This rotation was vitally important and needed for my career planning. Many of my classmates had the wonderful opportunity of being vet technicians before going to vet school. They got to see behind the scenes of how a private practice is supposed to operate on a daily basis. I got to shadow veterinarians but not actually get to handle patients thoroughly, take a history, or prepare medications. What I liked about this rotation was how I got to do all of that plus make decisions for the pet’s care. It was the sense of independence that I needed to feel, and the head doctors gave us that responsibility while also guiding us along the way. It also helped me appreciate the duties of a technician even more. We can easily overlook their hard work, and we need to make sure we verbally acknowledge and appreciate them every day. Honestly, the only part of this rotation that I did not enjoy was how long the process of having the patient in the clinic before discharge. There are so many steps in between to get from point A to Point B (waiting for a veterinarian to see your patient, waiting for medications to be filled, writing the discharges, etc). You can tell how long the process can take when a vaccination appointment last about 2 hours long. A part from that, this is a great rotation to look forward to taking.
Here’s what other people had to say about it!
(What was Orientation Day like?)
-Orientation was 8-1, then you get thrown straight into appointments!
-You get a 2 page quiz about the powerpoints they sent you a week before. The orientation is super long and tons on information being thrown at you at once. Then they throw you straight to appointments, and all the paperwork you have to do could be overwhelming at first.
(Average Daily hours on duty?)
7:30-5+ (usually got done by 6:30-7:00 pm)
(What is the attire? When do you change into scrubs?)
-wear nice clothes and a white coat. Bring clean scrubs to change into if needed
-Wear scrubs + white coat -OR- business casual + white coat. Have a spare “clean” scrubs to change into when you have surgery
(What do doctors/residents/techs constantly harp on?)
-Clinicians expect you to be the “doctors” for your patients. Be ready to do your physical exam, then present the case to the clinician with your plan. They expect you to come up with a treatment plan, look up dosages, know your vaccines and preventatives really well. They truly encourage independence here. Also, techs really emphasizes putting your files in their proper places, and to make sure you submit your Travel Sheet ASAP.
(What are some struggles to watch out for?)
-Don’t forget to submit that Travel Sheet as soon as the client signs the bill (it is easy to forget). Some visits have a lot of paperwork to fill out and things to do, so make a list to keep you on track.
(Words of encouragement)
-you get to do a TON of stuff hands on!
-Puppy and kitten visits! 🙂 Also, this is a very hands-on rotation, and you are doing most everything by yourself. It is also awesome that they let you do surgeries!
(Difficulty Level (1-3)? 1= It’s a breeze/ 3= really difficult workload)
-2 (no inpatients! Yay!)
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