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Focus on the Medical History: 5 Tips for Vet Techs

by Cathy Barnette - July 12, 2021 at 10:05 AM

As a vet tech, you will often be the first person who enters an exam room with the client and patient. In addition to assessing the pet’s TPR (temperature, pulse, and respiration) and performing a brief triage exam, you will also need to collect a preliminary medical history. 

While the triage exam and TPR are important, the history is often even more valuable. Therefore, it’s important to resist the temptation to rush through it! 

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Top 5 Myths About Veterinary Chemotherapy

by Cathy Barnette - June 7, 2021 at 4:10 PM

When a pet is diagnosed with cancer and the word chemotherapy is mentioned, clients often jump to a number of conclusions.

Many of these conclusions are based on what clients have seen or heard in the field of human chemotherapy.

While drawing comparisons between human and veterinary chemotherapy is completely natural and understandable, many of these comparisons are not true; these preconceptions may prevent clients from considering chemotherapy with an open mind.

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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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