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Handling animals with aggressive behavior in the clinic

Any animal has the potential to be aggressive, especially in the veterinary clinic. Many times this aggression stems from fear and anxiety. For some pets, the act of getting to the clinic is stressful enough without the added features of other pets and people along with pheromones from other equally stressed animals. There are a few things that can be …

A Nontraditional Story – Nicole LaForest, LVT, RVT, CCFT

My name is Nicole LaForest. I’m a Licensed and Registered Veterinary Technician and I manage the largest ambulatory practice in the US based out of Lynnwood, Washington and I am the current President of the Washington State Association of Veterinary Technicians (WSAVT). I’m 25 years old and was born and raised in New York until I was 17 which is …

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An idiot’s guide to lambing: how to kind of look like you know what you’re doing by Harriet Long

Its getting close to Easter which for some vet students means that its time to venture into the wonderful world that is lambing. The young farmers among us are laughing and there’s always someone who seems to know everything but for the rest of us (who did a bit for pre-vet work experience but don’t remember that much) it can …

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Choosing the Right Disinfectant for Disease-Free Feline Environment

The cornerstone of every-disease prevention in cats and other animals is good hygiene, and good hygiene can only be achieved through effective disinfection. Choosing the right type of disinfectant can be a hustle since some products are effective against some microorganisms and some more effective against others. Of course, the goal is to maintain a microorganism free environment or at …

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All the things you wish you knew before getting into Veterinary Medicine

Deciding what you want to be when you grow up is very difficult. Making that decision on your own at a such a young age is never easy. Deciding to jump in the waters of a medical career is breathtaking. Deciding to become a veterinary professional, either veterinarian or veterinary technician/nurse is huge. Some of our colleagues never regret it, …

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Myasthenia Gravis in Dogs

Myasthenia Gravis is a condition that occurs in dogs, cats, and humans with apparent pathophysiological similarities between the species. There are two types of Myasthenia Gravis – congenital and acquired. The disease manifests in a muscle weakness syndrome due to Ach (acetylcholine) receptors deficiency on the post-synaptic membranes. Congenital form of Myasthenia Gravis This form is a hereditary disorder which …

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Veterinary Nurses and Technicians in Canada

Veterinary technician graduates and future registered veterinary technicians/technologists (RVT) in Canada can find employment in different areas, such as private practices, research laboratories, zoos, the government, meat and dairy industry and wildlife rehabilitation. After getting employed, registered vet technicians work under veterinarian supervision and use their practical and theoretical skills to implement gold standard veterinary care in the everyday activities. …

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VMX Conference 3-7 February

Formerly known as the NAVC (North American Veterinary Conference), the VMX (Veterinary Meeting & Expo) will be held this year 3-7 February in Orlando, Florida. The first event was held back in 1984 as the Eastern States Veterinary Conference that brought many professionals in the field from around the world to gather up and meet in Orlando. The first meeting …

Veterinary Technician Specialties

Just like veterinarians, veterinary technicians can attain a higher level of knowledge and be recognized for their developed skills in certain disciplines. This can be achieved by following and successfully completing a course in a veterinary technician organization accredited by NAVTA and AVMA. The accredited academy for veterinary technician specialties must develop and offer advanced pathways for future VTS’s (Veterinary …