What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?
Veterinary Technician in Ithaca:
"Find what you love."
There are so many specialties in veterinary medicine; try as many as you can before you decide to settle.
Veterinary Technician in Laurel:
"Medicine is hard."
Be ready to get dirty. Don't bother doing your nails. Be prepared to bleed. Learn to move fast. People suck. Life is hard and doubly so for animals.
Veterinary Technician in Raleigh-Durham:
Always take risk and opportunities to improve. There's always room for improvement in this field.
Veterinary Technician in Weaverville:
"Lack of Benefits/ Pay."
Get all of the hands on you can. It is very difficult to come out of Tech school with no experience. My benefit is that I have 28 years of experience, but no certificate, but still makes me more valuable (pay etc.).
Can be fast paced, but fun and rewarding helping the animals. Dental cleanings are some of the most rewarding and healthy things we can do for our pets. Overall, I am satisfied with being an animal advocate to sick and wounded animals.
Veterinary Technician in Houston:
It's a dirty job that requires lots of hard work. You deal with lots of blood, poop, urine, vomit, and parasites. Not all animals are nice and not all owners care for their animals. You need to be strong, patient, and thick skinned. Vet techs work long hours and spend most of their time standing. It can be a very rewarding job.