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post #1 of 25 Old 12-28-2009, 06:12 PM Thread Starter
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I need some advice everyone..

I'm considering becoming a vet technician, and I was wondering if there where and any vet tech. on here that could give me some advice about the job.. I'm just not for sure if I have what it takes to do a job like that.
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post #2 of 25 Old 12-28-2009, 06:52 PM
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I'm not a Vet. Tech. However I have worked in two vet offices and managed two pet stores. So I hope this little bit helps:)

First, be prepared to deal with very ill animals. This WILL be heartbreaking.

Second, be prepared to deal with very injured animals, such as hit by car or shot be gun. This will make you want to hurt someone.

Third, be prepared to watch and/or assist in the passing of someones beloved pet. This will also be very heartbreaking. You will see large grown men cry like babies and have to explain to them you did all you could.

Decide if you are wanting to Tech for small or large animals. There is a big difference in the volume of work to be done and the available positions in your area.

Decide on your continueing education after your initial certifications. You may want to continue on as a surgery Tech. These positions pay more and your education is much more extensive. You will continue on to learn about surgical instruments, sterilization, anesthesia, etc, etc..

I hope this has helped, along with everyone else who will offer advice. Good luck and I hope you go far and become very successful in assisting with saving our beloved animals :)

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post #3 of 25 Old 12-28-2009, 08:07 PM Thread Starter
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thanks for the help..

I do love animals.. I'm just not sure I have the passionate love it takes to work with animals all the time.. don't get me wrong I love animals and hate to see them suffer.. lol does that sound wrong
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post #4 of 25 Old 12-28-2009, 08:10 PM
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Also be prepared to not get paid much. Vet Techs around here make $8-10 per hour so it may not be worth the two years you spend in school.

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post #5 of 25 Old 12-28-2009, 10:14 PM
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^^It really depends on where you live. Around here (Florida), they get paid as much as $30/hr. I know it jumps from 8-10 like kevins said to at least 16/hr once your certified....of course, our minimum wage is 7.25. I work at a dog daycare/kennel and am in school to be a vet tech, and its NOT fun. If you're queasy about blood or seeing an animals insides, or doing things like taking fecal samples, sticking animals with needles, or don't think you can handle restraining someones 80 lb labrador while he gets his yearly vaccinations, I wouldn't recommend getting the job.
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post #6 of 25 Old 12-28-2009, 11:04 PM
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I'm going to Suny Canton for vet tech =) feel free to ask me any questions.
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post #7 of 25 Old 12-28-2009, 11:48 PM
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Also be prepared to not get paid much. Vet Techs around here make $8-10 per hour so it may not be worth the two years you spend in school.
Yep! BTDT! Did most the work for the vet...he come in for his 10 sewconds of fame... I only got paid 12 bucks an hour...Our min wage is 10. So moved on!

That being said I did enjoy working w/the horses, and w people (for the most part)

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post #8 of 25 Old 01-01-2010, 02:12 PM Thread Starter
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Can vet techs only work part time if they want?
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post #9 of 25 Old 01-02-2010, 05:11 PM
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If you can find a part-time position in your area. If that's what your looking for it may be a starting point to get experience. One of the animal hospitals I worked for was open 24 hours and they are a national chain. VCA Animal Hospital. They offer 24 hour emergency care along with regular vet services and surgery services. How ever they usually only do small animal, such as cat and dog. One of our Vets also did the surgeries and care for our local zoo.

You may consider trying to get on at a zoo as a animal care giver.

Once again, Good Luck :)

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post #10 of 25 Old 01-02-2010, 05:22 PM
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its a very low paying job.. i know many ppl who went to vet school to go back to become nurses. i did 2 yrs at boces and got a job at a vets office as a vet tech ( they didn't care if you were licensed haha i know thats so bad..) and i only made $8 an hr.. for loooong stressful days . . you wont be able to live and pay off school with that kind of income .. i think actuall vet school is like 9-12 yrs.. pre is 3 or 4 i forget
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