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Working with animals

Discussion in 'Chit Chat' started by Blau, Sep 26, 2013.

  1. Blau

    Blau Big Dog

    Figured I'd post here, since a lot of you guys are just fountains of information.
    I work as a bather[/bath dog groomer] at a pretty busy grooming salon right now under a show/competitive groomer who's been in the industry for 20 years, and the manager there has been working with animals in one way or another for 40 years. I previously worked as a kennel tech from fall to the end of winter, and had to run the place myself sometimes for a week while my boss was out of town, so I've already experienced the winter/holiday rush that happens at boarding places. Also was a bather at petsmart, but I didn't have a very positive experience there lmao.

    My boss at the salon just set me up an interview with a vet hospital down the street from us, as they're looking for a part time vet/kennel tech and need someone who is experienced and knows how to handle medical issues with pets. I'm pretty nervous, the interview is tomorrow and I've only met the manager once [we groom her westie!], I guess I'm just wondering if anyone here can share some vet tech experience with me? The kennel I worked at wasn't a very large one, but it was my first time working with animals other than a few months of being a stablehand. I feel that I definitely learned a lot from having to manage the place myself as much as I did, and I feel that I'm really learning a lot from the people I work with now; learning about the job itself, and just about managing/handling animals in general, from everything they've told me.

    On one hand, I feel like this vet tech job is exactly what I've been looking for. Working with animals isn't just 'making a paycheck' to me, it's a way of life. I could learn so much working there, but on the other hand, I have no idea what to expect and it makes me a bit nervous. I've only been working with animals for about a year and two months now? So compared to those I've learned from, I don't know shit LOL. But I guess being able to constantly learn something new every day I work is why I love doing this kind of work.

    tl;dr any other vet/kennel techs have advice for a youngin' trying to get a foot in the world of husbandry?
  2. Gatorpit

    Gatorpit Good Dog

    nothing I can really help you with. Aside form a stint or to at boarding kennels, I've worked almost exclusively with exotics.
  3. Beki

    Beki Good Dog Premium Member

    What type of info or help are you looking for?
    The only advice I could give is to just be honest. Let them know that while your knowledge is limited, you are totally up for learning.
    There are a couple of web sites and Fb groups I could suggest.

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