I was wondering if anyone here is a vet tech? I ask because I have to start registering for classes at the college soon. I was considering getting my vet tech degree. I don't want to be a veterinarian, I don't even know if I want to work in an animal hospital (I'm considering being a trainer) but I figure it might be a good degree to have and then I always have a backup plan and something to do while I start a business.
Anyway, I'm wondering what the college is like for that. do you have to be really good at science/math? Is there any disecting dogs/cats? And then what exactly does the vet tech do and what kind of money do they get?
I just started a vet tech program at Ogeechee Technical College in Statesboro, GA. It's a wonderful program. We have to take basic biology and chemistry and college algebra. I don't know about the dissecting yet. That worries me too because I don't support animals being killed when there are alternative sources for the same information. If you are faced with dissection, but don't want to do it for whatever reason check out this website. http://www.petakids.com/disindex.html
Take some advice---- I went to surgical(people)tech school and it was a disaster The market is so saturated with "recent" graduates and it's tough finding a job. I would recomend nursing. There is a shortage big time and most 2 year program R.N.'s are making 25.00 an hour. I decided to drive a special needs bus. 17 grand down the drain. If you're not 100 % sure of what you want to do, go into nursing so you can at least make decent money til you do know. Good luck!
I would recommend NOT going into nursing :) This nurse after 15 yrs has called it quits. Certainly there are lots of jobs out there but that also means they have loads of unfilled positions..which in turn means working understaffed on a regular basis. Sure you might start at $25/hr but unless you have worked as a nurse you have no idea on how much work that $25/hr gives you. You find a nurse that after 10 yrs working says she doesn't have a bad back..she's not being honest. It's good pay..but it's hard work, mentally and physically. You can expect to not be home with your family Christmas morning for many years to come. You can expect to work shiftwork for many many years to come. Nurses work on a 24/7 schedule, no stat holidays at the cottage. I finally quit my job last July. Announced I would rather work waiting tables for $7/hr than work as a nurse again. I now walk dogs for a living and I love it :)
Keesh, I've heard the same thing from many other nurses. To me, the good parts of the job won't outweigh the bad. I like to be home for the holidays and know when my shift ends. I don't have the enthusiasm to work 20hr shifts. And like I said, I prefer animals over people.
I'm thinking of doing a training school and maybe boarding or something. Thought the vet tech would be good to have and for a part time while getting that started.
I agree about the bias, but if you don't want to do it tells you exactly what to say. I'm still considering the subject. Where exactly do the animals come from? Are they raised for that purpose or are they animals that were put to sleep at shelters?
all i can say is i hope you are married and have someone who can support you while you work as a tech ....... pay stinks .... no mandatory health benefit plans ........generally no retirement funds ...... all are offered at the individual doctors discretion ...... 99 percent of those you need ot pay half for them to have them ..... median salary across the country is 12 dollars an hour .........its also not a job where the longer you are there the higher your salary goes ..... increases of .25 - .50 cents an hour is common to a certain level of pay and then thats it.
if you decide to do it specialize .... pay is a little better ... like in research fields.