Similar to medical physicians, veterinarians have the option to specialize in certain areas. After becoming a certified veterinarian, vets can choose to undertake intensive training in a variety of veterinary specialties such as radiology, cardiology, dentistry, dermatology, oncology, preventative animal medicine, internal medicines, and surgery.
Like every job, each day has a routine, however, there is almost always one incident or another that will bring something different to the day, from emergency surgeries to late day delivery of puppies or kittens. Veterinary assistants and technicians learn to multi-task and respond quickly and efficiently to urgent situations. Although preventative health care plays a major role in many veterinary practices, they are also the primary source of emergency care when an animal has been injured. Those who are required to treat these animals need to provide the best treatment with the most positive outcome.
Variety of Service:
With each client, the vet assistant and the technician are required to provide a unique service specific to the client. For a new pet owner, the assistant or technician may offer basic information about the care of their particular pet. Opposed to a pet owner with an older animal who may need guidance on proper nutrition, supplements that can help their joints and the correct dosage of pain medication, if and when necessary. The veterinary assistant will also provide care for an animal who has just come out of surgery or dispensing medications to animals in the kennels at that veterinary practice.
Although veterinary assistants and technicians work in animal shelters and care for the animals, a greater percentage of work and care for the owners of the pets. Each owner has a different personality and these people are there to support the animals that they love and unfortunately, sometimes they are there to hear bad news. Compassion is an essential element when working with animals, both for the animal itself and just as importantly, for the pet owner.
Job Opportunities and Salary:
Employment opportunities for this occupation have risen very strongly in the past five years and will expect to continue to rise strongly in the long term. Looking forward, employment opportunities for Veterinarians is expected to remain relatively stable.
That said, one of the most commonly sided reasons that people don’t end up liking veterinary medicine is that they often times underestimate the number of animals they have to put down. They also underestimate how emotionally draining it is to put down an animal they care about.