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    09-22-2012, 01:50 AM
Ok so 2 for No School For Assisting!

I did read on the web page about that a year ago but ill go back and reread cause now Im undersranding more. I do remember looking up internships at a equine vet local that offers that but wasnt sure if it was for tech school students or vet school students. I have to go back and read up on it all again to get it fresh.

Thanks all yall :)
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    09-22-2012, 12:06 PM
I can understand how those feel who have years of experience and then have someone who just graduated come in and demand respect, higher pay and position when they don't even know the name of the hospitals most well-known client yet. That why I hope they make some sort of test type thing that can separate the real professionals from the 'talkers' and allow those folks who are truly competent to have a chance at getting the title. AFter that, they need to cut it off and then require the schooling and education.

Years ago, (when we were still thoughts in our parents minds), you could take the state and national boards for DVM credentials and didn't have to have ever taken a step into a vet school - folks could pass the tests and become DVM's. Heck in WWII, the government was taking folks and sending them into only two years of vetschool and giving them their DVM title just to take care of America's food supply. But with technology and pharmacology and all of the ups and downs that goes with it, people are demanding professionals - especially with the price of clinical services going up - they want to know they are getting serious people to take care of their pets.

My biggest and most wild fantasy is that they would divide out the species for vet school (and I even read Baxter Black's article on this too)- instead of a DVM license being all encompassing of all species, how about a DVM program just for large/food animal/equine? Then maybe exotics? Then small animal? No one wants to do large animal anymore because the pay is low and the hardship is high so large animal vets are in short supply because they won't be able to pay off their education - along with a mortgage, taking care of a family, etc. So many of my friends are in their 50's and just now paying off vet school!

Now if someone offered me a free education as a DVM, I'd go and move to small farming community and take care of horses and cows all day. I happen to love ruminants! Especially goats. But I would go only if it wouldn't put me into debt up to my eyeballs for the rest of my life. I don't care about making money, I just don't want to fight with bills until I'm 60, either. I'd be perfectly happy breaking even. The current program offered here to help payback those costs to those who agree to move to and practice at an area where large animal care is scarce IS great, but not offered to everybody - only certain folks are selected. So for me personally, my next best thing was RVT school because going for my DVM was going to take away $$ for my kids to go to school and I'd rather they had a shot at their dream first.
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    09-22-2012, 10:38 PM
Originally Posted by fkcb1988    
So right now in Tx an RVT can not get licenced?
What does the license exactly benefit?
An LVT and an RVT are no different - they are one in the same. It just depends on the state where you go to school - it depends on the wording - in Texas, the word license when reading the state code for veterinarians refers to only DVM's and at one point there was some other career that held the LVT letters so they didn't want to confuse that - I can't remember - maybe someone else can? I remember they had tried to use the initials for registered veterinary nurse but couldn't do that either - but I can't remember why....but like in the state of New York, if you go to vet tech school you are an LVT - but other than the difference of letters, we are all the same under the AVMA.

I know that if the rule gets voted in to allow RVT's to carry their own liability insurance, then we will all get switched to LVT's at that point....

I don't know if other folks who are LVT's have to carry liability or not, or if that is just a thing here in TX...if anyone knows the answer to that, I'd love to know for myself.
    09-22-2012, 10:59 PM
Originally Posted by clippityclop    

I don't know if other folks who are LVT's have to carry liability or not, or if that is just a thing here in TX...if anyone knows the answer to that, I'd love to know for myself.

I don't have to have my own insurance.
    09-28-2012, 02:16 AM
Being licensed/ certified as a vet tech proves what you are supposed to know. It gives people something to show that you worked towards. It also gives people a way to trust that someone is watching ( like the Avma) to make sure you aren't committing malpractice, fraud, etc. I have known many people who claim to be vet recharge that are unlicensed...they are usually just attendants who have been taught to take blood and give injections. The scary part of that is that they usually feel they have to pretend to know more than they do to compete with lvt's who are properly licensed which is a serious problem when the patient is a living, breathing being.There are vets who don't really need vet techs because they do everything themselves. Those are the mom and pop practices that aren't as big. Then there are the best, biggest hospitals who take advantage of licensed vet techs...for bragging rights against the hospitals who can't say their techs are fully certified, for the knowledge that they can spend more time on something else while I speak to a client, assess a patient, or run a test...they can spend that time on the patients and clients.
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    09-28-2012, 03:46 PM
Joe Shmoe off the street has no clue about the diseases processes, treatments, anatomy and physiology of the patients, or the medical reasons behind why technical skills are applied. There is a HUGE difference between someone with no degree and someone with a degree.
I am very passionate about this issue because I went to school to learn all I could, and someone who has not taken the time or expended the effort should not be held in the same regard as I am.
At most vet clinics, reputable ones at least, you will be held in higher esteem if you have a degree and a license, and will likely be paid more.
Some places, and rightly so, even differentiate between the duties an assistant and a technician can perform.
If you're really interested in working with animals, I would encourage you to pursue a degree! I would hesitate, however, to take any portion of it online - it's a difficult program. Mine was accelerated, and I graduated in 16 months.
And yes, you must take the Veterinary Technician National Examination, and in some states, take a practical and/or jurisprudence exam, to receive your license. You can be called an LVT, RVT... depending on what state you are in. They are all the same.
You must maintain your license with continuing education for the rest of your career.
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    09-28-2012, 04:46 PM
I definitely always had my mind set on getting my associates degree in it! I want to be confident about my skills and Im the type of person who likes to know my stuff so I don't make myself look like a fool. I also what to get my degree as a personal accomplishment and to show my kids.

I appreciate everyones input and help!! Its been real informative. Im not so confused now in certain areas. I can't wait to begin :)
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    09-28-2012, 07:03 PM
Oh yes - forgot to mention that you have to keep up 10 hrs a year of continuing education - for me, that's about $200 a year.

THE COOL part, (again, I speak only for myself) is that you can go to any of the CE that vets go to as well. So since I am a clinical pathology junkie, I LOVE going to the courses that have hands on labs and anything and everything microscope related. I love everything blood, parasite and urine..LOL! There's some cool stuff in there! I also love case examples - and you don't get those at the vet tech seminars because they don't need to focus much on the diagnostics of certain cases.

At least here where I'm at, the technician seminars are a little boring for me - I feel like they are talking down to me in certain areas and I start getting sleepy. When I go to the CE offered for vets, I get all the good stuff - real case examples, all of the mystery diagnosis, all of the treatment - it is SO much more informative because you get to hear the 'why' behind their decision making, pharmacology choices, etc.
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    09-28-2012, 08:06 PM
Whats CE?
Do you have to continue yearly so your up to date on the new stuff out there?
Are classes and seminars easy to here about as in when they will be taking place?
Just for curiosity what happens if you don't continue yearly?
    09-28-2012, 08:08 PM
Duh! CE- Continued Education Lol! Brain fart

*hear not here :)

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