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    Considerations for Scruffing Feline Patients

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    Scruffing used to be one of the most common ways to restraint feline patients. But that doesn’t mean it’s the best method! Learn from Staff Veterinarian Christy Michael, BVMS, about alternative methods for restraining, recognizing...

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    Red Rubber vs. Foley Catheters: Pros and Cons

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    When it comes to catheters, it can be helpful to know the pros and cons of each. Learn from Technician Manager Carolyn Tran, CVT, about a few of the differences between Red Rubber and Foley Catheters.

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    Labeling Kennel Cards

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    Kennel cards can call attention to important pieces of information, such as where a patient’s meds are, if they have a personal item, and when you may need protective gear. Learn from Technician Training Specialist Jessica Waters-...

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    CSR Terminology 101

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    P is QAR, normal BP/HR/MM. LMOM for O to discuss US DX and SX recomendations. Wait, what? Sometimes reading medical notes can seem like a jigsaw puzzle, especially for CSR's new to the veterinary field. Our front desk team here...

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    My Journey to Vet School

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    Continuing education and training can have immense benefits on your longevity and happiness in your career. It impacts the patients you are working with today as well as the patients you will treat tomorrow. In this blog, Anthony...

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    Exam Tips for Handling Rabbits

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    Rabbits may be nervous in a clinic setting, so it’s important to know proper handling and restraint techniques. Learn from Portland Community College Instructor and Certified Veterinary Technician Laura Harris, and DoveLewis Certi...

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    Tube Placement and Care: A Step-by-step Guide

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    Placing and managing various tubes is an important part of a veterinary technician’s role in patient care, and knowing the proper procedures and most effective methods will ensure that you are offering the best possible treatment....

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    What Pet Loss Support Taught Me

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    I attended my first Pet Loss Support Group run by Enid Traisman, MSW, CT in December of 2018. I immediately felt the power of this community resource and felt validated in my own grief by the stories, lessons and experiences of th...

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    Replacing Soda Lime After CO2 Absorption

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    Soda lime, also known as Baralyme granules, are used to absorb CO2 from anesthesia machines or oxygen chambers. Bobbie Lucas, Surgery Assistant, reviews how, when, and why it’s important to change these on a regular basis.

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    PCC Veterinary Technology Program- A Lesson in Triage

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    Over the past few months, atdove.org and Portland Community College (PCC) have been teaming up to create new and unique content! PCC has a Veterinary Technology program where students can become certified to work in animal clinics...

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    Tone and Volume for Your Client Conversations

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    In the 1970’s, Albert Mehrabian created a tool called the communication model. Within this model, he came up with the idea that only 7% of what is being communicated are the literal words. That means that according to his theory,...

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    Receiving Constructive Criticism

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    Being open to criticism, good or bad, is vital to being successful in any job. How else are you going to know what to improve on, how to grow, and areas may require more focus? When it comes to receiving criticism, it doesn’t a...

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    Feline Towel Restraint (aka Purrito)

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    Cat burrito, purrito, whatever you want to call it as long as it works! With some patients, less restraint can be more effective. Learn from Technician Assistant Amy Lacey, and staff cat Murray, about using a “purrito” method...

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    Tech to Tech: Improving Communication and Support

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    In a 24/7 clinic like DoveLewis, a patient may spend multiple days recovering and be under the care of numerous veterinarians and technicians. In these circumstances, information can get lost between switching shifts and additiona...

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    Cadaver Labs

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    DoveLewis is a teaching hospital, which means that we have interns, externs, and numerous students walking through our doors to learn. A great learning and hands-on opportunity takes place in our cadaver labs, hosted by Critical C...

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    Preoperative TPLO Radiographs

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    Learn from DoveLewis Surgeon Andrea Sundholm, DVM, DACVS-SA, about the unique radiograph views needed prior to completing a TPLO surgery.

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    Understanding Cremation

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    If you are a pet owner whose pet is in failing health, or if you have sadly experienced the recent passing of a pet, the following information may help guide you through this difficult period with knowledge, understanding and peac...

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    Taking Snake Radiographs

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    Radiographs can show vital information about the health of snakes. But how do you do it? Learn tips from Sarah Harris, CVT, VTS (ECC) and Jessica Waters, CVT.

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    Snake Physical Exam and Restraint

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    A physical examination of a snake includes looking at their eyes, nose, scales, and vent. Learn from Carrie Daly, DVM, about tips for completing a stress-free exam.

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    Medical Math - Constant Rate Infusion

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    A Constant Rate Infusion (CRI) is utilized to administer a continuous dose of drug in intravenous fluids. We are most used to CRIs for pain management, as in this form the drug can be maintained at effective plasma concentrations...

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    Talking to Children About Pet Death: Pt 2

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    Dealing with a pet’s death is hard, and can be even harder when children are involved. Kids may not understand the magnitude of their pet’s illness, the related expenses, or how to assess quality of life. During these times, you c...

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    Respiratory Review: Nursing Strategies for Oxygen Administration

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    Getting adequate oxygen into our patients in critical. Learn from Sarah Harris, CVT, VTS (ECC), about the technicians role in supporting oxygen administration. This talk is specifically RACE-approved for 1 Technician CE credit....

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    Double Vision

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    Veterinarians and technicians rely on one another every day to perform their jobs. Learn from Veterinarian Christy Michael, BVMS, and Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS (ECC) about how to improve communication, simplify hospital processes,...

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    Dealing with Guilt

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    Guilt is a common feeling among participants in the DoveLewis Pet Loss Support Program. Enid Traisman, MSW, CT, and Director of the DoveLewis Pet Loss Support Program reviews how to help those dealing with feelings of grief after...

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    The "A" Team

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    Differences in titles and roles in the assistant team allow individuals to specialize in different departments and tasks, emphasizing individual strengths and helping to distribute resources appropriately between departments. Here...

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    5 Ways to Use Peanut Butter in an Animal Hospital

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    March 1st is National Peanut Butter Lover’s Day, and peanut butter is a commonly used tool here at DoveLewis. To celebrate, we’re sharing 5 facts about peanut butter and 5 ways to use peanut butter in your hospital.   5...

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    Heartworm Treatment and Melarsomine Injection

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    We know how important it is to remind owners to keep their pets on year round heartworm prevention, but what happens when a pet actually has heartworms? Veterinary Cardiologist Caryn Reynolds, DVM, DACVIM, reviews the treatment pr...

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    Hemolyzed Blood and Hematuria

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    Do you know what your patients’ blood is telling you? Learn from Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS (ECC), about identifying hemolyzed blood samples.

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    Coping with Grief and Loss

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    How does grief differ when a pet is lost due to old age versus a sudden tragedy? Enid Traisman, MSW, CT, and Director of the DoveLewis Pet Loss Support Program, reviews how clients may feel and react after losing a pet in each cir...

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    Ask the Right Questions

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    We’ve all had the thought after working with a client-- why didn’t you mention this earlier? Why am I just hearing about this now? This would have been nice to know an hour ago… While it may be easy to blame the client, it’s im...

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    Working Well Under Pressure

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    Pressure and stress are factors that play a role in our jobs, everyday. Join Sarah Parker, CMA (AAMA), from the Medical Society of Metropolitan Portland, to learn about ways to manage pressure in any position at your hospital....

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    Communication in Crisis: What Clients Go Through in an Emergency

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    Pet emergencies occur every minute of every day – but for our clients it is a singular monumental event. Pets are, in fact, family. They are family that like to eat socks, brawl in the street, enjoy an occasional pot brownie (doub...

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    Barriers to Effective Communication

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    We may think that our communication style is crystal clear, but is it? Learn from Sarah Parker, CMA (AAMA), from the Medical Society of Metropolitan Portland, about how we can minimize the barriers that happen in everyday communic...

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    Preparing for a Snake Physical Exam

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    Snakes can be easily stressed, and are sensitive to oils on our skin such as lotions and perfumes. Learn from Senior Technician Supervisor Sarah Harris, CVT, VTS (ECC) about how to safely prepare for a snake exam in your hospital.

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    Cleaning an Isolation Exam Room

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    An isolation exam room needs to be treated with extra care to ensure that containments are not spread between patients. Learn from Megan Urton, Technician Assistant Manager, about how to safely clean an isolation exam room.

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    Assembling a Simple Major Pack

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    Getting instruments cleaned, sterilized, and organized is crucial in any veterinary hospital. Learn from Bobbie Lucas, Surgery Technician Assistant, about the correct way to assemble a simple major pack. Download Surgical Pack...

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    Why We Stay Open

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    We learned recently that some local emergency hospitals are sending their patients to DoveLewis in an attempt to manage their own caseloads. We get it—when you combine factors like a national hiring shortage and our pet-friendly c...

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    Glo Germ: A Staff Training Tool

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    Here at DoveLewis, we take all things cleaning very seriously. It’s important that every staff member is up to date on our latest cleaning protocols. While it can be time consuming to spend time with each staff member reviewing ho...

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    Cidex Sterilization

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    Technician Assistant, Katy Collins, reviews how to use safely use Cidex disinfectant products for sterilizing hospital equipment. Note – Cidex should only be used after equipment has gone through standard cleaning process. Cide...

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    Passive Range of Motion

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    Passive range of motion (or PROM) is an important step to include in the treatment of ICU patients. Learn from CVT, Emily Dascalos, and staff dog, Ollie, who is recovering from a hemilaminectomy, about the different positions you...

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    Celebrating the Holidays Without Your Animal Companion

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    As the holidays are approaching, Enid Traisman, MSW, CT, and Director of the DoveLewis Pet Loss Support Program, reviews ways that you can honor your pet during the holiday season. These tips can also be shared with clients who ma...

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    Non-Rebreather Circuit Set Up

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    Senior Technician Supervisor and CVT, Sarah Harris, goes through an in depth review and demonstration of setting up a non-rebreather circuit.

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    The Post-Conference Zoomies

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    Zoomies: when your dog runs around the house like crazy- jumping on the couch, running up or down the stairs, and all over the house. It usually ends with them falling to the floor, panting like crazy and taking a nap.  – Urb...

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    Rat Tail Vein Blood Draw

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    Emily Chryst, CVT, walks through the steps for sampling blood from a rodent tail.

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    Workplace Bullying

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    Bullying between staff members can be hard to identify. Learn from Cheryl Latta, DoveLewis Human Resources Manager, about how to recognize bullying behaviors and prevent it from happening.

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    Staff Transition to Management: Part II

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    Continuing from Staff Transition to Management: Part I, Cheryl Latta, DoveLewis Human Resources Manager, reviews common difficulties that new managers face and tips for making the most of your new promotion.   Making th...

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    Staff Transition to Management: Part I

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    Cheryl Latta, DoveLewis Human Resources Manager, talks about the difficulties that can come with a promotion to management, and tips for handling new responsibilities.

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    Long Term Ventilation

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    Megan Brashear, VTS (ECC), talks about the in-depth nursing care required for veterinary patients on long-term ventilation in the ICU including recumbent patient care, oral care, and endotracheal tube care.

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    Applying Ocular Medication - Canine

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    Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS (ECC) walks through the steps of applying ocular medication to a dog. Review how to restrain, and the abbreviations used in prescription instructions.

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    When Good Organs Go Bad – Pancreatitis

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    The pancreas lives in the cranial abdomen close to the stomach and duodenum. With a right and left limb, this organ plays both endocrine and exocrine roles and is vital to nutritional function. The pancreas secretes glucagon and i...

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