National Veterinary Technician Week is upon us once again. From October 11-17th 2015 is the time where the spotlight should shine on technicians. It is up to the rest of the staff to show some appreciation. Here are a few ways you can do just that!
Not all vet techs are created equal. I don't mean this to belittle anyone, or for it to be a bad thing. It's just a fact. We all start out in this field because we love animals (and very obviously not because we love money), but the paths we take lead to very different clinics and positions. I believe that our teachers in college have an immense impact on what kind of technicians we become.
I, for one, was greatly influenced by my teachers, and therefore very much ruined for the rest of my career. All it took was one sentence really, and the rest of my career path was chosen for me.
To be fair, there were other ingredients in the mix that shaped me as an RVT. My first clinic for example had impeccable medicine, high standards for patient comfort, and immeasurable care they provided to pets and owners alike. At this clinic I learned that baby birds were to be loved, and not immediately euthanized, and that all lives matter. My role model Nicole, who to this day I still call the RVT who taught me everything I know, instilled a certain pride for the profession in me that was unshakable.
Then came school, and the phrase that was the last puzzle piece in my stance of who I became as an RVT.
"You are the advocates."
To this day, I remember this phrase. I remember hearing it, and tucking it away in the back of my mind as something important, yet not really something I thought a great deal about.
It didn't resonate with me at the time, as I had a solid foundation of what I thought vet clinics were about, and what I thought I would be able to contribute to my profession. Then came reality.
My fellow Smart Flow crusaders and I were just discussing how many clinics we have worked at during our careers. I counted 12.
Yes, I am one of those crazy people that works 2 to 3 different jobs at any given time, however the numbers are also up there because some clinics just simply didn't measure up.
That one phrase in school had cemented my moral and ethical must-haves when it came to where I chose to work, and finding the right fit was not always easy. Where I found that patient care and comfort was lacking, I spoke up. I was being The Advocate. Some clinics welcomed it, some didn't.
Being the advocate comes with a heavy burden of responsibility, stress, and sometimes compassion fatigue. It also comes with pride in the RVT behind my name, and when I feel that I have made a difference in an animal's life, where someone else had dropped the ball.
Being the advocate is hard work. It is emotional. It is taxing. Do I blame my teachers for this extra burden I have had to bear for the last 12 years? Yes. Would I do it all over again if given the choice? Absolutely.
Tell us about who influenced your career!
Technicians are often praised for being incredible multi-taskers. We've been known to juggle so many things at once it would make most people's head spin. There is an area in veterinary medicine, however, where we should not be praised for multi-tasking and that is in regard to monitoring anesthesia. Our sole focus should be on the patient and every last detail of each vital recording.
Finding out you have a bun in the oven can be the happiest and most exhilarating time in your life. One of the first issues to resolve is telling your employer and figuring out how to proceed with your employment. Be sure to tell your employer immediately and request to keep it a private matter as best as possible until you are ready to share the news with the world.
In veterinary medicine, patient restraint can be one of the more challenging areas to master. Here are some tips to make your life easier and the patient's visit less stressful!
In North America there is great to debate on whether it is appropriate to use the word ‘nurse’ to describe a veterinary technician. The term ‘veterinary technician’ has been used since the late 1980’s, but it seems as though there is a desire to also insinuate that technicians can be interchangeably called nurses. The debate boils down to legal issues and preference.
Although asking for a raise can feel scary and be completely intimidating, if it is warranted then you should have no fear in asking. Knowing the right time to ask depends on your situation. Consider each of the following points and if you fall into multiple categories, it just might be time.
Technicians: we love our job, but there are always frustrations when it comes to doing it! One of those things can be administering IV fluids. Here are some common issues we have with this part of the job (and some solutions!)