I was reading the most interesting thread last night where people were talking about their profession and then throwing out one or two little known nuggets that might be interesting to people. I loved that (though the stories from the airline pilots were frightening.) So I figured hey, it’s Wednesday, why not share some lesser known tidbits about my own experiences with life in practice:
- I use less math than you’d think. The most complex calculations I need to do on a regular basis involve algebra for drug concentrations. All that “be good with math” stuff we tell little kids is just to have something inspirational to say. (Exception: the radiologists and oncologists do use some gnarly math.)
- The older tech who’s been there for 20 years is telling the new grad how to deal with your obstructed cat, so be nice to her.
- I have no idea when my pets are due for vaccinations. I rely on my staff to tell me.
- Half of what I learned in school a mere 10 years ago is now obsolete.
- The a$$hole tax does exist. It takes a lot to invoke it, but it happens.
- It is my belief that it’s only a matter of time before clinics stop carrying meds entirely. It’s your right to ask for a written prescription if you don’t want to get it at the vet.
- I’ve forgotten everything I ever knew about snakes. (Which wasn’t much to start with)
- A new vet coming out of school these days may have $150K + in loans, which these days often means fully half their starting salary goes to student loans. It’s a bit of a crisis we have brewing.
- Your success is dependent less on how you are with animals than it is on how you are with people. Oh, the irony.
OK, your turn! What do you do and what would surprise people about your profession? I am expecting some major enlightenment here.