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Summer Pet Travel Tips for Vet Students

Posted by Cathy Barnette on July 8, 2019 at 9:54 AM

As a vet student, there are many reasons that you might have questions about traveling with pets. 

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Topics: Summertime, Pet Travel

Keep Your Cool When Managing Burns and Heatstroke in Veterinary Patients

Posted by Cathy Barnette on July 1, 2019 at 3:50 PM

It’s summertime! While you may be spending the next few months lounging at the beach or traveling to exotic, far-off locales, it’s more likely that you’re spending this summer working in a veterinary hospital.
Maybe you’re on clinical rotations at the vet school, or maybe you’re spending the summer at an off-campus job or externship… either way, there’s a good chance that you will see some heat-related emergencies in the next couple of months.
Two of the most common summertime emergencies are directly correlated with rising temperatures: thermal burns, in which the skin is exposed to extreme temperatures, and heatstroke, in which the whole body struggles to cope with elevated temperatures.
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Topics: Heatstroke, Burns, Summertime

You're a veterinary professional that has been criticized, now what?

Posted by Flavia Vaduva on June 26, 2019 at 2:32 PM
It is extremely likely that, at some point during your veterinary career, you have been exposed to client criticism. You may have seen it as a pre-veterinary student working as an assistant or as a veterinary student on clinics. It is also likely you will be exposed to client criticism as a veterinarian.
The difference is that, as a veterinarian, it will feel more personal since you are a decision maker and responsible for the care the owners want their pet to receive. Despite your best efforts, there are just some things you cannot avoid in veterinary medicine - and client criticism is one of them. It’s important to arm yourself with knowledge about strategies to deal with these situations.
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Topics: Workplace

Workplace Bullying: Coping Strategies for Vet Students

Posted by Cathy Barnette on June 17, 2019 at 9:00 AM

A 2017 study conducted by the Workplace Bullying Institute found that 19% of Americans have experienced bullying at work.(1) While you may think of bullying as something that only affects school-age kids, the reality is that this behavior can continue throughout adulthood. In the workplace, this bullying is often characterized by “repeated mistreatment” or “abusive contact” and can be associated with supervisors or coworkers.

Unfortunately, veterinary practices are not immune to bullying and this behavior can affect both vets and vet students. In fact, bullying appears to occur with above-average frequency in veterinary clinics and other medical settings!

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Topics: Workplace

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