Career Story: Vet Tech At An Animal Hospital

Vet Tech At An Animal Hospital

Job Title: Animal Technician

Type of Company: An animal hospital

Education: AA, Animal Science

Previous Experience: I have worked for pet stores, kennels, and hospitals and have a strong background in customer service.

Job Tasks: I do lots of different things, including helping in surgery, prepping and shaving the fur and getting anesthesia ready; making sure that blood gets drawn and lab work gets done and getting the results to the doctor before surgery begins and later filing the lab results. I fill prescriptions, answer phones, help walk-in clients to feel welcome and important and clarifying doctors instructions. I help clients find what they need and explain how to use it correctly, offering advice on different products and discussing which is best for the owner and the pet. I take care of pets as they're admitted to the hospital, administer medications and make sure that doctors orders are carried out.

My job also entails a lot of cleaning, making sure each exam room is cleaned after every appointment -- and also the kennel, the surgery, all the instruments and feeding dishes. I also make sure supplies and shelves are restocked every day and the piles of laundry get washed. At the end of the day we clean everything and vacuum and mop the floors. We make sure the hospital gets shut down and our patients are safe. At my hospital our clients include both small and large animals, including dogs, cats, rodents, horses, donkeys, goats, and sheep. We have 5 doctors on staff and several technicians.

Best and Worst Parts of the Job: One of the best things I do in my job is helping the doctors bring babies into the world. We do everything that the mom would normally do, cleaning the newborns up and rubbing them vigorously. When you get that first cry and they start turning pink they are so cute and small. It's the best.

The worst, I would have to say, would be all the cleaning and nasty customers.

Job Tips: You have to have a love for animals and everything that they do. This job is physically demanding and does require patience with owners and with the doctors and of course your patients. They are demanding. You have to be able to multi-task too.

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