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.

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.

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?

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.

October 8, 2018

The Veterinary Nurse Initiative (VNI) is championing a comprehensive update—one that would unite the profession under a single title, a standardized set of credentialing requirements, and a universal scope of practice.

July 19, 2018

Of the pet-related expenses in which Americans invested, $17.07 billion—nearly 25 percent—of total pet-related dollars spent went toward veterinary care. The APPA predicts that spending on veterinary care will rise to $18.26 billion in 2018.

Marissa Martino
June 22, 2017

Marissa Martino of Boulder, CO began working with dogs 10 years ago, and she hasn’t looked back since. She was enjoying a successful career as a designer for Martha Stewart but yearning for a change, she decided to attend San Francisco’s Academy of Dog Trainers.

June 6, 2017

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.