When people picture life in a vet clinic, we all know what comes to mind. Happy puppies bouncing around in one pristine exam room while playful kittens chase a toy on a string in another. And some (very rare, very precious) days, this is true. But guys, the truth is, veterinary medicine is HARD.
Question for you: do you get a regular lunch break every day? Did you just actually LOL? It’s more common than not to hear our veterinary colleagues say they do not get a chance to take a break for lunch (or even to use the bathroom) on a daily basis.
A high school student recently told me that she was thinking about becoming a vet tech and she asked me what I thought of the choice. I found myself surprisingly tongue tied and I didn't know why. Part of me wanted to say "That's fantastic, welcome to the club!". The other part of me wanted to talk her out of it.
Don't get me wrong, I love my job. I love it for so many reasons, most of which are intangible. After almost a decade in vet med, I often look back wistfully at my early days in this career and think about what I would tell that new tech fresh out of school. It hasn't been an easy road. We all know the path this career takes is an emotional, under-paid, and often challenging one. Knowing what I know about the industry now, what would I say to someone wanting to be a vet tech?
Technology: some people welcome it with open arms, and some fear the change that comes along with it. In veterinary medicine, technology has certainly made its mark on our daily lives, both in positive and negative ways. How is technology helping (and hurting) vet med?
Throughout my time in vet med, I've heard countless fellow technicians (and admittedly, the voice inside my own head) say that they don't know if this career is for them anymore. Most of us do the same things every day in practice. It's easy to get bored if you don't have the opportunity to test yourself or learn new skills.
Whether it's the desire to experience another avenue of veterinary medicine or go back to school and strive towards another career altogether, the thought of abandoning post has crossed many minds. And yet, most people continue on at their practices, caught in a vortex of wondering what else is out there and a looming sense of guilt for even allowing this option to be a consideration.
It's a fabulous career choice, but it's not glamorous... Here are some reasons one should think twice before entering the messy world of vet med.
Our least favourite phrase to hear is "I'm just a vet tech". Vet techs are crucial to the practice running smoothly and successfully, but we know sometimes the day-to-day can get a bit monotonous. Often it can feel like there's nowhere to go in the career, and unfortunately this is a big reason people leave the field. Here are 6 ways to help keep current and grow personally and professionally (and no, one of them is not to become a vet!).
If your practice hasn't gone fully paperless, chances are that your team spends a part of their day scanning. It's probably something nobody thinks about; it's just a part of their day and they do it because it needs to be done.
Imagine if there was NO scanning to be done. No more paper anesthetic sheets, patient info sheets, boarding forms, surgical and euthanasia consent forms, etc. Even if your team spends 15 mins a day scanning, that's 75 minutes a week they could be spending doing something else. What else, you ask? Here are some ideas!