Things They Don’t Tell You in Tech School…

Female Vet Tech Performing Exam

What a rewarding career being a Veterinary Technician is. You get to help the furry family members that we all love, and you leave each day knowing that you worked hard – because let’s face it, it’s a tough job. And while it has its tough times, you know that keeping a sense of humor about it can help. We asked the RVTs at Embrace Pet Insurance to share some of the things that you only learn after you’ve entered the field. 

The Nasty

  • “Presents” from clients are always a baggie of poo or a container of urine.
  • Always keep an extra pair of scrubs nearby – you never know when something will spray or when your pants will split.
  • Sometimes pocket poop happens.
  • You’ll be able to discuss nasty topics in graphic detail while eating dinner with your friends and family.
  • Keep your mouth shut when expressing anal glands.

The Uncomfortable

  • Scrubs aren’t the most modest of clothing so your coworkers get pretty used to seeing your butt crack.
  • You will be able to pick your coworker’s butt out of a lineup.
  • You will get extremely physically close to your coworkers while restraining pets.
  • You’ll get good at demonstrating what kennel cough sounds like to clients.

The Reality

  • You’ll never look at canned chicken the same way ever again.
  • You’ll learn to eat with tongue depressors when you forget silverware.
  • Explaining to your family and friends why you’re covered in bruises and scratches and that everything really is okay at home will become a normal conversation.
  • You will learn what compassion fatigue is and how to cope with it.
  • Get used to scratching/wiping sweat off/adjusting the glasses for the DVM while in surgery.
  • The average tech clinical career is about five years – backup plans are a good thing.
  • Prepare for everyone and their brother to come to you for free veterinary advice.

The Helpful

  • You’ll learn how to talk to clients about pet insurance.
  • Learn to hold your bladder when you’re in the middle of an appointment. Or worse, surgery.
  • You will spend just as much time with pet owners as you do with their pets – being a “people person” is totally necessary.
  • Compassion fatigue is real. Don’t be afraid to fully commit yourself to your profession, but put yourself first to find a good work-life balance.

The Superstitions

  • Never announce that it’s a quiet day or you’ll be sure to ignite a steady flow of emergencies.
  • A pet parent who swears that his or her pet doesn’t bite always has a pet that bites.
  • If your scrubs are going to rip, they’re going to rip in front of the opposite sex 9 times out of 10.
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Pet health insurance is administered by Embrace Pet Insurance Agency, LLC and underwritten by one of the licensed insurers of American Modern Insurance Group, Inc., including American Modern Home Insurance Company d/b/a in CA as American Modern Insurance Company (Lic. No 2222-8), and American Southern Home Insurance Company. Coverage is subject to policy terms, conditions, limitations, exclusions, underwriting review, and approval, and may not be available for all risks or in all states. Rates and discounts vary, are determined by many factors, and are subject to change. Wellness Rewards is offered as a supplementary, non-insurance benefit administered by Embrace Pet Insurance Agency in the United States. © 2020 American Modern Insurance Group, Inc.  Wellness Rewards not available in Rhode Island.