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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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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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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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