Kristin Ardery has been a vet tech for 25 years. I have loved learning her story, and she gives great advice for aspiring veterinary technicians.
VTP: When did you become a vet tech and how has your experience evolved into what it is today?
KA: I have been a vet tech for 25 years. I work at a small animal and exotics practice- Barrington Oaks Veterinary Hospital in Elk River, MN. I worked as animal maintenance at a pet store with adjoining veterinary services (All About Pets / Golden Valley, MN), and was recruited by request of the veterinarian on staff. I trained on the job, and then attended school at the Medical Institute of MN which is now Argosy.
My first shift filling in for a technician, I roomed a ferret that wasn't doing well. Her name was Margaret. We took radiographs and discovered a foreign body. We placed an IV catheter and prepped her for surgery. We removed a piece of rubber from her stomach. We recovered her fully, all in one day from start to finish.
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?
VTP: What is your favorite duty in your job? What is it about your specific job that makes you happy and feel valued?
VTP: Any words of wisdom for those preparing to be a vet tech or are considering this as a future job?
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