Are you an aspiring veterinary technician? Do you wonder about what the day-to-day life of a vet tech is like? Or if you’ve already chosen veterinary technology as your career, do you sometimes find your work to be challenging? Katherine has surveyed technicians working in the field as to their experiences gained from real life veterinary work. You’ll benefit from reading about their hard won knowledge on the “nitty gritty” of being a veterinary nurse.
“101 Veterinary Technician Questions Answered”
Excerpt from Preface of 101 Veterinary Technician Questions Answered, published by AAHA Press:
What compels us to enter the field of veterinary medicine? More importantly, what keeps us here? You may wonder why, when you have been on your feet for ten hours with no lunch break, when you are covered with blood, feces, and vomit, when you have just argued with your boss and you’ve had to euthanize your favorite patient. Yet you’ll wake up the next day, pull on your scrubs, walk through the doors of your practice, and face another day of poop and puppy kisses, high maintenance clients and thankful coworkers, senile cats and wary Rottweilers, all because of your love for this profession.
The purpose of this publication is to provide you information, resources, and inspiration. When we asked technicians to share their most challenging problems, two thirds of the responses involved career and personal development, and the promotion of our profession. It became obvious that while we feel we have conquered many of the technical skills involved in veterinary technology, it is the issues that appear to be beyond our control that trouble us most.
One respondent said, “How do I stay inspired when I’m tired, the clients are driving me nuts, and I would like to push my doctor off a cliff?” There is no doubt you feel this way some days, and need some inspiration too. You may find the inspiration you seek in this book, either in a comment from one of your colleagues or in the form of a practice tip to make your day run more smoothly.
One thing is certain: Together, we make a difference every day to the pets in our care, the pet owners who trust us to help, and the professionals that share our desire to pursue this career in veterinary medicine.