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Don’t Forget to Love Your Job

 

Working 60+ hours a week in a high-intensity culture, it is no wonder the average vet tech only lasts a few years. Honestly, after the first few years, you start to question whether or not you love your vet tech job or even like animals anymore. You have become numb after years of practice. Even though it is difficult, deep down you are still passionate about animals and couldn’t see yourself doing anything else.

Remember Why You Do What You Do

It is easy to lose sight of why you started down this career path in the first place, so it’s important to remind yourself every once in a while. You didn’t get into it because of the money or because of the prestige; you do it because you love animals. When your job gets hard, take some time to remember that and regain perspective.

Focus on the Good

You are going to have hard days. Those days when you lose a patient, and you go back in your mind thinking of ways you could have done things differently. This is an unfortunate part of the job, but there is so much more to it. So many reasons for you to love your vet tech job. Pets are part of a family, and you play a crucial role in keeping that family member healthy for as long as possible. Take solace in the fact that while you will lose patients, you will save so many more. Focus on the positive impact you have, not only on the animals but on their families, too. Deal with the bad, and celebrate the good.

Go The Extra Mile

Whether good or bad, a big part of your job is dealing with the humans that bring in the animals you care for. Unfortunately, many of them come in stressed out and worried, and they end up taking it out on you. That being said, you are part of the team that fixes what they are stressed out about. Take time to explain to the owner what happened and what to do in the future to avoid problems, and then give them a call the next day to check in. When you go the extra mile to care for them and their animal, they will be appreciative and it will help your practice grow. It is good for everyone, so ignite a change in your practice and change the culture. This is a huge step to reminding everyone why you and your coworkers love your vet tech job.

You have a hard job, but there are many things you can do to make the most of it. You do great things for people and their pets, and it is important to remember that. Don’t forget to remember why you love your vet tech job, focus on the good, and go the extra mile. On behalf of animal lovers everywhere, thank you!

The Kate Fund Backstory

This is Kate. Kate came into our lives between my freshman and sophomore year of veterinary school as a 7-week-old puppy. She was my inspiration for Veterinary Pharmacy Reference. As an adult, she has been the only dog I raised from a puppy. As my ‘vet school dog’, she was my living example of all the information I was learning in class. From the start she taught me about animal behavior and training – something I thought I knew, but quickly discovered I had a lot to learn.

She was a dominant puppy with a very strong will and my training style was creating an incompatible relationship that would never have worked. Out of frustration, I finally sought the help of a professional and witnessed the magic of positive reinforcement training. From that first lesson, it was as if someone flipped a switch, she just wanted to do anything she could to make me happy.

My husband and I do not have children, so Kate was our whole world. We lived our whole lives around her, from only vacationing in places that were dog friendly, to having a trailer made to pull behind our motorcycle when we got the riding bug. We knew very early on what a special soul she was.

We call her our ‘once in a blue moon’ dog. We treasured every day we had with her and when she was diagnosed with chondrosarcoma, a form of bone cancer at the age of 10, we were devastated. She lived seven months after the diagnosis with standard of care treatment. She made me the doctor that I am today and she is why I am so passionate about my practice life. I have always tried my best to practice and handle my patients like they were my client’s version of Kate. The development of VPR made me feel that I could help prevent errors and provide informed consent to pet owners who had a ‘Kate’ that they loved. I could have never dealt with a situation where something I did to help her, ended up hurting her.

We have loved other dogs since Kate and we will miss her for the rest of our lives. In Kate’s honor, I created a 501 3C nonprofit to raise money for bone cancer research in dogs after she passed away. We have donated $130,000.00 to research in the past 13 years we have lived without Kate.

To donate, please visit www.Katefund.org.