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What I've Learned About Unicorn Clinics

Stacey Ness Jan 2, 2018 12:12:00 PM Topics: Vet Tech


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6 ways to be more than "just a vet tech"

Samantha Toy, RVT Dec 27, 2017 3:36:00 PM


Our least favourite phrase to hear is "I'm just a vet tech".  Vet techs are crucial to the practice running smoothly and successfully, but we know sometimes the day-to-day can get a bit monotonous.  Often it can feel like there's nowhere to go in the career, and unfortunately this is a big reason people leave the field.  Here are 6 ways to help keep current and grow personally and professionally (and no, one of them is not to become a vet!).

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26 things you could be doing instead of scanning

Samantha Toy, RVT Dec 19, 2017 12:39:00 PM Topics: Veterinary

If your practice hasn't gone fully paperless, chances are that your team spends a part of their day scanning.  It's probably something nobody thinks about; it's just a part of their day and they do it because it needs to be done. 

Imagine if there was NO scanning to be done.  No more paper anesthetic sheets, patient info sheets, boarding forms, surgical and euthanasia consent forms, etc. Even if your team spends 15 mins a day scanning, that's 75 minutes a week they could be spending doing something else.  What else, you ask?  Here are some ideas!

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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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Meet the Smart Flow Gang: 5 Questions with Tina

Kat Milcke, RVT Aug 21, 2017 1:33:50 PM

Full Name: Tina Brunett
Role in the Smart Flow Team: Implementation Specialist 
Time at Smart Flow: 2 Months 

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