How did you decide to become a Veterinary Technician?

I knew I wanted to work with animals, but I was unsure about what career or how to pursue it. I received my first associate degree in general sciences and once I graduated, I was kind of lost. I honestly, fumbled upon veterinary technology while searching for career options and was like “hey, I think I could do that and it might be fun!”

How hard was it to apply and get into technician school?

It was challenging that’s for sure! I visited a lot of colleges and asked a lot of questions along the way. Many of the colleges I was interested in had long wait lists for entry into their program. Prior to acceptance into a program, I had to have all my transcripts, any prerequisite courses completed, and some even required pre-entry exams, and application fees. The hardest part was finding the right college for me and one that I felt confident I would succeed in.

How long did it take for you to become a registered Veterinary Technician?

Nearly 3 years. I was a full-time student for 2 years and completed nearly 300 hours of unpaid externships in a variety of different locations throughout northern Ohio. After finishing my program and earning my degree, I was then able to register for the Veterinary Technician National Examination. After passing the VTNE, I had even more paperwork, legal work, and what felt like forever for my license to be issued.

How do you keep your certification?

I must stay in good standing with the Ohio State Veterinary Medical Licensing Board. Every 2 years, I pay a renewal fee and complete 10 hours of continuing education.

Do you have student loans?

Unfortunately, yes.

How long have you been a veterinary technician?

5 years!

What is your favorite part about being a veterinary technician?

The success stories! Having a critically ill or injured animal that I helped play a key role in their recovery. I love to see them make a recovery and the joy it brings a family to have their pet back home and healthy again. I love to see these patients in future visits over the years to come and say “hey, I remember you!”

What is your daily schedule like?

I’m usually the first to arrive at the hospital. I check on all the patients first thing in the morning, I administer any treatments they may need, and document everything. Then I work on arriving surgery patients. I run their pre-operative blood work, review their full medical history, and develop the surgery plans for the day. I calculate drug dosages and prepare the pet for surgery. While in surgery, I’m monitoring anesthesia and assisting Dr. Kidd with any needs. Outside of surgery, I’m answering questions, phone calls, making estimates for services, working with any hospitalized pets or sick pets, running lab work, collecting lab samples, filling prescriptions, assisting Dr. Kidd with treatment plans, and making arrangements for surgery or sick pets to go home.

If you were not a veterinary technician, what would you choose as your career?

I honestly haven’t thought about it.

What do you enjoy doing in your free time?

I enjoy working on my koi pond, spending time with my cats and husband, and playing Dungeons and Dragons.