Pros: largely supportive staff
Cons: long hours
Keep in mind my time at Banfield was as student completing an externship, so my typical day was a bit different from the rest of staffs, and I was not allowed to receive compensation for my work.
Mornings started with surgery patients being checked in, with surgeries and dentals beginning early to mid-morning. I progressed from observing surgeries to prepping surgery and dental patients to monitoring patients to performing dental cleanings. Patients were also being seen in rooms during the morning, which I was able to observe and later participate in during my externship. Afternoons were spent seeing scheduled appointments in rooms, with paperwork and file-keeping performed at the end of the day. Because of the volume of patients seen in a day, filing at the end of the day could be tedious. In addition, Banfield lost three employees during my time with them, making things a bit hectic.
As a student, I felt supported by the staff in continuing my education in veterinary medicine. I felt the staff gave me many opportunities to complete the tasks necessary for my externship. It also helped that Banfield sees exotic pets, and I was able to work with birds, rats, and rabbits during my externship.