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Help Clients Prioritize Preventive Care: 7 Tips for Vet Techs

by Cathy Barnette - Jul 6, 2020 12:01:00 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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Surviving First-Day Jitters as You begin Your Vet Tech Career

by Cathy Barnette - Jun 24, 2019 1:43:24 PM

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Whether you’re preparing for your first job as a veterinary technician or beginning an internship as part of your vet tech training, big job changes are often accompanied by some anxiety. 

It’s normal to be nervous when starting a new job… especially when you’re transitioning to a new role within veterinary medicine! Fortunately, there are several things that you can do to calm your nerves and help your first day go smoothly.

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10 Unique Career Options for Vet Techs

by Cathy Barnette - Jun 7, 2019 11:48:01 AM


When you graduate from vet tech school, the most obvious option is to begin working in a local veterinary clinic. Regardless of whether you want to work with small animal or large animal patients, many vet techs envision themselves in general veterinary practice, providing a combination of wellness, medical, and surgical care.

What if general practice isn’t a good fit for you, though, and you’d like to do something different?

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What Procedures Can Vet Techs Legally Perform?

by Lori Hehn - Feb 23, 2018 8:05:46 AM


We know that veterinary technicians do so many things in the practice. Where is the line between what they can and cannot legally do? The tasks vet techs can perform vary depending on the state.

Check this more thorough recently updated list of tasks by state to see what is allowed in your own state!

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3 Places to Search for a New Vet Tech Job

by Lori Hehn - Jan 29, 2018 11:55:33 AM


There are many job posting websites that you may use to find job listings (Monster, Indeed, ZipRecruiter, and Linkedin), but there are also veterinary specific sites you should include in your search for a new job.

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Should You Become a Veterinary Technician?

by Lori Hehn - Jan 20, 2017 12:08:39 PM


A vet tech is essentially a pet nurse, but vet techs do much more than nursing! It sounds simple enough, but there are many challenging responsibilities that come along with being a veterinary technician. Besides just “caring for animals”, vet techs have many responsibilities.

These often include drawing blood and collecting urine or fecal specimens, cleaning cages, running the blood machine, performing fecal testing to look for parasites, taking radiographs (x-rays), setting up appointments, giving injections, placing IV catheters, assisting the doctor in the exam room, restraining animals, providing customer service and client education, presenting financial estimates, performing dental cleanings, running anesthesia for surgeries, and many others. So the question is, should you become a veterinary technician?

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You Know You're A Vet Tech If...

by Lori Hehn - Aug 18, 2016 8:00:00 AM


Do any of these sound familiar? You know you're a vet tech if some of these apply to you!

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Vet Tech, Don't Get Hurt At Work

by Lori Hehn - Jul 28, 2016 8:00:00 AM


Overall, the veterinary clinic seems like a pretty safe place to work. Sometimes it is important to stop and think about the hazards we may encounter in our jobs and take the steps to minimize the risks of injury.

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Amazing Things Vet Techs Do

by Lori Hehn - Apr 18, 2016 7:32:07 AM

THINGS.jpgVeterinary technicians do so many things as part of their job description. Often, they go above and beyond their regular duties. Vet techs do some really amazing things!

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Getting the Most Out of CE Conferences

by Lori Hehn - Mar 14, 2016 8:00:00 AM


The importance of continuing education (CE) in veterinary medicine cannot be understated.

Veterinarians and certified veterinary technicians are required to complete a certain amount of continuing education each year, or bi-annually.

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Vet Tech: Do You Want To Be A Specialist?

by Lori Hehn - Mar 1, 2016 8:00:00 AM


Did you know that as a veterinary technician you have the opportunity to further your education and interest by specializing?

The National Association of Veterinary Technicians (NAVTA) recognizes several specialty academies. Members of this type of academy are credentialed veterinary technicians who have completed additional formal training, education, and testing in their field of interest.

Specialties include Dentistry, Anesthesia, Internal Medicine, Emergency and Critical Care, Behavior, Equine Nursing, Surgery, Clinical Practice and Nutrition, and Zoo Medicine.

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Bored? Loving Your Vet Tech Job!

by Lori Hehn - Jan 8, 2016 8:30:00 AM


It is easy to experience burnout in the veterinary profession. Let's discuss some ways you can increase your job satisfaction. All jobs can become routine. If your Vet Tech Job is getting boring, consider these things to boost your love for this profession!

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Job Outlook for Veterinary Technicians

by Lori Hehn - Oct 19, 2015 9:30:00 AM

Have you been working on your veterinary technician degree? Or are you thinking about becoming a vet tech? Well, there is good news for you! 

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