Originally Posted by Veracosa
One thing that I have a bit of social anxiety about is that I am an RVT, and have 9 years of small animal general practice experience. I am afraid that I will either a) be stigmatized or b) come off as a smartypants when I will just be trying to be helpful.
Funny, I have the same fear! On the plus side, there are a lot of people who appreciate the help
And then on the downside there are people who get angry when you offer any advice...I usually figure its because they feel threatened or like I'm trying to one up them even if I'm genuinely just trying to help them. My favorite phrases are "I looked it up on the internet" (clients), "We just got taught that this morning" (students) or "Well, that's not mentioned in the literature" (doctors).
My general rule of thumb is to stay quiet unless its part of my job or someone asks for help. If a person is having a lot of trouble I'll generally ask "Can I make a suggestion?". But, I can't teach someone who doesn't want to learn, and I don't need to add the stress of arguing with someone to my life.
And I figure we'll have PLENTY to learn too. So maybe we can barter technical skills for explaining the Kreb cycle again or something....