Becoming a Veterinary Technician

Despite the common misconception; veterinary medicine is not all puppies and kittens. It’s not all wagging tails and adorable, purring balls of fur. However, we sure do love to see them. In reality, veterinary medicine sees creatures of all walks of life, from the cutest nursing kittens to the older, golden retriever who is slowing down in their senior years. Perhaps the greatest part of our job is not only helping these pets that we love, but the people we get to help every day. After all, every pet we see at World of Animals has a loving owner attached to them for each visit. From their worries about their pet’s health to the reassurance of diagnosing their Pet’s Problem, at World of Animals not only will you feel truly cared for, you will feel cared about. It’s a fulfilling career: at times challenging, but extremely rewarding.

Becoming a Veterinarian or veterinary technician is more than a job; it’s a way of life. It sometimes means bringing our patients home with us at night. Not literally of course, but in our thoughts as we hope the patients we saw that day are doing better and that our treatments, medications, and therapeutics are helping to improve the quantity and quality of their lives.

There are several ways to become a veterinary technician. There are 2-year programs available to become a certified veterinary technician available through junior colleges. In our area, Manor and Harcum College both offer degree programs. The programs consist of both academic (classroom) learning as well as hands-on training (practicum) portion of the curriculum. Following the conclusion of the programs, students are eligible to take the licensing examination and will earn the title of C.V.T or Certified Veterinary Technician upon completion.

If classroom learning is not for you, licensing is not required to become a veterinary technician. Often time’s nurses start as kennel attendants, assistants, or receptionists. Demonstrating a keen mind, warm heart, and aptitude to learn and acquire new skills, they are promoted to veterinary nurses.

Veterinary Nurses demonstrate a wide array of skill-sets and are tasks with many responsibilities. On any given day a veterinary nurse may be drawing blood from a dog, taking x-rays of a cat, monitoring a surgical patient, or placing IV catheters. Nurses also acquire histories on cases presenting, document test results, and analyze fecal samples for the presence of GI parasites. Nurses discuss common topics with clients including wellness puppy and kitten care, and offer a should to lean on when a client is worried for, scared for, or sad about the well being of their pet. Being a veterinary nurse requires good technical skills, compassion, dedication, and self-sufficiency while working well in a team. It’s not a career for everyone, and it’s certainly not all puppies and kittens, but it’s also a rewarding career which can bring fulfillment and a sense of purpose for those who are up for the challenge.