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Cramming as a study strategy during your Vet Tech program: is it worth it?

by Flavia Vaduva - January 29, 2019 at 9:00 AM

Have you ever stayed up the night before an exam re-reading notes and PowerPoint slides over and over again?

Have you calculated exactly how many points you need to get on that quiz or test to get a certain grade and then studied just enough to make sure you earn that grade?

Have you ever walked out of an exam and completely forgot everything you studied and learned the minute you left?

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Study Smarter, Not Harder: 3 Learning Strategies for Vet Techs

by Cathy Barnette - January 23, 2019 at 9:00 AM
 
If you’re like most vet tech students, you probably spend a lot of time studying. How much thought have you given, though, to the actual process of learning?
 
Learning a new fact involves several components. First, information must be encoded, or ingested and organized for storage. Next, the information is stored in short-term or long-term memory. Finally, the information can be retrieved for use at a later time. 
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Time Management Tips for Vet Tech Students

by Flavia Vaduva - January 16, 2019 at 9:01 AM
 
Excellent time management skills are crucial to your success as a Vet Tech student. 
 
When a typical semester may include attending classes, practicing clinical skills during labs and studying for exams and for the VTNE ®, how can you balance it all? 
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How to Practice Blood Draws for Vet Techs

by Cathy Barnette - January 9, 2019 at 8:30 AM
 
Although much of your study time as a vet tech student focuses on academic knowledge, there is another type of learning that can be even more difficult to master: hands-on skills. 
 
The hands-on, technical skills utilized by veterinary technicians require procedural memory. No amount of reviewing or flashcards can help with procedural memory; these skills are obtained only through practice. Repeating these tasks many, many times is the only way to develop the unconscious “muscle memory” required for hands-on, technical tasks. 
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Top 5 Vet Tech skills needed to help your AHDS patients

by Flavia Vaduva - December 26, 2018 at 4:31 PM
 
AHDS (Acute Hemorrhagic Diarrhea Syndrome) refers to a potentially life threatening gastrointestinal condition that results in symptoms such as vomiting, lethargy and hemorrhagic diarrhea. Even though the term may sound new, it is describing the condition that was previously referred to as HGE (Hemorrhagic Gastroenteritis). 
 
These patients often require hospitalization and supportive care due to the potential for this condition to lead to severe dehydration and potentially hypovolemic shock. 
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