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.

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.

May 13, 2019

A professional house- or pet-sitter should not only make sure that pets are adequately fed and watered, but it is also their paid job to make sure that Fido, Fluffy or other furry friends remain in a suitable physical, mental, and emotional condition.

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May 7, 2019

When one considers that there are over 140 million pet cats and dogs in the US, that adds up to a serious need for quality medical care that the traditional healthcare system doesn’t address. And, much like with the human healthcare system, the quality of that care can depend on which medical facility one visits and the capabilities of the staff that work there.

April 26, 2019

Treating pets through an holistic approach begins with observing the overall health of the animal. Holistic animal care takes into account the physical symptoms of pet ailments in addition to mental, emotional, environmental, and nutritional factors.

April 23, 2019

A subset of criminal forensics focuses on figuring out how or why an animal was injured killed or why an animal killed or injured a human. Could an investigation show whether an animal died naturally or accidentally? Can evidence gathered in an animal abuse case be used to convince a jury to render a guilty verdict?

March 13, 2019

Along with being enrolled in an accredited veterinary technology program, it is equally important for veterinary assistants and technicians to have adequate hands-on experience with animals. Many internship and externship programs let students spend some time in specialized departments such as radiology, hematology, oncology, cardiology, and surgery.

January 3, 2019

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.

December 5, 2018

A hero becomes a hero by being the voice of the voiceless and the help of the helpless. In that regard, few professions have more heroes than those in the veterinary care and animal activist arenas.