@Mindthinkr - I am so sorry. As a vet tech, I am appalled. Techs that say they 'can handle a 10lb animal' are just foolish and should not be working with animals. They are putting their own ego before the welfare of the animal in their care and that always angers me up. I never do nail trims before the what I like to call the important stuff, i.e. Vet exam, vaccines, and/or blood/urine. You never know when an animal will reach its limit, so I want to make sure the important stuff gets done first. I would rather an animal goes home with its vaccines than a nail trim, even if that means the client isn't happy. We actually even do axillary temps (in their armpit) instead of rectal temps, unless there is some concern the animal is sick to try and prevent undo stress. I would look for a new vet if that is an option. If not, I would request a different tech when you do visit. If your kitty does seem stressed for medical handling, you might want to talk to your vet about trying gabapentin. We usually prescribe it for our kitties that are unhappy at the vet and/or with traveling. It can cause them to be sleepy and we have had a lot of success using it with our kitties that do not enjoy time at the vet no matter how happy I am to see them. I use it for my dog (in combo with another drug) when I have to bring him to work or when a large amount of company comes over my house because he gets really stressed out. He still isn't completely happy, but it takes the edge off. So sorry you had this experience.