found his forever home with a relative of one of the clinic's doctors.

Vet tech June Chamness gives Chloe a goodbye kiss. The dog was on her way home after a cystotomy at North Central Veterinary Emergency Center in Westville, Indiana.

Some vet techs get the chance to give more unusual patients their care. Holli Dawn Faulkner hugs Camielle the pig at Angel Fire Small Animal Hospital in New Mexico. "I was born to do this!" she writes. "I love my animals, I love your animals, I love ALL animals."

Nothing shows your love more than a selfie! Tech Devin Stetzer shared this pic she took with her patient Faylynn. "I love being a CVT because — why else?! I get to assist in every aspect of an animal's life! From birth to death, from illness to health, from homelessness to happiness!" she writes.

Sometimes it's quiet moments like these that are the most memorable. "Our very own, very dear Kara Hepworth is pictured here sharing a peaceful moment with a stray kitten rescued by a county resident in Saginaw, Michigan," wrote the Veterinary Health Center, when they shared this sweet photo.
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