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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 08-21-2012, 03:18 PM Thread Starter
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VET TECH VS. VET ASSISTANT? Personal experiences?

I am a sophomore in high school and it seems high school likes to shove the future down your throat, lol and I am considering some sort of veterinary career... And I stress over this all the time because I worry that I wont be able to figure out what im going to do when the time comes...
I dont like the idea of performing surgery.

Any vets/vet techs/vet assistants out there? What is the job like day to day? what is the difference between a vet tech and a vet assistant?

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Difference is only what they can/can't do. Assistants are pretty much cleanup & walking animals. Techs can perform some of the necessary shots & procedures, like looking for mites or giving medicine. They also assist before, during, and after surgery.
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Vet techs are like the nurses in a veterinary practice, and the assistants are like the orderlies.

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Vet tech.. prepare animals for surgery, look over minor apptmnts (such as anal glands), do a preliminary assessment of animals, take fecal/urinary/swabs to the lab and examine/send over for testing, take blood, give vaccines, preform x-rays... uhh that's all that I can remember ATM.

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I have never been a tech or assistant but I know if you work for a vet in any capacity you will most certainly see, hear, smell, touch or clean something you won't like.
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If you don't like the look and smell and feel of urine, excrement, vomit, or blood, or other bodily fluids, then being a Vet or Vet Tech isn't for you.

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I looove bodily fluids... and from my time at the office, they love me. -__-

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Veterinary assistant is sounding better and better.
I had a melt down when I found a kitten with a massive tumor on his eye. Poor guy was put down. :'(
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Just be careful.. I hear this whole vet assistant thing is getting less popular, only 1 out of 12 clinics in my town even has them anymore. Don't know if the US is different though.

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Is this something that you can... well, get used to?
Is that even possible?

I really want to work with animals.

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