A Day in the Life of a Vet Tech


Social Media Assistant Melissa interviews Veterinary Technician Molly Bonacci.

Introduce yourself! My name is Molly and my love for animals started at a young age. I can remember back to being around 5 and I was OBSESSED with dogs. Getting started in the veterinary field wasn’t planned, but it is definitely right where I belong. I can’t imagine doing anything else. I myself have 4 dogs and 6 cats. I also foster for my local animal shelter.

How long have you been working as a veterinary technician? I started working at my first veterinary clinic in 2005 as a kennel assistant/vet assistant, and I have worked as a veterinary technician since 2008.

Molly gives Rebel a nail trim.

What is a typical day like as a veterinary technician? Very busy! There is always something to do. We have our scheduled appointments, and there are always walk-ins and/or emergencies. You never know what you will see, whether it be wild animal attacks, dogs with eyeballs hanging out, broken bones, etc. You name it; we have probably seen it.

What is the hardest part about being a veterinary technician? The hardest part is probably when you put your all into helping a sick or injured animal, and in the end you can’t. You feel like you’ve failed that animal and his/her owner. Euthanasia is never easy either. Some people may say that it gets easier, but to me, it doesn’t. I just have to try and think about something else in order to get through it.

Feeding a foster kitten

What is your favorite part about being a veterinary technician? It is definitely fun to see all the different kinds of dogs and cats, but it’s also fun seeing the different wildlife that tends to always come through the doors.


Molly checks sutures on Honey

Tell us one of your craziest experiences as a veterinary technician. It is hard to pick just one! Probably the craziest was on a Friday afternoon when a pack of bear hunting dogs came in after being attacked by a bear. There were about 5 or 6 dogs who all had injuries, and 2 of the dogs needed extensive surgery to repair their insides. We could see perfect bear scratches all over their bodies. One dog even had teeth marks around his whole waist, so the bear got his whole mouth around this dog. There was another time when I was on call and we had emergency after emergency coming in. One dog fell off of his owner’s boat and got hit by the propeller. His chest was shredded, and the dog was still happy as can be. We were able to repair him and he is doing great. I could go on for days with crazy stories.

Molly’s dogs: Luca, Ava, Honey, and Ice —All rescues!

Just for fun: What is your favorite dog breed, and why? My heart has always belonged to pit bulls and chow mixes. Pit bulls are such a misunderstood breed. Their smiles make me melt and their personalities are just so fun, happy, and sweet.

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