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Vet 2300 professional development week 12

  1. 1. Professional Career Development Review
  2. 2. Professional Development  Employment opportunities for technicians  General practice  Specialty practice  Internal medicine, dermatology, dentistry, cardiology, neurology, emergency, and critical care  Emergency practice  Research and development  Veterinary manufacturer and distributor companies  Teaching
  3. 3. Professional Development  Sources for locating employment opportunities  Websites  Word of mouth  School board postings and services  National veterinary conferences  National publications  Veterinary Economics  Veterinary Technician  Vet Product News  DVM
  4. 4. Professional Development  Preparing employment data  Cover letter  Teach readers something they will not learn in resume  Create interest  Describe abilities  Request an interview  Resume  Marketing tool tailored to specific job applicant is seeking
  5. 5. Professional Development  Resumes  List contact information at top  Objective statement  Education  Employment history  Keep job descriptions and duties short and to the point  Volunteer experience  Membership organizations  References: separate sheet of paper
  6. 6. Professional Development  Email and Internet resumes  Many companies only accept resumes online  Save resume in PDF file; allows uploading of resume as it was created
  7. 7. Professional Development  Preparing for interview  Practice!  “Where have I been in my life?”  “Where am I now?”  “Where am I going?”  “How am I going to achieve my goals?”  “What are my strengths and weaknesses?”  “What type of salary and benefits am I willing to accept?”
  8. 8. 8 Interview Tips  Be early  Dress appropriately  Make eye contact  Smile  Speak clearly  Be positive  Talk about your strengths  Sit up straight  Ask questions
  9. 9. Professional Development  Learn about the business to which one is applying  Mission statements  Company philosophy  Dress appropriately  Prepare questions for interviewer
  10. 10. Professional Development  Follow up after interview  Follow-up letter/note/email  Indicates interest in the position  May set candidate apart from the rest
  11. 11. Career Choices  Small Animal  Companion animals  Example: Dog or Cat  Large Animal  Livestock species  Example: Equine, Bovine, Sheep and Goats  Exotic Animal  Examples: amphibians, birds, or reptiles  Specialization Private Practice  Only certain species treated  Example: Equine only, Feline only, Reptile only Practices
  12. 12. Career Choices  Anesthesiology  Additional study in anesthetizing animals for surgery  Job: hired by vet clinics to assist with surgeries  Surgery  Additional training in surgical procedures  Some specialization in species or types of surgeries  Example: Colic surgery in horses  Job: Hired by universities or large scale vet clinics for specific surgeries  Zoological Medicine  Emphasis on “zoo” animal health  Job: Work for Zoos
  13. 13. Career Choices  Military  Send veterinarians across seas to ensure the health of military animals and low income community animals  Food Safety  Quality control of products  Safety of products  Job: Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)  Animal Importation  Regulate animals going across state borders and into new states  Regulate animals leaving or coming into the country  Job: United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)
  14. 14. Career Choices  Research at a University  Research different treatment options and methods  Research for prevention against diseases  Instructor at a University  Educate young veterinary enthusiasts  Teach classes that interest you and help students accomplish their veterinary dreams
  15. 15. More Options  Travel around the world and help third world countries care for companion and livestock animals  Help with natural disasters  Donate time and energy to help families with sick or injured pets during unexpected events  Examples: Vet-I-Care Organization, ASPCA, AHA, Rocky Mountain Conservation Center, International Fund for Animal Welfare, Inc., The Wildcat Sanctuary, Save A Forgotten Equine, Lost Dog and Cat Rescue Foundation, FIXNATION INC, Oak Hill Animal Rescue Inc. etc.
  16. 16. Expectations in the Workplace  Depending on where you work will determine required clothing and work habits.  Scrubs and comfy, closed toed footwear is more common.  The type of clinic (ex: large, exotic or small) will determine the amount of physical work that will need to be done.  Be prepared to get messy and to be on your feet all day.
  17. 17. Work Habits  Arrive on time  Be Responsible  Have a good attitude  Dress appropriately  Respect others  Handle criticism well  Get along with co-workers  Be self motivated  Follow directions  Be hard working
  18. 18. Communication Tips  Be a good listener  Don’t talk negatively about other co-workers or other animal facilities  Make eye contact  Think about what you say before you say it  Ask questions  Give advice only when it’s asked for  Be cheerful and attentive  Respect others’ ideas  Stop working when someone talks to you and give them your full attention.

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