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6 Ways I Ruined My Pets' Lives by Being in Vet Med

Samantha Toy, RVT May 2, 2019 11:31:00 AM 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 as a vet tech.


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8 Foolproof Ways to Ace Your Next Veterinary Job Interview

Samantha Toy, RVT Apr 16, 2019 2:23:00 PM Topics: Vet Tech

Heading into a professional job interview can be incredibly intimidating and nerve wracking. There are many simple keys to nailing your next interview that shouldn't come as a surprise. Remember that you are interviewing for your career, not just your next job. So, you should...

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How Effective Are Your Veterinary Technicians?

Samantha Toy, RVT Feb 28, 2019 2:34:00 PM Topics: Vet Tech

 We all know that vet techs have a lot of their plate.  They juggle client education, patient care, technical skills and last minute walk-in emergencies all while anticipating the needs of the doctors.

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Burnt Out? Here's How to Stay in Vet Med

Samantha Toy, RVT Feb 7, 2019 3:24:09 PM Topics: Vet Tech

If you're nearing the end of your rope and are contemplating leaving veterinary medicine behind, there are some areas within the industry that are worth considering before saying goodbye completely. 

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Breakthroughs In Veterinary Medicine In The Past 10 Years

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Bridging the Gap: Switching from GP to ER (or Vice Versa)

Samantha Toy, RVT Dec 14, 2018 4:02:12 PM Topics: Vet Tech

It's not uncommon for vets, technicians, and hospital managers to decide to switch things up and start working in a different type of practice.  Whether it's going from general practice to emergency medicine or vice versa, there are lots of things to consider while making the switch.

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5 Challenges Vet Teams Face While Feeding Hospitalized Patients

Samantha Toy, RVT Dec 7, 2018 12:27:00 PM Topics: Vet Tech

Feeding our hospitalized patients can be a challenge at times. From finicky felines to feeding tubes, we've determined the top 5 difficulties of feeding in-patients!

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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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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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