is anyone out there a Vet Nurse?

posted 3 years ago in Career
Post # 3
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

I’m not a vet nurse/tech, but I did work for many years in a veterinary hospital and have a ton of vet tech friends. 

I think they would tell you that it is a very rewarding career choice– in a lot of ways, it is more hands-on than being a vet and there are a ton of practical skills to learn and practice, so you can continuously grow and specialize your talents. You have to love animals and have empathy for them, but you also need to love people. A vet tech spends a lot of time with pet owners (who are usually crazier than most other people), finding out what is going on, giving instructions, even discussing things like euthanasia. On top of that, you will always be working in a team– obviously independence and judgement are required, but above all you need to listen to the vets instructions carefully and execute them efficiently. This is not always easy in a high-stress environment. Being good with people is the difference between a good vet tech and an awesome vet tech. 

I think they would also tell you that you don’t always get the respect you deserve– from pet owners, from the vets, and from your management team. Having pet owners who question what you’re tellnig them b/c you’re not the doctor, veterinarians who will eventually be younger than you not taking what you say seriously, and managers who want to work you to the bone takes it toll. Very often, vet techs will switch fields after 10-15 years of practice b/c of this. 

I would strongly recommend you get a non-licensed job at a vet hospital before pursuing a tech/nursing program. This will give you an idea of what it is like to work in a hospital, and if you like it, you will likely have a job at graduation (many vet assistants are hired right away as technicians as soon as they pass their boards). 


Good luck! 

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