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.

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March 11, 2020

Activists like Hayley Adams and other conservationist leaders that came before her didn’t have a career roadmap when they sought to make a difference in wildlife conservation; they had to etch out their own paths. But now, learning institutions are offering more specialized training programs for individuals that want to join the effort.

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February 18, 2020

If the average hamster or cat isn’t your style, there is a wealth of exotic pets that are legal for you to own. These unusual pets are typically found in the wild, but the right caretaker can provide the perfect environment for those animals to thrive in a domestic setting.

January 30, 2020

Scholarships are, most simply put, free money. Students pay them back figuratively, with their service to society—at no interest, and without obligation. While good scholarships can be hard to find and win, they do exist, specifically for motivated individuals who need them most.

January 24, 2020

Most state regulatory boards accept RACE-approved and CVTEA-accredited continuing education credits. However, continuing education acceptance is not standardized. States reserve the right to refuse credits from certain classes or providers. Students are advised to confirm that their state will accept credits before registering for any program.

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January 17, 2020

While choosing a veterinarian may seem like an arbitrary one to some, the truth is, not all veterinary hospitals are equal. Some of the top complaints that clients have about their veterinary clinics include unfriendly staff, long wait times, and insensitive handling of delicate situations, like the euthanization of a pet.

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January 6, 2020

Ever wonder what Fluffy the dog does all day while everyone is gone? Does Spike the iguana seem like they have a mysterious past? Noticed that Speedy the Gerbil has started wearing spandex and a cape? Your pet may be a superhero in disguise.

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November 21, 2019

If there is a vet tech in your life who you’d like to appreciate a gift, here are 20 suggestions that are thoughtful, connective, and accessible for any budget. As a bonus, many of the gifts listed also contribute to keeping animals healthy in local communities and across the planet.

November 4, 2019

While Fido definitely deserves a bone on every holiday, pet owners should take care to limit treats to those that are safe for pets to eat. Although the family dog or cat may longingly look at the Thanksgiving turkey with stars in their eyes, pet owners should be careful to look up beforehand which foods are safe to give pets.

October 23, 2019

People care very deeply about their pets—often more than fellow humans. Studies show that many are bothered more by animal suffering than the suffering of our own species. For example, Society and Animals (2017) found that participants had more empathy for human children, puppies, and fully-grown dogs than for humans adults.

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October 8, 2019

If you consider your pets a part of your family, then why not include them in the harvest season festivities? As highly social animals, dogs tend to thrive in situations where they can be themselves, while cats might prefer to observe from a safe distance, walking the perimeter and keeping watch. With just a handful of common household items, you can design and personalize cute, simple costumes in a snap.

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August 20, 2019

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.

July 24, 2019

This list includes three outstanding university vet tech departments and 15 extraordinary faculty members selected for distinguished academic and professional accomplishments.

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July 19, 2019

Today, veterinary science is better than ever, and in the spirit of celebrating top-notch veterinary care, we’ve collected a list of the five best veterinary clinics in the Pacific Northwest and got to talk to an award-winning veterinarian in the region.

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July 8, 2019

Just as the human body needs specialists for different injuries, animals often require a wide range of medical attention. Additional expertise on the anatomy, pathology, behavior, and even nutrition of our pets is learned by becoming specialized in one of 12 veterinary technician careers. We’ll break down the five top-earning jobs among these, outlining areas of expertise and salary.

June 26, 2019

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.