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Mental Health and Suicide Prevention for Vet Tech Students

by Cathy Barnette - September 18, 2020 at 12:23 PM

September is National Suicide Prevention Month, a month for our entire country to focus on mental health and suicide prevention. While suicide is always a hot topic within the veterinary profession, September is a good time for all of us to take a moment and focus on this issue.

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Common Radiographic Views: A Review for Vet Tech Students

by Cathy Barnette - August 28, 2020 at 11:15 AM

While a radiograph can be taken with a pet in nearly any position, depending on the veterinarian’s goals and the specific area to be imaged, there are certain views that are utilized more often than others.

As a vet tech student, it’s important to be familiar with these commonly-ordered images, so that you are prepared to assist on externships or at your first job.

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Feline Retroviral Infections: Testing and Prevention Protocols for Vet Techs

by Cathy Barnette - August 24, 2020 at 7:19 PM

Feline leukemia virus (FeLV) and feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV) are chronic retroviral infections with significant impacts on feline health. Studies suggest that each of these conditions has a prevalence of approximately 2-4% of North American cats.1-2

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What is the Vet Tech’s Role in PennHip and OFA Radiographs?

by Cathy Barnette - August 20, 2020 at 11:06 AM

When veterinarians perform radiographs to evaluate the hips of potential breeding dogs, there are two methods they may use: PennHip radiographs and the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA) hip radiographs. While these two methods of hip evaluation have similar goals, there are a number of differences between the two techniques. 

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Vaccine Reaction FAQ’s for Vet Techs

by Cathy Barnette - August 4, 2020 at 10:05 AM

If you find yourself working in a small animal general practice as a new vet tech, you will need to be familiar with vaccine reactions. Fortunately, serious reactions are relatively uncommon. Client questions about vaccine reactions, however, arise on a regular basis! 

An understanding of vaccine reactions will help you react quickly when these reactions do occur and help you provide valuable information to your clients.

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