...I thought it would be nice to mention that my clinical site offered me a job on my last day, which I happily accepted. Thank you for all you do in helping us students :)
...I feel the clinical portion was the most rewarding part of the course where I have learned the most. I'm also much more confident in this field now than I was before the experience and cannot wait to continue further with it as my career! I couldn't be happier with choosing this course!
...I found the hands on experience in general very beneficial. Since I am new to the field I was a bit hesitant on the different restraints and drawing vaccines, but I am now a lot more confident in my abilities. I also enjoyed watching the different surgeries being done as well as dental surgeries. Watching these processes made me more inspired to want to continue in the future and complete a veterinary technician program. I feel that being exposed or witnessing some of the euthanasias happening along with the
processes done after the euthanasia is complete helped test me to see if I can handle those kinds of situations as I continue a career in this field. Overall I feel much more comfortable with working in this field than I did before the clinical.
...The textbook and assignments were all great! I particularly enjoyed some of the "real world" scenarios in the assignments. The assignments were a great way to give me a summary of what I read in the textbook. Although I needed to be taught all of the things on the clinical experience skill list, I still felt more confident doing them because I had already learned so much beforehand and had a basic understanding of why and how things were done. The instructors were helpful with their feedback
my questions in a way that was easy to understand.
...I thought the program was an excellent one. All the materials I read and learned from were very relevant to my role as a VA. When I showed up to do the clinical I felt comfortable with my knowledge and that the team at the practice could tell I have had effective training. I had a great time completing the course and I am looking forward to my career as a VA. (Admin note: participant was hired by the practice)
... I am a personal client of and have known team members at the practice for some time where I did my clinical. These girls were always kind in taking time to demonstrate or share tips for success. The experience has left me wanting to get full on Veterinary Tech certification, however that level of schooling is not possible for me right now. That being said though, being immersed in the practice has been invaluable.
...I found two aspects of the online program to be most beneficial. First, the free education supplements helped greatly over a variety of topic areas. Many were clearly presented and I was able to take notes that I can use throughout my practice. Second, I found that the exams helped material I was studying, especially technical material, become focused.
...Each module reinforced learning material through reading, writing and viewing. Content was excellent, and the feedback from instructors was very helpful. For me, the most important and beneficial modules were those about laboratory, parasitology, and radiology.
...The assignments were very helpful. The textbook did a good job of explaining the "how" behind the concepts, but the assignments encouraged me to sit down and really think about the "why" behind the concepts. By understanding the underlying principles of the techniques described in the text, I was able to develop a sort of veterinary "common sense" which has been very helpful in my new career as a veterinary assistant.
...Being able to work at one's own pace was very beneficial for me. All the chapters cover a good variety of material that will be needed in this profession. The assignments are a good way of having the student do research on topics and get a 'deeper' understanding of the 'whys' and 'hows' of different subjects within the veterinary profession, especially when doing on-line research, as it led me to learn other things as well. If a student studies hard and spends the time to understand all the chapters they will
...The overview of the veterinary profession was very helpful to me. I appreciated having a practical introduction to the organization of an average veterinary clinic and the laws and regulations governing the veterinary profession.
...I did like the Compassion Fatigue training. I had a hard time during the first week of the externship. I cried a lot, sometimes all the way home in the car, and it would take a while for the dark cloud around my head to go away. I wondered if I should even continue with any of this. The training helped me out just by making me aware of compassion fatigue, and making me give myself some decompression "me" time. I still cried at every euthanasia, but I was able to be sad and then move on a few minutes
...The book was the most beneficial. There is a lot of great illustrations in the book and charts that are great for a visual learner like me. And I enjoyed the free courses that were assigned as well.
...For me, the ones that I needed the most were on anatomy and physiology, the surgical part of it, and parts of the nursing care. I've had a good deal of some of the subjects as I've worked in a veterinary office for 10+ years and a lab setting for 11 years previously. I have also completed the Assistant Laboratory Animal Technician (ALAT) certification years previous. .
...I really enjoyed all aspects of the course and it does give me greater insight at work even though I've been doing the job since 2008. Like I've said before we are a rural clinic and I just can't believe how far veterinary medicine has come and what all is out there for our beloved four legged family members.
...Learning the day to day things that I do in an actual practice! It's a new practice so this information was helpful to not only myself but the set up for certain things in the practice such as: the various forms that are used, OSHA standards, and PPE.
...I loved all of it, but I particularly enjoyed the pharmacy and pharmacology section. I like to know exactly what I'm working with, and so learning about the chemicals and medicines that I handle every day (without having to bother a doctor or tech at work with my questions) was very helpful.
...I appreciated the challenge most of all as I received little training at work that was cohesive or communicated well.
...Osha info and MSDS info helped me as that is really overlooked at the clinic.
...I really liked everything about this program it was nice to be able to work while going to school and learning from the textbook then being able to do hands on stuff. I really enjoyed this program.