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Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas for the Vet Tech in Your Life - Feb 1, 2016

vet assistantWhether you’re a veterinarian looking to get your employees a gift, you’re married to one, or you have a friend who’s one, you might be hard pressed to find a good Valentine’s Day gift for the veterinary technician in your life.

Maybe you know this person better than you know anyone, but you want to give them a gift beyond the usual. So where do you go? Do you want to get her something that shows off her career, or is she the type who wants to get away from work when she isn’t there?

Of course, when you’re getting your valentine a gift, knowing her tastes are the first step in selecting the right gift. But for that vet tech in your life, here are a couple of ideas to get you started in the gift-giving process:

  1. Cat Silhouette Artisan Glass Necklace: The Animal Rescue Site has tons of animal-themed jewelry options for the purrrrfect animal lover in your life. If your vet tech enjoys pieces of this type, you can’t go wrong selecting this type of item to lift her spirits and show off her love of creatures of the feline persuasion.
  2. Café Press Vet Tech Gifts: Café Press has a variety of options, from mugs that say “I like Big Mutts and I Cannot Lie,” to a “Veterinary Technician” thong for that special someone. Make your choice at your own risk.
  3. A siesta: Vet techs work hard. They’re on their feet all day and deal with scared, injured, and sometimes aggressive pets. They can use a little pampering too. Try a massage, a mani-pedi, or a spa day at their favorite spot. You can’t go wrong offering them a few hours to recover from their hard work!

Ready to take the next step towards a career as a Veterinary Technician? The right training makes all the difference. Learn how MCC can help you fulfill your career goals by filling out the form on the right!

4 Reasons You Should Become a Surgical Tech - Jan 25, 2016

Surgical TechYou need a career, but you aren’t exactly sure where to go. You know you enjoy helping people, but where can you go? You can go get a job somewhere in retail, or you can look for the professional environment you’ve been looking for.

How about the healthcare field? There is a need for surgical technicians, and it’s a job you might find appealing if you are the type of person who wants to work in this field. Here are 4 reasons you should consider a career in surgical technology.

Demand: As with most healthcare fields, the surgical field is growing. Increased demand from patients leads to an increased need in all areas of healthcare. The baby boom population is a large segment of society. As they get older medical services will continue to be in rising demand. That means there are jobs waiting to be filled by people with the proper qualifications.

Every day is a new experience. Repetitive jobs can get dull quickly. As a surgical technician, you’ll find you have a lot of variability. Your duties remain the same, but the job experience is different every day depending on the type of surgery, the doctor, and the setting. You also get to interact with different patients on a given day.

Hands-on internships. Job training is rarely easy, as you learn the skills, tricks, and tips of the trade. For something as critical as working in a surgical environment, training is particularly important. After completing your job training you can move on to an internship, where you will get the hands-on job training you need.

Work environment. Surgical technicians typically work in hospitals and surgical facilities and their co-workers include nurses and doctors and other types of healthcare professionals. You will have a varied crew of colleagues, and room to pursue other opportunities.

Ready to take the next step towards a career as a Surgical Technologist? The right training makes all the difference. Learn how MCC can help you fulfill your career goals by filling out the form on the right!

Networking as a Medical Assistant - Dec 28, 2015

MedicalOfficeAsstFemale copyNetworking is one of the more underutilized and under-appreciated tasks any professional can perform. In the healthcare industry, specifically the “front line” type positions such as medical assistants, experience the rigors of day-to-day work and can make it easy to lose sight of the importance of interacting with colleagues in the profession.

And, to their loss, many medical assistants continue to neglect this activity, preferring to keep their heads down and plow through their daily work rather than take a true active interest in others in their field and how those people are doing things.

Why is networking important?

It’s always worthwhile to see how other people are doing things, and to get a grasp on what works and what doesn’t, and to get an alternate and perhaps fresh perspective on how an office runs. This offers insight, and gives you a chance to introduce some of those effective ideas into your office.

Next, it provides you job opportunities. If you have friends in other offices, it’s easier to hear about new positions opening up. Being part of the larger community also gives you a larger voice, and may attract employers to you.

So how do you do it?

Good networking skills begin in a Medical Assisting Program, such as the one at Milwaukee Career College. Simply make friends among your fellow students, and stay in touch with them as they find employment. Having two or three friends in the industry to start can widen your social net considerably.

Also, consider joining a professional medical assistant organization like the AAMA. These groups are designed to connect medical assistants and offer educational opportunities, job boards, news on the industry, and more. These groups are well worth the membership cost just in the benefits and discounts you receive.

Finally, attending trade shows and conferences give you another outlet. You can meet other medical assistants nationwide and locally, obtain certifications, and generally increase your standing in the field and makes you more employable. It also affords you a chance to travel, and many times your employer will foot the bill, since it is a professional development activity.

Networking is essentially just talking and making friends. It’s simple to do, but offers so much to your career in return.

Ready to take the next step towards a career as a Medical Assistant? The right training makes all the difference. Learn how MCC can help you fulfill your career goals by filling out the form on the right!

Handle Your Pet Patients with Care - Dec 21, 2015

Veterinarian TechnicianMany animals coming into the vet’s office are nervous about their visit. Thrust into a new environment, with strange people poking at them, the scent of strange animals all around, it’s no wonder they have a little healthcare anxiety.

As a veterinary technician, one of your main tasks is setting the emotional tone for the rest of the visit. Your demeanor is something the pet can sense; if you are nervous at the prospect of dealing with an anxious animal, you’re more likely to make the patient more nervous.

At the same time, no one wants to get bitten by a stressed animal, and it’s a little difficult to hide your emotions when faced with the prospect of dealing with a “problem” pet. But an important part of your job is to keep the peace and stay cool.

Staying the compassionate caregiver is vital both to preventing injury to yourself, and to maintain your professionalism and keep your office running smoothly. Aside from your personal health, it also potentially endangers others in the office, including the veterinarian.

So how do you do it? First, create a soothing environment as much as possible. If you know a particularly anxious animal is coming in, set up an area for that pet to be alone. Try to have it ready when the dog arrives, and move him or her into it as soon as possible.

Next, greet the pet in the right way. Approaching the pet is pivotal, according to this article from veterinarian Dr. Sophia Yin. Approaching too quickly or even at the wrong angle can put the dog into panic mode. “Staff should instead greet by standing sideways and getting down at the dog’s level while averting their gaze,” she said. Consider a treat or two off the bat to instill trust.

Once in the exam room, it’s important to handle the pet properly and gently. Rely on your training and be sure you support, guide, and turn them properly.

The way you treat your patients is arguably the most important part of your job. Handle your pet patients with care!

Ready to take the next step towards a career as a Veterinary Technician? The right training makes all the difference. Learn how MCC can help you fulfill your career goals by filling out the form on the right!

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