I'm interested in becoming a vet assistant. If I like the job I'll take the classes to become a licensed tech. I'll have to see how things go.
I have a few concerns and questions.
1) I know more than the average person about veterinary medicine (that's why a vet is interested in hiring me) and know a lot of the lingo they use in the office. I'd like to learn as much as I can about being a vet assistant before I get hired. I can't do volunteer work at a vet clinic right now, but I can research and study.
Are there any instructional books or websites that I should check out? What things do I need to know for the job? Is there anything I can learn before I get the job? Like, for example, I would imagine it might be beneficial to watch videos about giving sub-q fluids.
2) I was told that one of the things I'll be asked during the interview is how much I think I should make and would like to make. And what kind of benefits I would like.
I don't even know how to answer those questions or what the purpose is. As far as benefits go, I'm primarily concerned with good health, dental, and vision insurance. So how should I answer the salary question? I don't even know what the average vet assistant makes around here. I don't want to answer too high or too low.
3) I have social anxiety disorder. Will this be a problem? I don't know exactly what will be expected of me or how closely I'll have to work with other people. I have no problem working with the vet/owner as I think he's awesome. But working with other people and dealing with pet owners is kind of terrifying. Of course, I realize that I will have these issues no matter what kind of job I have. I think if I tell the owner, he'd be willing to cut me some slack for the first month or two. But I'm not sure if I'll be able to handle the job. My understanding is that it can be an emotionally difficult job. Thoughts?