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Calming Skittish Animals at the Clinic: Tips for Vet Techs - Apr 27, 2016

Veterinarian TechnicianWhether you’re currently studying to become a veterinary technician/veterinary assistant or are already working in the field, the fact remains that many of the animals you come into contact with in the vet’s office are noticeably scared, nervous, or skittish. As a vet tech or vet assistant, one of your first responsibilities is helping a pet feel comfortable and calm. After all, for some animals, fear or anxiety can quickly turn into aggression, which puts both you and others inside the office at risk.

Fortunately, there are some simple steps you can take to calm a distressed animal and make for a more relaxed environment for all involved.

Approach with Caution

While it may be tempting to greet an animal by immediately reaching out to pet or otherwise handle it, it’s imperative that you approach a skittish animal with caution. Many animals rely heavily on scent, so slowly extending your hand and allowing the animal to sniff/pick up your scent before attempting to handle the animal is always a good idea.

Get on Their Level

Furthermore, when approaching an animal, it’s generally best to do so from the side and to get on their level. This may mean having its owner place it on an exam table in front of you or even you kneeling down on the ground to get as close to eye-level with the animal as possible. Doing so will help them feel less threatened and more comfortable.

Keep a Stash of Treats

Many animals are food-motivated, so keeping a small stash of treats readily available can also come in handy. Consider keeping sealed jars of treats on the exam tables in the clinic where you work. Just be sure to ask the pet’s owner for permission to give it a treat before you do so, as some pets have food allergies or may otherwise be sensitive to certain ingredients in the treats.

Be Calm and Collected

Do your best to stay calm yourself when greeting or handling a nervous animal. Believe it or not, animals (especially dogs and cats) can sense when you’re stressed, and those feelings of stress or agitation can easily translate to their own emotions. When you enter the vet clinic, then, you need to put any stressors or issues aside until your shift is over.

Let Pets Remain in Carriers

Finally, if you’re dealing with a small pet that has been brought to the vet clinic in a carrier (such as a cat), consider having the owner place the carrier on top of the exam table. If possible, allow the animal to remain in the carrier while you conduct your business. While you may need to remove the animal from the carrier to get its weight, you can help it feel more comfortable by allowing it to remain in a familiar place while you perform other tasks.

Dealing with a stressed-out animal in the clinic is never easy, but by following these tips, you can help calm and soothe even the most agitated animals.

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Why Choose a Medical Career? - Apr 18, 2016

MCCWorking as a medical professional is about choosing a career, not a job. It is an important distinction. A job helps sustain you and your family allowing you to buy food and put a roof over your head, but a career is more of a life calling that also gives you purpose. That is one reason health care is such a promising industry.

The healthcare sector is one of the most stable employment opportunities around. A little education opens up even more doors, so you can live your life without compromise. You can have both – a job that pays the bills while offering stability plus a career that holds your interest and sustains your mind.

Job Growth in Healthcare

Thirteen of the top 20 fastest growing professions are medical, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Those numbers focus not on physicians and nurses, but medical fields that support both patients and clinicians like medical assisting and surgical technology. Health care reform is working to bring down the cost of medical care and these positions are the key.

The BLS states that each month there are around 1,000 jobs opening up in the healthcare sector and around 600 new hires. The unemployment rate in the medical industry is around 3.2%, putting it well below the national average. That is in the industry as a whole. Support functions are expanding even more. They estimate an additional 14,700 jobs just for surgical technicians over the next decade with a projected 15% growth rate.

Diversity in the Medical Field

Of course, the benefits of working in this industry go beyond just financial reward and job stability. A career in healthcare offers you diversity in job choices. You can work with:

  • Clinics
  • Major hospitals
  • Long term care facilities
  • Private practices
  • Community centers

People who choose a medical profession will find jobs in a variety of industries, too, so they work in:

  • School districts
  • Insurance companies
  • Nonprofits
  • Corporations
  • Local, state and federal agencies

They can run their own business, work as a consultant or educate the next generation of healthcare professionals.

No matter what type of service you provide, the salaries will remain competitive because people will always need healthcare – that is one simple fact will never change. There will always be jobs available as a medical professional. As you work, you learn even more. The healthcare industry continues to evolve as new technology and research shifts towards preventative care and service coordination to open up even more opportunities for you to grow.

If you look past job stability and financial reward, you will see working in a medical field means you are choosing a career that allows you to help others. That is why it’s a calling. As you make choices about the rest your life, consider why working as a medical professional will offer so much more.

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Do’s and Don’ts in the Veterniary Clinic - Apr 4, 2016

Vet TechWork as a veterinary technician is the kind of job that can be seemingly routine one moment and frantic the next. A day full of checkups and vaccines can be shattered at any moment by an emergency pet in distress.

It can be a distressing situation, and one that can lead you to develop poor office habits that can be troublesome for vet techs and for the entire office. Here are some office do’s and don’ts that can help you keep your office running at peak efficiency.

Don’t waste time. Make sure you’re in a position where you’re giving each pet and owner the appropriate time during their visit. Don’t waste time. During down time, take care of busy work that needs to be done: paperwork, office cleaning, or anything else that has been put off. Don’t let that work stack up or cause problems later on.

Do be flexible. Offices fall into routine. That is good, but don’t become a slave to that routine. Veterinary technicians should be willing to go off in a different direction, change the order of things, or help a coworker out in an area you don’t ordinarily work in when necessary.

Don’t Panic. When an emergency hits, stay calm. The pet’s owner will likely be frantic. The vet tech’s job is to stay relaxed and take charge of the situation until the veterinarian gets involved. Be assuring, and know what to do next.

Do be respectful to pet owners. Remember they are your customers. If you’re rude or patronizing to them, they will sense it, and they won’t hesitate to go somewhere else next time. Whether you’re offering tips for grooming or general health or talking about a serious issue, give them the proper respect and care.

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Where to Work… Office Space or General Hospital? - Mar 9, 2016

Office or Hospital Work SettingAs you dive into your medical assisting career, one thing you need to pinpoint is what type of environment you want to work in. Among those choices is working in a hospital setting, or in a medical office.

It’s not difficult to see that there are quite a few similarities between those two, but there are some differences you should make note of as well.

A medical office assistant often performs a number of administrative tasks. That means front desk work, scheduling appointment, assisting patients with

As you dive into your medical assisting career, one thing you need to pinpoint is what type of environment you want to work in. Among those choices is working in a hospital setting, or in a medical office.

It’s not difficult to see that there are quite a few similarities between those two, but there are differences you should take notice of as well.

A medical office assistant often performs a number of administrative tasks. That means front desk work, scheduling appointment, assisting patients with tasks like filling out their insurance forms, managing records, and collecting insurance copays. In the medical office, the medical assistant may be the person who handles mail and office accounts, and in some instances have supervisory duties over the other staff, performing the duties of office manager or payroll administrator.

A hospital setting provides the medical assistant the chance to be more hands-on with clinical tasks, taking on direct patient care duties. That includes assisting patients with eating and serving meals, or helping those in their care to dress or use the restroom. In addition, monitoring and taking vital signs are another task they often handle.

However, it is important to note that the performance of these tasks are not exclusive to the medical office and hospital setting. Some medical assistants in a medical office may have clinical or lab tasks as part of their normal job duties, and a hospital assistant might also handle billing or patient records. Their job is dependent, of course, on the needs of their workplace.

It’s important for you to identify a position where you can showcase your strengths, but it’s a testament to the flexibility of this position that you have these choices. Building job skills in both of these areas will expand your potential job pool, and offer you additional flexibility. Err on the side of having both sets of skills!

 

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