We all tend to have this glamorous idea of our veterinary careers. We are going to change the lives of every client, patient and stray animal that crosses our path to no end. Then our careers begin and we are bombarded with the not so glamorous part: the medical records, the inoperable tumors, the anal gland explosions, the long hours, the lack of sleep, the crazy clients, the gossiping, the knee pain, the headaches and the realization that you just don't have enough strength to do it all. As you get further into your career you will have to follow these tips on what NOT to do in the veterinary industry if you want to survive.
I went to your pretty average, midwestern high school where FFA, show choir and wrestling ruled the roost. Milton, Wisconsin is pretty small (population 5,000), but very proud. The teachers were amazing, the students were typical and there were few true cliques since we all went to school from elementary and on. The problem was not with the high school itself, but the structure of nearly every high school across America.
Veterinary practices rely a lot on team work. Everything in a clinic runs alot smoother, more efficiently, and quicker if everyone works together. It's key for the health of your patients, the happiness of your clients, and the well being of your staff.
Being a part of a team takes work. So, what can you do when your team is failing to communicate or cooperate? I read a great article the other day by Karyn Gavzer for dvm 360 on how to make your staff work as a team and have summarized the key points below.
Here are some ways that you can get your team back together :
Nothing matters more than the way we approach, care for, and treat our veterinary patients. In fact, they are the sole reason we are employed. It is our duty and responsibilty to see that each patient is comfortable, clean and receiving the best medical approach possible. We've previously mentioned how to improve patient care under anesthesia, but let's see how to improve patient care in the rest of your veterinary hospital.
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!
Getting into the veterinary field as a technician isn't an easy feat. Between the competitive entry into the program, challenging courses, and practical exams, the schooling alone is demanding. Despite this fact, thousands of brave souls enter into this career because of one thing: a genuine passion for animals.
The sad part about this? The majority of these people do not stay in the field past the seven-year mark. In the end, that passion for animals and time, money, and effort spent on earning the diploma are not enough. Here are some reasons we believe contribute to technicians leaving the veterinary world behind.
From Anatomy to Zoology, there are countless classes we sit through in our quest to become a veterinary professional. What nobody talks about is the classes we WISH we had to really prepare us for life in the veterinary clinic. Here are our top picks for classes that should be included in the course manual.