MCC Veterinary Technician students had the opportunity to visit Cozynook farms last week! Student’s helped perform California Mastitis Testing (CMT), physical exams, and provided oral medication to the cattle. Check out some of the photos below!
Shelley Grunke was the chosen recipient of the Melinda Wilkes Memorial Scholarship! She is currently in the Veterinary Assistant program at MCC! Way to go Shelley!!
Veterinary technicians, like many professionals, shouldn’t be limited to learning while they are in school. While many students can hardly wait to be finished with school to get their careers started, many of them don’t realize that learning is a lifelong process and that periodic continuing education is necessary in order for you to continue to develop the expertise to serve the veterinarian.
Training options are plentiful, and it is in your best interest to not ignore those opportunities. The national Association of Veterinary Technicians in America (NAVTA) is one such group. Webinars, classes, and seminars are just three among the many options vet techs have to continue to learn how to treat their patients.
Staying connected with the educational community in your field is important no matter what area you work in, but veterinary technicians are a branch of healthcare, and as such have a special obligation to be continually updating their skillsets, learning the latest in innovations in their jobs, and refreshing their knowledge base.
When you’re a professional you will learn that these new skills come in handy when you’re on the job, and you may soon find your attitudes surrounding education to evolve from one of nervousness and dread to being something you actually look forward to.
Becoming a part of a professional and educational organization is good way to keep up with continuing education opportunities. If you are afraid of the cost associated with these types of courses, you may not have to pay for these courses. Veterinarians often will foot the bill for their technicians in order to improve the quality of care they are able to provide in their office.
The veterinarian considers these educational opportunities an investment in the future of their office, and the employee can benefit from these opportunities to improve their professional skills that can help them not only do their current job better, but to help them branch out and have the skills necessary to further their career.
Don’t be afraid of continuing education opportunities, especially if you can get your employer to pay for it. Education has an impact that lasts a lifetime, and staying on the cutting edge of your profession can only help your job prospects in the future.
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Studying for the exam to become a surgical technologist isn’t easy. As you probably know if you are a surgical technology student, most states require certification in order to hold a job as a surgical technician or technologist, and you’re not getting in until you pass the exam.
But you’re a busy, on-the-go type, as most of are these days, right? You don’t have the time to sit around for hours upon hours putting in the time to study. As with most things these days, the solution to this particular problem can be found simply by reaching into your pocket.
The National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA) administers the exam, and among the benefits they offer is test prep. Of course, you have the standard test preparation methods through
One prep method is by downloading the official CST Examination Prep app. The app is a free download and features two practice modes: simulation, and study. The exam simulation that allows you to essentially take a practice exam for the CST exam, with questions created by the NBSTSA, and uses the same practices used in the CST exam itself.
The exam questions are written and reviewed by subject matter experts using the CST Content Outline designed to ensure that only the best questions are published in order to best prepare candidates for the CST exam.
The study materials utilize the “spacing effect” that is designed to enhance learning. The spacing effect spreads out study information into smaller, more digestible pieces, offering shorter and ultimately more productive study sessions that allow you to retain more information.
The CST Examination Prep app offers study in 8 different areas of surgical technology exam preparation, including:
- Administrative & Personnel
- Anatomy & Physiology
- Equip Sterilization Maintenance
- Intra-Operative Procedures
- Post-Operative Procedures
- Pre-Operative Preparation
- Surgical Pharmacology
The full paid version of the app offers more than 300 practice questions with detailed answer explanations and references to source materials, and also allows for exam creation customization and email support.
The app of course widens the possibilities when it comes to studying for the exam. The shorter study sessions are tailor-made for studying in line at restaurants, while you wait for appointments, and during lunch breaks at work, and allows you to generally study on the run as your time allows.
This obviously increases your chances of passing the exam, and allows you to absorb the information more easily and readily than having to simply learn it all at the same time.
That’s not to say the app is an acceptable substitute for traditional study methods. Indeed, the NBSTSA recommends using the app as a substitute for other study methods, not as a replacement for them.
It’s becoming more and more user-friendly to study for exams like this one. Using the resources at your disposal gives you the opportunity to find that success, then ultimately find that job in surgical technology.