Posted: Tuesday the 12th November, 2019. 13h25
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Overview: About a month ago, after graduating from the University of Maryland with a Bachelor of Science in Animal Science, I left my job at an animal hospital outside of Washington, D.C. to move to London. (I am a dual citizen with a U.K. passport, so I am able to work here.) I have since been searching for positions I am passionate about. There is a disparity between what work I was able to do in the U.S. and that I am able to do here since the state of Maryland does not have laws preventing technicians from performing more technical tasks, so I have a great deal of experience in that area.My interest in the animal health field began at the age of 17 when I had the chance to intern for a veterinary hospital for school credit. From there, I decided to major in animal science in university, with a focus on pre-requisite classes for veterinary school. The requirements for my degree included a very robust collection of classes, including animal welfare and law, animal behavior, anatomy & physiology, professional writing, and much more. Post-graduation, I decided to commit to at least five years working in the animal health field to get more firsthand experience before applying for veterinary school.I spent my last two years working as a veterinary technician at Lynn Animal Hospital. This job gave me the opportunity to apply what Id learned in school and to develop a new set of technical, interpersonal, and administrative skills. My job responsibilities for this position included taking medical histories and relaying them to the doctors, triaging patients, assisting with medical examinations, monitoring anesthesia during surgical procedures, tending to boarding animals, drawing blood, running labwork, filling prescriptions, and filling in wherever I could at the front desk. All of these tasks involved meticulous documentation, so I became very good at paying attention to detail.Some more of my job responsibilities included answering phone calls, educating owners, and going over discharge information for post-operative animals. Over the course of the two years I worked there, I became a senior technician and was tasked with training new staff and being a contact point for coworkers. I also filled in for our administrative assistants and receptionists as needed, interfacing with clients and using our online database, Avimark. I worked closely and effectively with a number of different people and teams, including doctors, fellow technicians, and front desk staff. I feel that my experience with hands-on animal care helped me tremendously when providing service to clients. I am also experienced with Microsoft Office, including Excel.One of the many things I learned while working at Lynn Animal Hospital was how to handle tough, high-pressure situations with empathy, compassion, and respect for both the animals and the humans involved. Many times the cases we dealt with called for difficult decisions from the owners, which required rapid and effective communication from both myself and the doctors. I worked very hard to handle these situations with compassion, while also being resilient to the sometimes-distressing cases. I was present for euthanasia and emotional appointments, and became adept at handling a range of different situations and reactions. I also developed effective time management practices as I juggled a full class and laboratory schedule with this demanding 20 hour a week job.
Current location: United Kingdom
Qualifications: Bachelor of Science, Animal Science
Qualified at: University of Maryland, College Park
Country qualified: United States
RCVS registered: No
Been qualified for: 1 years. I graduated in 2019
Type of practice I have experience in: Farm experience, Veterinary Hospital experience (as veterinary technician)
Sole charge experience: Yes
Accommodation needed: No
Drivers licence: No
Availability: I am available with 7 days notice.
Special Interests: Desire to attend veterinary school in the next 5 or so years
Computer skills: Avimark, Word, Excel
Desired location: Clapham, Tooting, Central London, South West London, South London
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