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It’s just a little bit of Christmas dinner

We all want to include our best friends in the joyous moments in our life, especially around the holidays. This includes Holiday meals like Christmas dinner. Everyone is around the table enjoying their Christmas dinner, why should your best friend?


Well, the 1st reason would like to avoid this is because it can also cause bad behavior in our friends that we do not want such as begging. This can be something really difficult to train out of our pets once they start, so best not to even let them start.


The 2nd reason you would want to avoid this is it can cause something called pancreatitis. What is that? It is inflammation of your pet’s pancreas, which is something you never want to make angry.


Next question that gets followed by this is why would giving them something special make their pancreas angry? Put simply, this is a food they do not get often so that alone upsets the body as they are not used to that. Add in the fact that they get fatty foods that are not necessarily nutritious for that pet and well you get an angry pancreas.


Ok, we have made the pancreas angry, can’t you just fix that? Well, yes, we can always try to help but this becomes expensive very very quickly! It also can become reoccurring if happened once before. This means you spend all kinds of money; we hopefully fix the problem but it may occur again and you would have to pay a lot of money all over again! The best thing to do is to prevent it all together.


There are also other factors that put your best friends at a higher risk of getting pancreatitis which would come into play with this too. If your friend is obese, they are more likely to get it so giving fatty foods, they are not used to is just asking for trouble. Miniature Schnauzers are also predisposed to having pancreatitis. This means they may get this even if you did not feed them fatty foods, but if you do then they have a higher risk of developing it so why risk it?


Save a trip to the emergency vet, give your best friend instead something special they can eat like a doggie cupcake.


If you read this and say “wait a minute, I already did this and had no idea.” These are the signs you would want to look for in your friend. With dogs you will see lethargy, inappetence, vomiting, diarrhea, painful abdomen, or a fever. It could also be a combination of these. In cats it is more difficult but you will still notice lethargy and inappetence. If you notice these signs and thinking back think that maybe human food is the cause. Go to your nearest veterinary clinic and let them know.


Hope you have a lovely and safe holiday!


Written by: Ashley G, VT


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How do I become a veterinary technician?

This is the end to RVT week, a time to celebrate our technicians and what they do to help our clinics! In honor of this we will be talking about how to become a veterinary technician. To answer this question we must first look at what are veterinary technicians. "A veterinarian’s assistant, trained to provide medical care for animals, as performing diagnostic tests or administering vaccines and medication." - Now that is just putting it in the most simple terms. If we went in depth a bit more you would get the following. "Veterinary technicians are animal nurses (and much more). In addition to their nursing duties, they act as patient advocates, phlebotomists, radiology technicians, laboratory technicians, anesthesia technicians, and surgery technicians. Except tasks legally restricted to veterinarians, such as diagnosing disease conditions, performing surgery, prescribing medications, and prognosing medical outcomes, veterinary technicians are trained to do everything a veterinary hospital requires to run smoothly." - AAHA Certainly! Veterinary technicians play a crucial role in the healthcare of animals. Their responsibilities encompass a wide range of tasks, making them an integral part of the veterinary team. In fact, you may sometimes hear them referred to as veterinary technologists, as they possess a comprehensive understanding of various medical procedures and techniques. To become a veterinary technician, individuals typically undergo rigorous education and training. They typically enroll in specialized programs that span anywhere from 18 to 36 months. These programs provide them with the knowledge and skills necessary to excel in their field. Upon completion, aspiring veterinary technicians may take a national exam known as the Veterinary Technician National Examination (VTNE). The VTNE is a comprehensive assessment that evaluates the breadth of the technician’s understanding across multiple species. With a total of 300 multiple-choice questions, covering various topics, this exam ensures that technicians are well-prepared to handle the diverse challenges encountered in their daily work. From animal anatomy and physiology to pharmacology and radiology, the VTNE examines their proficiency in all essential areas. Successfully passing the VTNE paves the way for technicians to become registered veterinary technicians (RVTs). The RVT title signifies their achievement and signifies their commitment to upholding high standards within the profession. As registered technicians, they can further contribute to the well-being and welfare of animals, working alongside veterinarians to provide exemplary care. In summary, veterinary technicians are highly skilled professionals who have invested significant time and effort into their education and training. Their role in the veterinary field is invaluable, as they bring expertise, compassion, and dedication to ensure the health and happiness of our beloved animal companions. So let’s simplify the steps into a list to become a technician! Research and Understand the Role: Take the time to learn about the responsibilities and duties of a veterinary technician. This will give you a clear understanding of what the profession entails. Obtain a High School Diploma or Equivalent: To pursue a career as an RVT, you will need a high school diploma or an equivalent qualification. Make sure you meet this prerequisite. Research Accredited Veterinary Technology Programs: Look for accredited veterinary technology programs in your area. These programs are designed to provide the necessary education and training to become an RVT. Choose the Right Program: Evaluate different veterinary technology programs based on factors such as curriculum, facilities, faculty, and clinical opportunities. Choose a program that aligns with your interests and career goals. Enroll in a Veterinary Technology Program: Once you’ve selected a program, complete the application process and enroll. Be prepared to meet any admission requirements specific to the program. Attend and Complete the Program: Dedicate yourself to your studies and practical training during the veterinary technology program. Attend lectures, laboratory sessions, and clinical rotations to gain the knowledge and skills required for the profession. Acquire Hands-on Experience: Seek out opportunities to gain practical experience in veterinary clinics or animal hospitals. Many programs offer externships or internships, which provide valuable real-world exposure. Prepare for the VTNE: The Veterinary Technician National Examination (VTNE) is a comprehensive exam that assesses your competency as an aspiring RVT. Study diligently and use preparation resources, such as practice exams and study guides, to enhance your chances of success. Schedule and Take the VTNE: Once you feel prepared, schedule your VTNE. The exam is administered by the American Association of Veterinary State Boards (AAVSB) and can typically be taken at designated testing centers. Obtain State Licensure: After passing the VTNE, you will need to apply for state licensure. Each state has its own requirements, so make sure to complete the application process and submit the necessary documentation. Continuing Education and Career Development: As an RVT, it’s vital to stay current with advancements in veterinary medicine. Pursue continuing education opportunities, attend conferences, and consider specialization or advanced certifications to further enhance your knowledge and skills. Remember, the journey to becoming an RVT requires dedication, hard work, and a passion for animal care. Follow these steps to embark on a fulfilling and rewarding career in veterinary technology. Written by: Ashley G, VT Resources AAHA – NAVTA –

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