As a vet tech, you’ll interact with pets and their owners and help them attain optimal health. You’ll also assist the veterinarian during exams and procedures and teach pet owners how to care for their pets at home after a procedure or visit. Here are 10 key qualities that vet techs should possess:
- Love for Animals: You must truly enjoy being around and caring for animals of all types – not all of the pets who come into a practice are cute; snakes, turtles, birds and other animals need care too.
- Observation Skills: Your clients won’t be able to tell you what is bothering them, but if you have good observation skills, you’ll gain valuable insight just by looking.
- Teamwork Skills: You need to be able to work with a variety of people; every appointment will include a veterinarian, a pet and that pet’s owner. Working together allows you to find the best solution for the pet and his problem.
- Technical know-how: You need to be fully trained and ready to provide compassionate care for your patients if you want to be a vet tech. An accredited program can help you gain all of the hands-on skills you need to succeed.
- Computer Skills: Animal medical records are moving to computerization, just like the records kept for humans. Computer skills will help you record your findings and ensure that you are able to work with your organization’s existing records system.
- Teaching Skills: You’ll need to be a great teacher; from training a new tech to do things the way your office does them to teaching an anxious puppy parent how to care for their new bundle of joy, the ability to teach will help you succeed.
- Multitasking Skills: The ability to juggle multiple tasks will help you manage your time, particularly if you work in a crowded, busy practice.
- Empathy: Not every vet visit is for well care or a new kitten; your clients will be dealing with loss, bad news and trauma. You’ll need empathy for them and their pets if you want to succeed as a vet technician.
- Communication Skills: You’ll need to be able to understand what the patient is telling you – and then relay the relevant facts to the doctor. You’ll also need to be able to understand and respond quickly to vet requests during a procedure or exam.
- Be Detail Oriented: Even a small error in dosage or medication can be disastrous. Details matter in veterinary medicine, and if your natural tendency is to be detail oriented, you’ll thrive as a vet tech.
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