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VCA Animal Hospital

Veterinary Technician assistant

May 2020 • St. Petersburg, FL

What I liked

The clinic I worked at had an amazing team, and were so welcoming for me. They taught me so much and frequently gave me opportunities to practice new skills.

What I wish was different

I wish we had had more staff members at the time, so I could have focused more on honing skills specific to that job position.

Advice

Don’t be afraid to say no thank you. Working in the medical field can be intimidating, and you don’t have to take every opportunity to learn something new if you’re not ready for it.
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Animal Care

May - August 2019 • Madison, NJ

What I liked

I liked the atmosphere of the work place. It was very professional but also very welcoming.

What I wish was different

I wish that there was a virtual spot to see shift hours.

Advice

Make sure you take initiative, be the person who is on top of all the tasks for the day and make sure they are done properly.
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Accompanist Intern

May - July 2019 • Springfield, MA

What I liked

I loved the environment and the site flexibility. I love how willing they were to teach even if I didn't have required experience

What I wish was different

I wish I could intern E.R more because it interested me more

Advice

One piece of advice is that you get out whatever you want from the experience so ask questions ask to try everything worst thing they can say is no
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Veterinarian Assistant

May 2019 • Dallas, TX

What I liked

I learned a lot a lot about animal welfare and the business behind it. I was also able to assist in surgeries, exams and preparing vaccinations and medications.

What I wish was different

Nothing. I enjoyed my experience.

Advice

Wear comfortable shoes and be okay with being covered in fur all day.
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Certified Veterinary Technician

May 2018 • North Ridgeville, OH

What I liked

It is a teaching hospital so both techs and doctors take alot of time to teach their staff and interns.

What I wish was different

I wish it was more accommodating to also going to school full time.

Advice

Be outgoing. Ask questions. Jump in to watch surgeries and procedures.
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Customer Service Representative

June 2019 • Denver, CO

What I liked

The hands on experience

What I wish was different

I wish it was closer to Boulder

Advice

Emergency medicine even in animals is tough so make sure you're up for it.
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Customer Service Representative

June - September 2019 • Everett, WA

What I liked

I really enjoyed enhancing my customer service skills with this job. Answering phones, making appointments and constant interactions with customers helped aid my job experience. The employees were wonderful and helpful as I was learning!

What I wish was different

Nothing! I had a great experience.

Advice

Come to work every day ready to help the customers with a good attitude! The hard work will pay off.
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Dog Handler

June - July 2018 • Westlake Village, CA

What I liked

The community and being around animals. I was able to learn and adapt around different breeds of dogs and cats. This job was a great window to see what it is like being in the domestic animal industry.

What I wish was different

Nothing! It was a great and laid back job!

Advice

You must love animals and be patient.
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Receptionist

February 2017 - August 2018 • Boca Raton, FL

What I liked

I enjoyed being able to work with animals everyday.

What I wish was different

I wish I would have been a veterinary technician instead of a receptionist so I could have been more hands on with the patients.

Advice

I would say that it is a great experience to have and it is amazing for animal-lovers.
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