Veterinary technicians, like many professionals, shouldn’t be limited to learning while they are in school. While many students can hardly wait to be finished with school to get their careers started, many of them don’t realize that learning is a lifelong process and that periodic continuing education is necessary in order for you to continue to develop the expertise to serve the veterinarian.
Training options are plentiful, and it is in your best interest to not ignore those opportunities. The national Association of Veterinary Technicians in America (NAVTA) is one such group. Webinars, classes, and seminars are just three among the many options vet techs have to continue to learn how to treat their patients.
Staying connected with the educational community in your field is important no matter what area you work in, but veterinary technicians are a branch of healthcare, and as such have a special obligation to be continually updating their skillsets, learning the latest in innovations in their jobs, and refreshing their knowledge base.
When you’re a professional you will learn that these new skills come in handy when you’re on the job, and you may soon find your attitudes surrounding education to evolve from one of nervousness and dread to being something you actually look forward to.
Becoming a part of a professional and educational organization is good way to keep up with continuing education opportunities. If you are afraid of the cost associated with these types of courses, you may not have to pay for these courses. Veterinarians often will foot the bill for their technicians in order to improve the quality of care they are able to provide in their office.
The veterinarian considers these educational opportunities an investment in the future of their office, and the employee can benefit from these opportunities to improve their professional skills that can help them not only do their current job better, but to help them branch out and have the skills necessary to further their career.
Don’t be afraid of continuing education opportunities, especially if you can get your employer to pay for it. Education has an impact that lasts a lifetime, and staying on the cutting edge of your profession can only help your job prospects in the future.