3.RI.9.1, 10.1, 11.2 Vet Techs
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by Rachel Gauvreau
| 9 Questions
Dream Job: Vet Techs
Most dogs do not like going to the vet, but this vet's office is different. Dogs cannot wait to get in the door.

The vet technicians who work here help the veterinarians. They want the animals to like them. They hand out plenty of treats.

One of the vet techs is Ana Smith. One time, she saved a dog who was wandering along the road. She let him come into the office.

Special Care For Animals

Dogs love Smith, and so do cats. One Siamese cat who was sick let Smith hold her. The cat purred loudly.

Smith studied to be a vet in Romania. That is the country in Europe where she was born. Now, she lives in Britain. She has been working as a vet tech for two years. The job helps her learn English. It also helps her to feel good about dealing with the animals' owners.

Getting along with owners is a big part of the job. Owners want their pets to get the best care. The owners want to be treated well too.

Busy Job At The Vet's Office

At 8:30 in the morning, Sedecaru is already on the phone. She is talking to someone about their pet's eating problems. She is talking to another pet owner about shots. She is very calm and reassuring. She sounds like she is smiling with her voice. She is ready to work.

The first visitor of the day arrives around 9:00 AM. He is a labradoodle who needs to get some stitches out. Smith talks to the dog and offers him pieces of dog chew. The dog appreciates it and wags his tail. The dog's owner does too.

Other pets are beginning to line up in the waiting room by 9:15 AM.

Vet techs need to be strong. They cannot get too emotional. They have to have good people skills. At the end of the day, they have to care enough about animals to want to make a difference in their lives.

Job Stats

Pay: From £15,000 to £25,000 ($18,000 to $31,000) a year. This depends on skills and training.
Hours: Smith works from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. or 12:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.. She works every other Saturday morning.
Work-life balance: Smith is always moving around. She lifts heavy pets and bags of animal food. This is good exercise.
Best thing: Smith likes watching operations. She also likes to see animals cared for. She knows they are going home happy.
Worst thing: She does not like having to put animals down, which happens when they are very sick. She knows it is the best thing for them.
1
1
What is the meaning of the word reassuring as it is used in paragraph 7 of the text? (RI91)

A afraid
B comforting
C helpful
D annoying
2
1
Select the words that help you determine the meaning of the word reassuring. (RI91)

A "She sounds like she is smiling with her voice."
B "They want the animals to like them."
C "She is talking to another pet owner about shots."
D "This depends on skills and training."
3
1
What does the word appreciate mean as it is used in the text? (RI91)
A dislikes
B feels grateful
C feels hungry
D feels neglected
4
1
Select the words that help you determine the meaning of appreciate? (RI91)
A “The first visitor of the day arrives around 9:00 AM.”
B “The dog appreciates it and wags his tail.”
C “He is a labradoodle who needs to get some stitches out.”
D “She lifts heavy pets and bags of animal food.”
5
1
Which of the author’s points is supported by including the photograph at the beginning of the article? (RI11.2)
A It supports the point that vet techs care about animals by showing a photo of a vet caring for a dog.
B It supports the point that holding a sick cat can help it feel better by showing a photo of a vet tech holding a cat
6
1
What is the author’s perspective about veterinary technicians? (RI 10.1)
A Most dogs do not like vet techs.
B Vet techs care about animals and want to make a difference.
C A vet tech does not have a dream job.
D A vet tech has to work overtime.
7
1
Select the sentence from the text that supports the author’s perspective you selected in
Number 6. (RI10.1)
A "Mostly, they have to care enough about animals to want to make a difference in their lives."
B "She works every other Saturday morning. "
C " Getting along with owners is a big part of the job. "
D " Most dogs do not like going to the vet, but this vet's office is different. "
8
1
Reread the section, Busy Job At The Vet’s Office. Which text structure is being used in this section? (RI11.2)
A Sequencing & Order
B Compare & Contrast
C Cause & Effect
D Problem & Solution
9
1
List two keys words below that prove your answer to Question 7.
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