Just because I’m not a veterinarian yet does not mean that I shouldn’t start creating good habits for when I graduate and start working. Every rotation I have had, I have made a conscious effort to treat the technicians and ACAs exceptionally well. At the end of each shift, I thank them for their hard work and let them know their help has made all the difference. At the end of each rotation, I try to do something nice for them to make them feel appreciated.
Technicians and ACAs deserve all the support in the world. Every day they cover our backs, do the dirty work, and spend countless hours devoting themselves to our patients. As a student, I have been taught nearly as much from the technicians as I have from the veterinarians. They are pros at many of the clinical skills that I am still learning. If you want to become good at drawing blood, placing catheters, monitoring anesthesia, doing treatments, and restraining pets – ask a technician. They’re literally jacks of all trades, and sometimes they can be left feeling unappreciated. I know because I worked as an assistant for years before attending veterinary school.
For this reason, I do my best to show them how appreciative I am. Sometimes kind words and displays of respect can truly make a difference in someone’s career, especially, one where the risk of burnout is exceptionally high. I am working diligently to make this a habit now so that when I go out into practice, it will be second nature to me.