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Can You Hear Me Now?! Protect Your Hearing While Working as a Vet Tech

by Cathy Barnette - May 17, 2021 at 10:05 AM

Barking dogs are loud; there’s no doubt about that! Whether your practice includes a large-scale boarding facility or only contains a few kennels to house surgical and hospitalized patients, every practice has areas that become noisy at times.

Any time you have dogs barking in a confined area, especially when surrounded by concrete, stainless steel, and other surfaces that don’t absorb sound very well, you can expect large amounts of noise. 

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Who is More Likely to be Injured at Work: A Firefighter or a Vet Tech?

by Cathy Barnette - May 12, 2021 at 9:35 AM

According to 2016 statistics, someone working full-time in the veterinary field has a 12% chance of sustaining a work-related injury or illness in any given year.1 This means that veterinary professionals are more likely to be injured at work than almost any other career, with the sole exception of residential care nursing!2

While firefighting may seem more hazardous at first glance, and firefighting injuries are probably more likely to be serious or fatal than veterinary injuries, firefighters have a 9.5% likelihood of being injured at work in any given year,2 which means they are 20% less likely to be injured at work in a given year than a full-time veterinary worker.

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What is the Vet Tech’s Role in Preventing Financial Euthanasia?

by Cathy Barnette - April 9, 2021 at 12:08 PM

You’re working in your first job as a vet tech in a busy general practice, juggling a new puppy visit and a drop-off lameness workup, when a client comes rushing through the door with an emergency. Her Jack Russell Terrier, Jackie O., has just been hit by a car. One of your fellow vet techs rushes Jackie back to the treatment area for a triage exam, asking you to take Jackie’s owner into an exam room and get a brief history.

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What Your Clients Might Not Know About Wellness Plans

by Cathy Barnette - April 1, 2021 at 11:06 AM

If you plan on working in small animal general practice, there’s a good chance you may someday find yourself in a practice that offers wellness plans. A 2015 survey found that 20% of the veterinary practices surveyed offered wellness plans as an option for their clients, although the exact number seems to fluctuate from year to year.1

Wellness plans are often touted as a way to help clients with budgeting, while increasing client compliance with preventive care recommendations. 

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Talking to Veterinary Clients About Dental Extractions

by Cathy Barnette - March 23, 2021 at 8:16 AM

Although dental extractions are a common, everyday procedure in many veterinary practices, they are also a frequent source of frustration for vets, vet techs, and clients. Learning to communicate with clients about extractions more effectively can help alleviate at least a portion of this stress, improving client compliance with these procedures. 

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