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4 Blogs Every Veterinary Technician Should Be Reading

Do you want to stay up-to-date on current veterinary industry trends? Are you looking for study materials for your next exam? Or maybe, you just want to hear from vet technicians just like you. Whatever the reason may be, here are 4 blogs every vet tech should be reading!

VETgirl

VETgirl was created by a group of veterinarians who live busy, fast-paced lives just like you! This blog was designed for the veterinary technician who is always on-the-go. VETgirl contains info on everything from industry trends to how to survive your veterinary externship! If you are looking for quick reads on the bus to work or while jogging on the treadmill, this blog is perfect for you!

Looking for a good place to start? Check out one of our favorite blogs!

The Savvy VetTech

Stressing over your next vet exam? Fear no more! The Savvy VetTech has got you covered! This blog consists of numerous training materials that are sure to help you pass your next test. When you need a break from studying, this blog also offers real-life stories from veterinary technicians. After a few articles, you will be trained and thoroughly entertained.

Begin here! Read Should You Become A Veterinary Technician

American Veterinary Medical Association (AMVA) @ Work

As a veterinary tech, it is important to always know what’s taking place throughout the industry. AMVA@Work prepares you for vet tech training and equips you with industry knowledge that applies inside and outside of the office.

Cattledog Publishing

Last but most certainly not least is Cattledog Publishing! With this blog, you will learn how to handle pets such as cats, dogs, birds, and farm animals under a variety of circumstances. You will learn a wealth of knowledge that you can share with pet owners which may improve the satisfaction of your customers during their visits.

Unsure which blog to read first? Take a look at Partners in Care like Partners in a Dance!

 

Considering a vet tech career? Milwaukee Career College offers hands-on career training for veterinary technicians in Wisconsin. Head over to our Veterinary Technician Training Program to learn more!

4 Ways Dental Assistants Can Make Patients Feel More Comfortable

 

A visit to the dentist is stressful for most people. The thought of all those mysterious dental instruments, screeching drills and numbing needles are scary enough on the table, let alone inside ones mouth. And then there’s the fear of the pain resulting in dental work. So, it is important for a dental assistant to calm the patient and  make them feel more comfortable before the dentist begins.

Here are 4 proven ways dental assistants can make their patients feel more comfortable.

1.  Engage The Patient

Create an inviting environment from the second the patient enters the office. Say hello, introduce yourself and ask them if they need anything while they wait for their appointment. A friendly, calm welcome will reduce the stress felt by the patient. Engage them in conversation by asking them questions about their hobbies, the weather or their favorite dessert. Then a conversation about the reason for their appointment.

2.  Go Through The Exam

A tray full of dental instruments, electric drills and other dental equipment is very intimidating to a patient. Dental assistants can ease a patient’s mind by sharing exactly how the instruments are used. Use a teeth model visual aid to explain how each instrument is used. Sharing how the dentist will numb a tooth for a procedure will prepare them in advance. Even for routine cleanings this process not only relieves their stress, but shows them some proper techniques to use when they return home.

3.  Make Them Feel Safe

Give the patient a signal or hand gesture to use in case they are afraid or experiencing high pain during the procedure. This will ease their anxiety.

4.  Keep Patients Busy

Dental assistants can keep the patient’s mind off of the procedure. While the dentist is working, keep talking to the patient with a friendly, calm tone. Even though they won’t be able to answer, they will be listening to what you say and how you say it. Playing music during dental procedures is also helpful.

A dental assistant is a very important part of a dental visit and following these tips will be instrumental in the overall experience and future dental care.

Veterinary Technician or Veterinary Assistant? What’s the difference?

Pictured is a woman feeding a horse

Animals – you love them and you want to work with animals but you are not sure which role is best for you.  Or you are a pet parent and you didn’t even know that there are Vet Assistants and Vet Technicians – they all wear scrubs and care for your pet when a visit is necessary.

Both positions do share the same responsibilities.  For example: They are required to sterilize each patient room in-between patients, as well as ensuring all tools and other area’s of the clinic are properly sterilized.  Both are required to be trained on proper disposal of needles and comply with all OSHA standards.

However, the major difference between a Veterinary Technician and a Veterinary Assistant is education among other differences listed below:

Veterinary Technicians

  • In order to become a Veterinary Tech you must attend a two year accredited college and obtain an AA.  Or attend a Technical School that provides a Vet Technician program .  After successful completion of the required education, Vet Technicians are required to take and pass a Credentialing exam.
  • Technicians complete an overall cursory exam and document findings in the patients medical record.
  • Properly calculate medication dosages and volumes of liquids or tablets to be administered to the patient.
  • Administer IV, IM, SQ and oral medications.
  • Provide IV and SQ fluid therapy to patients and maintain aseptic conditions.
  • Draw blood for transfusions type match match blood samples and perform blood transfusions.
  • Responsible for accurate readings of blood tests by properly smearing of the slide.  The ability to identify blood born pathogens.
  • Understand aspetic principles and apply them towards surgical patients, instruments, equipment and room

The above listed responsibilities are just a few as Vet Technicians are relied upon for many tasks.  Veterinarian Technicians are the “Nurses” in the animal world.  However, the position of a Vet Assistant is just as important.

Veterinary Assistant

  • Requires High School Diploma.
  • Understands medical terminology.
  • Supports the receptionist with scheduling appointments, making payments and keeping records up to date.
  • Over-see’s all supplies and orders supplies as needed.
  • Must know and understand all OSHA regulations.
  • Knowledgeable on infectious diseases.
  • Communicate after care (if necessary) to pet parents.
  • Assist with wound dressings and treatments and other tasks as requested by the Doctor or Technician

Again, the above listed are just a few responsibilities of a Vet Assistant.

As indicated, both roles are significantly important.  But what is not listed on the responsibilities is love and compassion for animals.  It takes very special individuals to work in either roles.

Surgical Technology Student Becomes Programs First Graduate!

Pictured is Kirsten at her Surgical Technology externship location/future employer!We’d like to congratulate Kirsten Brown (middle), who just completed her externship as the first graduate from our Surgical Technology program! She completed her 60 weeks of theory and lab with us here at MCC. She then spent her 13 week externship with Children’s Hospital, where she’s been offered a full-time position!

Through the use of classroom lecture, activities and hands-on laboratory exercises, Kirsten learned to perform a wide range of Surgical Technology skills including client education, office procedures and surgery.

We’re so proud of you, Kirsten! We look forward to seeing where your professional career takes you!

Interested in a Surgical Technology career?

Milwaukee Career College helps you get the skills you need to succeed in a new career. Want to learn more? Fill out the form or give us a call get get more info!

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"My time at MCC was amazing! The faculty and staff genuinely care about each and every student. I couldn’t thank Mrs. Hoover, Mrs. Jordan, and Mrs. Buckley enough for teaching us the knowledge and skills we need to succeed in the medical field. Hard work and dedication landed me an externship I could only dream of with Froedtert Hospital. I am beyond blessed to have had the opportunity to accept an offer and start my career as a medical assistant with Froedtert Hospital. Dream. Achieve. Succeed." View more testimonials

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While I was a student at MCC I had an amazing time. All the teachers took the time to get to know their students, even Dr. Cybela. I was able to learn hands on in the career, and Mcc helped me find a Job in the field I studied. This is a great school, and I am glad I was a student. View more testimonials

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