I became a Certified Veterinary Technician (C.V.T.) because I realized I have this obsession with animals. Sounds odd but if you ask any other technician, I can assure you that they will say the same thing. While pursuing my degree I realized I couldn’t learn enough about the subject matter. Biology and anatomy became fascinating to me. The way that different body systems work together with each other is so much more intricate then I could have imagined. Clinical pathology pretty much introduced me to a whole new world under the microscope. Reading a blood smear can tell us a surprising amount of information about the health status of an animal.
I’ve been asked in the past, “So why didn’t you become a nurse for humans instead?” And that is simply because, animals don’t have a voice. They can’t tell you when they are sick, where it hurts, if they are being abused or even if they are hungry. I love standing up for them. However, this field definitely has its down sides too, such as being urinated on or getting discharge from a pyometra on your face. Although that can all be tolerated when someone’s pet (a.k.a. family member) has been helped to feel better. By aiding them, you have remarkably improved the quogyality of life for that pet and person.
I can assure you, getting this degree is no easy task. It took a lot of hard work, dedication and the complete loss of a social life for two years. While studying to become a C.V.T. you will learn about multiple species and how they are different. You also learn a lot about the roles of a radiologist, a pharmacy technician, an anesthesiologist, a dental hygienist, surgical assistant and even at times a grief consoler. In many cases these tasks will fall on your shoulders. Who else can say they have done all of that in one day?