My first week working as a veterinary assistant is complete. And boy did I learn a lot.
I noticed that for one, coffee doesn’t do crap for me anymore unless I drink like 3 cups a day.
My week consisted of making surgery packs, cleaning and setting up kennels, setting up for surgeries, monitoring anesthesia during dentals, running blood work, running fecals and urinalysis, doing toenail trims, administering medication (Bordetella), putting away medication, handling and restraining animals, setting up x-rays, and a lot more odds and ends.
I carry a little notebook with me and a few pens to write down anything I need to remember. In the veterinary office, medical terms are used 24/7 and if you need help remembering them, write them down! It comes in handy when reading medical charts of hospitalized patients.
I keep my stethoscope with me at all times just I need to take TPR of a patient. I work in an emergency clinic so you never know what is coming next.
Find The Right Scrubs and Shoes
You honestly don’t know how hard it is to bend, reach, and walk if you have too big or too small of scrubs. Get the right fitting most comfortable scrubs for you. It helps a ton.
I recently bought a new pair of shoes for work. I gave it a go for Brooks Running shoes and tossed my Nike’s to the side. Best decision! My feet feel so good during my 10 hour shifts. Yea… I said 10 hours.
If you get some downtime, it’s good to eat a snack and fuel your body back up. I keep snacks in my backpack but I leave my lunch at home. I live 5 minutes away from my clinic so I make my lunches at home. It’s always a toke for me to let my dogs out and sort of unwind front the clinic for an hour. And if I need to change, I can do so at home.
You Won’t Get Used to Euthanasia
I’m sorry this may be biased but, euthanasia isn’t something I personally think I will ever get used to. It is key to stay professional and not show your grief but, never will I feel okay with it. In my week working, I can’t even count how many I saw.
Be Ready to Help Your Staff
You are apart of a team. Even if you are just asking if anyone needs help, it is appreciated. It shows you are willing to work together. Doctors love when you show initiative and interest in the field. I am always looking to learn something new. You can even ask to sit in on a surgery just to better understand the animal anatomy. It will be appreciated.
Don’t Be Afraid to Ask Questions
It can be intimidating at first being the new person. If you don’t know something, ask. Don’t worry what they will think of you. It’s better to know how to do something right than to guess. Especially if a life is on the line.
I love seeing all the different breeds and species of animals. I’m looking forward to seeing more exotics on the future! I love my job, I will be making another post about my morning routine for work very soon!