How You Can Change with the Times
One of the best aspects of working with animals is that you are constantly learning. Whether you are a veterinarian, vet tech, owner of a pet shop, or animal trainer, it is important to continue your education. Scientists are constantly learning how to eradicate diseases. Veterinarians must keep abreast of the latest technologies to improve the lives of the animals they treat. Pet shop owners need to keep clients coming back and spending money. Yes, you got the job. However, your education is never complete. Working in this field is a form of continuing education.
What can I do if I can't find the time in my busy schedule to go back to school?
Learning has gotten easier thanks to distance-learning (online) courses. You also may be able to take a classroom course at night, or in some cases on a weekend.
For some who have completed college, veterinary school, and possibly additional courses specializing in dentistry or surgery, the idea of going back to school is daunting. After all, you are not even finished paying back student loans.
If you are working for a large company, chances are good that your company will pay for you to take continuing education classes — especially if the knowledge you gain can be applied to your current job. Many member organizations host workshops about changes and new technologies within your profession. Member organizations also hold annual conventions for their members. At these conventions, workshops are held so you can learn about new techniques and brush up on old ones. Continuing education takes many forms. You don't always have to learn in a classroom. There is on-the-job learning from your supervisors, peers, and colleagues. If you belong to a member organization, chances are you are receiving its monthly or bimonthly newsletters, which are filled with information about your profession.
It's also a good idea to take courses that can enhance business practices. You might want to take an adult education class on how to publicize and market your business. Every learning opportunity broadens your horizons and introduces you to new contacts. Garnering more knowledge makes you a better worker and a more adaptable one.