Becoming a veterinary technician is a choice that only those with a passion for helping animals make. With the requirements when it comes to education and experience, in addition to the demands in different types of work environments, this is not a job for the faint of heart. There are a number of different factors that affect the vet tech salary.
One important variable is the amount of hands-on experience with animals a candidate brings to the table. Most vet techs start in high school, by either volunteering or working part time for a local veterinarian. Continuing this throughout college will also help job prospects. An individual with 15 years as a veterinary technician will undoubtedly make more than someone fresh out of college.
Veterinarian techs at animal hospitals can expect to spend the vast majority of their shift on their feet, shuttling pet patients and their owners around, assisting in surgeries, and performing directed diagnostic procedures. However, another major part of their job duties is to complete and file necessary paperwork pii_email_8953fcff2f2c1d49fbad . Some veterinarians delegate this task exclusively to vet techs, and have one accompany them for all office visits. This prevents the veterinarian from having to complete paperwork and allows him or her to focus on other, more important, duties.
Even in other settings, veterinarian techs are generally required to be quite active. Those that work at zoos, while commanding a higher vet tech salary, may need to frequently lift heavy bags of food or even sedated animals on occasion. While vet techs working for companies that manufacture and sell veterinary equipment may not be as physically active, often this job is significantly less satisfying for someone that has placed their hopes and dreams into a future of helping animals. However, veterinarians need equipment to diagnose and treat animals, making this field just as necessary to the well-being of animals.
A vet tech salary can command anywhere from $20,000 to just under $50,000. There are a number of things that affect the salary, including education, years of experience in the field, location, and the particular employer. Similar to other fields of employment, more experience and education will result in a substantially higher vet tech salary.
So you’ve been saving your hard earned dollars just waiting for that perfect guitar to come through the music store or get posted for sale online, and when the time finally arrives your patience has paid off. You pounce on the deal like a half starved puma. Beaming with delight as you bask in the glory of your newly found treasure, you quickly take it to your “guy” for some custom tweaks…..you do have a “guy” don’t you?
If you don’t have a tech, one of the scariest experiences can be taking your favorite axe to a complete stranger for repair work or even a simple tweak. It’s kind of like trying to find the perfect doctor for your kid. You can read reviews and ask friends for suggestions, but when it comes down to it, you just have to take a chance and hope the person on the other side of the bench knows what they are doing. Here are some tips to help you find the ultimate guitar tech.
1. Ask around. Whether your new to the scene or ready to take the leap forward ask anyone you can. Post a question on Facebook or craigslist and you’ll be amazed at the response you get. Plus, people can always private message you so they don’t have to worry about talking negative about someone in the public eye. Go to the local music store and ask around. If a store has a repair department, they will definitely try to sell you on it’s service so use the web and ask other players their thoughts on the store’s reputation and service.
2. Look for reviews. If you find the name of a tech or have a question about a store that offers repair, check it out. Google it…you will find out, good or bad, what people have to say about them. Just be sure to really read what a person is saying whether positive or negative. “Dude, I can’t believe the tech told me I need to humidify my guitar…I’ve never heard of that bogus line! I’m never going back to those losers!” Ignorance can run just as ramped ans knowledge online.
3. Don’t judge a book by it’s cover. So you walk into a shop and the tech is at the bench, shop apron on, tools laid out like a fresh surgery room, big machinery all around, guitars in pieces….this must be right…right? Just remember anyone can load a shop up with the right tools, that doesn’t mean they know how to use them. Some of the best luthiers and techs I know have worked out of cramped basements and garages with tools and jigs they have made themselves because it simply isn’t always cost effective to run out and buy every tool in the luthiers supply magazine.