I went through one year of Vet Tech courses before I discovered that it was not a good fit for me. I'm not trying to tell you to not pursue this career or anything, but just share with you my reasons for not completing my schooling and becoming a veterinary technician.
It can be a very rewarding career, but for me, the cons outweighed the pros. For the amount of work that a tech does (receptionist, janitor, surgery assistant, nurse, lab technician, anesthesiologist, researcher, computer technician, pet groomer, secretary, pharmacist, etc), it doesn't pay as well as it should. In my area, the average vet tech that graduated from my school makes $14,000 each year. Most of the people who graduate from the school I attended could only find part time technician jobs, so that is part of the reason as to why the salary was so low.
After speaking to an acquaintance that graduated as a vet tech and worked in the field, I found out how much euthanasia is actually involved. He worked at a rural vet office, and about 30% of his day was spent euthanizing animals. I can understand putting down an animal that is suffering, but he had to put down litters of puppies and kittens that the shelters couldn't take in. I love animals, but I know I could not handle watching so many die, especially when they are perfectly healthy.
For some people, this is the perfect job. You get to inform owners on how to take excellent care of their pets, help sick animals recover, wear comfy scrubs all day (my favorite part, lol), and there never is a dull moment.
| Kubie, Appaloosa (RIP) | Patches, Pinto Arabian Pony | Scotch, Paint Quarterhorse |
Last edited by CharliGirl; 11-16-2011 at 10:52 AM.