I was employed full-
I followed my former boss to his Cape Cod hospital, in charge of the surgery
department and worked there for another two years. Even after many years in this
field, I still felt like there was a lot more to learn. So I joined a much larger
facility, even more well-
As a Technician Training Coordinator that involved visiting all the hospitals a few weeks at a time and to retrain their technicians as well as some of their doctors. It was a turbulent job and I came across a number of technicians who didn’t even know the basics of veterinary medicine. Many of them had been technicians for 10 years or more, and couldn’t even tell me a normal heart rate of a dog or cat. It was appalling to find out how little they knew. After a year, I was burnt out and I resigned.
I decided to take a break from the veterinary industry, and started looking for something related to my career. I found an ad at new Pet Store, Woof & Co., looking for sales people. I figured that now was the time to see what really goes on at these places, instead of just talking about how bad they are, I wanted to know first hand. I started as a regular sales assistant. The things I saw only intrigued me to find out more, so two months later, when I was offered a management position at a new location, I took it. It took them three months to fire me, but by then, I already had mounds and mounds of evidence against them. Along with a few animal activist friends, and a lot of weekends picketing these stores, The chain was closed down.
I took the rest of the year to regroup. I finally decided to go back to the veterinary industry and took a position with my former boss, at his specialty practice running his surgery department. Six years later, I was injured on the job and my career came to an abrupt end.
After my injury, I began training horses, and did that for 6 years. I went back to work as a Small Animal Veterinary Technician in 2016.