There is never
a typical day in the life of any kind of doctor or their assistants.
Always something new, something exciting, sad, gross, etc.
I work as a
Vet. Asst. with a large animal vet. I am currently a senior in high
school and I plan on becoming a CVT (certified vet tech.) This is
how some days go:
I walk in to
the store as soon as I get out of school to see what awaits me today.
Of course, it's the usual scrub the "palpating" boots
for my boss. I don't mind however doing this work, you have to work
your way up somehow right? Then it's on to the other daily duties.
cleaning the truck the vet practically lives in.
Next, I am told
the plans for the day. Coming in are some horses teeth to be floated,
no big deal... get the equipment ready and help hold the horses
mouth open. Next on the agenda is a lameness test. These can be
the most boring for me..usually I sit there and watch the horse
walk and trot...walk and trot.. Slowly the clock reaches 5:00pm
and it is time for "after hours" work..hey, a vets duty
is never done! Well, unfortunately this happens to be a very VERY
STINKY call...yup you might have guessed it...we get to pull a calf!
It wouldn't be so bad if it weren't so rotten...but its either get
the calf pulled and put up with the stench or leave it there and
let the mom die too...After messin with the stinky stuff and washin
up of course, we go cut a cancer eye out of a dairy heifer..I have
to admit it was pretty gross to watch considering the cow is lookin
at you with the other eye.. but you I eventually got used to it.
After that stop
we decide we are hungry..ALLSUPS!!! Yup we stop and get us coke,
burrito and head home. And then I wait for the next week to see
what happens then.
It's not always
a glamorous job, there's the scrubbing and cleaning of equipment,
messing with dead animals, tolerating those people who can't care
for their animals, and the saddest thing...sentencing one to death.
However, it's all worth the pain and effort. There's always the
reward of seeing the horse you operated on for 3 hours come out
in a month perfectly fine and the owners ecstatic about your work.
Its not a job
for everyone.....But if you want to do it ...GO FOR IT!