Where have I been? Well, remember that interview I mentioned maybe a month ago? I got it, and got hired. Well it wasn't even really much of an interview as an introduction + a job offer. I now work in the kennels of a veterinary clinic on the weekends. Its hard work, the dogs are sometimes difficult, but I expected that. Getting the hang of things was kind of confusing, but again, I expected that. What I didn't expect was the hostility of 2 people in the hospital. They didn't care that I was new, its like I had a giant bulls-eye on my forehead on my second day. Why the second day, you might ask? Well, on that day the head tech that hired me happens to not be there that day, so these 2 "hostiles" took it upon themselves to boss the kennel crew around. *sigh* Thankfully, after venting and crying to Doom after my shift on Sunday, I feel much better. I realize these 2 people don't really matter, and they can bitch and screech all they want, they didn't hire me and they can't fire me.
So, I've gotten a general impression about how a small animal veterinary clinic works now after my first two days and its not all what I expected. Of course, my perspective is from the bottom-of-the-totem-pole, and I can honestly say I find the bizarre disrespect between the techs and the non-licensed employees to be just disgusting. I (semi)jokingly told Doom, "Fuck it, I wanna do large animal medicine!" Now, I realize that it could just be these 2 individuals, and not all small animal hospitals are like that, but still... it was kind of a slap in the face, to be brutally honest. Nonetheless, I'm a stubborn girl and I shall persevere. I have yet to talk to any of the doctors as I spend most of the time in the back (not to mention I am shy!) but maybe I'll have some new experiences to talk about in the future.
I can't forget that I'm gaining veterinary experience and I can start saving money with this job. Stay positive!
Art note: my weekend free-time is now limited, but hopefully I can figure out a way to complete my calendar at a reasonable pace!
So if anyone else has small animal hospital experiences they'd like to share or input, feel free! :)