If you like to work with animals and you are good with them, then choosing this profession would suit you well. Being a Veterinary Technician can be very rewarding as you will be able to treat animals and get well paid for it. But before you can begin, you will need to have proof that you have the necessary skills and expertise that is required. They way to do this is to sit for your Veterinary Certification exam.
Many times students feel that the question will be easy or they will pass with flying colors and many a time, they guessed wrong. Just because some of the classes seems easy does not mean the exam will be easy too. The best way to pass this exam and obtain your certification is by preparing for the exam. As the saying goes "When you fail to prepare, you prepare to fail". I have complied some tips and suggestions to help you along.
1. Find the past years questions and practice answering them. Get familiar with answering these questions as though you were in an exam, then later, grade your self by using your textbook as reference. When you get an answer wrong, find out the right answer and jot it down. Writing things down strengthens your memory, even though you don't realize it.
2. Know all the abbreviations that are relevant to your field of study. Granted, that knowing all of them might be too much, but try and memorize most of them. There will be many abbreviations that you will be using once you become a vet tech, so you need to make sure you know its definition.
3. Get close to the action. Observe a vet tech in action, perform a surgical procedure which is better learnt on the field then from text books. Basically, you will need to know how to perform lab tests, surgical operations, animal care and other daily operations.
4. Get your hands on the resources that you can and read all about it. Before taking the test, The Association of Veterinary Technician Educators have a list of resources that you should review which also includes clinical textbooks, and comprehensive reviews of what should have been learnt in a vet tech degree program.
5. Create a schedule to study and stick to it. Set enough time aside so that you will have adequate time to study and be thorough, you cannot possibly try and cram everything in one night before the exam. It is a definite recipe of failure. Adhere to the timings that you have decided by dividing the hours in a day with the number of topics you will have to go through.
Since you have put in a lot of effort and time in this course, it would only be logical to try as best you can during the exam. Only by putting in some hard work can you hope to pass this exam.
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