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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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    Technician Hacks: How to Unclog NG Tubes

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    While preventing clogs in the first place is best practice, sometimes clogs can form even with our most diligent care. Learn a few tricks for unclogging feeding tubes from Technician Sarah Harris, CVT, VTS (ECC).

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    Efficient Record Sharing: A CSR's Perspective

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    As a 24-hour emergency hospital, DoveLewis sees a lot of patients that are brand new to our staff. A dog could come to us after ingesting a packet of gum, and that might be the only time in their life that we'll provide veterinary...

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    Avian Injections and Phlebotomy

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    Avian patients that have recently suffered a trauma can frequently benefit from subcutaneous fluids. Learn tips and recommendations for treating avian patients from Certified Veterinary Technician Sarah Harris, CVT, VTS (ECC).

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    Three Things You Need to Know About Cleaning an Isolation Exam Room

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    Patients with symptoms of parvovirus, respiratory infections, or any zoonotic diseases get attended to in our isolation room in order to protect our other patients and clients. After working with these cases, it’s important to kno...

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    Handling Hedgehogs for Exams

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    Hedgehogs can be nervous in a clinic setting, causing them to roll into a tight ball that’s almost impossible to examine. Learn a few tips from Staff Veterinarian Carrie Daly, DVM, about how to unfurl and work with hedgehogs.

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    The Art of Triage

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    In modern human healthcare systems, triage occurs at every level of care from an initial telephone contact to arrival at a health care facility. In this lecture, Staff Veterinarian Christy Michael reviews triage in the veterinary...

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    Professional Groups in Veterinary Medicine: Combating Compassion Fatigue and Burnout

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    Although there is a growing awareness of compassion fatigue and burnout in the field of veterinary medicine, most efforts have been focused individual self-care. In a field with widespread moral distress, where isolation only comp...

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    Tips for Organizing Staff Resources

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    Chances are at your clinic, you have about thirty important documents that live in ten different places. Seven of them haven’t been updated in the last three years, half were created by someone who doesn’t work there anymore, and...

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    Basic Microscope Setup

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    Microscopes are amazing pieces of equipment, but often overlooked in the day-to-day workload of managing patients and clients. If you’re looking for a refresher on how to get the most out of your slides, or are new to the field an...

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    Triaging Blocked Cats

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    When an owner comes in concerned about their cat’s bathroom behavior, it’s important to have a few questions planned in advance. Learn from Sarah Harris, CVT, VTS(ECC) about triaging potential blocked cats and communication tips w...

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    Using an IV Fluid Warmer

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    Keeping patients warm is critical, especially in an emergency setting. While there are multiple ways to provide comfort in the clinic, knowing the specifics of each piece of equipment can ensure your animal patients are receiving...

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    Technician Hacks - Ways to Use Stockinette

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    Sometimes as technicians, you need to be creative! Sarah Harris, CVT,VTS (ECC) reviews a few ways that you can use stockinette in an unconventional way, to take the best care of your patients.

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    2019 Year in Review

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    Another year of learning is in the books! Thanks so much for being a part of the atdove community and making 2019 great. Take a moment to look back on all you've accomplished this year, and what you hope to learn next! See you in...

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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 dogs 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 minima...

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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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