Veterinary Technician or RN? - page 5

I'm having trouble deciding between the two careers and I'm wondering if someone else was ever, or is, in the same spot. On one hand, I love animals and working with them (my first job was at a... Read More

  1. by   kflood
    You do need a degree and licensure to be employed as a vet tech. Unfortunately, many hospitals, especially the little rinky-dink mom and pop places, like to save money, so they will hire someone, train them to do a few things, then let them call themselves "vet techs." Kind of like "Kleenix" being the commonly used term for tissue.......... even unlicensed assistants call themselves vet techs. They are not. Luckily, many state veterinary boards are putting their foot down about this. I don't know any RNs (and I am one as well) who have the scope of practice I have as a licensed vet tech.
  2. by   Yuppers21
    Wish I could find the time to work with animals again - any OT I put in needs to be for RN wages, lol! I worked as a vet assistant for a number of years before becoming a RN. In fact, if money weren't a concern, I would love to go back to school to become a RVT. I was an OJT vet assistant and really enjoyed the work but wanted the education too (certification/licensure was not required in my state), so I enrolled in the only program available in the state which happened to be a for profit college. I remained for less than a year before dropping out and switching to nursing. $30k for an associates degree in a career where I would only likely make $10-$11 starting was not something I could afford, even though I genuinely enjoyed each course I took. I never had *quite* the same enjoyment with my RN classes. I really do miss the variety of skills I utilized as a vet assistant - and the patients too
  3. by   rpd27
    Hi dirtyhippiegirl,

    I'm in the EXACT same boat as you were (it looks like, maybe 8 or so years ago?). My undergrad degree was in Pre-Vet, but I felt so burned out after undergrad that I decided to take some time off and work as a vet tech before applying to vet school. While I was a tech in a general practice (granted, in a very low-income area where nearly every appointment involved a long discussion as to why we needed to do every single thing to every pet we saw, how much it would cost, how long a pet could go without one thing or another, etc.) I felt that there was absolutely no way I could do what those vets did on a daily basis. So, I pursued my masters in biology, thinking that I might enjoy research. Nope.

    So now I'm torn, do I look into vet school again, hoping that I can land a job in emergency or something on the other end of the spectrum from what I witnessed day-to-day, and take the risk that it's not where the majority of the job market is? In addition, I'm VERY burned out after 7 years of school (it took me 5 to do undergrad after transferring colleges) and from everything I hear from my former classmates who are now in vet school, I don't know if I have the energy to do it without being miserable for 4 years (I know I could get through it grade-wise, but I'm more worried about my mental state). OR Do I go for my RN, which would be much quicker, I could work at the same time, and allows for a lot of specialization (with job markets more in-demand than a lot of vet specialties)? I also don't hate the idea that if I continued on for an NP or CNM that the pay would be great.

    I've never given working with human patients much thought before, so I'm going to work as CNA to make sure I like it first. But I'd really like to know HOW you made your decision.. did something in particular sway you toward nursing? Do you have any regrets or what-if moments? Did you specialize after getting your RN?

    Also, I would have PM'd you, but I don't have that advanced of an account yet! Sorry!
  4. by   rpd27
    Quote from dirtyhippiegirl
    I kind of had the same dilemma, although it was vet school versus RN.
    Hi dirtyhippiegirl,

    I'm in the EXACT same boat as you were (it looks like, maybe 8 or so years ago?). My undergrad degree was in Pre-Vet, but I felt so burned out after undergrad that I decided to take some time off and work as a vet tech before applying to vet school. While I was a tech in a general practice (granted, in a very low-income area where nearly every appointment involved a long discussion as to why we needed to do every single thing to every pet we saw, how much it would cost, how long a pet could go without one thing or another, etc.) I felt that there was absolutely no way I could do what those vets did on a daily basis. So, I pursued my masters in biology, thinking that I might enjoy research. Nope.

    So now I'm torn, do I look into vet school again, hoping that I can land a job in emergency or something on the other end of the spectrum from what I witnessed day-to-day, and take the risk that it's not where the majority of the job market is? In addition, I'm VERY burned out after 7 years of school (it took me 5 to do undergrad after transferring colleges) and from everything I hear from my former classmates who are now in vet school, I don't know if I have the energy to do it without being miserable for 4 years (I know I could get through it grade-wise, but I'm more worried about my mental state). OR Do I go for my RN, which would be much quicker, I could work at the same time, and allows for a lot of specialization (with job markets more in-demand than a lot of vet specialties)? I also don't hate the idea that if I continued on for an NP or CNM that the pay would be great.

    I've never given working with human patients much thought before, so I'm going to work as CNA to make sure I like it first. But I'd really like to know HOW you made your decision.. did something in particular sway you toward nursing? Do you have any regrets or what-if moments? Did you specialize after getting your RN?

    Also, I would have PM'd you, but I don't have that advanced of an account yet! Sorry!

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