Position: Vet Tech (large animal, mixed or small animal?)
Large animal (horses, cattle, small ruminants, camelids, and camels)
Years of practice (total): 3.5
Do you work in a city, large town or small town (under 5,000 people)? small city
What is your yearly income: started around $31,000 with my LVT degree plus a BS
What qualifications do you have? Certificate? Hands on experience or a degree from AVMA accredited school? AAS in Vet Tech from an AVMA school and a BS in Animal Science
In your personal opinion do you think all vet techs should be trained by a school prior to working as a Vet tech?
I think the education you receive in tech school is invaluable. Yes, there are amazing vet assistants out there that have been doing the job for a long time, but as someone fresh in the field, your education gives you a good foundation on which to build your hands on skills.
What do you dislike about your job?
Cleaning up after doctors and other staff (being a "maid")
What do you enjoy about your job?
Working in a university, I love teaching vet students. I also love seeing all of the interesting cases that you will see in a referral center.
Was it hard for you to find a job?
No, there are lots of jobs if you are flexible. Know how much you are worth before you start interviewing, then find someone who will pay you that. Know your skills that will be in demand (i.e. large animal anesthesia) and highlight those.
Are their ways to specialize or progress in this career field? Other than becoming a vet? Yes! There are different specialties to join. www.AAEVT.org is the "new" equine vet tech group. Even if you don't specialize in a specific species or medicine vs. surgery, there is always advanced degrees!
What are the three most important qualities in a Vet Tech other than love for animals? Dependability and sound judgment. You are the eyes and ears of the vet... you talk to the clients more!
Do you work on Holidays? Some