Homeward Bound Animal Clinic

1809 4th AVE SW
Rochester, MN 55902




Trust Your Veterinary Technician


Veterinary technicians work with veterinarians to give your pet the best care possible. Help us make a difference for your pet and all of the pets in our care.


Meet Our Veterinary Technicians:
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Sierra Nelson

I'm a passionate Veterinary technician/assistant with over 4 years of experience. I currently have my Associates in Health Science and I also have my certificates in both communication studies and workplace communications, which I have all obtained at RCTC. I am currently a student at Penn Foster College to become a certified veterinary technician. Outside of work, I enjoy snuggling and playing with my two cats, Luffy and Dojah, who mean the world to me. I also enjoy fishing, traveling, and doing arts and crafts. I believe in being an advocate for all animals as well as working with and educating all clients to provide them with the information needed so that our furry friends can have the best quality of life and live long, happy, healthy lives!



Ask us questions!

Trusting us with your questions and allowing us to use our experience and skills in providing care, performing diagnostic tests, administering vaccines and medications, and more frees up time for veterinarians to focus on the things only they can do. When a pet owner trusts us, they make a difference too.

Get to know us!

It is our pleasure to serve you and your pet. Veterinary technicians have an essential role in delivering care to your pet.

You don't need to save all of your questions for your veterinarian. Don't hesitate to ask your vet tech and we'll help make the most of your visit.


5 Things You Didn't Know About Your Veterinary Technician

1. You may have noticed that your veterinary technician is always busy! Veterinary technicians have an essential role in delivering care to your pet, from assisting in surgeries and performing advanced procedures. We conduct medical tests, take tissue and blood samples, administer anesthesia, assist with surgeries and post-surgical monitoring, pain management, long-term chronic illness treatments, provide intensive care nursing and monitoring, and work with pet owners, among other duties. And, oh, yes, find time for head scratches and belly rubs.

2. Showing compassion isn't the only thing veterinary technicians are good at - we are credentialed and formally trained to provide expert care for pets.

3. We don't want to brag, but credentialed veterinary technicians must have advanced training and complete a national exam to become certified.

4. Credentialed veterinary technicians must pass rigorous exams like the Veterinary Technician National Exam (VTNE). They must also graduate from an AVMA-accredited AS or BS program. Once credentialed, vet techs also complete ongoing continuing education requirements (CE). Trust us - we've earned our designations!

5. To obtain the Veterinary Technician Specialist designation (VTS), applicants must devote a minimum of three years to one of 16 clinical areas of intense focus (emergency and critical care, anesthesia and analgesia, rehabilitation, dentistry, nutrition, internal medicine, cardiology, ophthalmology, among others) before becoming a candidate. This process also involves case logging, skills verification and a rigorous exam. The VTS must undergo board recertification every five years.


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50 45th AVE Southwest 
Rochester, MN 55902

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