givememydues asked: Re: Vet tech school, or no vet tech school? I'm in my final year before applying for vet school, and I have been a home grown (trained from scratch - no schooling) vet tech for over three years now. I did not spend time in vet tech school. I'm not a CVT, but I can do anything and everything a CVT can, and I've gained so much knowledge from being exposed to so much diverse vet med over the years. I feel like it will give you confidence and an advantage in vet school, but is by no means necessary.
Oh, I definitely recommend working in the field as a vet assistant/OTJ (on the job)-trained tech for anyone thinking to go into small animal/exotic medicine. My one concern with the previous person’s question is that they were considering doing a veterinary technician program, which could add to schooling time before they ever get a chance to practice as a technician before vet school. I worked for two years as a vet assistant/OTJ tech, and it was invaluable. But I think for me it would have been a mistake to do a CVT program after my undergrad, as it would have been another 2 years at least before I ever applied to vet school.
Though, if one can do a CVT program and have many of the classes count towards a bachelor’s/completing vet school prereqs, then it might definitely be worth it if they want to work as a tech for a year or two before school. If they want to work as a tech during vet school (a few of my classmates did once a week shifts or picked up relief shifts during school) that would also be an advantage.
givememydues asked: Re: What's your diagnosis #4. Had anyone suggested running a fast pcr on Robbie? I know she is an older dog with other health problems, but her extreme anemia without any other notable blood abnormalities could be related to a blood parasite or tick-born parasitic disease. I'm dying to know what the final diagnosis was! Great blog :) -Vet Tech and Aspiring Veterinarian
No one has recommended it yet, you are the first! And yes, it was done in this case, considering that Robbie lives in southern California where blood parasites/tickborne disease are not unheard of. Nice one :) I’ll post the results for that in the next update. Glad you are enjoying the case!