This month we are featuring registered veterinary technician Devon Ayres, who is an ICU technician.
Devon has been working in the veterinary field for a long time, and I used to work with her during my internship when she was the critical care technician. And she is funny! Some of her answers during her interview made me laugh. She is amazing and we hope you will enjoy her inspiring story.
VTP: When did you become a vet tech and how has your experience evolved into what it is today?
DA: I've been working in the veterinary industry for over 20 years but I started like a lot of people, as a kennel technician. I "graduated" to technician in 2000. I had a lot of really excellent on the job training and received my Bachelors of Science from UCSD in 2002 which allowed me to use the alternate route program in California to become licensed. I started working in day practices, as do most of us, but moved into emergency and critical care which I really enjoy.
The hours aren't the greatest but the cases are more interesting and I think I do my best work when caring for patients with complicated disease processes, such as DKAs and acute on chronic renal failure and post-op surgical management of patients with PSS ligation, adrenalectomies, etc. I most recently worked at the Regional Referral Veterinary Center in Springfield, Virginia where I worked in the CCU and as a CT technician. A few days ago I moved to San Diego so I am currently looking for employment.
VTP: What is the an interesting case you have seen in practice or something you have learned about being a vet tech?
VTP: How do you cope with job-related stress?
VTP: What pets to you have?
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We will continue to do a monthly "My Vet Tech Story" piece to help inspire students or others who are considering this as a career or are interested in learning more about what vet techs do.
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