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The Benefits of Helping People and Animals

The Benefits of Helping People and Animals

Animal lovers are often drawn to a career in veterinary medicine. Veterinarians work with animals every day diagnosing and treating animals of all types. No day is the same for a veterinarian and each animal patient will bring a new challenge and reward. Consider all of the positive and negative features of being a veterinarian before beginning a career in veterinary medicine.

A high salary is one of the positive features of being a veterinarian. Although the median salary for all workers was $33,840 in 2010, veterinarians earned $83,040 according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The 10 percent of veterinarians who were highest paid earned more than $145,230 per year. In addition to earning a high salary, veterinarians enjoy expanding opportunities as the field is expected to grow faster than average. Overall employment for veterinarians is expected by the BLS to grow by 36 percent between 2010 and 2020.

Veterinarians seldom enjoy a typical 40-hour work week. Animal emergencies occur at all hours of the day, so veterinarians often work long hours that include nights, weekends and holidays. According to the BLS, more than 25 percent of veterinarians worked more than 50 hours a week in 2010.

Practicing veterinary medicine can be very emotional. Veterinarians witness firsthand when animals are sick and suffering. In some cases, you will not be able to save the animal you are working with. In addition, you will have to speak with concerned and emotional pet owners. This can be stressful and have a negative emotional impact. On the other hand, you will experience rewarding, positive emotional feedback when you successfully bring an animal back to health or deliver healthy babies.

Healing Hearts

Electrocardiograph (EKG) technicians, also known as cardiographic or electrocardiogram technicians, perform diagnostic tests to aid doctors in identifying and treating cardiovascular problems in patients. These tests help detect irregularities that may result in a heart attack or heart disease. Common duties include explaining procedures to patients, monitoring patients’ blood pressure and positioning patients. A great deal of these technicians’ work time may be spent standing, and they sometimes need to lift or turn patients. Some technicians employed in medical facilities work overnight, evenings or weekends. The following table presents an overview of what’s needed to become an EKG Tech.

EKG technician certification programs are available at several colleges throughout the country. These programs train students on using the EKG machine and practicing correct 12-lead placement on patients. Programs may also cover medical terminology, anatomy and legal aspects of interacting with patients. Students will have the opportunity to familiarize themselves with EKG equipment and gain hands-on experience during labs.

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Veterinarians Help To Save The Life Of A Famous Orangutan

orangutanAt forty-three years of age, Cheyenne, an orangutan, might as well be Texas’s most famous animal. Cheyenne is a very well known attraction at the Houston Zoo, but in August, the zoo and all of her beloved fans feared that her life might be at risk. The zoo’s veterinary doctor took a look at her initially and found lots of things wrong; infections, a potential disease in her muscles, and even a urinary tract infection were all existing conditions that the poor ape had – it was clear that Cheyenne needed emergency help. So Houston called in the cavalry.

A whole swarm of vets and zoo keepers transported the orangutan to the Houston Medical Center and specialists from the children’s hospital and Ben Taub Critical Care Specialists came in to donate their time for free in treating this beloved animal.

At first, the team inspected the animals intestines and ran several dialysis scans. Their dialysis technicians unfortunately ruled that a kidney dialysis was out of the question as it would have required a neck catheter which generally causes an issue in animals. Because a catheter would have to be inserted, the animal would most likely start bleeding and, because of the nature of orangutans, that wound would be re-opened time and time again which would’ve made it prone to infection and a whole series of other complications that the team did not need on their plate. Dialysis techs get paid about $40,000 a year to run tests and other dialysis work on patients.

Medical staff had to work around the clock, at all hours of the day, to keep the fluids just write. They couldn’t just pump her with as much as they wanted because, in a critical condition like Cheyenne was in, too much fluids could cause just as many issues as not having enough. After 11 days of being on antibiotics and an I/V, the orangutan successfully made a recover. Since then, she was reunited with her chimps and is doing just fine thanks to the fantastic veterinary staff that they had on hand. No doubt these vets had attended some of the top veterinary schools in the US.