Veterinary Technitian 

(Female, Age 28) from laguna hills, CA

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At a Glance

Current Job

Basic data on your current job

Job Title Veterinary Technitian
Salary $100,000
Other Compensation None Set
Hours/Week 30
Company Size (not answered)
Location laguna hills, CA
Years Experience 4 years

Career Ratings

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Years in Career 0
Education (not answered)
Income Rating 0 / 10
Interest Rating 0 / 10
Work-Life Rating 0 / 10
Fulfilment Rating 0 / 10

Current job Q&A

Describe the type of organization you work for.
banfield the pet hospital. nation-wide chain of independant animal hospitals. very large employee base.

Describe your job role and responsibilities.
administer basic animal care, schedule appointments, talk to clients.

Please list an additional benefits (beyond compensation) that you receive.

Do you feel you are under/over or well/fairly compensated at your current position?
well compensated

Does your job entail you working with others on a daily basis? Is this something you like/dislike about your job? Please explain.
i work with others on a daily basis. the cliens and owners of the animals are who we are serving.

Do you work collaboratively with supervisors/managers?

Do you work collaboratively with your co-workers?

Describe your work location (e.g., office, home, theatre, in the field) and what you like/dislike about working in it.

Please rate each of the following aspects of your current job on a scale of 1-10 (10 being the highest/best):
Income: 1
Benefits: 4
Hours: 3
Co-Workers: 5
Supervisors: 6
Job Title: 2
Level of Responsibility: 8
The Actual Work: 7

A day in the life of…

Please describe a typical workday for you in your current job:

5am to 6am
6am to 7am
7am to 8am Arrive at the hospital. I turn on the lights, unlock all the doors, and turn on all the comuters.
8am to 9am By this time, I check on all the over night animals and fill their food and water. I give any necessary medications and fluids. I prepare for the day by printing out a schedule and stocking the rooms.
9am to 10am Surgery usually starts at this time. Most of the time, morning surgeries are simple. On average, 2-4 spays and neuters are perfomed. I aid the doctor in setting up the surgery table and handing him instruments. I make sure everything is steralized and prepared.
10am to 11am Surgery is just finishing up, and i continue to moniter the animal and ensure that it is getting the proper amount of anesthesia and oxygen.
11am to 12pm At this time, surgery is usually over. I clean and steralize all teh instruments. I also clean the surgery table and all the tubing. the room is steralized and the animals are monitered to ensure they wake up from the anasthesia safely.
12pm to 1pm Lunch time!
1pm to 2pm At this time the clients start to arrive with their pets. I place any animals that need boarding in the appropriate kennel, and mark their cages. I start administering the vaccinations and perform any checkups necessary. I clip nails, clean ears, look for tartar on teeth, and aid the doctor in the examinations.
2pm to 3pm I continue to bring back the pets who need to be looked at. If necessary, I make any follow up appointments at the front desk with the clients. I infrom all the clients of what the doctor said about their pet and what procedures were done.
3pm to 4pm While I room the animals and their clients, I always check their vital signs and document them so the doctor has all the signs necessary. I inform the doctor of what room they need to enter first, and make sure each room is clean after a client leaves.
4pm to 5pm If the day is calm, I help the secretary make reminder calls for the patients for the next day. Usually all the animals have been picked up by now, and no more appointments are scheduled.
5pm to 6pm Closing time. All the employees make sure all the animals that are staying overnight are taken care of and given their medications. We make any last phone calls necesarry and turn off the lights and lock up the medications.
6pm to 7pm
7pm to 8pm
8pm to 9pm
9pm to 10pm
10pm to 11pm
11pm to 12am

Table of Contents

How you got your job

How did you get your current job?
I heard that they needed volunteer work.

What was the application process?
I filled out an application and submitted a resume. Then I had a personal interview.

Did you have to interview for your current job? If yes, what did the interview process entail?
Yes. I was shown around the office and the head nurse asked questions about my experience with animals.

If you can remember, what questions were you asked during the interview?
Why do you like working with animals? what are your future goals?

Do you feel your employer properly prepared you for your job? Explain.
No, I already had the experience necessary.

Was there training for your current position? If yes, what did it entail?
I started as a volunteer at Laguna Hills animal hospital and took an ROP class in animal health. I was not trained by my current employer.

Do you feel your educational background prepared you for your job? Explain.
No, experience was what prepared me.

If applicable, do you feel your internship experience helped you prepare for your job?
Yes. I was able to volunteer at various hospitals and gain the experience necessary.

If someone wanted to go about getting a job similar to yours, what would you recommend for him or her to do?
Start off as a volunteer, or take a few simple classes at a community college to obtain a degree.

What skills do you think a person should have if they want to pursue a position like yours?
Patience for when the animals do not cooperate, social skills so you can easily communicate with the owners, and responsibility since the animals’ lives are in your hands.

Do you feel that you need a certain level of education or training to be successful in your job?
Yes, volunteer work is necessary.

What advice would you give to someone who was about to start work in your position/ line of work?
It takes time to learn how to do this job. Be patient.

Long-term career plans

Is your current employment part of your overall career plan? Why or why not?
Yes. I plan on becoming a veterinarian.

What are your current career goals?
Get into medical school to become a veterinarian.

Is there anything else you would like to share about your career?
It is very fun and comes with lots of funny stories!

Educational background

Please list your educational background:

High School GPA:3.5

GPA School Degree
College (Undergraduate)
or Technical/Vocational
3.5 saddleback college
Graduate or Professional
(Masters or Doctorate)

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