RN in a Vet's office - page 6

Hi everyone, I noticed here in Baltimore when I took my dog to a vet that they hired RN's to work in the clinic. I didn't get to ask about it but I distinctly remember that they advertised that... Read More

  1. Visit  Jenni811 profile page
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    Quote from tktjRN
    This is my dream to work with animals as an RN. I've even asked my vet about it, but she said she doesn't know of any vet clinics that hire RN's . How about we all get together and open our own! I would love to go to work everyday!
    I'm in!!!
  2. Visit  Jenni811 profile page
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    Quote from wschless
    I have been a vet tech for 7 years and I am really considering leaving the field(looking into nursing). Really, it's a depressing, dirty job that pays very poorly and has no benefits and no room for growth. I work full time and make barely $24,000 a year---and I'm a lead technician, been in my clinic for 4 years! I think a lot of people think vet techs pet puppies and kittens all day, but it's not true. These animals don't know you, they don't necessarily feel safe with you. You are a stranger who wants to restrain them and poke them with needles and do other painful procedures that they don't understand. If anything, most vet techs are scary to the animals. YOU are the enemy. YOU are hurting them(yes, it's for their own good, but tell them that.).

    Plus there's the deaths. Animals die all the time. They die because their owners don't want them any more. They die from illnesses that could have been prevented with a vaccine. They die from neglect/abuse. And it's your job to put them down. Then, half the time, you do a necropsy and cut Fluffy open and pull her organs out. Then put her in the freezer and move on.

    It's sad because even the most sensitive person will eventually harden to this. You have too. It's a defense mechanism. You can't break down every time a beloved pet dies(and it's frequent). Its a part of the job.

    Vet techs are overworked. There were days when I worked that I didn't even have the time to wash the feces and blood off myself between surgeries. I work practically 7 days a week because even though our hospital is closed on the weekends, SOMEONE has to come take care of animals in the hospital who need treatments. Sure, it's "my day off", but I'm still in there 3 times a day for maybe an hour each time.

    Plus, much likes nurses I'm sure, vet techs are catty to each other. Female dominated field, so you will constantly have someone on your tail, trying to get you in trouble. Vets yell, throw things, call you dumb. And don't think because you are a "tech" that you don't clean kennels, because you most certainly do. Most clinics I have worked at have you doing it all.

    I would so very highly recommend that you shadow a vet office for a decent amount of time before investing in the school for this. Is this really a job you want to go to school for for two years to make $10-14 an hour, forever?
    It sounds exactly like nursing except with people. Shadow a nurse too.
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  3. Visit  ClearBlueOctoberSky profile page
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    Quote from walke274

    1) 'Fluffy' doesn't feel good, but he can't tell you where he hurts.
    2) 'Spot' is being brought in for a euthanasia.
    3) Mr. Smith cannot (will not) comply with suggested ear medication for 'Fido's' bilateral ear infection. 'Fido' will have to live with that
    ear infection.
    4) 'Smokey' is going into anaphylactic shock after vaccine administration.
    5) Mr. and Mrs. Roberts want to breed 'Scrappy' who is aggressive and has Stage 1 hip dysplasia.
    6) 'Princess' needs her insulin.....but I'm pretty sure she'll bite my face off since she's hissing and spitting....oh yea, she has all her claws.
    7) Mrs. White thought that the Frontline+ (flea & tick) medication she picked up at her local pet store was to be given orally.
    8) Ms. Jones refuses to administer the recommended pain medication for the following 3-5 days after 'Scruffy's 4-paw declaw...oh and 'Scruffy' is 7 years old and 16 pounds.
    9) Anonymous leaves box of 7 kittens on front porch of vet hospital over night.
    10) Mr. and Mrs. Robertson are having their first child and they don't want 'Champ' anymore -- nobody wants to take him, so they try to bring him in for a euthanasia.
    This is why I couldn't continue on with my two year Vet Tech Program. I completed the first year, no problem. Then to my good graces, life got in the way, and I had to go on LOA. That was my saving grace of being put in a job that I might not have liked very much.
  4. Visit  kalevra profile page
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    I would rather have puppies die than watch babies die. Nursing isn't all unicorns and rainbows. BTW, your gonna go from one dirty job to another.
  5. Visit  wooh profile page
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    Quote from kalevra
    I would rather have puppies die than watch babies die. Nursing isn't all unicorns and rainbows. BTW, your gonna go from one dirty job to another.
    I'm so totally the opposite.
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  6. Visit  wschless profile page
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    Yes, they are both dirty, stressful, and sometimes depressing/thankless jobs. I understand this. The difference being that one of them pays poverty level wages with no benefits. The cost of my health insurance alone eats up nearly 50% of what I make in a month. Can you afford to live on $1400 a *month*(before insurance)?

    I, personally, cannot really see myself in a non-medical field. That's just where my interest lies. I want to be a caregiver. I do not mind dirty jobs. However, my husband and I really struggle with my vet tech salary. I'm just saying that unless you have a rich spouse or for whatever reason don't have to worry about money, being a vet tech just can't pay the bills for a "grown up"--regardless of how much you love animals. It would probably be a great job for a young person with no responsibilities/children(which sums up most of the people I work with).
    Last edit by wschless on Mar 5, '13
  7. Visit  TiffyRN profile page
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    Quote from wschless

    Vets yell, throw things, call you dumb.
    I know every profession has it's array of personalities but just recently I cared for the infant of a vet who called me dumb (not to my face) and threw things. I know this person was in a stressful situation but none of the other parents were calling the nurses dumb and throwing things so I'm just saying. . .

    I'm sure this particular vet is a "true peach" to the vet techs/assistants at their clinic.

    I guess I want to reiterate that human medicine, vet medicine, human nursing, vet teching/assisting all involves difficult situations and heart wrenching situations. Luckily (for me at least), nursing pays better and in general I believe there is great respect given though I'm certain that depends on one's individual job situation.

    I once more encourage the OP to seek a shadowing position and perhaps volunteer for a while before committing to pursuing this line of work.
  8. Visit  kalevra profile page
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    Quote from wooh
    I'm so totally the opposite.
    Actually I really dont like children at all. That high pitched scream makes my blood curdle. But they are people and I have , begrudgingly,to put peoples needs in front of animal needs.

    Puppies are the best though.
  9. Visit  sharpeimom profile page
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    Yes, the RNs do receive a good deal of additional training in this practice. Some of it is on the job from the vets and the vet techs, and the balance of it comes from taking vet tech classes which the practice pays for.

    The vet's wife (his second wife who is in her fifties and finished rearing his kids after his first wife died) coordinates the training, coursework, etc. From what I understand, they never intended to hire RNs, but they applied and were the best candidates for the job. The additional training and coursework were a condition of taking the job.

    One of the neater aspects of this practice is that when your pet has surgery or a prolonged stay, assuming your baby is stable enough, you are encouraged to come and hold and rock him/her. It really comforts you and your furkid. I know.
  10. Visit  sharpeimom profile page
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    Quote from Fuzzy
    My question to sharpeimom. Did the nurses receive additional training? I know that many pharmacists are receiving extra training in veterinary pharmacology because many pharmacies have started carrying veterinary drugs. You can be a darn good RN but a lousy CVT because our scopes of practice are different. I know that I would make a lousy RN. I'm sure that there are people who are excellent at both in fact I know of a few CVTs that work in peds but I've never heard an RN working out well in veterinary medicine unless they went to veterinary school. Again an orange and grapefruit are not the same.

    We've had a few RNs shadow us over the years. They take a step back when they see that we do the lab work AND the chemo treatment on the dog with cancer. They cannot believe that we are generalists. I can tell you that RNs have excellent people skills and conflict management which is something that many of us in vet medicine need to work on at times


    Fuzzy
    The post above wouldn't let me add your post when I forgot it, so here it is, Fuzzy.
  11. Visit  lindseylpn profile page
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    Quote from BrandonLPN
    Perhaps a silly question, but could a RN working in a veterinary hospital be held accountable as a nurse for the care he provides? Could he be charged with neglect? Brought up before the board for pt abondonment?
    I wonder this too. I once worked with a nurse who was also a vet tech. She was charged with abuse as a nurse and lost her nursing license and the state revoked her vet tech license as well. So, it seems to me that if you can lose your vet tech license for something you did as a nurse, you could lose your nursing license for something you did as a vet tech...
  12. Visit  Rachanee profile page
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    I am also a Vet Tech (approximately 8 years now) and a student nurse. My ultimate goal is to be a CRNA. The pay varies greatly in the veterinary field. Many small day practices cannot afford large salaries. If you happen to specialize and go into emergency, critical care, surgical or other specialty (cardio, internal, etc.) you can make pay equal to that of a newer nurse. I worked in a large emergency/ICU practice in a large metropolitan area (worked mostly in the OR) and made close to 60,000 annually. The job itself has many similarities and just as many differences as that of being an RN. My recommendation would be to work as an RN and volunteer your time within veterinary practices/shelters if that's a passion of yours.
  13. Visit  Nursing_Student'15 profile page
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    Jw..all these ppl saying i like animals more than ppl...are you nurse students/working? Thanks. I love animals but it seems nursing is a smarter choice to make for the time being.

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