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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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5 Ways to Survive Veterinary Overnight Shifts

Anna Kovacs, RVT Jun 6, 2018 11:00:00 AM Topics: Veterinary, Vet Tech

The reactions I commonly experienced when I told someone that I worked veterinary overnight shifts ranged from horror to pity.  Most people can't fathom sleeping during the day, and being awake at night. The thing is, the saying that you really don't know what it's like until you experience it, rings very true in this case.

Here are some of the top ways that I was able to stay sane, focused, and make it to sunrise! 


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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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How High School Ruined My Veterinary Career

Jada Lewis, CVT Feb 21, 2018 11:57:00 AM Topics: Vet Tech

I went to your pretty average, midwestern high school where FFA, show choir and wrestling ruled the roost. Milton, Wisconsin is pretty small (population 5,000), but very proud. The teachers were amazing, the students were typical and there were few true cliques since we all went to school from elementary and on. The problem was not with the high school itself, but the structure of nearly every high school across America. 

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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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How many jobs do YOU have?

Kat Milcke, RVT Jan 13, 2017 4:58:27 PM Topics: Vet Tech

How many of you out there have more than just one tech job? One part time job? Two? Three?

It seems to me that veterinary technicians tend to be workaholics, always keeping busy taking care of other people’s animals, their own, their families, and still finding time to shower. Now that’s impressive. I was talking to someone the other day who said that all of her vet tech friends that she knows have at least one other part time job. If I think about it, most of the techs I know do have two jobs (at least!).

I myself had two (at one point three), up until a little while ago, and I only am taking a (hopefully brief) hiatus on specific instructions from a (human) doctor much to my dismay! :( 

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The best Veterinary Practice Management System – is NOT Practice Management System!

Dr. Ivan Zak Dec 21, 2016 12:32:28 PM Topics: Vet Tech

Since we started with Smart Flow, I was asked many times: "Why don't you create your own Practice Management System." And my answer is: "Because I am good at saying "NO". Seth Godin in his book "the dip" describes how most successful people in this world achieved their goal because they were "quitters" – they quit everything else, but their main focus.

We took the same approach to optimization of Efficiency and creation of a true Paperless Veterinary Practice.

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Why My Perfect Dog Makes Me An Imperfect Tech

Kat Milcke, RVT Oct 19, 2016 12:24:10 PM Topics: Vet Tech
As people in the vet community, we probably at one point or another have had a dog in our lives, and this dog was or is most likely a perfect-to-us dog. They’re gentle, loving, snuggly, trained (hopefully), and we know them better than we know ourselves. They give us love like no one else in this world can and pick us up when we’re down. They’re dog-gone great. But I think sometimes having that perfect dog at home can make us an unperfect tech, because we forget that not all dogs come from the same place. 
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