This month we are featuring registered veterinary technician Jennifer Katz! She has been in practice for 15 years and we hope you will enjoy learning about her path in veterinary medicine.
She offers some wonderful words of wisdom to those in their journey to being a veterinary technician.
VTP: How did you find your way into veterinary medicine?
JK: I started working at my first general practice 15 years ago. As a kid, I always thought about being a veterinarian or marine biologist. When it came to the blood and guts of it all, I got squeamish and decided to pursue other avenues and spent quite a few years in retail and customer service management. When we moved to San Diego, I decided to take a "fun" job as a receptionist at a veterinary hospital to have some time around animals. Two months after starting, I was given the opportunity to give the back of the hospital a try and I LOVED it! I was so surprised at how I was able to handle the things that made me squeamish. Luckily, this general practice relied heavily on their technical staff and I received great on the job training. I was also provided with the opportunity to attend a lot of CE events.
VTP: How has your initial experience evolved? Did you decide to pursue schooling as a veterinary technician?
VTP: What do you like to do outside of work?
VTP: What pets do you have?
VTP: What do you think is a challenge and how do you embrace it?
"I always try my hardest to have those final moments be perfect for everyone involved. Be in the moment and never allow it to become routine."
VTP: Any words of wisdom for those preparing to be a vet tech or are considering this as a future job?
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. You can read the past stories here!