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    When Everything Is an Exclamation Point: How to Communicate Effectively in Times of High Emotional Stress

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    2020 has been full of uncertainly with both political unrest and COVID. In this lecture, Monica Maxwell, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, will discuss communication in the time of highly emotional stress. When clients and staff are at their breaki...

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    How to Get What You Need

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    This lecture presented by Human Resources Manager Cheryl Latta, will discuss how to communicate in ways which result in your needs being met, as well as how to acknowledge when others need something of you. Cheryl will review how...

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    Cultivating Resilience

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    Resilience helps us to work through challenges and empowers personal growth. Cultivating resilience through intentional effort is essential given the inherent stressors and challenges within veterinary medicine. This lecture prese...

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    Preventive Medicine and Client Care in the Age of COVID

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    What can staff do to help reassure clients about what is happening inside the clinic during a pandemic? In this lecture presented by Technician Becky Smith, CVT, VTS (Clinical Practice Canine/Feline) we will discuss how we can int...

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    Blocked: Urethral Obstructions in the Male Cat

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    What steps does the ER Tech need to take in a urethral obstruction emergency? This lecture presented by DoveLewis Technician Training Specialist Jessica Waters-Miller, CVT, will discuss a general overview of recognition and treatm...

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    Abdominocentesis Setup

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    Technician Training Specialist Jessica Waters-Miller, CVT, reviews the steps and tools needed to assist in an abdominocentesis procedure.

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    Safe Scalpel Blade Removal

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    Coby Richter, DVM, DACVS, reviews how to safely remove a scalpel blade.

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    Retention and Engagement in the Face of a Pandemic

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    Nobody said this job would be easy.  There isn’t a veterinary technician in the world that started their career thinking that this job would be easy on their backs or even easy on their hearts.  However, in the face of t...

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    Emptying A Closed Collection Urinary System

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    Closed collection urinary systems are frequently used at DoveLewis to collect urine from our patients in the ICU. Learn from Technician Jessica Waters-Miller, CVT, about how to empty and record important urine information.

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    Obtaining a Fecal Sample

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    Sarah Harris, CVT, VTS (ECC) demonstrates how to obtain a fecal sample from a dog using a fecal loop.

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    Safety Considerations for Using Warmies

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    Warmies, or warmed water bottles, are occasionally used in veterinary medicine as a method to warm our patients. But before using them, it’s important to know the risks and safety precautions. Learn important usage recommendations...

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    To Err is Human

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    Humans are fallible. Humans make mistakes. And humans are at the core of veterinary medicine. That means that if we engage in the practice of caring for animals, errors will occur. That error might be getting client information wr...

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    CPR Demonstration Part 2: Defibrillator Review

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    In this CPR demonstration, DoveLewis Criticalist Ladan Mohammad-Zadeh, DVM, DACVECC, will review how to use a defibrillator to help resuscitate a patient.

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    CPR Demonstration Part 1: Chest Compressions and Ventilation

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    In this CPR demonstration, learn from DoveLewis Criticalist Ladan Mohammad-Zadeh, DVM, DACVECC, about the different techniques for chest compressions and ventilation.

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    Managing Hypothermia in Critical Patients

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    Patients that stay with us in the DoveLewis ICU need thoughtful treatment plans that cover anything from temperature monitoring to blood transfusions. Learn from Technician Sarah Harris, CVT, VTS(ECC) about the three forms of warm...

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    Troubleshooting Urinary Catheters

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    When cats present at DoveLewis for urinary obstructions, these critical patients need nursing care from the moment they arrive. Learn from DoveLewis Technician Sarah Harris, CVT, VTS(ECC) about how to prevent urinary catheter issu...

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    Implementing Balint Groups

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    As veterinary professionals, you take on an emotional burden of distressing situations of your animal patients and clients every day. Balint groups provide a safe environment to discuss with fellow veterinary professionals the str...

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    Triaging GI Cases

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    When a patient comes in with GI upset, the root cause of the issue can be difficult to determine. DoveLewis Technician Sarah Harris, CVT, VTS(ECC) reviews a few common questions she likes to ask owners in order to get the most hel...

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    Taking the Leap

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    Learn from Cardiology Assistant Nikki King, about her path to becoming a critical member in the DoveLewis cardiology department here at DoveLewis.   In this field it’s not uncommon to feel the toll of burn out. I w...

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    Client Support during COVID-19

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    The COVID-19 pandemic has drastically changed the way many of us do our jobs. While we are settling into new routines, Client Liaison Erin Neilon, reviews a few key communications tips for your clients and your team....

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    Urine Trouble: Understanding Diagnostic Markers of Renal Dysfunction

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    Kidney disease is very common in companion animals. Clinical signs of renal disease don’t occur until kidneys have lost at least 75% of their function, making routine diagnostics key in early recognition of disease. This lecture...

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    Medical Math - Calculating Oxygen Flow Rates

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    Technicians at DoveLewis calculate oxygen flow rates for patients everyday. If you're looking for a medical math refresher, walk through this oxygen flow rate equation with Technician Sarah Harris, CVT, VTS (ECC).

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    Breaking Down Brachycephalic Care

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    From general practice to emergency medicine, brachycephalic patients can be challenging. Their unique anatomy makes them more vulnerable to certain conditions – like respiratory issues, cardiac illnesses and heat stress – and comm...

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    atDove Live Conference

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    A short-and-sweet conference for busy vetmed pros. Registration is free for atdove members! Enter your promo code using the "Enter promo code" link when you select your ticket.

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    Emergency Medicine in General Practice: The Technician’s Role

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    The technician plays a crucial role in managing emergency cases in veterinary medicine. In this one hour lecture with DoveLewis Technician Training Specialist Jessica Waters-Miller, CVT, learn how to be the best advocate for your...

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    Going Remote: A Look Inside PCC's Veterinary Technology Program

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    Making the transition to online learning has become a reality for many schools and universities, and the Rock Creek Campus of Portland Community College is no exception. In this blog, learn from Technician Instructor Laura Harris,...

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    Basic Feline Restraint for Common Procedures

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    Technician Assistants Ryan Legg and Lucy Kaplan demonstrate common restraint techniques for cats.

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    Body Temperature - Feline

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    Learn from DoveLewis Technician Sarah Harris, CVT, VTS (ECC), how to safely take a cat’s temperature.

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    Blood Draw Medial Saphenous Vein - Feline

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    Kelsey Reinauer, CVT, demonstrates how to draw a small blood sample from the medial saphenous vein of a cat.

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    Blood Donation: Feline

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    DoveLewis has a blood bank to help supply blood products to cats and dogs all over the country. In this video, learn from Blood Bank Coordinator Kelsey Reinauer, CVT about how to perform a feline blood donation.

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    Safe Urine Specimen Handling

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    Collecting urine from our patients is a task we do everyday on the floor. Learn from DoveLewis Technician Sarah Harris, CVT, VTS(ECC) about safely handing urine to ensure high quality samples.

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    Grounding: A Wellness Tool during COVID-19

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    With the passing of time, there are many different reactions that we may be experiencing as our “new normal” unfolds during the COVID-19 pandemic. One feature that seems to linger is a persistent, low level anxiety that has shifte...

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    Pathophysiology of Shock

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    Shock is commonly seen in both the emergency room and the primary care clinic. It is a potentially reversible condition that significantly contributes to the death of patients from a variety of illnesses. An understanding of the p...

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    Applying and Troubleshooting ECG Leads

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    Getting a clear ECG reading on your patient is important. Learn tips from Veterinary Assistant Nikki King, about how to apply leads and troubleshoot common errors.

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    Journaling: A Wellness Tool During COVID-19

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    An unexpected outcome of this pandemic has been that it’s changed my days off. This weekend, the general sense of unease that has settled in since the pandemic began was accompanied by something else. Up until a month ago, my time...

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    Diaphragmatic Breathing During COVID-19

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    There are many different reactions you may be having during this stressful and uncertain period. One of the frustrating realities of human cognition is that we not only react to the world around us, but we also have internal react...

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    Holding on to Empathy During the COVID-19 Pandemic

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    It can be hard to remember what life was like before COVID-19. The last month has been a constant rush of news headlines, avoiding those that are closest to you, and frantic lines at the grocery store. But in these times, practici...

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    Resilience Strategies During COVID-19

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    There is a lot that we are trying to contend with during this crisis. For many of us, there’s an underlying sense of urgency and helplessness as we try to find something to control in this surreal, and often uncomfortable, new lan...

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    Coping with PPE Shortages: DIY Cloth Face Masks

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    Current PPE shortages mean finding creative and innovative ways to offer protection for team members. The recommendation for medical staff is to wear N95 respirator masks during COVID-19. These masks are best at catching at l...

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    Box Breathing: A Tool for Well-being

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    While it may seem impossible to take care of yourself in these uncertain times, there are a few simple ways to take a moment for you. A few times throughout the day, try this structured breathing exercise to regain your focus.

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    Folding Reusable Gowns

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    In times of PPE shortages, reusable materials can play a vital role in caring for patients. Learn how to fold and sterilize reusable gowns from Technician Training Specialist Jessica Waters-Miller, CVT.

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    COVID-19 Client and Clinic Resources

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    With so much information at our fingertips with COVID-19, we wanted to share new procedures we are doing today (though these may change tomorrow) to help protect our staff, clients, and community. Here at DoveLewis, we are being t...

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    DIY Sanitizer for COVID-19 Shortages

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    Many of you may be encountering the same supply shortages we are during the COVID-19 pandemic. You may be encountering a limited supply of hand sanitizer left and may not be able to obtain more in a reasonable time period. So, Dov...

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    How to Remove Personal Protective Equipment (CDC Guide 2)

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    Personal protective equipment (PPE) is there to protect you from infectious diseases while caring for patients. Since the equipment itself can come in contact with harmful contaminants, it’s important to know how to remove and dis...

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    How to Remove Personal Protective Equipment (CDC Guide 1)

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    To be as safe and effective as possible, personal protective equipment (PPE) must be applied and removed properly. Learn from Technician Training Specialist Jessica Waters-Miller, CVT, about how to safely remove and dispose of PPE...

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    How to Put on Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

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    There is a lot of news going around about the importance and limited supply of personal protective equipment (PPE). This gear is frequently used at DoveLewis to protect against infectious diseases, but has more recently become a h...

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    How to Properly Remove Exam Gloves

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    When it comes to personal protective equipment (PPE) it’s important to know the correct way to put things on, and take things off, to ensure it’s effective. Learn from Technician Training Specialist Jessica Waters-Miller, CVT, abo...

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    Well-being During COVID-19

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    We may be beginning to feel like we have more questions than answers amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. It is not unusual to experience a wide range of thoughts, feelings, and reactions. Some of these reactions may include: Anxie...

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    Canine and Feline Infectious Diseases in the Pacific Northwest

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    In this lecture with Technician Becky Smith, CVT, VTS (CP), review some of the most common infectious diseases of dogs and cats in the northwest, as well as some that are new and on the rise. This lecture is specifically RACE a...

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    Gram Stain Overview

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    When done properly, gram stains can provide really useful information about the patients you are working with. Review the basics and learn how to get the most out our your samples with DoveLewis Technician Jessica Waters-Miller, C...

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