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New website for rants: http://vettechrants.com [Nov. 11th, 2010|04:04 pm]
Veterinary Technician Stories - Sharing what we do

New website available to post your rants:
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SEND ME YOUR VET TECH RANTS!!! [Nov. 8th, 2010|10:13 am]
Veterinary Technician Stories - Sharing what we do
After 20 plus years as a Vet Tech, I was laid off at 57 years old and replaced by the Boss' son.
I decided I would publish my TELL ALL book about the profession: "True Confessions of a Veterinary Nurse:", copyright 2010.
After dedicating the book to all of you: the overworked; the underpaid; and the underappreciated; my next book will be titled "Surviving the Vet Tech Rodeo" and I will publish YOUR RANTS; THE STORIES YOU CANNOT TALK ABOUT; THE IDIOTIC MISTAKES YOU SEE; AND WHATEVER ELSE YOU WANT THE PUBLIC TO KNOW- I AM YOUR VOICE. SPEAK TO ME AND I WILL TELL OTHERS. LET'S IMPROVE THIS INDUSTRY!
My goal in the book is to shock the public, and shame the ba hospitals into either improving or go out of business!
All submissions will remain anonymous.
Let's do it!
Thanks, Barb
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A dog story * corrected * [Jul. 29th, 2007|06:05 pm]
Veterinary Technician Stories - Sharing what we do

[mood |creative]

I said before I do not post all that often about the vet work I do.

But I do have this.

This is a dog that comes to the clinic.   She has really bad back pain so we always wait till last and walk her off leash.  This is not normal at all.   But with her it is the best idea.

She is in her mid teens.   A chihuahua mix of some type.   She also has very bad separation anxiety.   The owners mostly always bring their cat along with the dog.   They will stay together during the day in a large run.   It helps the dog feel better and the cat likes it to.  She is about the same age as the dog.

I just wanted to post this little clip because she is a dog that I will always remember and one day she will not be with us anymore.

There.   A vet story.

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Maybe..Sometimes [May. 5th, 2007|09:22 am]
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[mood |draineddrained]


You look at a cardboard box and recognize its coffin potential. - Yup.  So I have.
When you go out to a club, when the black light comes on you check yourself for ringworm. - Ok.  I have not gone this far.
You can eat lunch while cleaning up a Parvo blowout. - And breakfast.
You can keep your milkshake frozen in the freezer around the dead bodies.
You take your kids temperature and think 102 is normal. - I swear I did that to myself once.  Then realized emm wait....
After seeing what goes into the washing machine at work, your own laundry doesn't seem so dirty. - Now that is SO true.
Your work clothes look like your pajamas. - Nope.  Scrubs are damn near useless.
You open your lunch container and find a spleen. - But I did find some dog testicles once.
You have no problem eating your lunch on the wet sink where they have just finished a necropsy. - Almost dropped some crumbs in as well.
All of your pets are either 3 legged, lame, or blind in one eye. - Not right now but they are all foundlings.
You've done an anal probe on a bird. - Hell no.  But it sounds interesting.
You can detect maggots at 100 paces, just by the smell. - And parvo and impending death.
To you, pets are more recognizable than their owners are. - Oh yeah.
When eating and you find a hair in your food, you pull it out and keep eating. - What?  This isn't normal?
The first thing you wonder when opening up a big cat abscess is, "Where are the Ritz crackers?" - No but Dr. Meat does.
You cough up hairballs. - Sadly have done.
You are the first one in the hospital in the morning and you don't notice the smell. - Yup.  I have to think about it.
You start to like the smell of anal glands. - I don't mind but will never like.
You can play connect the dots with all of your scars and puncture wounds. - Somewhat but you should see ffaekat's.  Those are cool.
When NORMAL people won't eat meals with you. - Well, who would want them then.
You get the flu and begin to sympathize with the Parvo dog. - Eh.
Your paycheck barely covers your food bill, but ALL of your animals eat a premium brand food! - Now that is the truth.
Your medicine cabinet holds nothing but animal medications. - Well, ok.  Maybe.
If you have ever picked up Poop with your bare hands. - Have but did not like it.
You can put a muzzle on with one hand tied behind your back. - Damn right.  And give fluids to a mean dog by myself.
You know that "pink juice" and "blue juice" are not flavors of kool-aid. - And now they keep changing the colours.
You get a rash from just LOOKING at a Shar-Pei. - And any little poodle like dog.
You can take a dog's rectal temperature without looking. -  Yup.  Just by the feel of the anus.

And my own addition - when you have an itch on your back and you back up to a wall to scratch it.
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Where? [Apr. 20th, 2007|10:13 am]
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[mood |thoughtfulthoughtful]
[music |Anthrax - I'm the Man]

We had a client at our clinic the other day that emailed us to ship two bags of her cat's food to her.  In India.

Close to 300 bucks to send it privately.  Less for the Post Office but no way to know if they would get there.


I love my cats and all too but I think I can cook up something that would do as well.

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those warm fuzzies [Mar. 16th, 2007|10:43 am]
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some days i come in and see a cage being cleaned out, one that, the day before, housed a parvo puppy who wasn't doing well, and i know what happened, and am sad.

a week or two ago we had two parvo puppies, as those of you at BAC know, and the one who had been there longest dies.  s/he was so cute and sad, and it made me very sad.  but the other one, the white one, just a few days later, was sitting up and no longer had an IV.  s/he was doing much better!  s/he's such a sweet puppy and is going to make someone a wonderful companion.  i'd take her home myself if i could.

recently we also had a 3 week old kitten found 0 umbilical still attached, eyes closed, ears closed... now his eyes and ears are open, we've kept him fed and he's getting nice and kitten-y plump.  he's been named pipsqueak.  he could have died alone under a bush if he hadn't been found by accident.  now pipsqueak has a whole clinic in love with him and will also make someone a wonderful companion.

it's those white puppy and pipsqueak times that make those sad times more bearable and give me the warm fuzzies...
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A new theme [Nov. 10th, 2006|11:59 pm]
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[mood |blankblank]
[music |The Church - Terra Nova Cain]

Since the last theme went over with a thud....

Give example of when you have thought fast on your feet and saved the day for your practice, your doctor or otherwise.  Be it humourous or serious.

Give yourself or someone else the kudos they deserve.
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Quick on your feet. [Nov. 10th, 2006|11:56 pm]
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[mood |happyhappy]
[music |The Church - Mistress]

While working with Dr. Meat the other day he was pressing a glass microscope slide up to a wound to get some cell samples.  It snapped right where the roughened part is to grip it.

I just said "Huh, another defective slide."  The client laughed and said "Guess that happens alot."

When we got back to the lab area to fill some scripts he said "You can work my room anytime.  I was trying to find some way to explain why I was pressing to damn hard on that slide.  Thanks."
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See you Harley [Nov. 10th, 2006|11:51 pm]
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[mood |contemplativecontemplative]
[music |The Church - Destination]

At least you had a mom like Dr. Painless who could make your last years wonderful.  I only got to meet you a few times but all our children in the business are never the garden variety type.  One legged, psycho or just plain strange the veterinary world adopts all the odd ones.

I am glad to know Harley is in eternal good health now.

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