Veterinary technicians and technologists rated 6 in the top 30 fastest growing jobs in 2010 and is planned to continue to increase its rate of growth through 2020. They have an average yearly salary ranging from 51,530-114,100 and work between 40-50 hours a week (9-10 hrs. a day and about $39.86 an hour). An average day for a small animal vet (reptiles, cats, dogs, birds, etc.) diagnoses illnesses, gives vaccinations, prescribe medications, treats wounds, sets fractures, performs surgeries, advises pet owners, and other medical procedures. There are many strongly important qualities a vet possesses to be better able to perform his/her job and not all can be learned. Before even going to school to study for vet school one must possess basic qualities: compassion, good decision making skills, communication skills, manual dexterity, and very strong problem solving skills. Vet school has always been a huge goal of mine and while further researching this field I feel even more compelled to follow this dream. Although there are some things I need to improve on I have discovered I have many of the basic skills needed before veterinary school.
Since a child I have had a strong compassion for animals and when becoming a vet I guarantee that compassion can reach towards the owners (necessity). I need to improve my decision making skills because I tend to get overwhelmed when I have an abundance of choices, but when deciding on a treatment it will be easier to choose because I will have the ability to narrow down my choices according to the symptoms. Communication is also a necessity and THAT, I am extremely skilled with. Being very skilled with the hands, manual dexterity, is needed for setting fractures and other medical procedures. Animals are also sensitive with how they are handled and a gentle hand can determine the ultimate outcome of the experience and what the animal takes from it. I am also skilled in this area and have spent much time...
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