Regardless of my current level of satisfaction at my job, I have to say the pride I feel in being an RVT never fades. I love the industry I work in, the camaraderie felt with the other techs as well as support staff and doctors, and the constant challenge that each day brings.
Some of the jobs that fall under my job description aren’t pretty, aren’t desirable, and quite often don’t smell very good. However, no matter what, I know that all the little things that I do will contribute to the betterment of the pet’s life. It does become tedious when you are trying to teach someone how to help their pet and they’re clearly going to dismiss everything you’ve said as soon as they walk out the door, provided they actually listened in the first place. I’ve written previously about the things that irk me as a veterinary professional and those things continue to happen day in and day out. What keeps me in this field is the group of like-minded individuals I get to work with on a daily basis.
Even though many of us are in different stages of lives, we have a common goal of helping animals that bring us together at work. Through thick and thin we keep a positive attitude, which is so essential in avoiding burnout and compassion fatigue. Lately in the veterinary world, the number of people succumbing to these things is on the rise and thankfully our clinic has taken this quite seriously. We are all attending a workshop on mental health next week, and I can’t be more proud that our clinic’s partners are taking such a proactive role in addressing the issue of mental health. It’s not something a lot of people think of when it comes to our job, but it is very real and it does affect people in a big way.
As much as I may complain about the job of a vet tech sometimes, we do find time to have fun and see the humour in everyday situations. We can laugh about the tough things from yesterday or about an entertaining animal or client who is booked in today. We can compare stories or “battle wounds” and make light of the fact that our job can really suck. Despite that we love it because we are doing what we love, and we should count ourselves lucky as there are many people out there who either don’t love their job or have no idea what they even want to do. We’ve found what makes us happy.
I certainly feel appreciated during National Vet Tech Week as our clinic owners took the time to show us their appreciation with sweet tweets, and even a little gift. This really shows us that we are valued members of the team and that our work doesn’t go unnoticed.