Veterinary Technicians Week on October, 2017: How much do veterinary technicians work?
Veterinary Technicians Week 2017. Vet Tech Institute Hands-on program in Houston, TX On Site Kennel. AVMA accredited.
A forty hour week is standard. Days and hours depend on the particular office.
Veterinary Assistant? Help!?
It is not required to attend a veterinary assistant program to work as one. In fact, assistant programs are a waste of time and money because none of them have any professional accreditation like tech programs do. These programs range in length between a few weeks to over a year and many can get pretty expensive. Again it's not worth it.
The best way to get experience is to start applying for positions in vet clinics. Even if it's a receptionist position or a kennel position. You might have to start out as a shadow because experience is important and of course you can't get experience if no one will hire you. Shadowing experience is very common in veterinary medicine and most vets are very willing to let young prospective vets or techs come in and shadow. Also, doing things such as volunteering at an animal shelter will help you get animal experience to help you get a job.
I need a Veterinary Technician's help.?
How long have you worked here? I've worked as a CVT for over 20 years.
What is a reasonable pay range for your job? I currently make around $15/hour which isn't bad for this area.
What do you love most about your job? I like the interaction with pets and their owners. I like the challenges of anesthesia and lab work
What do you like the least about your job people that cannot afford treatment and care for sick pets. This is a profession based on the owner's ability to pay.
What type of education is needed for this job? I have an A.A.S. in veterinary technology from an AVMA accredited program. There are B.S. programs available. I've also sat and passed the VTNE
What does your typical day include? My day starts out with treating any hospitalized animals followed by anesthetic procedures and dental. the anesthetic procedures include inducing, maintaining and recovering the pet before, during and after surgery. My afternoons are spent cleaning up, putting charges in the computer, some exam room appointments, and afternoon treatments. Each day is different both is job and case load.
Do you have to participate in surgeries? What kind? I don't assist in surgery much as I run the anesthesia. My co-workers will scrub in on complicated surgeries like orthopedics, exploratories, and GDV surgeries.
How did you get this job? I applied to an add on the bulletin board at school.
What is the easiest and hardest things about your job? The easiest thing for me is working with the animals. The hardest thing is working with the owners. However you cannot do this jo without being a people person.
What would you recommend someone to do to get experience in this field? Shadow a technician so that you can see what they do. Working in a kennel or as an assistant will give you some good experience.
Do you think volunteer experience helps? yes especially in shelters that have a veterinary service
Do you have any advice for someone trying to get into this field? If you have expensive tastes this is not the field for you. You really don't make much in the whole scheme of things. If you cannot work with people this is also not a good field to go into. Every animal comes attached to an owner. Finally go through a community college or public college program. The private programs can be quite expensive. Look for a program that gives you plenty of hand's on experience.