I’ve been a vet tech for around 10 years now, I would like to say I have seen and heard it all, but I know that this field is constantly changing and new everyday. There are a few things that stay constant and I think you should know.
I love your pet. I went into this field for one reason and one reason alone, I love animals more than I love people. It’s true, I would much rather spend time around animals than people any day.
I am not in it for the money. Trust me, I make significantly less than a Registered Nurse. If I wanted money I would not be doing what I am doing. I do not make commission on diagnostics that I recommend. Everything I recommend is for your pets health and well being (and I would do for my own babies). That being said, this is what I have chosen for my career and I have a family to fed, house and car payments, and my own pets to provide for, I do need to charge you for services. If I could do all my work for free and still provide for my family, I would, no hesitation.
I don’t judge. Did you leave your marijuana stash out and your dog ate it? Did you try and treat your dog’s limp at home and gave it a Tylenol? I don’t care, please just tell me so I can make sure your baby gets the proper treatment!
Please don’t be afraid to ask questions. That is a huge part of my job, client education! It’s also one of the part of my job I love the most. The more educated you are, the better care your pet receives, it’s a win win in my mind!
Please don’t get upset with me. I know that sometimes you are in the clinic because of a stressful situation, and it involves money, but please know that I am doing everything in my power to get your baby the care they need. If you have an issue, take a deep breath and let’s have a conversation, I am sure something can be worked out that is best for all involved.
I don’t get commission for recommending diets. Neither do the Veterinarians. Typically I recommend food I feed my own pets, and I promise you I have done all the research on both sides!
I know what I am recommending. Nobody wants a litter box in their living room, or to have to keep a cone of shame on your dog, but I promise you it’s for the best for your quality of life and your pets. We know that the cone of shame hurts when it hits your shin, I have bruises to prove it!! I also know how unsightly a litter box is, I have had them in my own bedroom!
The biggest thing I want you to know is I want your trust and I try to do everything in your power to earn it. I just want what is best for you and your fur babies because I would want someone to do the same for me and mine!