Is vet tech school hard?



Well I think the question at hand really depends on what type of learner you are. I feel that those who are more naturally inclined to understand scientific concepts will have a much easier time. If you enjoy biology more than any other subject then you probably won’t have an extremely hard time with the curriculum of a vet tech program. However, I think it is important to consider how much studying you would put forth to achieve good grades. In general I would say it would be wise to spend 3-4 hours of study time for every one hour of class time. There are many concepts in a vet tech curriculum that will require a decent amount of memorization. And short-term memorization is not the best way to go about learning for a vet tech degree. Keep in mind that much of what you learn will be part of the national exam you take to become certified. So it is important to not just quickly study for one test, you need to be studying for long-term knowledge so that the national exam doesn’t end up ruining you!

I also feel that vet tech school is much easier for someone who enjoys hands-on learning. I myself am much better at picking things up while watching someone or doing those things myself. I feel that a lot of the duties of a vet tech require a great deal of hands-on learning to truly master them. If you are the type of person to easily pick up tasks after only a few tries you will love vet tech school! I know that I would have never learned how to place an IV catheter from a book! Some things just aren’t meant to be learned from a book.

Also keep in mind that there will be math involved. Obviously you will not need to be a rocket scientist. But there are a decent amount of calculations that need to be performed precisely by a vet tech on the job. So vet tech programs do require several math classes. Most of the math you will end up using on the job will be for drug calculations (something you definitely want to be good at!). There is no room for error when calculating a drug dose or proper IV fluid rate for an animal. And I’m not trying to scare anyone, but just stating the facts!

So in conclusion, if you feel like you can understand biological concepts easily, quickly learn hands-on tasks, and be a math whiz you shouldn’t have any problems with vet tech school. Just remember to study, study, study!

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