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When Extraction Is Not an Option
Treatment of periodontal disease typically involves tooth extraction. However, in some circumstances, the client may wish to avoid extraction. Learn about some of the alternative periodontal therapies.
Urethral Obstruction in Male Cats
Urethral obstruction is a relatively common and potentially life-threatening emergency. Prompt, appropriate treatment and supportive care can give patients a good prognosis.
Preventing Motion Sickness in Dogs
In animals, motion sickness may be a behavior issue rather than a physical one. This article describes the potential causes of motion sickness in dogs and available therapeutic options.
Feeding Puzzles for Nutrition and Enrichment
Mental stimulation can benefit pets’ health in many ways. Feeding puzzles provide not only environmental enrichment, but also a fun way to control food portions. Get suggestions for how to use—and build!—feeding puzzles.
Many common household items contain elemental iron, which can be toxic if consumed in great enough quantities. Learn how to calculate ingested amounts and the steps of decontamination and treatment in affected animals.
Looking Forward, Looking Back: The Veterinary Technology Profession
Harold Davis, BA, RVT, VTS (ECC, Anesthesia and Analgesia) shares his perspective on the past and future of veterinary technicians.
Making a Difference
Ever since I was a little girl, I have been surrounded by animals. My parents tell me that from the time I could walk, I was always in the boarding kennel my grandmother owned.
An Attitude of Gratitude
Clients are a paradox. They contribute to both our compassion satisfaction and our compassion fatigue: in essence, both the good and not-so-good parts of our job.
Helping Pets Enjoy Their Golden Years: The Technician’s Role
With improved wellness care, more pets are reaching their senior years. To help ensure good quality of life for aging pets, veterinary technicians should be knowledgeable about signs of emerging chronic illnesses and special considerations for nursing geriatric patients.
So You’ve Been Promoted to Management… Now What?
If you have not been trained as a manager, it can be difficult to make the transition into a management role. This article provides tips and resources for newly promoted managers.
From Holland: Looking Back on a GREAT Adventure
When I graduated 22 years ago from the only school for veterinary technicians in the Netherlands, I never thought that this girl would travel 10 times to one of the biggest veterinary conferences in the world!
The Power Trip
Veterinary technicians have a true passion for what we do. With that passion, we can become great leaders. Many times, however, we are afraid to follow our passion because we are afraid to fall down. It’s okay to fall.
Preanalytic Variables: Effects on CBC and Serum Chemistry Results
Complete blood counts (CBCs) and serum chemistry testing results can be influenced by several factors. This article gives an overview of some of the most common factors pertaining to sample handling.