LYC Pet Forum

Use this Forum if you have any questions or concerns regarding your pet’s health. Comments and recommendations are not intended to replace your veterinarians advice, but feedback will be provided by qualified and experienced veterinary technicians and other pet-care-professionals.


Answers to questions will be reviewed for accuracy and relevance by our editor-in-chief, Pamela Haffner, RVT.  (click on rvt resources/list of current RVT’s)

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  1. Hi, so I have a few questions. im 19 years old i thought nursing was the program for me, turns out it wasn’t. I took my cna class passed that but realized i didnt want to do something like that. My cousin mentioned being a vet tech and i do love animals, ever since i was little we had stray cats, hamsters and even a raccoon that we took care of. I need to apply soon if i plan on attending class this fall but I’m not sure if I could deal with being a vet tech. I just want to know whats a typical work day like, i have delt with cleaning up my dogs feces in the house and scrubbing it out of carpet but im just worried about vomit and getting bit. how often do those two occur?
    Oh and any info on how to train my dog to go potty outside would be great. she knows after she does it its wrong, she’ll go by the door but its like she dosent know to go to the door before she has to go potty.Thanks


    1. Dear Brittany,

      Click on the following link to get a better idea if being a vet tech is right for you: (Vet Tech Diary).

      Every profession comes with risks. As a vet tech you are at risk of getting bit, scratched, kicked, knocked to the ground, vomitted or urinated on. I wish I could tell you that over time you learn to avoid these risks but you don’t. You still need to treat patients who don’t always appreciate the treatments and you are unable to tell them that you are trying to make them feel better or save their life. This is not meant to discourage anybody from becoming a vet tech because it is a rewarding and great profession for those who want to combine working in the field of medicine with their love for animals. But I feel I do need to be open and honest to you. There are some alternative pet-care professions listed in the sidebar of the Vet Tech Diary you might want to check out.

      Sounds like you need to make a schedual for your dog. Start letting her out at set times throughout the day (same time every day). You’ll need to let her out more often if she is a younger dog (under 6 months). Once she gets the idea, you will be able to decrease the number of times you will need to let her out to 3 times a day. And make sure you allow her to go potty about 30 min after she eats. When she isn’t under your direct supervision, you might want to consider crate training. Dogs are less likely to go potty in the same area that they sleep in. We recommend the book; Potty Train any Dog or Puppy in less than a week. We have included a link to this book in the sidebar of the Vet Tech Diary under the behavior heading.

      I hope this information was helpful.

      Pamela Haffner, RVT

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