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Veterinary Technician Job Description

Veterinary Technician Job Description | a bright future | Scoop.it

Veterinary technicians, commonly known as vet techs, provide care and comfort to sick or injured animals. They work with veterinarians or scientists in a wayis similar to the help a nurse gives to a doctor. With a growing pet population, a wider focus on food and animal safety and a greater demand for veterinarians to see more patients, qualified vet techs can take advantage of explosive job growth.

Employers

Veterinary technicians perform their duties under the supervision of veterinarians, but the location where the work takes place can vary dramatically. Small, private practices, 24-hour pet hospitals, regional animal shelters and independent laboratories are just a few of the common workplaces. Vet techs also help at animal research facilities, zoos, racetracks, boarding kennels and rescue agencies. Most employers focus their practices on either small animals or large animals.

Primary Duties

Many vet tech duties are centered on the lab or the client. Some of the most common duties in a veterinary technician job description are the following:

LaboratoryCollect blood, stool, urine or tissue samples for testingPerform laboratory tests, such as urinalysis, heartworm in
spections, feline leukemia tests and blood countsTake and develop x-raysSurgicalSterilize instruments and equipmentAssist with dental proceduresPrepare animals for surgeryAdminister anesthesia to animalsExamination and TreatmentAsk probing questions about the reason for the visitRecord case history, weight, temperature and other detailsRestrain and stabilize animals during examination and treatmentTrim nails, express anal glands, remove sutures and perform other routine proceduresAdminister medications, vaccines, and treatments prescribed by a veterinarianProvide basic education on animal care, nutrition and medical conditionsTeach clients how to administer medicines at homeRecommend products for optimal wellness, such as vitamins, supplements, dental cleaning, flea control, geriatric care and dietary measuresOffice ManagementMaintain animal records and billing informationPrepare and label medications to be sent home with the patientClean and organize examination roomsOrder, organize, label and restock supplies and pet foodsFeed, walk and bathe animals when applicableTrain new employeesCustomer Service and ReceptionAnswer phonesSchedule appointmentsGreet customersPrepare invoicesDischarge patientsFollow up with clientsEssential Skills and Qualities

A veterinary technician job description typically lists the physical duties that must be performed, but technicians also need to hold certain personality traits. Some of the most important characteristics are listed below.

Good communicator: Vet techs must work with a variety of animal owners, doctors and office staff. Each person must be kept informed in a way that is clear and meaningful. Technicians must also be able to demonstrate compassion in situations that are stressful and frustrating.

Detail-oriented: Vet techs work with details every day, from symptoms and animal behaviors to diagnostic test results and medicine dosages. Workers must stay focused and organized in order to avoid mistakes.

Animal lover: The most successful vet techs are passionate about the animals they see on a daily basis. At the same time, they must be able to control their emotions, especially during times of distress or death.

Working Conditions

Helping sick and injured animals all day can be exhausting, both physically and mentally. Veterinary technicians typically work long hours, including evenings and weekends, and at least some overtime. They risk bites, scratches or other injuries when restraining, examining or cleaning animals. They may also encounter diseases that can be transmitted from animals to humans. While dogs and cats are the most common patients, vet techs should be prepared to handle birds, mice, rats, cattle, sheep, pigs and horses.

Education and Licensing

In order to become a veterinary technician, individuals must complete at least an associate’s degree in veterinary technology. Employers prefer technicians who have studied under a program approved by the American Veterinary Medical Association.

Technician licensing is administered by individual states. The most common certification exam is the Veterinary Technician National Examination. People working in animal research facilities may also complete optional certificates from the American Association for Laboratory Science.

With the right qualifications, virtually anyone can take advantage of the rise in veterinary technician jobs. The role can also develop into promotional opportunities, such as technologist, supervisor or eventually veterinarian.

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About Vet Tech Salaries

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Starting Salary

Median starting salary for vet techs as of 2009 is about $28,000 annually, with an increase to $30,000 with 5 years of experience.

General Range

Although veterinary technologists generally have a bachelor's degree while technicians have an associate degree, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics research shows that the two jobs generally have the same duties and pay rate. BLS statistics indicate that about 80 percent of vet technicians and technologists earned between $20,000 and $42,000 in 2008.


Considerations

Sometimes only part-time positions are offered that can pay as low as $10 an hour and do not include benefits. Vet techs typically must work one or two evenings a week, as well as some weekend hours.

Location

Pay is on the higher end of the scale in large practices located in metropolitan areas, but vet techs must then consider the higher cost of living as well.

Higher-Pay Opportunities

Vet techs working for universities, private industry or the federal government can earn more, generally between $40,000 and $60,000. These jobs are typically in the area of animal-lab research technician.

 
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Balancing School and Your Scholarship Search

Balancing School and Your Scholarship Search | a bright future | Scoop.it

by Kathryn Knight RandolphIt’s obvious to any student in the 21st century that school demands a lot. On top of the eight or so hours a day of class time, students are pushed to engage in extracurricular activities, encouraged to volunteer on the weekends and required to complete anywhere from three to five hours of homework each night. And did we mention that students are also supposed to get at least eight hours of sleep each night?

It’s easy to see why students put the scholarship search last, oftentimes waiting until the second semester of their senior year in high school to start. Well, as they say, “the early bird gets the worm.” And early birds should not wait until the last minute to apply for scholarships.

So how does a 21st century student balance it all?

Starting the Search

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Spend a half hour one weekday evening at the beginning of every month reading through all of the scholarship matches on your list. Are there any that you really want to apply for? Ideally, you would apply for all of them because the more scholarships you apply for, the better your chances.

However, if there are only a few that particular evening that you want to apply for, add it to your list of “Favorites” on Fastweb.

Depending on Organizational Skills

By now, it’s been drilled into you that success stems from organization, and in the scholarship search, it’s no different. Once you have your list of “Favorites,” visit each scholarship’s website and mark all of the deadlines in your school planner or calendar. From there, back track through the month and mark the significant dates for that particular scholarship application.

For instance, if the scholarship is due on September 30, make a note in you school planner or calendar to have a first draft of the scholarship application essay completed and reviewed by a parent or teacher on September 9. Make edits by September 16 and complete the form for the application by September 23. That way, the scholarship application isn’t rushed through at the last minute and it’s turned in ahead of the deadline.

Also, buy a bunch of file folders and write the name of each scholarship you apply to on a file folder. Keep all of the contents regarding that application (a copy of the required materials, the application form and your essay edits) in its own folder. This prevents it from getting mixed up with another.

Finally, mark each folder somehow with a check mark or a star that indicates you have applied for that scholarship.

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Keeping Your Commitment

There is no better time to renew your commitment to your scholarship search than at the start of the school year. And depending on the type of person you are, your commitment times will vary.

Maybe you’re the type of person that wants to spread the work out a little. If that’s the case, devote a half hour to an hour every single week to your scholarship search and applications. Ideally, you’ll want to pick the day of the week that you have less going on after school. Avoid the night before a big exam or an essay or project is due.

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This article is extremely helpful in providing tips and advice on how to balance the scholarship application process with extracurriculars, clubs, and a rigorous school schedule. As someone who is very busy, I will find this very useful.

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Most teens still driving while distracted - USATODAY.com

Most teens still driving while distracted - USATODAY.com | a bright future | Scoop.it
Nearly nine in 10 teen drivers have engaged in distracted-driving behaviors although most know their actions increase their risk of crashing.

The survey by Seventeen magazine and auto club AAA highlights the difficulty of the nation's efforts to stop texting while driving, especially among young drivers.

"Teens do continue to drive distracted even when they recognize the dangers," says William Van Tassel, manager of AAA's driver training programs. "Driving is the first real adult responsibility, but let's face it, they're still teens whose brains aren't fully developed."

The online survey of 1,999 teens ages 16-19, conducted in May and made public today, found that 84% were aware that distracted-driving behaviors increase their crash risk; yet 86% have engaged in those behaviors, including texting and talking on cellphones, eating, adjusting radios, driving with four or more passengers and applying makeup. The margin of error was +/–2.2%.

Almost 6,000 highway deaths each year involve distracted driving, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says.

Eleven states have enacted bans on texting while driving this year; 30 states and the District of Columbia now have passed such prohibitions for all drivers.

What's "eye-catching" is all the other forms of distracted driving engaged in by teen drivers, says Ann Shoket, editor-in-chief of Seventeen.

Among the survey's findings:

•Drivers ages 18-19 are more likely to engage in distracted driving than those 16-17.

•Teens driving their own vehicles are more prone to distracted driving than those who share an automobile with others. For instance, 20% of teens who share vehicles had texted while driving, compared with 35% of teens with their own cars.

 

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Insurance company raises awareness of texting while driving dangers

Insurance company raises awareness of texting while driving dangers. According to a recent "Healthday" survey, 18 percent of drivers admit to regularly texting while driving. It may be illegal to text and drive or use the Internet ...                                         

 

1. Insurance companies are raising awareness of texting and driving.

2. 18 percent of drivers admit to reguarly texting and driving, 14 percent of drivers put on make-up while driving, and 86 percent eat or drink while driving.

3. The writer is against texting and driving.

4. No, the writer doesn't state her opinion directly. The reader can tell that the writer is against texting and driving by reading all the facts.

6. I learned that the writer has some knowledge about texting and driving.

7. The article was written for young drivers and older drivers as well.

8. Yes, the writer has a lot of facts through out the article that convince me to agree with his/her opinion.

2. (on the back) The writer uses facts and statistics through out the article that state different ideas on texting and driving. The writer didn't use persuasive techniques in the article to accomplish his/her purpose, but the reader can still get enough facts and evidence from the article to make them agree with the writer. The writer also uses direct quotes from the president of the insurance company to make his/her purpose clear to the reader. With the facts that the writer presents, the reader can tell that texting and driving is dangerous along with eating and drinking while driving and putting on make-up while driving.

 

 

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I know this is true because my physics class taught me that when you’re distracted your reaction time is severely lowered. This helps me because one of my goals is to get my driver's license and be a safe driver.


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Danielle Wally's curator insight, March 4, 2013 10:03 AM

This is very interesting 

Cheyenne Hernandez's curator insight, March 23, 2016 9:30 PM

These statistics show how dangerous texting and driving can truly be. Nobody's life is worth a single text message. Knowing how many people die from texting and driving, is unbelieveable. It's hard to understand how many people actually are distracted while driving, whether it's texting or not. All of these facts show how dangerous it is to just text and drive, and how one life can just end due to a single text message. 

 

In my opinion, texting and driving isn't even worth the time. To live a happy life or end your life by a single text message? It isn't even worth it at all. Our lives are much more important than a single text message, at all. Be smart, and think before sending that single work text. Save your own life, and protect those around you. 

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Job Description & Duties of a Vet Tech

Job Description & Duties of a Vet Tech | a bright future | Scoop.it
Identification

A vet tech is an individual who works in a veterinarian's office and is trained in various skills to assist the veterinarian. A vet tech is somewhat like an animal nurse. They help take care of the animals and are qualified to perform certain procedures and tests, but may not treat or diagnose any animals without supervision of a licensed veterinarian.

Function

A vet tech assists the veterinarian in various ways. Vet techs typically have skills to: take patient history, collect urine samples, provide treatment for routine concerns, record temperature, take and develop radiographs (x-rays), administer medication, dress wounds, and perform intravenous feedings and tube feedings. They may also brush teeth, clip nails and counsel owners on good health and nutrition for their animals. Most vet techs also assist in an administrative capacity, maintaining and filing records, handling inventory and providing up-keep of equipment in the office

Time Frame Misconceptions

The greatest misconception about vet techs is that they are the same as veterinary assistants. In fact, a veterinary assistant does not have to be certified or licensed to practice and they cannot perform the wide range of duties and procedures that vet techs can. A vet assistant is there simply to assist the veterinarians and technicians in a very basic capacity and do not have the education necessary to administer medical care to animals.

Potential

Most vet techs are employed in private veterinary offices, but there is a rapidly growing demand for vet techs in other employment opportunities. Vet tech graduates may find jobs in a biomedical research lab, zoos and wildlife refuges, humane societies, and veterinary supply sales, among others. Vet techs who acquire a four-year bachelor's degree have the most favorable job opportunities and higher salaries available.

 
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Beware of Scholarship Scams. Part 1: False Claims

Beware of Scholarship Scams. Part 1: False Claims | a bright future | Scoop.it

By Roxana Hadad

April 21, 2009

Wow! You just got a letter from a company saying they’ll find scholarships for you. What a great deal! After all, who has time to research scholarship opportunities? But be careful — there are a lot of scholarship search scams out there. Watch for these crooked claims and make sure you’re not being taken for a ride:

“For a small fee, we’ll give you the most comprehensive list of scholarships for which you’re eligible from the largest database available.”

You should never spend your hard-earned money on a fee-based matching service. The biggest and best scholarship databases are available for free on the web. The number of scholarships some services boast can be misleading because individual sponsors could offer hundreds of different scholarships.

“$6.6 billion in scholarship money went unclaimed last year.”

Though it would be nice if there were piles of money out there waiting for someone to claim them, the truth is that most financial aid programs are highly competitive. Statements about billions of dollars going unclaimed are based on old estimates of unused employer tuition benefits that the general public can’t get anyway.

A handful of highly restricted scholarships sometimes go unclaimed because they can’t be claimed. For example, the Zolp scholarship at Loyola University of Chicago is available to a Catholic student born with a last name of “Zolp”. Most years there are one or two students who qualify, and occasionally there are none. But you can’t change your name to qualify for the award.

“You are guaranteed a minimum of $1,000 in financial aid sources.”

A service can’t guarantee you’ll receive funding because they have no control over the decisions made by the scholarship judges.

“Everybody is eligible.”

While scholarships are awarded based on a variety of merits and needs, some set of restrictions always applies since sponsors are looking for candidates who match certain criteria.

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What You Need to Know About Winning Scholarships

What You Need to Know About Winning Scholarships | a bright future | Scoop.it

By Kathryn Knight Randolph

By now, you know that winning scholarships is hard, like really hard. You feel like you’ve applied for countless scholarships with zero results, and you’ve nearly given up on winning anything along with your dream of going to or finishing college.

So what can you do?

If you haven’t heard this already, you’re hearing it now: winning scholarships is a numbers game, and the more you apply, the better your chance of actually winning. Essentially, if you want to win a scholarship giving up is not an option; no matter how tired, frustrated or rejected you feel because of the process.

So get up off of the floor, quit wringing your hair in despair and follow this advice for persistence in your scholarship search.

Be honest with yourself: how many scholarships have you really applied to – a couple, five, 10? Those numbers aren’t going to cut it. If paying for school with scholarships and financial aid is really so important to you, then devote more time to your applications. If you’ve been applying to one scholarship a month, that’s not enough. Spend a half hour every day on applications or a few hours a week; whatever works best for your schedule.

Are you exhausting all of your scholarship search options? If you log onto Fastweb and merely look at your scholarship matches, that’s doing nothing to help you win a scholarship. Look at all of your scholarships and mark those that interest you as “Might Apply” or “Will Apply” and actually apply for them. Visit the site frequently too

 

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this is great advice to how to actually get a scholarship. it relates to my research because i'll need a scholarship to get to college and earn my docorate degree in veteranary science

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Fewer Teenagers Are Drinking and Driving, C.D.C. Says

Fewer Teenagers Are Drinking and Driving, C.D.C. Says | a bright future | Scoop.it

Even though the percentage has dropped by more than half, more than a million teenagers still consume alcohol before getting behind the wheel.

ATLANTA (Reuters) — The percentage of American high school students who drink and drive has dropped by more than half in two decades, in part because of tougher laws against driving under the influence of alcohol, federal health officials said on Tuesday.

In 2011, 10.3 percent of high school students 16 and older reported drinking and driving in the previous 30 days, compared with 22.3 percent in 1991, according to a new study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The agency credited the nearly 54 percent decline to stricter laws against drunken driving and restrictions on teenagers’ driving privileges, like limits on the hours they may legally drive at night.

“We’ve seen really good progress,” Dr. Thomas R. Frieden, the director of the centers, told reporters. “We’re moving in the right direction, but we need to keep up the momentum.”

Despite the decrease, nearly a million high school students consumed alcohol before driving last year, the report showed.

Drinking and driving among teenagers is a factor in more than 800 deaths annually, and car crashes remain the leading cause of death among people aged 16 to 19, the centers said.

For the report, the agency analyzed risk behavior data collected from thousands of high school students through national surveys and from 41 states.

From 2000 to 2010, the percentage of high school seniors who did not drive during an average week jumped to 22 percent from 15 percent, the health agency said.

 

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it's imporant for me to know the rules of the roads this also tells me it'll be safer if i never drink and driving as well as letting me know that other people are trying to be safe

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