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Career Options for Vet Techs who Love Dentistry

by Cathy Barnette - February 22, 2021 at 11:32 AM

One thing you will soon learn in veterinary medicine (if you haven’t already) is that everyone has different interests! In every practice I’ve worked in, there are some techs who love dentistry and others who avoid it at all costs.

If you’re one of those vet techs who loves dentistry, you’re in luck! Veterinary dentistry is a growing field and there are a number of ways that you can translate your love of dentistry into a rewarding career. 

First, ask yourself how committed you are to veterinary dentistry as a career path. If it’s your number one priority, it might make sense to pursue specialization and work exclusively in veterinary dentistry.

If you love dentistry but also love aspects of general practice, you may want to forego specialization in favor of on-the-job training and continuing education, which will allow you to practice high-quality dentistry within the general practice environment.

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Top 7 Tips for Performing Your First Dental as a Vet Tech

by Cathy Barnette - February 15, 2021 at 2:52 PM

You probably have gained some exposure to veterinary dentistry during tech school and/or your externships. You’ve learned the basic steps involved in veterinary dentistry. You may have observed or even assisted with a dental. Still, that doesn’t necessarily mean that you feel completely comfortable jumping in and doing your first independent dental as a vet tech! 

Remember these tips to help your first dental go as smoothly as possible.

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Are you a Vet Tech that Loves Dentistry but AVDT Certification is not for you?

by Flavia Vaduva - February 25, 2019 at 9:00 AM
 
Specialization through the Academy of Veterinary Dental Technicians (AVDT) is an amazing way to develop and advance your dentistry skills as a veterinary technician.
 
As described our content offer, “The Vet Tech’s Ultimate Guide to Communicating about Dentistry,” applying and completing veterinary technician specialization (VTS) in dentistry is an intense process that involves years of work experience, thousands of hours of dental experience, a two year mentorship period, case logs, continuing education and a two part credentialing examination in addition to other requirements. (1)
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Dental Radiology Conversation Starters for Vet Techs

by Cathy Barnette - February 18, 2019 at 9:00 AM
 
 
In most small animal practices, vet techs are key players in presenting dental treatment plans to clients. As you present these treatment plans, clients often have questions regarding the procedure, costs, expected recovery, and other factors. 

One common question, asked by many clients, is: “Does my pet   really need dental radiographs?”
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Top 5 Facts Vet Techs Should Know About Home Dental Care For Pets

by Flavia Vaduva - February 11, 2019 at 9:00 AM
 
 
Periodontal disease is the number one medical condition in small animal veterinary medicine, states Dr.Niemiec, a board certified veterinary dentist. (4)  That means it is very likely to see these cases in your daily life as a veterinary technician. 
 
So, what do you need to know about periodontal disease so you can properly inform owners about home dental care?
 
Continue reading to get the facts!
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