This has all been super informative! I'm so glad there are so many of you on here!
I definitely have some things to think about now.
Do you really have to put down animals? I thought that was something the vet does..?
I'm a registered vet tech but I don't work in a clinic anymore. Did the clinic thing for about 8 years - it's not for me.
I picked the career when I was 19 and had to do something and I knew a lot about animals and had lots of pets. In some ways the career was an ok fit - I love learning about tons of things, and I actually like babysitting the vets and being a go-between between clients, vets, receptionists etc. I like the busy atmosphere (to a point). I like studying animal behaviour and figuring out how best to approach a particular pet or case. In a good place you get to do tons of different things. I agree there are benefits to working in an emergency or specialty practice over a normal practice.
However, there were lots of downsides for me. As mentioned, the euthanasias. I have killed a lot of animals, starting in tech school. It's really sad and overwhelming sometimes. Most of them are reasonable, but not always. I also had a hard time doing things to animals that feel like torture to them. You are trying to help them, but there is no way to explain that to an animal. And some clients keep their animals alive well beyond what I consider compassionate.
In some ways I think I like animals too much to be a vet tech. I have a hard time with people keeping birds and other small pets in tiny cages and backyard breeders and similar things. Also lots of times when people would bring in puppies and already have 4 kids or not know how much to feed puppy and they were emaciated. And the people who never get their pet groomed or their teeth cleaned or leave it unable to move outside until its covered in maggots.
Anyway, enough of a rant. There were definitely rewarding aspects but overall, as you can probably tell I am very burnt-out on the whole thing.
I did get lucky and work now in a related field making a lot more money than I ever made in practice. And I got my current job because I was a vet tech with lots of experience. There are lots of associated fields, so if the clinic didn't work out for you, you could find something related to do.
Pick me pick me!!! I have worked in the veterinary field for 6 years and have been a registered vet tech I for 4 years. Both in small animal and in large animal. And I LOVE MY JOB!! It is so rewarding to see the patients big and small get better. Sometimes it sad but you learn to "cope" and the fuzzys that you get to love on help make up for it. I went to school at Bel-rea institute of animal technology in denver, CO. 2nd best school to Purdue...maybe even better! Idk if it will fit your needs but the hands on experience, small class size, and ability to "grab" your teachers as they walk by or call them for help is great! Oh and CO is BEAUTIFUL! And the weather is amazing. Snow in INdiana sticks around forevvver! In CO maybe 3 days...and then its 70 deg. Again... and no humidity. Idk where you are from but it beats the hell outta Indiana! Lol