One thing I’ve been working on in the clinic this summer is my confidence with my knowledge and skills. I would often find myself answering questions with questions if I was not 100% positive with my answer. If I had to draw blood or trim nails, there was a lot of me wandering around looking for assistance when I knew I was perfectly capable of performing the tasks, it was just a matter of being nervous about doing things on my own. If a client had questions about simple things like flea and tick prevention, there’d be a lot of me stumbling around my words, ending the conversation with, “let me check with the doctor.”
All this being said, there are times when I definitely do need to ask the doctor a question about something. I obviously do not know even close to everything, and I also am not the DVM of the practice so I can’t just make decisions for clients. There are times when I need someone to hold an animal for me for a blood draw if the patient is a little excited or nervous. I am happy to say now that I’ve been in the clinic for a couple months, I’m doing a lot better with my confidence.
It started with a day when we were so busy I couldn’t worry about being nervous because things just needed to be done. I was drawing blood, running lab tests, performing nail trims, and talking with clients — and it all went fine. I was confident that day, and it helped me a lot in future days. As I add new skills to my repertoire in the clinic, I work on them and I gain confidence. Some days I don’t always do great and it hurts my pride, but I pick myself up knowing that the next day I’ll try harder and it will all be good.