I’ve noticed many things while working in the equine clinic and shadowing in the small animal clinic this summer. One thing I’ve noticed is that veterinarians have a few essential things they need to keep around in order to keep their lives the least complicated they can be.
People skills are extremely important. People who say they get in to vet med so they don’t have to talk to people are crazy. There are always people. You have to be able to talk to people, all day long, and be able to read them through their body language just like you would their pet. This goes especially for clients, as your business depends on your relationships with pet owners. Not only are these skills important for client relations, but also for communicating with your staff. Making sure people are doing their job properly leads to the best care for animals and can ensure safety in the workplace.
A sense of humor is another essential to the vet’s toolbox. Vets deal with hard situations in their jobs, with euthanasia and traumas, and they get bit, scratched, run over, and pooped, vomited, and peed on. It helps to be able to laugh every now and then. It might not seem funny to be on the receiving end of explosive diarrhea, but getting angry about it certainly can’t help.
Technicians. Thank the heavens for these angels because I’m pretty sure without them veterinary practices wouldn’t run, and if they did, they wouldn’t be anywhere near as organized and kept up as they are with technicians. I know this is an underappreciated group of people, but they are the people vets trust to communicate with clients, to help with procedures, and to protect the vet. They help run the clinic, do lab work, assist with the veterinary work, as well as “housework” and a zillion other things. Techs are amazing!
People who support you are the backbone. This is your veterinary staff, family, friends, and clients. Helping to get through the tough times and the good times alike, are the people who care about their vet.
These are all the important aspects of a veterinarian’s life I’ve noticed. Oh, and I forgot they need some patients, and all those medical supplies, too — that important stuff.