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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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My Message To All New Vet Techs (Or Those Thinking of Becoming One)

Samantha Toy, RVT May 31, 2018 7:30:00 AM Topics: Vet Tech

A high school student recently told me that she was thinking about becoming a vet tech and she asked me what I thought of the choice. I found myself surprisingly tongue tied and I didn't know why. Part of me wanted to say "That's fantastic, welcome to the club!". The other part of me wanted to talk her out of it.

Don't get me wrong, I love my job. I love it for so many reasons, most of which are intangible. After almost a decade in vet med, I often look back wistfully at my early days in this career and think about what I would tell that new tech fresh out of school. It hasn't been an easy road. We all know the path this career takes is an emotional, under-paid, and often challenging one. Knowing what I know about the industry now, what would I say to someone wanting to be a vet tech? 

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6 Reasons Vet Appointments Run Behind (And How to Prevent It)

Samantha Toy, RVT May 23, 2018 2:36:00 PM Topics: Veterinary, Vet Tech
If you work in a day practice like I used to, I know that you will understand my former frustration with appointments running behind. In my time as a receptionist, it meant struggling to schedule accurately, dealing with understandably annoyed clients, and at times a sense of chaos trying to keep up with where things were at. The reason appointments get behind can vary, but here are some of the most common (along with some ideas of how to deal with them!).
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Your Vet Techs are Being Wasted, and Here's How

Samantha Toy, RVT May 17, 2018 8:42:00 PM Topics: Veterinary, Vet Tech
Anyone who's been to veterinary technician/nursing school knows how much work it is. We learn so many new skills but when we get out into the "real world", many of us get stifled. So I don't think it's a surprise to anyone that a huge reason vet techs don't last in the field is that they feel they are under-utilized. I hear about this more and more and it got me thinking, why?
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8 Ways Technology is Helping (and Hurting) Veterinary Medicine

Samantha Toy, RVT May 10, 2018 4:44:24 PM Topics: Veterinary, technology

Technology: some people welcome it with open arms, and some fear the change that comes along with it. In veterinary medicine, technology has certainly made its mark on our daily lives, both in positive and negative ways. How is technology helping (and hurting) vet med?

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Should I leave vet med behind?

Samantha Toy, RVT Apr 17, 2018 11:08:00 AM Topics: Veterinary

Throughout my time in vet med, I've heard countless fellow technicians (and admittedly, the voice inside my own head) say that they don't know if this career is for them anymore. Most of us do the same things every day in practice. It's easy to get bored if you don't have the opportunity to test yourself or learn new skills.

Whether it's the desire to experience another avenue of veterinary medicine or go back to school and strive towards another career altogether, the thought of abandoning post has crossed many minds. And yet, most people continue on at their practices, caught in a vortex of wondering what else is out there and a looming sense of guilt for even allowing this option to be a consideration. 

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9 Reasons NOT to get into veterinary medicine

Samantha Toy, RVT Mar 21, 2018 11:16:00 AM Topics: Veterinary

It's a fabulous career choice, but it's not glamorous... Here are some reasons one should think twice before entering the messy world of vet med.

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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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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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