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Veterinary Assistant Salary

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The position of a veterinary assistant is different than that of a veterinary technician. Unlike a vet tech, the veterinary assistant does not hold a degree from an accredited vet tech school. Normally a veterinary assistant learns by hands on experience in a veterinary hospital. Because a veterinary assistant does not have the schooling of a vet tech, they are not allowed to perform the same type of work-related duties that a vet tech. However, there are online degree programs for veterinary assistants that can allow for more knowledge and greater pay. A veterinary assistant is usually under the direct […]

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Is pet insurance worth it?

Pet Insurance

As a vet tech I see a fair share of pets that do not have pet insurance. I also see a fair share of clients that find it hard to afford veterinary care, especially in emergency situations. So how would pet insurance help in a routine situation or even an emergency? Well for one thing, pet insurance could cover a majority of the cost of treatment, whether routine wellness screening or emergency medicine. I think that pet insurance also allows for better decision making when looking at an expensive treatment plan. When you know that a certain amount of the […]

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Dealing with difficult clients

One of the hardest parts of being a vet tech is dealing with difficult clients. A difficult client can easily ruin your day if you let them. So instead of letting a client immediately get under your skin, you should ask yourself why the client is being so difficult. A veterinary hospital can be a very stressful place for a client. You cannot assume that everyone knows exactly what goes on in a veterinary hospital, especially in cases where the family pet is sick. To me it seems like we in the veterinary community can sometimes over complicate the situation […]

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Vet Tech Specialties

The veterinary medical field is growing at a tremendous rate. A long with the growth of the industry, advances in veterinary medical technology are happening every day. The growth of veterinary medicine a long with new technology is creating a situation for vet techs to become more specialized in the field. What are vet tech specialties? There are becoming more and more opportunities for vet techs to specialize in different areas of veterinary medicine. A vet tech can specialize in anything from emergency medicine to dentistry. Specializing in a certain area makes a vet tech more marketable when job hunting […]

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Veterinary Technician in the Laboratory

Almost all hospitals have a laboratory that can be used to run many in-house tests to determine routine problems, as well as illness. The Veterinary technicians have an important role in the laboratory of a veterinary hospital. The vet tech is tasked with running as well as reporting lab work to the attending Doctor. Therefore it is important for the veterinary technician to be able to run lab work accurately and efficiently to provide the Veterinarian with important patient information. What does a veterinary technician do in the lab? The vet tech can perform many tests in the laboratory setting. […]

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How hard is it to be a veterinary technician?

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The simple answer is that it is not easy to be a veterinary technician. You must finish a degree program from an accredited school to even take the national exam. Some people seem to find schooling hard and may find it difficult to complete either a 2 or 4 year program to become a vet tech. Some people also aren’t good test takers and may find the national exam to be harder than expected. But, when I pose the question, “How hard is it to be a veterinary technician?”, I don’t mean in the since of finishing school or taking […]

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A Vet Techs role in the pharmacy

One very important part of a veterinary hospital that is often overlooked is the pharmacy. The veterinary technician is often given the task of dispensing medication and printing labels for medication. Just as the veterinarian is responsible for dictating the correct medication and dosage, the vet tech is responsible for making sure the right medication is dispensed with a correct label. Just like a medication label for humans, the medication for animals often contains certain information on the label: Client name Pet name Date Medication and strength Proper dosing instructions Drug expiration date The importance of a proper label It […]

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Veterinary Technician and Expressing anal glands

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Most dog owners never get to experience the very rewarding past-time of anal gland expression. Now, a lot of people will find the entire process very disgusting. However as a vet technician, expressing anal glands is kind of just part of the deal. So why do I say it is rewarding? Well there is just a great deal of satisfaction in removing such a vial substance from the dog, providing relief for the dog, and also instantly becoming the owners hero. Yes, I just made your dog instantly smell better. And your house will no longer smell like the local […]

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Veterinary Technicians Surgery Duties

Veterinary technicians are relied upon for helping the veterinarian to complete various surgeries. The vet tech have many tasks that are associated with the surgery process. As a veterinary technician it is important to take every step in the surgical process very seriously. Remember, that is someones pet! Vet techs can assist the veterinarian in many different types of surgery. Some surgery may be minor, while others can be very advanced. The amount of surgery that a vet technician assists with really depends on the particular veterinarian that the vet tech works with and the type of hospital that they […]

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Veterinary Technicians and Dental Cleaning

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A veterinary technician dental cleaning is great for companion animals. Don’t you just love the feeling of your teeth after a dental cleaning? Those nice and smooth pearly whites to show off to everyone? Well why shouldn’t companion animals have the same opportunity? Guess what, they do! Dental cleanings are a common procedure in most veterinary hospitals and rely heavily on the veterinary technician. There are even some veterinary hospitals that exclusively work in the dentistry aspect of veterinary medicine. Routine dental cleanings are important for companion animals to maintain healthy teeth and gums. Dental disease can lead to a […]

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Veterinary Techicians and Taking x-rays

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Another exciting aspect of a veterinary technicians daily work is taking x-rays. After the veterinarian has discussed the procedure with the client, it is up to the vet technician to do the rest. Nearly all veterinary hospitals have an extensive amount of patient x-rays that are kept in order with a numbering system. It is up to the veterinary technician to log all x-rays as well as create new x-ray folders for patients that have never had films taken. The vet tech will also add the x-ray number to the patients chart. Once the vet tech has prepared all the […]

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Veterinary Technicians and Client Interaction

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One of the most important aspects of being a veterinary technician is having the ability to interact with clients.  Dealing with clients is a central part of a veterinary technicians duties and can take up a large amount of time.  So you thought you would only be dealing with the animals? Unfortunately that is not the case. Just like any other business, the money is brought in by the client, not the pet.  I know that many vet techs would much prefer to only have interaction with the animals.  You have to understand that the client and the pet are […]

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