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  • Urinary Catheter in a Male Dog

    11,148 Views - 6 Comments Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS(ECC), demonstrates how to place a urinary catheter in a male dog. In this case, the catheter was temporary meant to drain the bladder for patient comfort; a similar approach can b...

    3 min 19 sec

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  • Cleaning Kennels

    11,551 Views - 9 Comments Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS(ECC), demonstrates how to clean and disinfect a kennel between patients.

    2 min 11 sec

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  • When to Say Goodbye

    2,737 Views - 1 Comments My recent experience saying goodbye to our pug Lucy led me to the DoveLewis Pet Loss Support Program and Enid Traisman, program director and certified grief counselor. Ron: I work in a building where...
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  • My Two Favorite Superheroes

    2,449 Views - 1 Comments It has been a while since my last blog and I have been thinking what my few readers would find interesting. I think we all love superhero stories, but mine just so happen to be real. My favorite superhero...
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  • Pulse Oximetry (SpO2)

    12,900 Views - 0 Comments Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS(ECC), demonstrates how to obtain a pulse oximetry reading (SpO2) on a dog. A brief explanation of how the machine works is followed by best locations to obtain the reading....

    2 min 58 sec

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  • There's an Opossum in My Bed!

    2,328 Views - 1 Comments I was privileged to work at Veterinary Services of Wickford in Saunderstown, Rhode Island for five years. They not only take care of small animals and exotics but also have a wildlife clinic attached to t...
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  • Can vs. Should

    2,481 Views - 8 Comments Just because we can doesn’t mean we should… Those words are heard in ICUs around the country – for animal and people alike. We have reached a point where medicine can do amazing things, but it may not...
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  • Medical Errors

    6,221 Views - 0 Comments Ladan Mohammad-Zadeh, DVM, DACVECC, takes this hour to discuss medical errors. She covers classification of errors, what to do when errors occur in the hospital, owner communication, and some personal exa...

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  • Anesthesia Machine Basics

    27,903 Views - 9 Comments Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS(ECC), explains the different parts to the anesthesia machine. She covers proper anesthetic circuit choice, appropriate oxygen flow rates, correct reservoir bag sizing, and pop-off...

    8 min 36 sec

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  • Why Do People Hate Leashes?

    2,576 Views - 5 Comments I want to know why so many dog owners think that it’s okay to have their dog off leash everywhere. Do dog owners think a “good” dog will walk next to them and only “bad” dogs need to be on a leash? They d...
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  • Nursing Scabies (Sarcoptic Mange)

    6,531 Views - 0 Comments Rose City Veterinary Hospital technician Becky Smith, CVT, VTS (Clinical Practice), discusses appropriate personal protective equipment and cleaning procedures when dealing with a patient suffering from S...

    2 min 10 sec

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  • Providing Top Notch Customer Service

    19,596 Views - 5 Comments At DoveLewis we live and work in a 24-hour world where clients arrive at all hours in a variety of mental and emotional states. This helps keep us on our toes, but constantly dealing with the unknown...
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  • Safe Lifting

    11,359 Views - 0 Comments Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS (ECC), and assistant, Hannah Cohen, demonstrate the proper procedure for lifting a dog from the floor to the table.

    1 min 24 sec

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  • Can't We All Just Get Along?

    3,441 Views - 12 Comments I’m a fairly cynical person. It’s not a trait I’m necessarily proud of – while sarcasm is fun at cocktail parties it sometimes really poisons the genuinely good moments in life. Maybe it’s because I’m get...
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  • Don't Drink the Water - Leptospirosis in Dogs

    7,186 Views - 9 Comments Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS(ECC), discusses Leptospirosis in dogs including at risk populations, the disease progression, and treatment. Heavy emphasis is placed on proper barrier nursing care and zoonosis....

    55 min 4 sec

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  • Allergic to Overnights

    2,110 Views - 0 Comments I know I sound silly and slightly crazy, but I really think I’m allergic to the overnight shift. It starts just like any other allergic response minus the hives, rash (really glad I don’t g...
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  • Yogi Tech: From Saving Dogs to Downward Dog

    3,243 Views - 8 Comments I started working at DoveLewis Emergency Animal Hospital over five years ago. Before that time I practiced yoga and did some light exercise but it was sporadic and sparse. I drank a lot, ate like a little...
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  • Laundry Protocol

    6,340 Views - 7 Comments DoveLewis technician assistant, Amy Lacey, discussed the various types of laundry in a veterinary hospital and the laundry protocol and communication strategies used at DoveLewis.

    2 min 51 sec

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  • Emptying Garbage

    4,689 Views - 0 Comments DoveLewis Technician Assistant, Amy Lacey, discusses some tips to remember when emptying the garbage at a veterinary hospital. 

    1 min 10 sec

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  • Floor Cleaning Protocol

    5,929 Views - 0 Comments DoveLewis Technician Assistant, Amy Lacey, describes the protocol for cleaning and disinfecting the hospital floors. In a 24 hr facility like DoveLewis, this happens at minimum every 12 hours with spot cl...

    1 min 37 sec

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  • Responsible Owners

    2,436 Views - 6 Comments September is Responsible Dog Ownership Month. Awesome, right? A whole month where we can talk about preventive care and a good diet and grooming and exercising and loving these wonderful animals we share...
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  • Myers-Briggs Thinking vs. Feeling

    4,823 Views - 2 Comments Monica Maxwell, SPHR, defines the major differences between thinkers and feelers, and how to work with both personalities, and also how to deal with both personalities from a client perspective. ...

    4 min 2 sec

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  • Ringworm Testing

    5,670 Views - 2 Comments On location at Rose City Veterinary Hospital, Becky Smith, CVT, VTS (Clinical Practice Canine/Feline), demonstrates how to collect a sample for DTM culture to assist in diagnosing ringworm.

    3 min 45 sec

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  • Anesthesia Induction Box

    7,501 Views - 0 Comments Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS(ECC), explains proper set-up and safety for using an anesthesia induction box to induce anesthesia in multiple species. The many drawbacks of this method of anesthesia induction a...

    2 min 55 sec

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  • Canoeing Down the Ebola River

    1,981 Views - 4 Comments I am obsessed with the Ebola virus and I have been for years. I own books titled The Coming Plague and Level 4: Virus Hunters of the CDC. For Christmas two years ago my sister gave me the book Spillover a...
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  • Bottle Feeding Kittens

    6,032 Views - 8 Comments Rachel Kinney, CVT, VTS (ECC), demonstrates the proper technique for bottle feeding orphaned kittens, including how much to feed them and how to care for them after each feeding.

    4 min 11 sec

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  • Site Update: New Training Plans!

    1,999 Views - 3 Comments Having pre-built and custom training plans available for our administrators will be the biggest addition to our website all year. On the Floor @Dove's new Training Plan feature ensures consist...
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  • Giardia SNAP Test

    6,357 Views - 0 Comments Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS (ECC), demonstrates how to perform a giardia SNAP test on feces collected from a dog.

    1 min 55 sec

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  • Canine Nail Trim

    10,073 Views - 0 Comments DoveLewis technician Rachel Kinney, CVT, VTS (ECC), explains how to perform a nail trim on a dog, mentioning both clear and opaque nails, and methods to stop bleeding if the blood vessel is inadvertently...

    3 min 28 sec

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  • Antiseptic Solution Protocol

    5,528 Views - 11 Comments DoveLewis Technician Assistant, Sarah Hunter, describes the protocol for changing bottles of alcohol, scrub, and solution stored on the hospital floor.

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  • Crash Cart Organization

    7,549 Views - 4 Comments Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS (ECC), walks you through the crash cart organization at DoveLewis. She explains what items are kept where, and presents methods for putting together a crash cart for any practice....

    4 min 33 sec

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  • How I Learned When "Enough is Enough"

    2,002 Views - 6 Comments We have entered kitten season and with that comes trying to find foster families and homes. Luckily, the local county and private shelters do a great job with helping us out but there are still kittens th...
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  • Presenting Estimates

    8,405 Views - 4 Comments Christy Michael, BVMS, discusses the best way to train non-veterinarian staff to present an estimate to clients.

    5 min 6 sec

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  • Lavage in Surgery

    5,459 Views - 7 Comments Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS (ECC), discusses sterile lavage used in surgery including storage and use. 

    1 min 46 sec

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  • Veterinary Survival Tip: Bad Smells & Gagging

    2,829 Views - 5 Comments The best advice I've ever received for working/surviving at a veterinary hospital is: Whatever smelly lotion is available, put a dab/smear right under your nostrils to cover the hideous smell of __(fil...
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  • Bearded Dragon Supportive Care

    3,892 Views - 5 Comments On location at Southwest Animal Hospital, Veterinary Assistant, Justin During, demonstrates how to give injections, intracoelomic fluids, and syringe feed a sick bearded dragon patient.

    4 min 59 sec

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  • Vaccine Associated Sarcoma

    5,298 Views - 0 Comments Becky Smith, CVT, VTS (Clinical Practice Canine/Feline), discusses vaccine associated sarcoma in felines and the 3 2 1 Rule when making the decision to biopsy a lump at a vaccine site.

    1 min 48 sec

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  • Maintaining the Sterile Field

    9,579 Views - 0 Comments Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS (ECC), discusses the sterile field in the surgery suite and how to properly pass items to a sterile surgeon maintaining the sterile field.

    2 min 13 sec

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  • Oscillometric Blood Pressure

    8,375 Views - 1 Comments Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS (ECC), demonstrates how to obtain a blood pressure on a dog using an oscillometric blood pressure machine. Proper cuff size, machine limitations, and proper documentation are all...

    3 min 51 sec

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  • How to Keep Members Engaged & Learning

    1,636 Views - 0 Comments Take full advantage of your atdove.org subscription by keeping staff consistently engaged and learning. Here are a few tips to help your team utilize atdove.org training: Show an interesting vide...
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  • How to Show Appreciation to Colleagues

    2,864 Views - 4 Comments So let’s just get this out of the way: I think that almost every veterinary professional can agree that the best way to show your appreciation at a veterinary hospital is with food. It doesn’t matter if y...
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  • Patient Warming in the ICU

    4,255 Views - 7 Comments Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS (ECC), discusses the different ways hospital staff can re-warm or keep patients warm while in the hospital.

    2 min 22 sec

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  • Heart Rate and Rhythm - Feline

    8,037 Views - 0 Comments Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS (ECC), discusses obtaining a heart rate on feline patients and the importance of listening for arrhythmias and checking pulses at the same time.

    1 min 46 sec

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  • Monitoring Mucous Membranes - Feline

    7,580 Views - 0 Comments Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS (ECC), demonstrates how to examine mucous membrane color and measure capillary refill time in feline patients.

    1 min 42 sec

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  • Open Gloving Technique

    10,296 Views - 0 Comments Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS (ECC), demonstrates how to don sterile gloves using an open gloving technique – meaning only the hands are sterile – to prepare for such procedures as placing a urinary cathe...

    2 min 39 sec

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  • Avian Beak Trim

    4,494 Views - 1 Comments On location at Oswego Veterinary Hospital, Deb Ward, DVM, and Stephanie Cooper explain when a bird may need a beak trim and also demonstrate the procedure.

    1 min 29 sec

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  • Your Favorite Content of 2013

    1,707 Views - 0 Comments 2013 was big for online veterinary training with atdove.org. Our membership base now spans 45 US states, including Puerto Rico and Washington DC, and 19 different countries across the globe! Here are t...
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  • Avian Wing Trim

    5,126 Views - 1 Comments On location at Oswego Veterinary Clinic, Deb Ward, DVM, and Stephanie Cooper, CVT, perform a wing trim on a bird. Blood feather identification is discussed.

    2 min

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  • Holiday Disclosure: I Was a Tree Killer

    2,020 Views - 1 Comments I got this card in the mail yesterday and it caused me to burst into laughter in the middle of my kitchen. I admit it. I used to be a tree killer. But the tree my friend is referencing is the one...
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  • My Dog Ate Christmas

    2,224 Views - 1 Comments So, I wasn’t going to write a blog this month cause I couldn’t think of anything holiday related that I wanted to write about. But then a Christmas Miracle took place! Well, more like a forgetful roommate...
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