Thursday, August 11, 2011

6 Tips for New Vet Techs

Congratulations on completing your Veterinary Tech program. Hopefully you have passed the board exam and you are now set to be employed in a position that has a fantastic job growth outlook. Now it is time to get out into the work place and start doing what you have dreamed of. Here are some pointers for new Vet Techs:

6 Tips for New Vet Techs

1. Become a member of the National Association of Veterinary Technicians of America. . For Vet Tech students it costs $25 per year and for Vet Techs, Assistants, and Veterinarians it costs $50 per year. It allows you to network with your peers and offers continuing education for those wanting to keep up-to-date on the latest information. There are other organizations out there, but this one is a good start.
2. Keep your mind open. Just because your schooling has ended does not mean there is no more to learn. What you learned in the class room was theory, now you have to learn how to put it in to practice. Also, any career in a medical profession, human or animal, is ever changing. You will learn new information concerning your job on a daily basis.
3. Don’t limit yourself to the vet office. There are a number of different positions that you can be hired for as a Vet Tech. There are research facilities, Colleges and Universities, and rescue facilities. Think about what you really want out of your career as a Vet Tech and make a plan to have it be a rewarding one. There are many different ways to help animals.
4. When you have started your new job as a Vet Tech, don’t be afraid to ask for help. Nobody expects you to know exactly what you are doing but you need to make sure you are doing your part to learn the right way to do things at your new job.
5. Take notes. When you are asking for help, write down any information you get to reference if the question arises again. Writing it down makes it appear that what this person is telling you is very important, which it may be. Also, if you have to ask the same questions over and over again you will appear to not really care what your coworkers are trying to teach you.
6. Enjoy your new career! You have worked very hard to make it to this point in your life. An employee who enjoys their job will have a very rewarding career and work to advance their knowledge to become the most they can be. Employers like to see this kind of attitude, they hope it spreads through the whole staff.

L. Lubel is extremely interested in veterinarian medicine and offering information for students who want to become veterinarian technicians.

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