(Closed) Calling all vet-techs/veterinarians!

posted 5 years ago in Pets
Post # 4
1399 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@nottoocool4school:  I feel like your poor little parvo-puppy shouldn’t mean you don’t get the job… you’ll be dealing with sick, possibly parvo-ridden dogs at work who could certainly spread things to other dogs who come to the clinic, or even your dog. Most dogs are vaccinated for parvo, though I realize puppies won’t be finished with their vacs yet, so that could be an issue. Working for a vet, they’ll expect you to take all precautions to prevent the spread of all contagious illnesses. 

To prevent the spread, wash the surfaces your dog has contact with with bleach & water every day. Keep your dog confined to a limited area. When you have contact with your dog (or her bowl, etc.) wash your hands very well. Don’t bring your dog to other people’s homes, your work, etc. Keep the dog healthy in other ways, to help along her speedy recovery.

Best of luck to you & your pup!

Post # 5
216 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2012



I’m a vet. The main causes of death from parvo are infection and dehydration. If you can keep the puppy hydrated, treat nausea, on antibiotics and hopefully eating, they can have a good chance at pulling through.

If you don’t bring your puppy to work, I don’t think it’s a huge deal in relation to getting a job. I would have a bleach bath for shoes or preferably have a pair of work shoes that stay in your car and don’t come in your house/yard. As long as you are washing your hands regularly, which you should do anyway, I think the risk of you bringing parvo into a hospital can be kept fairly low.

Post # 6
2375 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

Tech here.  I actually worried more about being contagious in the other direction – bringing stuff home to my cats.  I worked in emergency, so we had a broad range of disease exposure.  I had a designated spot for my scrubs and work shoes, and they never left that area.  That area was separated from everything else in the home, so it minimized the chances of spreading anything back and forth.  I also kept a pair in the car so if my scrubs were particularly foul, I could change, bag the dirty ones and throw them straight in the wash. 

All our animals get sick with something eventually, I don’t see why that’s really something that would come up in an interview.  I mean, if you had a kid sick at home with the flu, you wouldn’t bring that up to the interviewer. 

Also, 7 days is good if she’s still improving!  I learned a long time ago to never assume anything, especially with parvo.  But every day that she’s eating and hydrated is a good thing.

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