To Whom It May Concern:
I came across your job listing for a Licensed Veterinary Technician in The Sunday Times and feel that I am qualified to fulfill the responsibilities of this position for Valley Green Vet Practice.
I graduated from Purdue University in 2008 with my Associate’s Degree in Veterinary Technology. Since my graduation I’ve worked as a Licensed Veterinary Technician for 2 years and feel confident that I can bring a variety of strengths and skills to your practice.
In my clinical academic experience/previous vet tech positions I’ve had the opportunity to develop my skills in the areas of lab test analysis, radiology, dental care, and small animal care. As part of your organization I look forward to continuously improving these skills while providing value and quality care to your patients. In addition to my clinical strengths, I work excellently as part of a team and pride myself on my ability to communicate well and learn quickly. My primary objective is to help your practice grow and function smoothly in any way I can.
I would love the chance to schedule an in-person interview with you so we can discuss your needs and expectations in more detail. You can reach me by phone at 555-123-4567 or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you for your time!
Pretty simple, right? Follow this vet tech cover letter outline and you’ll be in good shape. Remember to keep it short but very specific. When you’re done writing, re-read it a few times while keeping an eye out for any sentences that aren’t 100% necessary. You want a potent cover letter that isn’t going to waste anyone’s time!
Tips For Writing Your Cover Letter
An important part of searching for your next veterinary technician job will be getting your foot in the door. Unless you have a connection through a friend or family member, you will most likely have to spend time submitting your resume and cover letter to prospective employers.
The point of your vet tech cover letter will be to give a quick summary of who you are, why you’re applying for the position, and what you can bring to the table. It’s also a nice opportunity to express your personality, since resumes usually consist of “just the facts,” and don’t really tell the whole story about who you are as a person.
Take it from someone who has read hundreds of veterinary technician cover letters – these things are important, and they can make a huge impact on whether or not an employer decides to give you a chance to interview! Veterinary techs who neglect the quality of their cover letters usually don’t get a call back from the practices I’ve worked with.
The point is, put some time and thought into your cover letters. Before we get to the vet tech cover letter sample I’ve put together, keep these general tips in mind:
- Make sure you write a unique cover letter for each job you apply for! Hiring managers can easily tell when you’ve written a generic letter and sent it out to a dozen different people hoping to catch something. This spray and pray method will only strike employers as lazy, and believe me, they read enough cover letters to be able to tell the difference between those who took the time to do it right, and those who didn’t.
- Keep it short and sweet. Your vet tech cover letter should never be more than a full page unless absolutely necessary. Most hiring managers have dozens of resumes and cover letters to review, so they appreciate people who get to the point and avoid useless fluff.
- Demonstrate that you know something about the company and the position you are applying for. The key to a good cover letter is to specifically reference the ways you can be of benefit once you’re hired. This means doing a bit of research about the company and finding out exactly what they need in a new hire. If you can tell them up front exactly what you’ll bring to the table, they’ll be impressed.
With those tips in mind, review this veterinary technician cover letter template. Use it as a guideline to write your own.
- Greeting & First Paragraph: Dear Dr. Employer [it helps to have someone specific to address. If you don’t have a name, go with “To Whom It May Concern:”]. In the first paragraph you’ll want to talk about who you are, why you’re writing, how you heard about the position, and mention any mutual connections if this relevant.
- Second paragraph: This is a good spot to talk about your academic training and professional experience. You can talk about where you went to school and how many years you’ve been in the field. It helps to tie this information in to your value proposition – tell your employer exactly how your academic and professional experience will benefit their practice.
- Third paragraph: Get specific. Talk about a stand-out example from your schooling or previous job experience that exemplifies your skills or a positive quality. If you can’t think of one, use this paragraph to list some of your strengths.
- Conclusion. In conclusion, thank the hiring manager for their time and offer your contact information and a request for an interview.