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Vet Tech Resolutions for 2017!

by Lori Hehn - January 4, 2017 at 8:50 AM
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So you may already have a list of New Year's Resolutions for your personal life. (Are they the same as they were last year? Mine usually are.) But what about for your career and your general happiness?

This is a good time to reflect on your path in veterinary technology and think of some ways you can better yourself as a vet tech.

1) Ditch the Negativity: Work can become stressful and the hospital environment can become toxic. Remove yourself from the negativity and be a positive light for yourself and others you work with. Morale will be much higher and the workplace more enjoyable!

2) Attain some continuing education on topics you are interested in. What do you want to learn more about? Visit the Idexx Learning Center to browse interesting topics and attend a live webinar, or learn at your own pace via an archived session. Check the AVMA CE Meetings calendar for events in your area or online. If your mind is stimulated and you are learning, you will be much happier in your role as a vet tech. Learning never ends.

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3) Ask for a job performance review if you haven't had one in a while. You should have one at least yearly, and twice a year is even better. Go in with an open mind. It is hard to take constructive criticism, but is helpful so you know where you need to make improvements; if you are doing a great job you might even get a raise.

4) Pick up a new hobby if you don't have one (non-veterinary related). This is a great way to maintain balance and relieve stress. Take a fun class, such as photography or art. Or join a hiking group. Whatever you like, there is surely something local you can take part in, or even do from home.

5) Find a way to give back to the community. Community service is something that always finds a way of coming back to you in a positive way. You feel good about yourself, you meet new people, and you are helping others. There are so many different volunteer opportunities. Even if it is only once a week or once a month, you can never go wrong with being active in your community.

6) Improve on a specific skill. Not the best at blood draws on old cats? Have trouble reading sediments on a urinalysis? Make an effort to improve on the areas you need to work on. Seek out the CE on those topics you need some help with. Practice instead of avoiding the trouble areas.

7) Help a co-worker. Make an effort to help newcomers to your practice. Show them the ropes, and be patient. We all remember when we were just learning or a newbie. It can be very stressful. Being kind and patient can help to ease the anxiety for everyone in the practice and help to reduce turnover rates.

From all of us at VetTechPrep, we wish you a safe and HAPPY NEW YEAR!

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About Lori Hehn

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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