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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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Puppy Socialization: FAQs for Vet Techs

by Cathy Barnette - July 21, 2020 at 11:24 AM

As a vet tech student, you probably understand the importance of puppy socialization. Puppies that are exposed to a variety of people, animals, and experiences early in their lives are much more likely to remain receptive to these things as they age.

Puppies that do not receive proper socialization may become fearful and even demonstrate fear-aggressive behavior.

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Help Clients Prioritize Preventive Care: 7 Tips for Vet Techs

by Cathy Barnette - July 6, 2020 at 1:01 PM

When you imagine your first job as a vet tech, you probably envision that you will be spending much of your time providing quality care for your patients. While that is true, to an extent, you will also spend much of your time communicating with the owners of those patients!

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Top 5 Behavioral Issues in Exotic Animal Patients

by Cathy Barnette - June 15, 2020 at 9:00 AM

When we discuss veterinary behavior, the conversation is often centered on dogs and cats. Realistically, canine and feline behavior issues will comprise the majority of cases you will encounter in small animal practice. Even exotic animal patients can have behavioral issues, however, and it’s important to be prepared for those cases!

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