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Since everyone else has listed books for their field, I figured I'd share the vet tech-related titles on my shelf :)

• All Creatures Great and Small — James Herriot. This book has inspired generations of vets and vet techs! If you read any “pop culture” book on vet med, this is it! Treatments may have changed, but people certainly haven’t lol we’ve even got a client we refer to as “our version of Tricky Woo’s mom”!
• Tell Me Where It Hurts — Nick Trout. A glimpse into life at a very large veterinary emergency and referral hospital in New England.
• Disease: The Extraordinary Stories Behind History’s Deadliest Killers — Mary Dobson (Human focus, but many are zoonotic)
• Woodsong — Gary Paulsen.
• My Life in Dog Years — Gary Paulsen.
Paulsen isn’t veterinary focused, but he captures perfectly the bond between people and their dogs, both pets and working animals.

And for technical reference:
• Anatomy of Domestic Animals: Systemic and Regional Approach — Pasquini, Spurgeon, and Pasquini
• Applied Pharmacology for the Veterinary Technician — Boyce P. Wanamaker and Kathy Lockett Massey
• Cattle Health Handbook — Heather Smith Thomas
• Clinical Anatomy & Physiology for Veterinary Technicians — Thomas Colville and Joanna M. Bassert
• Clinical Laboratory Animal Medicine: an introduction — Karen Hrapkiewicz and Leticia Medina
• Clinical Textbook for Veterinary Technicians — Dennis M. McCurnin and Joanna M. Bassett
• Common Diseases of Companion Animals — Alice Summers
• Developmental Biology — Scott F. Gilbert
• Exotic Animal Medicine for the Veterinary Technician — Bonnie Ballard and Ryan Cheek
•Glossary of Agricultural Terms: English-Spanish/Spanish-English — US Peace Corps
• Large Animal Clinical Procedures for Veterinary Technicians — -Elizabeth A. Hanie
• Living with Chickens: Everything You Need to Know to Raise Your Own Backyard Flock — Jay Rossier
• Merck Veterinary Manual
• Microbiology — Joanne M. Willey, Linda M. Sherwood, Christopher J. Silverton
• National Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Mammals
• Restraint and Handling of Wild and Domestic Animals — Murray E. Fowler
• Saunders Comprehensive Veterinary Dictionary
• Small Animal Surgical Nursing: Skills and Concepts — Sara J. Busch
• Smithsonian Handbooks Birds of North America, Eastern Region
• Storey’s Guide to Raising  Rabbits — Bob Bennett
• Veterinary Anesthesia and Analgesia — Diane McKelvey and K. Wayne Hollingshead
• Veterinary Clinical Parasitology — Anne M. Zajac and Gary A. Conboy
• Veterinary Hematology: Atlas of Domestic Species — William J. Reagan, Teresa G. Sanders, and Dennis B. DeNicola
• Veterinary Technician’s Daily Reference Guide — Candyce M. Jack and Patricia M. Watson
• Where There is No Animal Doctor — Maureen Birmingham and Peter Quesenberry
• and a myriad of booklets (ex. “Quick Reference Tick Guide” by Bayer Animal Health, and “Pet Emergency Care: What to do When Emergencies Happen,” by Southpaws Veterinary Specialists and Emergency Center)


So the domestic old bitter lady that operates inside Murray has been dying to make soy candles lately. And here’s the outcome. Smells sooooooo gewd. Here’s the step by step for my friengz that might wanna try it.

  1. See all the materials you need in picture 1.
  2. Take a somewhat old ass candle that you’re upset about for burning out too fast and smell that you love. I chose the Blue Agave & Bamboo soy candle I bought from Target that went out too quickly. RIP.
  3. Throw that candle in the freezer for a night.
  4. When you take it out the candle wax will easily come out. 
  5. Take the wax you have, remove the wick at the bottom and put it in a mug and nuke that shit in the microwave. (Make sure the wax is microwaveable, my knowledge on soy wax is that its a-okay. idk about parafin. also, don’t mix waxes. just don’t do it!)
  6. Take some new soy wax and mix it in with the old wax. Swish swish
  7. Put the wick in the center of the container & pour in your hot wax.
  8. Get some chopsticks (don’t separate it) and use it to hold the wick in place cus the wick gets limp and we all know that’s a problem.
  9. Let it chill in for an hour or so and enjoy your new-ish candle!
  10. Cut excess wick if you don’t wanna die a fiery death.