|Thanks for all you do!|
I have worked as a vet tech for 5 years. For 2 years, I worked in a small practice that only saw cats and dogs. Our clinic then merged with a much larger clinic, which I worked at for 3 years. We did a lot of awesome procedures and I learned a lot. My favorite part admittedly was working with the exotic animals and learning many new things. We saw creatures I had never even heard of before.
The dangers of being bitten or scratched are always lurking as a vet tech. My biggest fear at first was birds. One day, we had a relief vet and he asked me to come into a room to hold an animal for him. To my surprise, it was a giant scarlet macaw! My heart began to pound and my palms became sweaty. It's beak was huge and it was not very cooperative. My first time restraining a bird and it has to be this one? I quickly became very good with birds of all sizes. Luckily, my list of bites is very small. The worst one being from a full grown hungry ball python.
|Vet technicians have many skills.|
Another hard part of the job is talking to clients. Most pet owners are great and understanding. There are a handful out there who insist on giving the vet hospital staff a hard time, however. I was once explaining to a man a dental procedure for his not so friendly dog. I mentioned that we anaesthetize them. His response was - "I don't see why you can't do it while he's awake? I mean if he bites you, then he bites you. That's your job." I didn't say much to that response... only thought to myself "No, my job is to avoid bites..."
|My favorite patient "Shadow"|