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October 15, 2018

Understanding And Coping With The Stress Of Being A Vet Tech

Being a vet tech is stressful for a lot of obvious reasons, including long hours, a fast pace, difficult schedules, and having to do painful things to animals when you went into the field because you love them. But some of the reasons it's hard to cope with the stress may be less obvious. Attitudes you've internalized may give you the wrong idea about where the problem lies when you're feeling overwhelmed.
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October 15, 2018

Fear Free Efforts Can Turn Petrified into Purr-ified

Stranger danger is one of the greatest concerns for cats during veterinary care, says Fear Free-certified professional Amy Shojai, CABC, who addresses the issue in her new booklet “My Cat Hates My Vet!” “Kittens tend to be clueless,” Shojai says. “It’s one reason we love them! Adult cats, though, are naturally suspicious of change. This is an evolutionary trait that saved lives when kitties roamed life on the wild side. Wandering up to a stranger might get them eaten--after all, cats are both predators and prey.”
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October 15, 2018

Vaccinations for the Mind: Positive Puppy Socialization

Being a vet tech is stressful for a lot of obvious reasons, including long hours, a fast pace, difficult schedules, and having to do painful things to animals when you went into the field because you love them. But some of the reasons it's hard to cope with the stress may be less obvious. Attitudes you've internalized may give you the wrong idea about where the problem lies when you're feeling overwhelmed.
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October 8, 2018

What About Your Fears?

It is well established that animals can pick up on our emotions, including fear and hesitation. Equine veterinarians are especially conscious of this, but it applies to small-animal practice, too. Think about your day and what patients you may dread seeing. Yes, dread.
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October 8, 2018

Senior Cats: How To Uncover Their Health Secrets

We all know that cats are tough to decode. They hold their secrets tightly, refusing to share how they feel. Old cats are especially wily when it comes to concealing illness or pain. Being able to see through their camouflage is key to keeping them healthy and serene in their golden years.
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October 5, 2018

Case Management of Fear, Anxiety, Stress, and Pain

Pain adversely affects the fearful, anxious, and stressed patient. These clinical issues are tightly interrelated, and we best manage them together. Join us for Case Management of Fear, Anxiety, Stress, and Pain, a free webinar sponsored by Zoetis and presented by Dr. Ralph C. Harvey, a specialist certified by the American College of Veterinary Anesthesia and Analgesia.
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October 1, 2018

Calming Pet Owners’ Concerns About Sedation

Sedation, including pre-visit pharmaceutical, in-clinic administration of a combination or both, is a critical component of Fear Free.  However, pet owners may not fully comprehend neither the need for nor the benefits of sedation and therefore express concerns.  Basic communication skills, such as open ended questions, reflective listening, empathy statements and non-verbal communication, when used together, let your client know that you appreciate their concerns.
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September 21, 2018

Facebook LIVE: How do we implement Fear Free in the ER?

In this Fear Free-Zoetis Facebook LIVE event, Dr. Justine Lee, DACVECC, DABT, will tackle one of the most frequent questions we’re asked: How we can implement Fear Free in the ER or with the emergent patient?
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