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    Direct Arterial Pressure Monitoring

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    Kristin Spring, CVT, VTS (Anest), explains the calibration, use, and care of a direct arterial blood pressure system. Download Instructions

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    Communicating Discharge Instructions with Clients

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    Senior Technician Supervisor and CVT, Sarah Harris, joins Training Specialist and CVT, Jessica Waters, to review the process for communicating effective discharge instructions with clients. Using the example of a gastroenteritis p...

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    Is My Rat Choking?

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    This morning I had quite the scare! One of my rats did not come to greet me, and I found her lying toward the back of her cage. I picked her up and could see something was wrong. I put her down to observe her, and f...

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    Vitamin D3 Toxicity: Rare but Noteworthy

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    Cholecalciferol is an uncommon cause of toxicity in the dog and cat, however after seeing several cases recently, I thought that it warranted a review. Thankfully, these cases were seen shortly after ingestion and all did well wit...

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    Flash Sterilization

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    Flash sterilization is a quick way to get the tools you need into surgery. Learn from surgery technician assistant, Ashley Palmer, about how to safely run a flash sterilization cycle. Download Flash Sterilization Guide

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    Thank You, and Good Job

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    Being a veterinarian is exhausting, isn't it? We need to care about so many things! I need to care about that blocked cat whose owners can't afford treatment. I need to care about that dog with pulmonary metastasis whose owners...

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    Tube Feeding Puppies

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    Jessica Waters, CVT and Alicia Crabtree, TA discuss the process of tube feeding a puppy for effective nutrition management.

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    Preparing for Exotic Patients

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    A chicken, a rabbit and a skunk walk into DoveLewis… It sounds like the start of an awful joke, right?  Actually, all three of those animals were recently hospitalized in our ICU.  Almost daily you can see multiple sp...

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    Workplace Grief - Making a Memorial Table

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    March is Wellness Month at DoveLewis! Join Enid Traisman, Pet Loss Support Director, and Chelsea Lincoln, Special Accounts Coordinator, to learn about creating memorial tables to support your colleagues. Download Supplies List...

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    Feline Jugular Venipuncture

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    Sarah Harris, CVT, demonstrates how to collect a blood sample from the jugular vein of a feline patient.

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    New Kids on The Block

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    Even for experienced staff, working at a veterinary ER can be hectic, heartbreaking, and overwhelming.  For brand new employees, adapting to the pace can be rough.  Unfortunately, I’ve seen new hires get overwhelmed by t...

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    Veterinary Interview Prep

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    Whether you are applying for a position in a new city, or promotion at your current hospital, there are a few tips you should keep in mind. Cheryl Latta, DoveLewis Human Resources Manager, discusses how to make the best impression...

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    Hydration Assessment

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    Christy Michael, BVMS, reviews different techniques for completing a hydration assessment.

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    Who’s Hungry? Getting Nutrition into Our Patients

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    Nutrition in hospitalized patients is often overlooked in the early hours of illness. With blood work to run and radiographs to take, diarrhea to clean up and blood pressures to measure we forget that our patient has not eaten in...

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    Moving an Anesthetized Patient

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    James Reid, CVT, demonstrates how to safely move an anesthetized patient from surgery prep into the surgery suite.

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    The Other End of the Leash

    Views: 2,411 - Comments: 15

    Talk to anyone in vet med about why they are in the field, and you are likely to get a response laced with misanthropy. Bring up the possibility of human medicine with a vet tech, and elicit a squirm of distaste or a gag resp...

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    Blood Pressure in Anesthesia

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    Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS (ECC), discusses the normal values for blood pressures, anesthetic complications, and to how to manage them.

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    Anal Gland Expression

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    Brandi Faries, CVT, demonstrates how to perform anal gland expression on a dog.

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    Dog Bone Danger

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    Earlier this year, the FDA concluded a report about the dangers of dog bone treats. Coby Richter, DVM, DACVS, blogs about an example of why dog bones can cause fatal complications. Every time I walk by the bulk bins in cert...

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    Central Venous Catheters

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    Liz Hughston, RVT, VTS (SAIM), discusses the setup, use, and care of central venous catheters.

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    Antibiotic Awareness

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    In honor of Antibiotic Awareness Week, Carrie Daly, DVM, discusses the importance of judicious antibiotic use and how to prevent antibiotic resistance in your hospital.

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    Dorsal Pedal Blood Draw

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    Sarah Harris, CVT, demonstrates step-by-step instructions for utilizing the dorsal pedal vein.

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    How to Address Mental Health Concerns

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    Chief Human Resources Officer, Monica Maxwell, and HR Generalist, Cheryl Latta, address culture issues and signs managers should look out for when it comes to burn out and depression.

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    Let’s Talk About Suicide Awareness

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    Live Again co-founder, Eric Snyder, comes to DoveLewis to talk with HR Generalist, Cheryl Latta, about suicide awareness and prevention. Resources mentioned in this video: National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273- TALK...

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    Disaster Relief in the Veterinary Community

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    Natural disasters impact thousands of pets and veterinary hospitals each year. Christy Michael, BVMS, discusses ways to help your local and national veterinary community. Dr. Michael also recommends relief and recovery teams speci...

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    Debarking Debate

    Views: 3,180 - Comments: 6

    Ventriculocordectomy to de-vocalize dogs should be a procedure abandoned and lost to history. So…are we really still having a debate about the legitimacy of de-barking procedures? Sarcasm is not my usual state of being so the incr...

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    Endoscope Set Up

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    Surgery Assistant at DoveLewis, Anna Streitz, demonstrates how to set up a video endoscope.

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    Can You Fire for Free Speech?

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    DoveLewis CEO Ron Mogan and Chief Human Resources Officer Monica Maxwell discuss the controversial firing of an employee at Google.

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    Tiny Talk - Sampling Catheters

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    Liz Hughston, MEd, RVT, VTS (SAIM, ECC), discusses the equipment, placement, use, and care of sampling catheters such as the BD Intracath™ and Cavafix®.

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    Autoclave Operation

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    Surgery Assistant at DoveLewis, Anna Streitz, demonstrates how to load and operate an autoclave.

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    Surgical Checklists

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    Coby Richter, DVM, DACVS, discusses the benefits of using surgical checklists for anesthetic procedures. Included with this video is a printable surgical checklist. Surgical Safety Checklist

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    Laser Therapy

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    Mandi Blackwelder, DVM, CCRP, demonstrates the use of a Class IV companion laser for therapy on a dog with previous TPLO surgery.

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    Low-Stress Handling for Your Patients and You

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    In this lecture, Jenn Fiendish, CVT, VTS (Behavior), discusses low stress handling techniques and why they are important. This talk is specifically RACE-approved for one Technician CE credit.

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    Importance of Blood Typing

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    Blood Bank Director at DoveLewis, Jill Greene, CVT, discusses the importance of blood typing, with or without a previous transfusion, and the types of blood available.

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    Ethylene Oxide Gas Sterilizer Operation

    Views: 4,146 - Comments: 5

    Surgery Assistant at DoveLewis, Anna Streitz, demonstrates how to operate an Anprolene® Ethylene Oxide (EtO) Gas Sterilizer.

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    Heartworm Prevention

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    Caryn Reynolds, DVM, DACVIM (cardio), discusses heartworm disease and the epidemiological changes of the disease over the past 3 years.

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    Dog Bite Prevention Week at DoveLewis: Who, When and Why

    Views: 6,619 - Comments: 0

    It’s National Dog Bite Prevention week! As the Safety Manager at DoveLewis, animal bites are always at the front of my proverbial stove. I would like to say that we have a zero bite record, but that would be false. As an emergency...

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    Tiny Talk - Intraosseous (IO) Catheters

    Views: 4,482 - Comments: 2

    Liz Hughston, MEd, RVT, VTS (SAIM, ECC), discusses the placement, use, and care of intraosseous catheters.

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    April Fools'! Safety Considerations for Dangerous Animals

    Views: 4,984 - Comments: 1

    In this unusual case, Coby Richter, DVM, DACVS, discusses safety tips and best practices when working with potentially dangerous animals.

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    Cleaning an Endoscope

    Views: 3,996 - Comments: 3

    Surgery Assistant at DoveLewis, Anna Streitz, demonstrates how to clean and store an endoscope after a procedure.

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    The ABCs of CVTs

    Views: 5,876 - Comments: 9

    Have you ever thought about how many acronyms we use on a daily basis? Some we know by heart, but other definitions remain a bit fuzzy. I took an informal census of our technical staff to see who knew the exact meaning of the term...

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    In-House Disposal of Leptospirosis Urine

    Views: 5,131 - Comments: 14

    Technician Assistant Manager at DoveLewis, Marisa Perring, explains the protocol used in-house at DoveLewis for the safe disposal of Leptospirosis urine.

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    Blood Products

    Views: 6,270 - Comments: 1

    Jill Greene, CVT, discusses various blood products and when and why to use them. A downloadable infographic on blood products is included. Blood Products Breakdown

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    Contrast Cystography

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    Amy Butler, DVM, MS, DACVECC, demonstrates how to perform a contrast cystography on a feline with a possible bladder defect after being hit by a car.

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    Anxious and Afraid

    Views: 14,302 - Comments: 3

    In this lecture, Jenn Fiendish, CVT, VTS (Behavior), discusses fear and anxiety in cats and dogs. Common presentations, management techniques, treatment strategies are covered. This talk is specifically RACE-approved for 1.5...

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    Underwater Treadmill Preparation

    Views: 2,615 - Comments: 0

    Mandi Blackwelder, DVM, CCRP, discusses the patient preparation for the underwater treadmill and what happens when there is an accident in the water.

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    Underwater Treadmill Use

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    Mandi Blackwelder, DVM, CCRP, discusses the uses and functionality of the underwater treadmill and how it can help rehabilitate patients.

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    7 Tips for Happy Pets on Halloween

    Views: 2,641 - Comments: 1

    Guest blogger and behavior specialist, Jenn Fiendish, CVT, VTS (Behavior), discusses important things to keep in mind while educating clients this Halloween: We all know the dangers of chocolate and pets, but what about the anx...

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    When Society Labels You a Killer

    Views: 3,855 - Comments: 7

    UPDATE: The Quebec Court of Appeal has lifted the temporary suspension of Montreal’s pitbull ban, putting the bylaw into effect. Pit Bulls have recently been all over the news as the target of a controversial ban which came aft...

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    Urine Specimen Handling

    Views: 8,689 - Comments: 2

    Sarah Harris, CVT, demonstrates how to properly handle a urine sample prior to labeling and analysis.

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