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Hello! My name is Caeden and I am a current high school student. I'm conducting an interview with any professional in the Companion Veterinary field for a Foundations in Health Science Class project about careers! I have created a total of 13 questions. Comment on this post, answering all 13 questions to be apart of my assignment.?

1. What profession did you choose? Why?

2. How many years of college did you need to go through?

3. What jobs did you work before you landed your present professional

job?

4. How can I decide if I should earn a Ph.D. in this field?

5. Were you in a college program?

6. Did you have to pivot and go back to school at a later date?

7. Did you shadow another professional in the field?

8. Did you join any school clubs related to your current profession?

9. Was there a particular subject you struggled with during your school years?

10. What skill sets did you learn or gain while pursuing your career?

11. What motivated you to keep going with this career when things got tough?

12. On a scale from 1-10, how stressful is it to be a companion veterinarian?

13. Do you recommend internships for this pathway?

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Keyana’s Answer

Hi there my name is Key and I am a licensed veterinary technician!


1. I choose to be a licensed veterinary technician because I love being able to help animals out with my license. I originally wanted to be a veterinarian but at the time I was young with a daughter and could not go to veterinary school at the time, so being a licensed veterinary technician was the next best thing and i love it!

2. The program I went is a self paced program and states that it can take up to 2yrs to finish, it took me 4yrs to finish.

3. Before I entered into the veterinary field, I worked for chick-fil-a as a cashier.

4. When considering what title you would like to hold in the veterinary field, you must decide how far you want to go and what you would like to do. For example, you can still work with animals and not be a licensed professional. I have worked with many great non-licensed professionals. When earning a license, it depends on rather you would like to be a veterinarian or a technician. Both titles can lead to anything your heart desires, it just depends on how much you want to contribute.

5. I was in a college program, I was in Penn Foster (an online school) for veterinary assistant and then for veterinary technician. I have my associates degree for both programs.

6. I did not, however, I have considered it in the past for either obtaining my bachelors or for business related to veterinary.

7. I have shadowed several people in the veterinary field. I have shadowed other veterinary assistants and veterinarians.

8. I was apart of a few social media groups pertaining to my field. The groups were related to what semesters I was in at the time. I was also a school ambassador helping other students with their studies once I graduated.

9. Yes, I struggled heavily with physiology and anatomy. I actually had to retake the class!

10. I have learned several skill sets in my profession. I have learned how to observe animal behavior, how to draw blood, management skills, communication skills, monitoring anesthesia, IV catherter placement, how to take radiographs.

11. This may sound repetitive but the love of animals, my passion, and my coworkers are what kept me motivated. The animals, because I saw the difference I made in this field. Rather the pet owner agreed to treat their pet or it was to late to treat, Ive had many pet owners tell me how good it felt that their pet had someone to care for them throughout their life. That made me feel great. My passion kept me going because I love animals, anyone can say that they love animals; however, my coworkers showed that and many of them became great friends in my life. Not only do we share the same passion (animals) but we have a lot of things in common.

12. For me it is a 7, however, it is what you make of it. For me I like busy stress. Busy stress for me is when I go home tired and sore because my coworkers and I did an amazing job! There will be days that you feel 10/10 stress because of life and work.

13. I do because it will give you a view of what it is like to be in the veterinary field!

Let me know if there is anything else you need! I hope your project turns out well!
Thank you comment icon Thank you, Keyana! Caeden
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Lindsey’s Answer

Hey Caeden!
I'm a licensed veterinary technician in Texas! Thank you for your interest and research into the vet med industry!

1. What profession did you choose? Why?
- I chose to be a veterinary technician because I was anxious to get into the vet field and did not want to attend college for 8 years.

2. How many years of college did you need to go through?
- 2 years for vet technician school but due to my life choices I graduated after 3 years.

3. What jobs did you work before you landed your present professional job?
- I worked at a mini golf amusement park in high school, then a full service car wash while I was going through vet tech school before landing my vet clinic job prior to graduation.

4. How can I decide if I should earn a Ph.D. in this field?
- To be a vet tech you don't need a Ph.D but it is beneficial to have an additional degree in something other than animal medicine.

5. Were you in a college program?
- yes at Cedar Valley College

6. Did you have to pivot and go back to school at a later date?
- I am in the process of going back to school so I can earn an accounting degree

7. Did you shadow another professional in the field?
- no

8. Did you join any school clubs related to your current profession?
- no, there were not any clubs available.

9. Was there a particular subject you struggled with during your school years?
- chemistry!

10. What skill sets did you learn or gain while pursuing your career?
- customer service and emotional intelligence

11. What motivated you to keep going with this career when things got tough?
- Bills and finding a passion for specific areas of vet med.

12. On a scale from 1-10, how stressful is it to be a companion veterinarian?
- Now it is around a 7, but when I was first starting out in the vet med it was a 9-10 because I was very self-conscious and people-pleasing.

13. Do you recommend internships for this pathway?
- Yes, because you need to understand what you are getting into, but also no because a lot of internships do not allow you to REALLY understand the workings of the clinic. Alot of the interns/volunteers I employed were unable to do much because they were not on the payroll.
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