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Training Opportunities for Vet Techs Who Love Nutrition

by Cathy Barnette - May 18, 2020 at 10:30 AM

If you’re a vet tech who is passionate about animal nutrition, there are a number of different training opportunities you can pursue to gain more knowledge in this field. From continuing education to certification to specialization, there are options to suit every interest level.

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Prescription Veterinary Diets: An Overview for Vet Techs

by Cathy Barnette - May 4, 2020 at 10:00 AM

While most pets do well on any high-quality, over-the-counter commercial diet that is appropriate for their lifestage, some pets will benefit from a prescription diet. Prescription diets are specially formulated to mitigate a specific medical condition. These diets should be fed only under the supervision of a veterinarian; their formulation may not be appropriate for all pets.

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7 Tips for Vet Techs to Improve the Client Experience

by Cathy Barnette - April 29, 2020 at 12:10 PM

For many clients, visiting the veterinarian is just another chore to check off their to-do list. It’s not good and it’s not bad; it’s just something that needs to be done.

But what if it doesn’t have to be that way? Clients who have a positive experience are more likely to keep returning to your clinic, giving you and your coworkers more opportunities to educate that client and provide optimal care for their pet.

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5 Clients You Might Encounter in a Veterinary Practice

by Cathy Barnette - April 27, 2020 at 8:01 PM

As you work in veterinary practices, day in and day out, you may begin to notice some trends. There are certain types of clients that seem to crop up on a regular basis… and those clients can either make or break your day!

Understanding common clients that you may see in practice, and developing strategies to work with these clients, can go a long way towards helping your career off to a successful start.

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Helping Clients Understand “Old Dog Vestibular Syndrome”: A Vet Tech’s Role

by Cathy Barnette - February 24, 2020 at 9:02 AM


Imagine this scenario:
You’re working as a vet tech at your first job, just a few months after graduation. One morning, a client rushes into the clinic in a panic, on the verge of tears. 

“Help, I think Duke had a stroke! He seemed fine when I left to take the kids to school, but when I came home he was lying on the ground. He can’t even stand up without falling over! Can someone please help me bring him in?!”

You and your coworker get Duke, a 10 yo MN Labrador Retriever, from the car and carry him inside to an exam room. The client tells you that Duke had been acting completely normal.

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