From Vet Tech to Veterinary Professional: Navigating the Next Steps in Your Career

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By VetceteraJune 13, 2024

By: Nicole Harchuk, MSM, LVT

Embarking on a career in veterinary medicine can be an exciting time whether you are just starting out in veterinary medicine or preparing to take the Veterinary Technician National Exam (VTNE) to advance your skills. As you prepare to take these rewarding next steps there are several key factors you should consider to achieve a fulfilling career.

  • Consider your desired work environment after graduation and industry goals. This could range from a traditional veterinary practice to specialty practices, management positions, academia, research, pharmaceutical sales, government agencies, zoos, and wildlife sanctuaries, working in mobile services, pet insurance, animal shelter medicine, or alternative therapies such as acupuncture or chiropractic care.
  • Do not limit yourself to conventional career options, be open to exploring new opportunities that align with your interests and aspirations. Research potential employers in your area and inquire about job opportunities. For example, Mission Veterinary Partners (MVP) offers valuable internships, mentorship, and accessibility to veterinary professionals for one-on-one advice and guidance. Developing your leadership skills by mentoring new technicians or managing a team can also be beneficial for your professional growth.
  • Networking is another valuable aspect of bolstering your career. Building relationships with other professionals can lead to new job opportunities, mentorship, and exposure to different aspects of the industry. Join professional organizations, attend meetings, and participate in online forums to stay connected with the veterinary community and remain aware of the latest developments in veterinary medicine.
  • Find a mentor in the veterinary field who can provide guidance and support as you navigate your career. This experience and insight will be invaluable in helping you achieve your goals.
  • Understand the continuing education requirements in your state and explore various options to fulfill them, such as attending conferences, taking online courses, and pursuing advanced degrees and certifications.
  • Develop your verbal and written communication skills as good communication is essential in veterinary medicine. Both for interacting with pet parents and collaborating with colleagues.
  • Lastly, remember to prioritize your own well-being by practicing self-care and seeking support from family, friends, and colleagues. Focusing on yourself will help prevent burnout and recharge your brain to stay positive and engaged in your role.  

By utilizing these tools and resources, you can hone your skills and prepare for a successful and rewarding career in veterinary medicine.

Best of luck as you embark on your future endeavors in the veterinary field!

Nicole Harchuk, MSM, LVT

Nicole Harchuk, MSM, LVT

Mission Veterinary Partners Prep to Achieve will provide at least 50 qualifying students the chance to explore a variety of hands-on clinical experiences, including break work and clinical year externships, full reimbursement for their VetTechPrep subscription, as well as opportunities to explore full-time employment with MVP post-graduation. Apply by completing this form:

For full details on participation and eligibility, interested candidates are encouraged to read our Terms & Conditions.

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