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6 Reasons Vet Techs Don't Last

Samantha Toy, RVT Dec 5, 2017 4:45:19 PM

Getting into the veterinary field as a technician isn't an easy feat. Between the competitive entry into the program, challenging courses, and practical exams, the schooling alone is demanding. Despite this fact, thousands of brave souls enter into this career because of one thing: a genuine passion for animals.

The sad part about this? The majority of these people do not stay in the field past the seven-year mark. In the end, that passion for animals and time, money, and effort spent on earning the diploma are not enough. Here are some reasons we believe contribute to technicians leaving the veterinary world behind.

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The reason our suffering is worth it

Samantha Toy, RVT Oct 30, 2017 3:33:00 PM

 

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16 Classes You Wish You Had to Prepare for Vet Med

Samantha Toy, RVT Oct 23, 2017 10:17:32 AM Topics: Veterinary

From Anatomy to Zoology, there are countless classes we sit through in our quest to become a veterinary professional.  What nobody talks about is the classes we WISH we had to really prepare us for life in the veterinary clinic.  Here are our top picks for classes that should be included in the course manual.

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Smart Flow loves the UK

Samantha Toy, RVT Oct 17, 2017 9:48:37 AM Topics: Veterinary

At Smart Flow, we have the pleasure of meeting people all over the world.  Having customers all over the globe has taught our entire team how veterinary practices work in every hemisphere.

Coming up in November, the Smart Flow team will be headed to England for our second annual participation in the London Vet Show. That being said, here are some interesting facts about how our friends in the UK work!

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6 ways vet medicine is like going to Hogwarts

Samantha Toy, RVT Oct 13, 2017 12:54:00 PM

 

I have a confession to make.  I never read a page of Harry Potter until this year. Never even opened the book (or saw the movies). I can feel you judging me from here.  I know, I know.  

As I was reading the series, I couldn’t help but be reminded of my days in school and in practice and draw many similarities between my experience as a vet tech and Harry’s adventures at Hogwarts. 

 

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10 Life Lessons I Learned From my Dog

Samantha Toy, RVT Oct 10, 2017 4:56:10 PM

After sitting through countless classes in elementary school, high school, and college, I've come to realize that some of the greatest lessons I've learned have come from the canines in my life.  Those slobbery, ball-chasing goofballs have a lot to teach if you pay attention.

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What Sports Can Teach Us About Vet Medicine

Samantha Toy, RVT Oct 22, 2015 11:30:00 AM Topics: Veterinary

It's a little ironic that I chose this topic to share with you all, because as anyone who knows me would tell you, I've always been planted firmly on the academic side of the school vs sports scale. That being said, I do think there are some good lessons to be learned from sports when it comes to vet med, and pointing them out is my main goal (okay, go ahead and groan). Here are 7 things sports can teach us about veterinary medicine.

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How Being a Vet Tech Ruined My Pets' Lives

Samantha Toy, RVT Oct 20, 2015 1:31:00 PM Topics: Vet Tech

"It's for your own good." The sentence unconvincingly uttered by countless well-meaning parents to their children. I don't have kids, but have found myself repeating this phrase to my furry children while attempting (usually successfully) to complete a multitude of medical and grooming procedures. I'm sure my pets wish they had been adopted by an owner who wasn't so anal retentive about vet care. Instead, they got me. Here are some reasons why my pets are less than thrilled with my career choice.


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7 Things You Learned in Kindergarten That'll Help You in Vet Med

Samantha Toy, RVT Sep 4, 2015 4:12:35 PM

They say most of what you do in life is based on knowledge you received in kindergarten.  We think this theme carries over into your career in vet med. That being said, here are some lessons from the playground that we hope you'll carry into the clinic.

 

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Lessons Learned from Our Patients: Sydney's Story

Samantha Toy, RVT Aug 11, 2015 8:30:00 AM Topics: Veterinary

I was recently inspired by an article from Dr. Andy Roark about Dolley, one of his beloved former patients who passed away from cancer. It got me thinking about my past patients, and made me realize just how much we learn from them and their people.

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