Changing careers

  1. Hello everyone!

    I have been a veterinary technician for about 11 years now. I've worked at both small animal practices as well as specialty hospitals. Although it has been a fun and rewarding experience, I am moving on to become an RN. When I was in high school I couldn't decide which route I wanted to go, animal or human. Now that I have done the animal part I'm ready to the human part. I was wondering if there were any others who have gone down a similar route. Was the transition easy? Difficult? Do you feel you made the right decision? Thanks for your input!

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  3. by   amoLucia
    I worked with a nurse who was a vet tech from high school/while in nsg school. Great nurse and she had terrific IV skills.

    You do have a distinct advantage - you already have much of the vocabulary and general anatomy & physiology should fall into place easily for you.

    Good luck.
  4. by   Nurse ABC
    I've often thought of leaving nursing to work with animals!! I think I'd like it better and it would be less stressful I think. That doesn't answer your question though-sorry.
  5. by   amoLucia
    And the 'lil critters wouldn't be complaining and doing those PG satisfaction surveys!
  6. by   freckles2rn
    Sounds like my situation, I was a vet tech for 10 years and finally made the decision to transition to humans back in 2007. I graduated nursing school in 2010...I have absolutely no regrets!! Most of being a vet tech is education of humans, so you already have that experience. I found that I am a bit better at IV sticks and that nursing school came much easier with my knowledge of medical terminology, IV push medications, calculating IV drip rates, lab draws, and especially how to keep myself safe in those "wild animal" situations. I still keep my RVT license current, just in case, but have no regrets and am enjoying my job! Plus there is so much more opportunity for advancement and different areas of work to go into (not to mention making more than 3x the salary . With vet tech, it was very limited. I hope this has some influence on your decision. Like I said, I have absolutely no regrets with going the nursing route, except that I didn't do it sooner!!