Self-Assessment Quiz for Aspiring Vet Techs
Vet techs wear many hats. On any given day, you may be providing TLC to sick animals, comforting worried pet owners, or completing administrative tasks. Take the quiz below to see how your skills and interests match those of a successful vet tech.
|Are you a team player?||Yes or No|
|Do you have strong communication skills?||Yes or No|
|Are you comfortable handling animals?||Yes or No|
|Are you accurate and detail oriented?||Yes or No|
|Are you dedicated to continuing education?||Yes or No|
|Do you have organizational and administrative skills?||Yes or No|
|Are you customer-service oriented?||Yes or No|
|Do you have good coordination and manual dexterity?||Yes or No|
|Do you enjoy science and math?||Yes or No|
|Are you emotionally stable?||Yes or No|
Explanation of These Questions
Are you a team player?
Vet techs work closely and collaboratively with veterinarians and veterinary assistants on a daily basis to care for animals and take care of business operations.
Do you have strong communication skills?
As a vet tech, much of your time will be spent speaking with pet owners to document symptoms, explaining procedures and informing pet owners on their animals' conditions, listening carefully to veterinarians regarding treatment plans, and providing veterinarians with updates regarding test results and patient progress.
Are you comfortable handling animals?
In assisting veterinarians during exams and procedures, vet techs are responsible for restraining, muzzling and applying halters to animals. In this career, you run a higher than average chance of being injured by scared or aggressive animals.
Are you accurate and detail oriented?
Vet techs administer medications, communicate symptoms to veterinarians and advise pet owners on at-home treatment plans. Because missing a detail in any of these can mean serious illness or death for the pet, accuracy is a critical quality in this field.
Are you dedicated to continuing education?
As with any medical field, veterinary treatments and pharmaceuticals are constantly evolving so, to be successful throughout your career as a vet tech, you will need to continue to learn about developments and advancements in the field.
Do you have organizational and administrative skills?
Vet techs are responsible for many administrative tasks that require strong organizational skills. These may include maintaining and filing records, scheduling appointments, and client billing.
Are you customer-service oriented?
Veterinary practices are, ultimately, businesses that rely on keeping their customers happy with services. You will need to be efficient, prompt and professional when dealing with pet owners' questions, concerns and complaints on the phone or in person.
Do you have good coordination and manual dexterity?
To properly handle responsibilities such as giving shots or administering anesthesia to animals of all sizes, you will need exceptional hand-eye coordination and manual dexterity.
Do you enjoy science and math?
Vet tech degree programs emphasize math and science courses, including anatomy and physiology, pharmacology and mathematical applications.
Are you emotionally stable?
Helping an animal recover from injury or illness is a rewarding part of a vet tech's job. In this career, however, you will also regularly witness and assist in euthanizing animals and must have the emotional tenacity and composure to help animal owners through their grief.
If most of the answers above described your interests and abilities, you may want to start investigating veterinary technology programs! Your job outlook is very good if you pursue this career, as employment is expected to grow significantly during the next decade, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Colleges and universities offer associate's and bachelor's degrees in veterinary technology, and online programs are available.