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It is easy to experience burnout in the veterinary profession. Let's discuss some ways you can increase your job satisfaction. All jobs can become routine. If your Vet Tech Job is getting boring, consider these things to boost your love for this profession!
Is the glass half full or half empty? Are you bored of vaccination appointments, itchy dogs, and anal glands? Take an active role in your practice to keep it interesting! The great thing about this profession is that every day is different!
When those adorable little puppies and kittens sign up on a puppy or kitten package or come in for their first visit, take their picture and create a place on the wall for those photos. Other clients also like to look at the cute little ones and it shows that you care for your patients. Then, when they come in for their spay or neuter, send that first picture home with the owner. This is a great way to help foster a client and hospital relationship!
I know of a veterinary dentist in our town who does a free dental radiography workshop a few times a year so vet techs can practice their techniques and learn new methods of dental x-ray. Further educating yourself can keep things interesting.
Almost any place will accept a qualified volunteer. Are you really interested in zoo medicine? Find out if you can shadow or volunteer for a day or two at the local zoo. You never know where opportunities are lurking.
Giving to others can really boost one's self-esteem and outlook on the profession. Find a way to give back to the community. Volunteer at the local shelter one day a month. It looks great on a resume, and those pets who are without a home can greatly benefit from your training.
There are many companies that offer free continuing education classes or credits. You may need these credits for your license in some states. If not, it is still a fantastic way to keep up to date on your knowledge. Idexx has complimentary webinars and free continuing education on a variety of topics year-round.
They may not know you are interested in knowing or understanding the medicine behind some of the cases you are seeing in practice. Don't be afraid to ask questions! You can learn as much or as little as you want, but you must take the initiative to show your interest.
Many jobs will cover some of the expenses. Check with your employer to see if they would be willing to send you to a conference such as this. It is something to look forward to, and is a great way to boost your knowledge and meet other vet techs!
Remember, even though you may get bored, these things can help keep your job interesting. Your patients need you and greatly appreciate the wonderful care you give them. Your veterinarians would not be able to do their jobs without you, and for that the whole veterinary community is grateful for you.
Lori Hehn is a practicing veterinarian and a contributor and content manager with XPrep Learning Solutions. She has a drive for continual learning and enjoys interacting with veterinary and vet tech students. She also writes veterinary learning books for children.
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