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.

December 18, 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.

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December 17, 2020

The math is simple: pet owners live healthier and happier and millions of pets need homes. Whether you adopt, foster, or volunteer at a local animal shelter, statistics show investments of time and energy with pets pays out well in long-term health and happiness benefits.

November 17, 2020

Many veterinary potentials are intrigued by the care, biology, and future of animals like zebras, ocelots, and lemurs. And, while many colleges provide excellent veterinary courses that define and familiarize students with these creatures, only a small number of schools provide on-site zoo animal experience.

November 4, 2020

As any dog owner knows, a bad day can be turned around by opening the door to the wagging tail and unconditional love of a canine companion. And while dogs are best friends to many, animal behaviors can create disharmony in homes and neighborhoods.

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October 5, 2020

If sharing your square footage with an animal companion is your idea of a pandemic silver living, here are some great pets to adopt or foster even if you live in a tiny, overpriced studio apartment.

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September 11, 2020

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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August 28, 2020

Some veterinary technology and DVM students want to specialize. Explore five exceptional aquatic veterinary programs, including details on the coursework, tuition, location, and hands-on experience opportunities.

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August 17, 2020

While animal aid is secondary to humanitarian relief efforts, for people who have suffered injuries, the loss of friends, family members and even their homes, losing a pet can add to the feeling of devastation.

July 29, 2020

Students interested in why animals do what they do or how they mate, reproduce and even find their food may be interested in the field of animal psychology, often referred to as animal behavior. Degrees from the bachelor's level to the doctoral are available for those interested in applied science or research.

July 20, 2020

Whether you prefer to become an equine vet tech or adventure into the more exotic vet tech studies like with tigers, there are a variety of academic paths one could take as a large animal vet technician. Many schools offers courses particularly geared at helping you learn how to work with large animals. Some even have farms on campus or nearby. Read on to learn more about programs across the country.

July 17, 2020

Most animal behavior programs are offered in conjunction with a school’s psychology department and enable students to learn many different aspects about animal behavior. Take a look at this list of 7 Top Animal Behavior & Psychology Programs to learn about available degree offerings.

July 2, 2020

It’s one of life’s many small tragedies that pet lovers often must outlive their animal companions. For many of the estimated 84.9 million households with a pet, the loss of an animal companion is the loss of a family member. Fortunately, a growing trend in hospice and palliative care for animals means that this transition need not be as painful, or as lonely, as it once was.

June 8, 2020

The College of Veterinary Medicine at Iowa State University runs the Hixson-Lied Small Animal Hospital, which recently opened a new stereotactic radiation facility that has changed the game in the Midwest. This state-of-the-art facility, which provides precise radiation therapy and helps treat cats, dogs, and even rats is part of a larger trend in the U.S. that could mean more jobs for technicians.

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May 28, 2020

Read about seven great vet tech schools in Southern California that are stand-out for their AVMA accreditation and offering of hands-on learning through externships and other experiences.

May 27, 2020

Students interested in becoming a veterinarian may want to complete pre-vet training while at the undergraduate level. Typically, this means completing a degree in a related science field, but a few schools even allow students to start their senior year of college as a freshman in a veterinary program. Many schools also have pre-vet clubs that can be helpful in meeting other students engaged in and interested in the field. Read on for more about the various pre-vet programs around the country.