I have a high affinity towards animals. I have had a love for animals since my childhood, beginning with when I was working in a nearby local zoo during my summer holidays. Little that I knew, those experiences served to really allow me to get in touch and reinforce my adoration and feelings for both house pets, farm and wild animals. My strongest affection is for dogs and cats, but gerbils, ferrets, bunnies, and all types of small furry animals are amazing to me as well.
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How I became a Veterinary Assistant
A veterinary assistant is one among the few jobs that are more rewarding and brings fun when working. My high school diploma coupled with on job training played a principle role towards improving my skills. What is more, my roles as a veterinary assistant included keeping animals under my care clean and safe.
These included cleaning, and disinfecting animal cages, performing regular care-taking tasks like weighing and feeding animals, as well as sterilizing surgical tools. In addition to this, I administered medications, gathered urine, tissue, and blood samples for lab testing, and monitored the animals during surgery, as well as performing lab tests.
My path to a Veterinary Technician
After about a year working as a vet assistant I knew I wanted to become a vet tech. In my journey to becoming a veterinary technician, I underwent a compulsory two-year program in an AVMA accredited institution. In addition, for my credentials to be considered, I had to pass a Veterinary Technician National Examination.
My main responsibility as a veterinary technician pretty much revolved around providing technical support to a veterinarian in all areas of animal care. Moreover, my education in various aspects such as laboratory technician, anesthetics, radiography technician, client educator, and surgical nurse has played an instrumental role towards equipping me with the necessary qualifications to perform my duties that include:
- Administering anesthesia
- Assisting in surgery
- Collecting samples and carrying out laboratory tests such as blood counts and urinalysis
How did I become a Veterinarian?
As I interacted with more animals as a vet tech, my attraction to them continued to intensify and this compelled me to go back to school and become a veterinarian. My strong aptitude for science gave me a boost to my passion of working with animals.
I am an individual endowed with very good critical thinking, listening, speaking, and problem solving techniques – all of which are attributes relevant to becoming a veterinarian. Furthermore, after my two-year program that equipped me with skills to become a veterinary technician, I enrolled for a four-year degree program, which earned me a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) degree.
In veterinary school, my coursework covered:
- Animal health and diseases
- Gross anatomy
- Animal Behavior and more
Why did I create this guide?
This website is an important guide for anyone who aspires to become a veterinary technician or a vet assistant. There is a shortage of veterinary technicians and veterinary assistants, as well as inadequate information on these careers online. These are some of the primary reasons that drove me to create this website.
This website will be my contribution as a complete resource that seeks to underscore the path towards becoming a vet tech, vet assistant, or maybe even a veterinarian doctor. The website will aim to provide first hand information regarding veterinary as a career, the differences between a vet assistant and a tech, qualifications and duties of one, as well as how to pursue a career in either field.
My belief is that this information is vital towards enticing more people to enroll in animal related medical field in order to bridge the ever-rising deficit of animal care professions.