Q-tips can be safely used by someone that has knowledge of the shape of the dogs ear canal. Obviously after breaking off the first q-tip that tech should of quit.
I'm a tech and honestly most people don't hold their dogs properly for the vet to examine them. Our job is to prevent the vet from being bitten. It sounds terrible but the practice can go on with an injured tech but not an injured vet. We all understand that and it goes along with the job.
Do I care, as a tech, what a dogs ears look like when they come into the office? Heck no! I leave that decision making up to the vet.
Caretaker of 2 dobermans,, 1 schnauzer, 5 cats, 3 goats, 1 parrot, 1 bearded dragon lizard, 11 chinchillas.
Rest in peace, Cricket, Casey, Bella, Yank, Chloe and Bones.