Quote from andreamae
We don't have "vet nurses" here in the US. Can anyone tell me what qualifications there are? Can a regular RN work in a vets office?
I used to be a surgical veterinary technician, had no formal training, all on the job...started in the kennel and worked my way up. They do have schools for certification, but none of the clinics/hospitals I worked for hired them. (couldn't afford to pay them)
The best pay I got was $9.00 an hour, and that was rare...I have worked in 3 different states for for 5 different employers.
So when the opportunity presented itself, I quit working and went to school full time to get my nursing degree. Pay is much better, but at times, I secretly would really rather be working with the "patients" at the vet clinics
. ('specially lately...been pretty short handed at work:uhoh21: )
Anyway, would guess if you look in a major metro area, there would be much more opportunity for a certified vet tech/assistant, pay would be better. But many wouldn't be able to meet an RN salary...
(remember, people have insurance, medicare, medicaid, etc. most people don't have pet insurance, and there is no law that says you HAVE to treat an animal for an unpaying owner....but if they don't pay, it comes out of the owner/vet's own pocket)