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If a vet asked you to do something that was outside of your job description, how would you respond?

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Tricky question, eh? Here's the deal: if your boss asked you to do anything outside of your job description just say, "Yes!" As a vet tech you will have a wide range of responsibilities already, but there may be times when you're asked to do something an assistant typically does. You might even be asked to take care of something a veterinarian does! When asked to do something you don't know how to do, now that's a different story. "Sure, can you show me how to do it? I have an idea, but I could use a little help." While we encourage an enthusiastic YES to anything your boss asks of you, use discretion. Make sure it's a task you're knowledgeable about it enough to give it a go. If not, don't be afraid to ask for help!

If a vet asked you to do something that was outside of your job description, how would you respond?
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If a vet asked you to do something that was outside of your job description, how would you respond?
My aunt and uncle had to put their dog down a few years ago.
There was a pomeranian that was only 2 years old and just very sweet. Unfortunately, her owners left her outside often for long periods. She became injured near her hind end and since she was outside all the time the wound became infected and maggots had started to eat away at her flesh. It was so sad to see an animal in that kind of condition.
We have a severe parasite resistance problem at school.
Seeing a cat that had a necrotic hole in her foot and the owner refused to amputate. We ended up putting her on heavy abx and nursing the wound and were able to save her limb!
During my preceptorship at VSR, I remember a dog, Maggie, came in after being attacked by another dog. She was about a 50 kg mixed breed dog and had lacerations all on her neck, front legs, one of her ears was torn... We weren't sure if she was going to make it because her liver values were pretty poor. Her owner was so wonderful. He'd make the 40 minute drive to come visit her in the hospital every day she was there and just sit with her, try to get her to eat because she was reluctant to eat for us. Every time he came to see her she perked up and wagged her tail, despite being connected to several IVs, a urinary catheter, and bandages on her forelimbs, head, and neck. It was a long journey, but she made a full recovery. She was such a sweet dog and a wonderful patient, nothing but love and licks even when she was in such bad shape.
A dog named Callie that had megaesophagus and secondary pneumonia would go to an emergency faciltiy for oxygen treatment, I was able to make a make-shirt oxygen cage for Callie which saved the owners a lot of money and they felt made the same impact if they would have gone elsewhere. They would come to me every Sunday to have me spend time with Callie and care for her personally and make her her special cage.
Blocked bowels from eating cooked bones (work experience at school) the vet had to put the animal down, and its brother survived.
One animal, it happens to be one of my family's previous horses. He was still a stud at the time, and decided to go through a steel panel fence to get to the mares. In doing this, he damaged he front foot, and almost lost it. When we found him, the foot was just kind of hanging there and was held on by a few tendons. Over the summer, my parents and I kept the wound clean, dry, and properly positioned. About 5 months after it happened, he was walking on it with no major problems. Aside from some scar tissue causing the foot to appear larger, there were no permanent markings. The hoof continued to grow as normal.
They all take up a place in my heart...
When a hound came in with half of his face shot off by someone in a neighborhood and the dog swam his way across a lake back to his home. Days later he was brought in with half of his face necrotic and we were able to see his facial muscle including his tongue but throughout the whole thing the dog was full of spirit and did not show any aggression towards the staff that was trying to help him. The vet told the family that she thought it was best to put this dog down. Throughout his whole ordeal he was still wagging his tail and allowing people to pet him. It broke everyone who was in that room hearts to the point where some of our staff had to leave.
The first doe whitetail that I raised was 3 years old, and contracted EHD the blue tongue disease and she passed away even with medication we tried everything to save her.
A yorkshire terrier with spleen cancer.
Cat who ran into a lawn mower....
BattleCat; this family has had so many issues with the cat. I hadn't been at my clinic for long when the cat came in so I wasn't familiar with the specific things, but I was told this cat had been through a lot. He came in with a hole in his abdomen; the owners believed he was hit by a car. We performed X rays on the hips and femurs and the x rays showed no issues. We performed surgery on BattleCat later on, flushing out his abdomen and suturing the hole closed, and as the doctor was feeling around and felt severe breaks in the sacrum that weren't showing on the x rays. We had booked BattleCat for surgery the next day to repair, but he passed away in his cage later.
A cat return to school for a followup visit. During his first visit, he was underwieght and had coccidia. He was given medication and we recommended that he gain weight. It was a routine visit. On his followup visit, he had lost even more weight, had purulent discharge from his eyes and nose. Upon further examination we found a corneal ulcer in one eye, toxoplasma gondii and giardia in a fecal exam and ringworm lesions on his face. Over the two weeks that we had him we were able to greatly improve his condition. The ulcer healed quickly, he even gain weight during his stay. Through out his stay I learned about many different ophthalmic treatments, medications, and the importance of pain management.
I had a cat I was treating for dehydration and he was getting better. The night he went home, his owner dropped dead and the cat was left in a carrier for 3 days. We got the cat back from the humane society after the police brought him there but his condition was so bad and he went into kidney failure. Without an owner and no family wanting to claim him, we had to euthanize.
One particular case that has stuck with me was when I helped on a possible foreign body case. The shiz tsu mix ended up having many obstructions in in GI. The doctor ended up removing 30 Q-tips, a tube sock, some form of paper product and tooth floss.
The ones that always stick w/ me are the ones that have to come back for follow up rehab or surgeries - dogs that get hit by cars or ran over by tractors or shot & need help for months. To see them overcome their obsticles & keep a happieness about them is awesome.
This case is actually from high school. I volunteered at a non kill animal shelter about every day after school and they had just gotten in 2 dogs from a hoarding situation. One was a Doberman the other a collie. The collie was extremely backward he was terrified of everything he would just lay on the ground and wouldn't look at anyone. I sat with that dog every day for hours just talking to him. Then one day he let me pet him, the next week he stood up and walked over to me, and the next week he ran around the room excited to see me. I worked with him for months until he was adopted along with a Doberman. Weeks later I ran into them at the park with their new owners turns out they live on a huge farm now and couldn't be happier.
Walter, a senior poodle mix who was thrown out of a moving vehicle and then saved by a passerby. Walter was severely malnourished, matted, and jaundiced. His story made the news and even Ashley Judd herself paid for his medical bills. We worked tirelessly on him, blood transfusion and all. A good day would be eating and wagging his tail. A bad day, you would be checking every 5 mins if he was still breathing. He fought hard, but lost his battle.
Who or What influenced you to pursue this career field.
Mare had been urinating blood, she collapsed in the stocks, fought for 4 hours to try and keep her calm/quiet while trying to figure out why she was bleeding. Euthanized in the end.

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