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A Day In The Life Of A Sync Technician

Monday, February 26, 2018  ‹ Back To Latest News List

A Day In The Life Of A Sync Technician by Kat Kuczynska

One of the best aspects of running my own business is being in charge of what time that pesky alarm clock goes off… I used to dread hearing it at 6:00am! It was there, screaming at me to join seemingly never ending rush hour traffic, spend 8 to 10 hours behind a desk to then battle the same soul destroying traffic on my way home again. I’m happy to report nowadays, my alarm clock is a welcome timekeeping friend!

This morning I was already awake when the alarm went off at 8:30am. I got dressed, answered several emails over breakfast and took my 9 month old puppy Tia, for our morning stroll.  After we got back,  I prepared her a couple of Kongs to keep her occupied and I packed the equipment into my car ready to set off for my appointments today.

My first client was a racing yard set in the hills. I love scanning there. The facilities are incredible and the handlers are very experienced with horses. Having a skilled handler makes such a difference in my work. We gather a lot of data during a scan but there are several images that are obtained in very close proximity to the patient’s legs and some of these race horses are rather high spirited characters!

The referring Vet has asked me to assess three patients. Two scans are regions of interest and one half body.  These are  cases we have worked with before and now the referring Vet wants to monitor the recovery and rehabilitation of one horse and carefully track the training with the other two to make sure any misalignments are addressed before they become an issue. The last patient is new to us, a dark bay filly with two long white socks on diagonal legs. She is stunning… and I’m warned by the staff not to be fooled by her looks.  She has been lovingly nicknamed “The Witch”. The filly is having a full body scan (the most comprehensive option we offer) looking at every aspect of her whole body.  I’m told she’s very talented, but her training is not progressing smoothly.  She is inconsistent, productive training days always seem to be followed by temperamental behaviour and a drop in performance which then takes weeks to recover.

As I’m setting up the software ready for the filly,  I can already see where her nickname comes from! She is very switched on to any noise or activity and very quick to react, constantly looking for things to investigate and/or (sometimes both) spook at. The scan went well except when it came to the spinal images. These are the images taken from behind the horse with the camera attached to a pole which swings over the back of the horse and the filly wasn’t having any of it… in the interest of safety we decided to try scanning in the stable with the handler shielding her eyes whilst I was wrapped around the stable door holding the camera up. Improvisation worked, and we did get good images in the end but “The Witch” certainly made us work for it!

Shortly after 1:00pm I was heading back home to pick up Tia and take her with me to the vet meeting I had planned for the afternoon. This was in the small animal practice I’ve been working with for a while now. They have been referring cases to us for the last couple of months and wanted to discuss a more structured clinic set up. I also wanted them to do a worm count test to see if Tia has got any unwelcome guests needing eviction. I stopped at the field to let Tia stretch her legs and grab a bite to eat. Working with this practice has another benefit, on route there is a lovely vegan café I just can’t get enough of.  Going to “work” seems like a good enough excuse to treat myself to a wrap and peanut butter brownie!

I arrived at the practice for 3:00pm, armed with extra chocolate and peanut butter brownies.  I’m sure the reception staff will appreciate a little boost for their last couple of hours at work. The vet I was meeting with checked Tia over and took the samples for the worm count, she got a clean bill of health.  Welcome news bearing in mind the phantom pregnancy she dropped on me at the beginning of the year.  As we started discussing the clinics, the other practice partner arrived to discuss a couple of the recent cases and their correlations. I left the practice with a clear and positive plan for future clinics and research projects.  It felt like a major milestone achieved after the work that has gone into building my relationship with this practice over the last 18 months. Time and effort spent has been worth it!

On the way back home, I stopped at the park nearby to have another walk with Tia. I had another hour or so of work to do, submitting the equine cases to our team of vets who interpret the images and catching up on my admin. By 6:00pm I was done. All images had been sent out, recent cases followed up, urgent emails answered and I still had the time and energy to spend some quality time with my family and Tia.

Since joining SyncThermology,  I have met incredible people who I now consider to be some of my closest friends. We spend time together in work, outside work and we all share the same passion for animals and their welfare. These people are now my Sync family and the beauty of having one coherent team is that we are all working on the same goal, we help each other out and collaborate to work on research projects.

Creating this new life hasn’t always been easy but looking at what I have now, my only regret is not ditching the corporate world sooner! I spend more time with my dog, friends and family than ever before and the flexibility means that I make the most out of our time together. I call spending time with horses and dogs my “work” even though it doesn’t feel like working. The lines between work life and home life are blurred. There is a quote I love by Richard Branson “I don’t think of work as work and play as play. It’s all living” and I’m beginning to understand not only what it means but what it feels like.

It’s been a good day. One of many in the life of a Sync Imaging Technician.