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4 Reasons You Should Consider a Career as a Medical Assistant - Aug 24, 2015

4 Reasons You Should Consider a Career as a Medical AssistantThere are plenty of reasons why people choose a certain field. Maybe it’s a family profession. They might not know what else they may be good at.

But no matter what your reasoning may be, you need to have a connection with your profession. If you are hard-pressed to come up with a reason to become a medical assistant, but rest assured there are several, and you are simply missing out.

Unfortunately, that decision isn’t as easy for some as it is for others. For every kid who wants to be a policeman or a fireman growing up, you have several others who can’t muster much more than a shrug and an “I don’t know.”

There’s nothing wrong with that; on the contrary, it may demonstrate an advanced level of maturity to carefully balance your skills with jobs that you may be qualified to obtain.

Medical assistants are a growing position within the healthcare industry, and there is a lot to be thoughtful of and about in order to find a reason why you should consider it if you are looking to begin a career. Here are a few suggestions:

You need a job: The simplest and most direct reason: you are looking for a job, and medical assistant is one you can, with the proper training and work, get yourself qualified for. It doesn’t take years of schooling and while there is competition for jobs, it’s not one that, like for instance nursing, has a great deal or overwhelming competition.

There is a demand for healthcare professionals: The healthcare field is surging, and will continue to as the so-called “Baby Boom” generation continues to get older. Technology and medical advances have led to a more active lifestyle among that aging generation than their predecessors, and they are also more health conscious. That of course is great for people who are in the healthcare industry, who will gladly take the work. That means more employment in fields like medical assistants, which gives you a better chance for a solid job.

Healthcare makes a difference: There are different purposes to different jobs. Some jobs have the end goal of making the company they work for more money (well, it’s the goal of most professions, to be honest), but about how many occupations can you say truly that their main goal is to help others lead a better standard of life? That is healthcare in a nutshell, and it’s an industry that for many leads to a lifetime of personal fulfillment because of the nature of the work.

You will be part of a team: When hitting on all cylinders, a medical office functions as a well-oiled machine, and it is great fun to be a part of something like that. Let’s face it, we’re all cogs in a larger machine, but if you can see the function, and get an immediate benefit from it, how much more fulfilling is that than simply producing a widget and shoving it down the line?

Don’t Forget to Stop by and See Us at the Wisconsin State Fair! - Aug 11, 2015

MCC at the State Fair

It’s that time of year again—time for the Wisconsin State Fair!

Get ready to get your cream puffs on and see what Wisconsin really has to offer!! From August 6-16th, MCC will be a featured vendor at the fair promoting our programs and offering information. Don’t forget to stop by and see us!!

Veterinary Assistants Take on Vaccinations! - Aug 5, 2015

Last Saturday, some of our Veterinary Assistant students teamed up with our friends at MADACC for a Community Vaccination Clinic at the Washington Park Urban Ecology Center.

The students gained great experience by helping restrain the animals for vaccinations and microchipping. Check out some of the great photos of our students hard at work! (Back Row: Amanda Krebs, Brittany Bozich, and Dr. Cybela. Front Row: Lyntte Flores, Dawn, Shelley Grunke and Amy Mitchell)

Veterinary Technicians vs Veterinary Assistants - Aug 4, 2015

MCC Veterinary TrainingAs with a variety of healthcare professions, there is some state-to-state variance in what tasks non-veterinarians in the veterinary field are permitted to perform. Laws are established state by state, and each may have slightly different standards about exactly what veterinary technicians and veterinary assistants are permitted to do on an animal.

Of course, the reasons behind the laws and their rationales are different. The defined role of the veterinary technician and veterinary assistant may differ between states, and what is allowed in each state is often different.

The American Veterinary Medical Association lists state-by-state laws and statutes regarding what veterinary techs and assistants can perform. The official definition of the roles of veterinary technician are “a person duly certified by the examining board to work under the direct supervision of a licensed veterinarian.” A veterinary assistant is “a person not holding a license, permit or certificate issued by the board.”

The difference, then, between a veterinary technician and assistant is that a veterinary tech is certified and holds a license, permit, or other certification, while an assistant many times does not.

Veterinary Technicians

According to the AVMA’s list, veterinary techs may perform the “nonsurgical veterinary treatment of animal diseases and conditions, including administration of vaccines” under direct supervision of a veterinarian. This treatment includes:

  • Observations and findings related to animal diseases and conditions that can be used by a veterinarian to establish a diagnosis or prognosis of a certain condition. This includes x rays, specimen collection (nonsurgical), blood draws, and lab testing procedures
  • Administration of sedatives and presurgical medications
  • Obstetric treatments
  • Nutritional evaluation and counseling

Veterinary technicians may perform the following duties under direct supervision of the veterinarian, who must be on the premises when the tasks are performed:

  • Administration of local or general anesthesia, including induction and monitoring.
  • Performing diagnostic radiographic contrast studies
  • Dental prophylaxis and extractions

Veterinary Assistants

Veterinary assistants generally can perform fewer activities than veterinary technicians. Since they don’t possess the same certifications and licensures that veterinary techs do, they cannot perform some of the more complex and sensitive tasks. The duties of a veterinary assistant includes:

  • Basic diagnostic studies, including x rays, nonsurgical specimen collection, and laboratory testing procedures.
  • Monitoring and reporting to the veterinarian the condition changes of a hospitalized animal.
  • Dispensing prescription drugs in compliance with the written directives of the veterinarian.

Under direct supervision (again the veterinarian is required to be present to supervise), a veterinary assistant may perform these duties:

  • Nonsurgical veterinary treatment of animal diseases and conditions, including administration of vaccines and administration of sedatives and presurgical medications.
  • Observations and findings related to animal diseases and conditions, which can be used by the veterinarian in establishing a diagnosis or prognosis, including blood draws for diagnostic purposes.
  • Dental prophylaxis
  • Nutritional evaluation and counseling.

There are, however, exceptions for providing emergency care in instances where a veterinarian may not be available and it may cause the death of the animal to not provide care. The law states in this case that “a veterinary student, certified veterinary technician or unlicensed assistant employed by the veterinarian may, under the direct supervision of the veterinarian and pursuant to mutually acceptable written protocols, perform evaluative and treatment procedures necessary to provide an appropriate response to life-threatening emergency situations for the purpose of stabilizing the patient pending further treatment.”

In other words, a veterinary technician or assistant can go an acceptable length beyond their defined roles if under supervision of the veterinarian, if it is necessary for them to perform those duties in order to save the life of the animal.

While the veterinarian is ultimately responsible for assigning these duties, and making it clear to the veterinary technicians and assistants which duties they are and are not able to perform, the employees themselves can ensure they are complying with the law, as well as protecting themselves from potential disciplinary action up to and including termination for not complying.

Staying informed is important for any employee, and in a field like healthcare, even of the animal variety, it serves the employee well to understand the rules and laws of their state.