11 In their own words
My Career Path
1. How did you get started in this job?
I knew I wanted to work with animals since I was 10 years old. I went to the vet clinic to work when I was 10 but they told me to come back when I was 14. So I started working there one day a week and got to know how everything worked. At first I wanted to become a vet but then I decided that I wanted to become a veterinary technician instead because I liked what they did and the schooling is shorter.
2. If you knew then what you know now, would you have done anything differently?
Not really. Maybe I wouldn't have gone to the college I went to as I learned skills for small and large animals. I mostly like working with small animals so I could have stayed in B.C. and gone to college here where the program is only for small animals.
3. What would you say to someone starting out in this career today?
It's important to get actual experience working in a clinic to know if this is what you want to do. It's a requirement to get into college but it's also a way to make connections for future employment.
4. Where do you see yourself going with this job in the future?
For now I'm really happy working as a vet technician in this clinic so I don't really see any changes coming up. Maybe in the future I'll want to change but this is where I want to be now.
5. What are some of the main forces of change in the industry right now? How will those affect you?
There are now blood banks for animals, which is new. Also, high-tech equipment is becoming more affordable so we're starting to use new technologies in the clinic. This will bring up the standards of surgery and also for diagnosing animals.
A typical workday
||The Veterinary Clinic- I arrive at the clinic before the vet and feed, walk and medicate the animals that are staying at the clinic.
||The vet arrives for the first appointments of the day. I assist, if needed. I also prepare the surgery room and the animals that will be operated on.
||I clean the animals and give them anaesthetics. We do mostly spays and neutering, as well as dental work. Sometimes there's a broken leg to set or another wound to be looked at.
||We mostly do appointments in the afternoon. I usually help the vet hold the animals while they get their shots.
||For the last hour of the day, the animals' owners come to collect them. I need to let owners know about the medication and care their pets will need at home.