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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 Improve Patient Care in Your Veterinary Hospital

Jada Lewis, CVT Feb 6, 2018 10:00:00 AM Topics: Veterinary

Nothing matters more than the way we approach, care for, and treat our veterinary patients. In fact, they are the sole reason we are employed. It is our duty and responsibilty to see that each patient is comfortable, clean and receiving the best medical approach possible. We've previously mentioned how to improve patient care under anesthesia, but let's see how to improve patient care in the rest of your veterinary hospital. 

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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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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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Smart Flow loves the UK

Samantha Toy, RVT Oct 17, 2017 9:48:37 AM Topics: Veterinary

At Smart Flow, we have the pleasure of meeting people all over the world.  Having customers all over the globe has taught our entire team how veterinary practices work in every hemisphere.

Coming up in November, the Smart Flow team will be headed to England for our second annual participation in the London Vet Show. That being said, here are some interesting facts about how our friends in the UK work!

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Your Dog Ate What?! Veterinary advice

Carolyn Maguire Dec 14, 2016 5:42:01 AM Topics: Veterinary

During the Christmas season we are all advising pet owners to be careful about what they feed their animals and even the best advise cannot prevent some patients from finding delicious morsels that just aren’t meant to be eaten! While we are aware of the common offenders like, chocolate toxicity, fatty meats and crackling (pancreatitis), onions and garlic (anaemia), grapes and raisins (renal failure), we also see some interesting foreign bodies that cause a problem in a gastrointestinal system. For example:

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The Top 7 Things Veterinary Professionals Wish Clients Knew About 'The Back'

Kat Milcke, RVT Oct 14, 2016 4:12:17 PM Topics: Vet Tech, Insider, Veterinary

"What's 'the back' and why are you taking my baby back there?"

I don’t know about you and your clinic, but in my clinic, we have exam rooms ‘in the front’ of the hospital, and then a treatment area ‘in the back’. The back is ‘off limits’ to clients and the door to the place where the magic happens, so to speak, is clearly marked with ‘Employees Only’. Does that always keep the clients out? No, but it does deter most.
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