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    Avian Catheterization

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    Vascular access can be extremely difficult in the avian species. Learn from DoveLewis Veterinary Technician Sarah Harris, CVT, VTS(ECC) about important considerations while working with these patients.

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    Marketing in a New World

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    Breaking into a new industry can be tough. And while you may not always (or ever) feel like you have a grasp on the world around you, taking the time to ask questions and learn from your team can make a big impact. Learn from...

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    How to Prevent Clogs in NG Tubes

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    Feeding tubes are incredibly important pieces of equipment as they help our patients get the nutrition and medication they need. Learn from Sarah Harris, CVT, VTS(ECC) about how to prevent clogs in NG tubes.

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    Oral Medication Administration: Feline

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    Enticing your patients to take their meds can be an all-day event. Creative disguises, fancy treats, you’ve probably tried it all. Learn from Technician Training Specialist Jessica Waters-Miller, CVT, about how to administer oral...

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    Preparing Heparin Flush

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    Having syringes prepared with heparin saline solution is a great way to prepare your team for the day ahead. Learn from Technician Training Specialist Jessica Waters-Miller, CVT, about using heparin solution in your hospital.

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    Brachycephalic Patients in Clinical Practice

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    Brachycephalics are some of the most popular breeds, so it’s important to recognize the risks that they face in a veterinary hospital. Becky Smith, CVT, VTS (Clinical Practice- Canine/Feline) reviews common concerns, handling tips...

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    Restraint Techniques for Brachycephalic Dogs

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    Brachycephalic dog are some of the most common household breeds including Pugs, Bulldogs, and Boston Terriers. Learn from Technician Assistant Manager Megan Urton, about ways to safely restrain and handle these breeds for minimal...

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    Reducing the Spread of Infectious Diseases

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    In the veterinary industry, we are exposed to many pathogens, often without even realizing it is happening. From there, we can expose our own pets, family members, and even strangers to the contaminants that come into our hospita...

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    Prepping for Avian Physical Exam and Restraint

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    When a client brings in their sick parakeet or an injured owl, are you prepared to handle them? Learn from Sarah Harris, CVT, VTS(ECC) about a few tips for handling birds and ensuring everyone’s safety.

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    Avian Anatomy Basics

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    We all know that anatomically, birds are different than cats and dogs. But how different? Sarah Harris, CVT, VTS (ECC) gives a practical overview of the main things to consider when treating the avian species in your clinic.

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    Troubleshooting an Oxygen Snyder Machine

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    When it’s a busy day on the floor, the last thing you want to deal with is malfunctioning equipment. Medical Equipment Specialist Catherine Raffaell walks through a common error that occurs in our Oxygen Snyder Units at DoveLewis,...

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    Rabbits: Recording Vitals and Giving IM Injections

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    Rabbits are commonly seen in a veterinary clinic for husbandry issues such as GI stasis. Learn from Portland Community Instructor Laura Harris, CVT, and DoveLewis Technician Jaime Harvey about how to gather important information a...

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    Ambu Bags Part 2: Set-Up and Patient Care

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    Ambu bags are really useful tools, but can be confusing to set up if you haven’t used them before. Learn a few tips and tricks from Critical Care Specialist Ladan Mohammad-Zadeh, DVM, DACVCECC.

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    Ambu Bags Part 1: Reviewing the Basics

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    There are unique parts and safety features of ambu bags that make them ideal for veterinary patients. Learn from Critical Care Specialist Ladan Mohammad-Zadeh, DVM, DACVECC, about which settings to keep on your radar.

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    Treating a Head Abscess Part 1: Prep, Drain, Flush

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    An abscess can lead to patient discomfort and infections that requires ongoing medical treatments. Review how to prep and flush a large head abscess from Staff Veterinarian Lindsey McGuire, DVM.

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    Preparing Chlorhexidine Dilutions

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    Chlorhexidine is a great disinfectant, but needs to be used with care and at the correct dilution. Senior Technician Supervisor Sarah Harris, CVT, VTS(ECC) reviews how to make safe chlorhexidine dilutions, and the difference betwe...

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    A Generation of Changes in Veterinary Medicine

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    A lot has changed over the last 25 years in veterinary medicine- patient care, perscription drugs, and technology just to name a few. Sharon McDermaid, CVT, has been with DoveLewis for 25 years! And she has seen first hand ma...

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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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