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Hello, I'm interested in a job opportunity as a Vet Technician. Certification isn't required here but experience is. I don't have experience yet, and it's difficult to obtain with that requirement on most posts. As some of you know I found a job opening that says willing to train but they were asking me to volunteer later which is illegal in FL.

I volunteered at a non-profit with dogs but that doesn't seem to help.

If I take a job in Grooming dogs would that be helpful in a resume. Demonstarting I have worked with different breeds, handling them. I'd learn to cut nails, do anal glands better, clean ear and teeth.

Do you recommend non-profits, animal clinics, exotic animal clinics, holistic animal clinics, rehabilitation clinics, specialists, animal hospitals?
 
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I've seen programs to volunteer abroad.
  • Costa Rica in turtle conservation $35/daily.
  • South Africa at the Sanctuary up-close with wildlife 1K+
 

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You need to ask yourself what you want. its vet experience right? It's not always possible to waltz into a tech job. Right now, you need to take what you can get to build experience. More likely than not, you WILL have to start in the kennel. It's seriously not terrible. I enjoyed it and the other kennel techs I worked with. Grooming may be useful for vet experience but again, what's your end goal? I would really recommend getting your foot in the door in a clinic somewhere taking what you can get. Those voluntourism trips may be *wow* factors for your vet school applications but from your last thread it looks like you haven't started the prereqs yet. You need to break into the veterinary profession and decide if this is what you really want before you start paying that much money to tech in other countries. You'll have to start humble and most likely unpaid. Bottom line. If you have bills to pay, take up another job while volunteering. Because honestly it's hard to say if a starting tech salary will cover all the bills anyways. This profession is full of hardworking people and they'll expect you to prove yourself the same way they had to. Because they realize its not for everyone, and they want to see if it's really for you.
 
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