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Samantha Toy, RVT

Growing up in Southern Ontario, Canada, Sam thrived on James Herriot books and attending dog shows. After deciding that veterinary nursing was where it's at, she graduated from the University of Guelph, Ridgetown Campus and became an RVT in 2006. She spent 9 years in general practice and is now helping veterinary teams everywhere as part of the Smart Flow team.
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A Vet Tech's Frustrations with IV Fluids

Samantha Toy, RVT Oct 12, 2018 6:34:00 AM Topics: Vet Tech

Vet techs: we love our job, but there are always frustrations when it comes to doing it!  One of those things can be administering IV fluids.  Here are some common issues we have with this part of the job (and some solutions).

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4 Steps to Becoming a Top Notch Veterinary Clinic

Samantha Toy, RVT Sep 26, 2018 2:54:00 PM

Are you an ambitious veterinary practice owner with great plans for the future? We know that competition is tough with new veterinary clinics popping up all the time, but luckily there are few things you can do to help your practice stand out from the bunch (and they don't have to cost a fortune!).

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How to Avoid Being a Bad Veterinary Boss

Samantha Toy, RVT Aug 31, 2018 3:10:13 PM

We all know that as humans, we're programmed to make mistakes and (hopefully) learn from them after they realize we've committed one. But what if someone is continuously repeating the same mistake and doesn’t realize it? How badly affected a veterinary practice will be if this "someone" is the boss? Managing a veterinary practice and keeping everything in order is definitely tough, but there are few things to avoid so you won’t be that "someone".

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Transitioning From Vet Tech to Client: I'm "One of Those" People

Samantha Toy, RVT Aug 10, 2018 11:56:25 AM Topics: Vet Tech

If you follow this blog, you know that I was a general practice technician for 9 years before joining Smart Flow.  While I love my new work outside of the clinic, I must admit it was a bit of a struggle at first.  I moved to a new city after I transitioned from clinic work, and as I stood at the reception desk of the local vet clinic waiting to pay for my cat food and it hit me: I was officially a client.  And let me tell you, life seemed a whole lot different from the other side of the counter.

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9 Ways to Master Veterinary Patient Restraint

Samantha Toy, RVT Aug 3, 2018 3:04:00 PM Topics: Vet Tech

In veterinary medicine, patient restraint can be one of the more challenging areas to master. Here are some tips to make your life easier and the patient's visit less stressful!

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7 Things Sports Can Teach Us About Vet Medicine

Samantha Toy, RVT Jul 27, 2018 3:03:00 PM 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 science 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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Yes, I said it: New grads are underrated

Samantha Toy, RVT Jul 13, 2018 4:30:39 PM Topics: Veterinary, Vet Tech, Teamwork

“Everybody starts somewhere.”  We’ve all heard it, but how often does it actually sink in?  It seems the longer you’re in a career, the the easier it is to forget how it is to be a newbie.  Many people view it as a negative to have a new grad in their practice.  Personally, I think new grads are grossly underrated.

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6 Reasons Vet Techs Don't Last

Samantha Toy, RVT Jul 5, 2018 5:05:00 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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Patient care: more than just cuddling puppies

Samantha Toy, RVT Jun 22, 2018 11:58:00 AM Topics: Veterinary, Vet Tech

When people picture life in a vet clinic, we all know what comes to mind.  Happy puppies bouncing around in one pristine exam room while playful kittens chase a toy on a string in another. And some (very rare, very precious) days, this is true. But guys, the truth is, veterinary medicine is HARD. 

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Veterinary teams: Take a lunch break and change your life

Samantha Toy, RVT Jun 15, 2018 1:42:06 PM Topics: Veterinary, Vet Tech

Question for you: do you get a regular lunch break every day?  Did you just actually LOL?  It’s more common than not to hear our veterinary colleagues say they do not get a chance to take a break for lunch (or even to use the bathroom) on a daily basis. 

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