Monthly Archives: February 2009

Snow, snow, snow

We have lots of snow here. Driving from work to school tonight took about four times longer than it should have. Some roads randomly had giant piles of snow in the middle of them and most of the rest had at least a few inches of snow on them. It was a fun drive. The drive home after work was equally fun. I have some pictures of the snow, but they’re still on the camera and I need to go get some sleep before school tomorrow, so you’ll have to wait to see them. Perhaps I’ll get some up this weekend – I actually have two days off in a row!

Edit: I’m sure we got over six inches of snow here, but I don’t have an exact number.

The New Job

A long while back, I noted that I had a new job and more information would be forthcoming. You’ve probably noticed that the information did not appear. That’s because I haven’t had the time to blog much lately. Between my three jobs and my classes, I’m not left with a whole lot of free time. Only eight more weeks, though, and I will be DONE with school.

Anyway, my not-quite-so-new job is working at a large animal hospital where I also get the opportunity to do some teaching. It’s a perfect job for me. I enjoy working with large animals so much more than small animals. While I’m at school, working on dogs and cats, I sometimes wonder why I’m going to school for vet tech. One night, I was at my large animal job, working on some critter (a calf, perhaps?) and remembered why I was going to tech school – because I love working with large animals. I’m excited about it, passionate about it, and want to share that knowledge and excitement with other people. I can do that at this job! Plus, sometimes I even get to work on goats. It doesn’t get much better than that.

June 19th

I just found out that I take my national technician certification/licensing exam on June 19th. Gulp.

The Stuff Dreams Are Made Of

Since hubby had to go out of town for work-related stuff Tuesday-Friday last week, he’s been working day shifts this weekend. It’s fantastic. We’re on the same schedule. This is the life I long for someday, the life I dream of – hubby and I working the same schedule (and living in the country and having children and….). We get to stay on the same schedule until Wednesday. It’s fantastic.

A few words about my husband

If you’re expecting some personal-finance or school related post, I’m afraid you’re going to be disappointed. I’m taking a time out from those sorts of post (like I haven’t been already?) to write a few words about my husband.

Weatherman does what he can to make this stressful semester (and life in general) easier for me. This semester, he’s worked exceptionally hard at making sure the little-yet-big things are taken care of for me. He packs me lunches and snacks, cooks me breakfast (pancakes, waffles, French toast, etc.), brings me coffee on his way home from work in the morning, and pretty much handles everything meal-related, even though he’s working 45-hour weeks, editing multiple periodicals, and is involved in assorted volunteer organizations in various capacities. He also does those things wives love their husbands to do – he holds me when I cry, encourages me when I’m down, tells me it’s not the end of the world if I get an A- or even a B+ (I’m sort of a perfectionist when it comes to my grades), and tells me I’m beautiful. Thanks, Honey. I love you!

Reader Question: Applying to Tech School

May I ask how it is that you started your application process? I am seriously considering a career as a vet technician and am looking for any advice I can get. Have you heard of distance learning programs like Penn Foster or Cedar Valley? Did you work at the kennel before you decided to become a technician? I really appreciate any advice I can get, when you have time, of course. Thanks!

I just called or e-mailed the school and set up an appointment with the admissions office.  Once I was there, I asked all my questions (I forget what all they were now) and decided to apply.  Filling out the paperwork and taking the entrance tests took some time, but nothing was difficult.  I was able to talk to admissions, take my entrance exams, and talk to financial aid all in the same visit.  I started classes two or three weeks later.

I’ve been able to get loans for all my tuition, but if I were to do it again I would ask about scholarships at the school and would work harder at finding outside scholarships (I should still do that!). A few weeks ago, I discovered that my school offers multiple scholarships, but they’re only for students in their first semester (and I am most definitely not in my first semester).

I’ve heard of the distance learning programs, but don’t know much about them.  There are at least a couple that are accredited by the AVMA.  You’ll want to make sure any program you’re interested in in accredited.  When Weatherman and I were looking at moving out-of-state a while back, I spent a bit of time looking in to distance education programs.  I believe you needed access to a vet clinic so you could practice your new-found knowledge.  I seem to recall there were also some video requirements.  I believe you were required to get video of yourself performing certain tasks and send those videos to your instructor.

I did work at the kennel before I decided to become a tech, but working at the kennel really did not factor in to my decision to go to tech school.  I’ve always planned to have a career in veterinary medicine – I just didn’t take the route I had originally planned.  In high school, I spent a lot of time volunteering and job shadowing in many different vet clinics.  Volunteering any place with animals, but especially clinics, is a great way to get experience and to see what you’ll really be doing with your tech degree.  Some clinics take volunteers and allow jobs shadows, others may not.  Animal shelters, veterinary schools, wildlife centers, and zoos are also good places to get some animal experience.  Some may have strict guidelines and application procedures you must follow and complete before you can volunteer.  At other places, all you need to do is call and say, ‘I want to volunteer” and they’ll get you started out right away.

Does that answer your questions sufficiently?  Please let me know if you have any other questions – I love telling others about this field!