The Veterinary Technology Blog

The staff publishes information related to vet tech education and certification, going “behind the scenes” to give you deeper insight into your educational options. You’ll find detailed descriptions of potential career paths, internship opportunities, emerging veterinary technologies, and profiles of leading professors and institutions in the space.

September 13, 2021

First begun in 1993 by a NAVTA resolution, Vet Tech Appreciation Week exists to enlighten the public about veterinary technicians and explore the field in greater detail. Established in the third week of every October, the appreciation week spotlights the profession and shows gratitude to those special vet techs in our life. This gift-giving guide for vet techs offers options for thoughtful, fun, and useful gifts.

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September 3, 2021

The Southern California vet tech schools featured on this list are all accredited through the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA). Not only does AVMA program accreditation ensure students that these programs meet the highest educational standards, graduating from an AVMA-accredited program also enables students to sit for the Veterinary Technician National Exam offered by the American Association of Veterinary State Boards (AAVSB).

September 2, 2021

Learn about the daily responsibilities of the zoo veterinary technician, and about how to prepare to manage and help care for exotic, rare, and sometime dangerous animals.

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August 27, 2021

Overpopulation is the main driver behind early spay-neuter programs which, over the past 30 years, have become routine throughout the United States. In fact, since the 1970s, the “ultra-early” neutering of puppies and kittens has been the custom in many veterinarian offices due to the abundance of feral and abandoned animals being euthanized in shelters.

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August 25, 2021

In the following interview, integrative veterinarian Dr. Richard Palmquist generously spoke to us about his journey to holistic practice and what his work entails, as well as what pet owners should know about holistic vet care and advice for aspiring veterinary professionals.

August 25, 2021

For many animal-lovers, choosing a career as a veterinary technician is a natural choice. It’s a field that couples the rigor of scientific laboratory testing with soft skills in patient caretaking.

August 10, 2021

As in human health, medical expenses for pets can be costly and come at the most inopportune times. The is when pet health insurance may help ease the burden of caring for a pet and make prioritizing a pet’s health and wellbeing more financially feasible.

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July 16, 2021

August is Pet Immunizations awareness month and what better time to benefit from the knowledge of a veterinary medical professional with over 50 years of experience. World-renowned veterinarian Dr. Jean Dodds graciously lent her expertise in the following interview on pet immunizations.

June 23, 2021

Think you know about the many different types of animal care technicians? Yes, they can work in kennels and animal shelters, but they can also work in research labs, helping to provide care and assistance in a variety of a ways. For folks who like the idea of bringing care and compassion to the laboratory animals who help humans to advance biomedical and pharmaceutical understanding, a career as an animal laboratory technician may be a meaningful and satisfying path.

June 17, 2021

Ideally, studying for this exam shouldn’t start after your program is finished. To maximize the amount of info you retain, Hoover recommends recording lectures: “I felt like if I was listening to it just once and taking notes, I was missing stuff, so I would listen in class, record it, and listen to it a second time and fill in any holes in my notes. Then, I could review all my notes from that class and organize them into binders.”

June 14, 2021

Just because you have seen every episode of Swamp People or know more about calling ducks that the guys on Duck Dynasty doesn’t mean that you would be a good veterinary assistant. True, it is helpful to have a background dealing with animals, but there are many other considerations when deciding to make veterinary assistance your lifetime career.

June 1, 2021

Vet tech candidates preparing for interviews may have an advantage if they are familiar with the questions they may be asked. This collection of questions—some common and others less so—along with possible answers, were all shared by past and present vet techs.

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May 10, 2021

How much do vet techs have the potential to earn? The answer to this question varies depending on factors like geography, experience, industry, role, and more. Keep reading for a comprehensive breakdown of vet tech annual salaries and hourly wages in the United States.

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April 22, 2021

Care of domestic animals varies from general day-to-day maintenance to acute care in times of illness and injury. Common sense in attending to pets’ needs goes a long way. We feed, walk, pet, and groom our animal charges with love and devotion. However, important aspects of our animals’ wellbeing can go unnoticed, and therefore unattended to, simply for lack of knowledge.

April 19, 2021

If an emerging veterinary professional determines that animal nursing is their pathway, they have to decide whether they wish to become a veterinary technician or a veterinary technologist. This article will discuss the ways in which the two roles are the same, the ways they are different, and the reasons why a future veterinary nurse would choose one over the other.