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Have you tried the Drs. Foster and Smith veterinary website?

Posted By: I find answers there all the time on 2005-10-17
In Reply to: Off the topic but really need help with my dog. sm - mlstoo

Great site!

I hope your doggie's feeling better soon.

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Need veterinary help

I have a very old blind and deaf black lab who lays on the floor next to my computer.  She's a love but she has horrific gas constantly.  Does anyone know of something to help this old girl out.  She eats IAMs kibble-style food twice a day and does not eat table scraps.  She gets zero exercise these days. 

Veterinary MTs?!

Is anyone out there a veterinary MT? I just read an interesting article about veterinary medical transcription. How fun would that be for us that are animal lovers? I did not know such a job existed.

Here is the article:




Veterinary Transcriptionists??

Does anyone transcribe for a vet?  How did you get in to this area of transcription?  It sounds like it would be interesting.  Maybe they just have their secretaries transcribe.  Thoughts on this.


Has anyone ever done veterinary transcription? sm

I was talking to one of the veterinarians I take my oldest dog to.  It's a small specialty clinic, and we've been going there for almost 2 years now, not long after they first opened up. 

They are all very caring, highly professional people there.  They value quality over quantity, and they really go above and beyond in their care and in spending time with each patient and owner.  (I've actually joked that if I need surgery, I want to go there.  LOL)  Because of that, they don't see a large number of patients and plan to keep it that way, but their business is definitely thriving. 

There are 2 full-time vets there, and 1 who is part-time.  Their problem is that they are drowning in paperwork.  They're all very meticulous and detail oriented, so they don't just scribble something down on a chart or dash off a letter or home care instructions and call it good.  They like to document everything thoroughly, but it's becoming very time consuming for them. 

They tried a speech recognition program, but it was terrible.  They know I do MT, so we started talking.  They're interested in whether I might want to do their reports and letters, *if* they were to start dictating this stuff (we were just talking, nothing has been decided). 

The thing is, I've spent the last 10 years working for a national (the infamous, pay-cutting "Q" as a matter of fact), so I'm not at all set up to just jump right in.  I have no idea what I would charge, whether I would work there or at home, what the work volume would be, what software I would use, whether I'd be an employee or IC, etc.  And, of course, there are some differences between human vs. veterinary medicine. 

I don't know.  My head is kind of spinning right now.  I think it would be such interesting work that I would love.  It could be such a great opportunity, but I feel a little overwhelmed at the thought of all of it.  Any thoughts, advice, recommendations...? 

How does one get into being a veterinary assistant/tech? sm
Are there schools to go to or does the vet train you?
Veterinary/Ophthamology position--sm

I sent an e-mail regarding this post asking if it were legit as it seems to be posted quite frequently and the general feeling on this board is that this company 'tests' with current work needing typed.  See company board under original response for her post.

She responded by sayng  "My ad is very detailed because I am particular about whom I hire, as anyone who works for me carries my company name and work ethics.  If you feel there are too many requirements and that the pay is "ridiculously low," then why would you want the job?  I have worked in this business now since 1989, and I can assure you that the pay is more than reasonable."


OT: Changing face of veterinary medicine (sm)

Is it only me or has veterinary medicine changed quite a bit over the years to resemble care of humans?  I have cats and absolutely love them but I'm becoming torn between necessary care, preventive care, and just down-right UN-necessary care.  I remember back when animals went to the vet for shots and only when they got sick.  If they were sick, diagnosis and prognosis dictated the next level of care.  And in most cases back then there were no options other than to let nature take its course if something serious/chronic was found. 

I'm now noticing that every time I take one of the cats to the vet's, the doc wants to do "baseline" blood work at least once a year and now wants to see my ten-year-old cat on a twice-yearly basis.  My kitty is healthy as a horse and has had no health problems for ten years.  Why all of a sudden does he need expensive BASELINE lab work and xrays as well as needing to be seen twice a year and have his teeth cleaned twice a year (not cheap)?  It sounds like I'm complaining about the money end versus taking care of my kitty, and I suppose in a sense I am, because this adds up to a whole lot over the course of time.  The doc mentioned the reasons for the lab work (diabetes, thyroid problems, anemia, cancer, etc.)  I'm torn between having the work done and what I would do if anything chronic showed up on the tests.  I love my kitty but don't know if spending lots of money on chronic meds/therapy would be an option when I would have to weigh other expenses against them. 

There's a difference between a tech and a veterinary assistant
The main difference is that a tech is certified and has a bachelor's degree or beyond. My son worked as a vet tech while in college because he was a biology major and the vet he worked with found it easy to train him.

A veterinary assistant is more often trained by the vet since it's not so involved. They do vital signs, dispense meds, set up the room for the next patient, etc.

The difference between a vet tech and a veterinary assistant is comparable to the difference between an RN and a nurses' aide.

Either way, it's a very rewarding and gratifying way to make a living.
What is the deal with this veterinary ophthalmology IC job offer. I see that one a lot. Is this al
Has anybody here worked there before? 
I am a foster parent of 3, have been for about
a year and a half now. I would highly recommend you try to place you children with family or a good friend before turning to the state. After seeing how the system works, IMO, it is not a very good one. I would hate to see you lose your kids because you asked them for help. Two of my FC are about to get terminated from their parents, their mother of which put them in care for "help" and is now going to lose her kids.

There are many, many programs out there to help you. I'm not sure how long you have been married or really what the situation is but given the fact that you are considering this for children tells me you are a decent person because you don't want them on the street. Call a family member or a friend and ask if you and the children can stay with them. You might have to consider placing (or leaving) your husband somewhere else until you can get back up on your feet.

Go to your local welfare office, they might be able to get you something short-term. Try, try hard to keep your family together.

God bless you and your family. I hope things turn out and the world seems like a better place. Just know that we are all hear praying for you!
Penn Foster
I found an in home job right away and they pretty much educated me on everything I needed to know.
Penn Foster
check the chat from 03/01/09 a couple pages ago on this board.  No it is not a good school. 
Ida Smith
became Iron Deficiency Anemia Smith.  Gotta be careful for what those shortcuts might say!  Changed that one REAL fast.
were and Dr. Smith

minutes is plural - subject/verb agreement.

Dr. Smith - possessive not necessary because it is already denoted in the phrase "patient of", i.e. Dr. Smith's patient or patient of Dr. Smith.

was and Smith's
BOS page 377: Use a singular verb when referring to a total amount of time, money, or quantity. Therefore 45 minutes (total amount of time) was spent, and 20 mEq was given.

BOS page 328: Some idiomatic expressions use the possessive form appropriately, a patient of Dr. Smith's.
were/Dr. Smith
was/ Dr. Smith
were and Dr. Smith
Penn Foster Question
Thanks for your reply. I had been looking at Penn Foster, mainly because Andrews and M-Tec are so far above my budget. However, I had heard it was difficult to get an in home job from other programs other than the reputable top 3. Did you have any problems finding employment graduating from Penn Foster? Did they educate you on the word expansion programs, etc?
children in foster care
In response to the Wednesday's Child, I've seen the film clips on the national adoption/foster websites. They do that in several major cities. I always want to grab each and every one and hug them and tell them how special they are. It makes me so sad for them.

Regarding adopting an older child if you already have children, I agree that there's something to be said for having an infant if you have no biological children of your own. In most cases, private adoption agencies do give childless couples priority. However, each family is in a unique situation, so exactly how old the adoptive child would be has to match their needs and yours. For example, some of the children aren't to be adopted by families with younger kids, etc. In my own case, I'm not necessarily looking to adopt an infant girl, but I would rather have a younger child. After talking to my 16 and 11-year-old sons, I'd prefer that she be younger than 11. This is because they feel they'd be able to bond better with a younger child and truly think of her as their sister. It's very important to me that this be a family decision and not just my own. It's scary to think of what some of those girls may have been through, and to bring an older girl into the house with my oldest son could actually be risky. You sometimes hear of children acting out after abuse, and I'd never want to put him in a position of false accusations. Of course, I'll have to worry about all this as we get further involved. After all, we've barely begun the process.

Thanks for the comments. Y'all are great!
Has anyone seen Shepard Smith from
fox today? He's looked really worn down the last few days and I can understand why, but haven't seen him at all today. Yesterday he almost lost it a few times on tv and wondering if they brought him home for rest.
Smith, Mr. John
WAS and Dr. Smith's, (comma)
just my 2 cents, but I think it's right.
DO NOT place them with state foster care if at all possible sm
they say they are here to help us but knowing insides to the system, that is wrong. there is no such thing as temporarily taking your kids til you are on your feet as there should be. if you feel you can't make it with the kids, place them with friends or family and leave state services out of the picture. that is the worst you could ever do for your kids. if you heard a few reports that i type, you would be shocked. if you love your kids, pull through it with them. food stamps can feed them. do you need clothes? I have 4 ages 13 to 5, i can send you some clothes. the families that go through tough times together are the ones that stick together and are much stronger in the end. i disagree with the poster to dump the husband. he is sick. mental illness is just that, an illness; unless there are other things you didn't mention.you should be able to get disability.state should pay TNAF for children. HUD can give a home; yes, may take a while but i bet if you expressed to some agencies around you about how you need internet to work, you would find someone willing to offer that help to get you on your feet. at least you are trying and they will see that. we have a PATH where i live and they will pay house pymts, rent, utilities, food, clothing, etc. can you put up flyers to clean houses or something that would be within walking distance for you? i would pay someone to help me out, lol. the kiddos might could even pull their share and help out. we have a place through the unemployment office in Texas that will pay you to go to school if you have lost your job. it paid my way to school for transcription; i got gas money, books, pens, childcare, everything i needed. yes, my credit is ruined from living off credit cards during that time but i am making 45k/yr now. best thing i ever did. it was designed to put people back in the work force again. go to McD's if needed long enough to get some wages to get you back into a house and utilities and you can build back up from there.
jodie foster. Love all her movies
I'm a current foster parent in Georgia and...sm
have e-mailed you to contact me so I can answer your questions. 
I want to know if Penn Foster is a good school?
Bowel or bladder Smith

Smith Mountain Lake!!!
Just outside of Roanoke, Virginia - the MOST relaxing place on Earth.

Our family has been going to Smith Mountain for over 40 years!

Here's how foster-to-adopt works on the federal level...sm
All non-Caucasian over age 1 automatically get adoption assistance. All Caucasian kids over age 8 get adoption assistance. If you adopt a sibling group that is more than 2 kids you get adoption assistance. All special needs children qualify for adoption assistance. Adoption assistance usually means Medicaid until they're 18 and in a lot of cases the monthly per diem rate is paid to the adoptive family. For the special needs kids, sibling groups and non-white children that meet the adoption assistance criteria generally the fees for adoption are reimbursed up to $2000 - which is pretty much what all of the attorneys charge for these adoptions since Child Protective Services/DFCS does the majority of the paperwork.

We're currently in the process of adopting our 6-year-old foster child who has lived with me since she was almost 5. The adoption should be finalized in January after my husband meets the 6 months residency requirement (we got married in June and he moved here from another state at that time).
Some boxes, like Mrs. Smith's pies, say distributed by
Schwann company in So. Carolina, but they are all made in Mexico (my cousin is long distance truck driver, sees them transferring the boxes from 1 truck to another.) Fig Newtons made in Mexico. Big problem with the border guards from US because their uniforms and ID badges made in Mexico and many of them are stolen or sold in Mexico which allows access of illegals into US. Nothing is made in US anymore.
Anna Nicole Smith's son died yesterday (sm)

I don't know circumstances but that is so sad.  Her daughter was just born a few days ago.  Then to have her son die just days after that.  I can't imagine what a roller coaster of emotions that would be.  I know that Anna Nicole is over the top, but she seemed to love her son very much.  Very sad. 

Dr. Smith in Miami would be easy to find; it's Dr. Rodriguez
As a believer in Grassy Knolls, Area 51, Vince Foster's murder, etc.
I've often wondered lately if the gradual slow down (leading to a halt) in work is part of a grand conspiracy to limit the amount of money paid in UI. It is, after all, based on our income. And the longer they string people along, slowly shrinking the amount of work available, the less money we will be eligible for, when we eventually hit that unemployment line. I believe the amount a company has to pay into the unemployment fund is based on the amount it has to pay out, although I don't know how far back those records go. But since it seems like many seem to be watching their work/income shrink over an extended period of time, it seems like it will be letting the company off the hook for the amount made even a year ago.

Of course, I may be looking at it all wrong. But there was a 2nd shooter and we know about those alien autopsies!
Kinship care versus foster care/adoption
Having been placed in a position where I now have custody of my 3 YO granddaughter and going through the legal system, I sought an online network of relative caregivers for children. I would encourage you, especially since you are in Georgia, that if you take any children into foster care with the idea of adopting them, there is federal law that requires the state to take certain actions in a specific time frame. When a child is removed from it's bio parent(s), the state is required to investigate any possible relatives who can take the child before foster care is considered, but even before that, reunification with the parents is the priority. Once a child enters the system and is in the system for 15 out of any 22 months, the state is required to find permanent placement for the child.

The problem with this is that there are case workers who may favor a foster family and do not seek out relative care. I have a good friend in Georgia who had to fight all the way to the state level to get custody of her grandson after the child was placed from the hospital into a foster care home with the promise that the foster parents would be allowed to adopt. She has now adopted her grandson, but it was a long, hard battle to get the state to admit their own interests were placed above those of the child and/or family.

If you get a child placed through the state, please make certain there is not a relative who wants that child before you get your hopes up. The courts are now favoring return of children to relatives even after a child has spent years with a foster family who hoped to adopt them.

States get bonus federal funds by complying with the time lines and being able to close the case, so some states place children in foster care because it is easier than trying to locate relatives.

Didn't mean to go off on a tangent, but I can't imagine my sweet bella going to someone outside her family.
Do you have a website for yours?? nm
What new website
I must live in the dark. I don't know anything a new website either.
I don't know about the new website either
This is all very frustrating.  I have gotten no letter and no e-mail regarding any of this.  Anyone that can provide details would be appreciated. 
MQ Website
If your on the DEP platform, you should be on i-mail.  If not, go to www.medquist.com, register, then you can access the QNet...side bar has all the latest and greatest.  We got the email last week, then I got my snail mail copy Saturday...but, only a paragraph or 2 on the new pay plan...but my take was the real issue they wanted to get out is to preserve ALL documents at ALL costs for the upcoming legal battle in court
But their website says...

They value their transcriptionists! And websites don't lie.

Which website?
I sometimes use www.rxlist.com

Hope this helps.

What is the URL of their website?
If enough of us visit the website and state we would not use their service after reading what has happened to you... You might, just might, get a different tune from these people????
They said on their website that...sm
the pet(s) would be brought to you. I was also wondering the same thing until I read that on the website. I'm thinking they don't want people from 50+ states going down there for safety reasons, and maybe for congestion reasons. (There's alot of animal lovers out there!)

The website is up again now, and the picture of the frightened dog I was talking about is on there too. http://www.bestfriends.org/

Gosh, I know they are so busy, but I'm anxiously waiting to see if I can be a foster parent; so worried about those furry friends. It seemed time was of the essence for some of them, and that was yesterday a.m. I want to go down there and get them so bad. I just may have to do that if I don't hear from them.

Thanks for allowing me to get OT.
Wow! Thanks for the website. sm

I didn't forget.  Never will.

I had my tissues out.  What made me really lose it was Lee Greenwood's song.  It was 13 years ago when my daughter was only 10 years old and her dance class used that song in a dance recital and they all did sign language while dancing.  Everyone in the audience was in tears or close to tears.

When 9/11 happened, we had no cable TV.  We did manage to get the local PBS station in and watched in horror.  We had just moved into our house.  We had a flag, but no pole, so we went out about 6:00 p.m. that night with the younger kids and hung the flag from a branch on our tree in the front.  Within the next week there were flags at every house in our neighborhood.

I'll never forget.

Try going to their website and
paying with real American greenbacks.
here's a website for you
go to the state website for your area and type disability into the search box
Does anybody have the website...(sm)

where you can change your address online for multiple magazine subscriptions?  I did this a few years ago and am moving again...cannot for the life of me now find that website. 


Thanks - duh - I should have tried that first! lol....appreciate it
Here's the website