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    Anesthesia Machine Basics

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    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 valve safety.

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    Why Do People Hate Leashes?

    Views: 3,168 - Comments: 5

    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 don’t realize the leash is...

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    Nursing Scabies (Sarcoptic Mange)

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    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 Sarcoptic Mange.

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    Providing Top Notch Customer Service

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    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 of what could walk through...

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    Safe Lifting

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

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    Can't We All Just Get Along?

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    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 getting older, or maybe it’s...

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    Don't Drink the Water - Leptospirosis in Dogs

    Views: 8,810 - Comments: 9

    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. This talk is specifical...

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    Allergic to Overnights

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    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 get a rash) and difficulty...

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    Yogi Tech: From Saving Dogs to Downward Dog

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    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 kid (lots of pizza and ju...

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    Laundry Protocol

    Views: 8,177 - Comments: 9

    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. Download Laundry Tags

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    Emptying Garbage

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    DoveLewis Technician Assistant, Amy Lacey, discusses some tips to remember when emptying the garbage at a veterinary hospital. 

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    Floor Cleaning Protocol

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    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 cleaning and disinfecting as...

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    Responsible Owners

    Views: 3,049 - Comments: 6

    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 our homes with. But even a...

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    Myers-Briggs Thinking vs. Feeling

    Views: 6,101 - Comments: 2

    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. 

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    Ringworm Testing

    Views: 7,142 - Comments: 2

    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.

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    Anesthesia Induction Box

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    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 are also covered.

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    Canoeing Down the Ebola River

    Views: 2,461 - Comments: 4

    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 about scary viruses that li...

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    Bottle Feeding Kittens

    Views: 7,677 - Comments: 9

    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.

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    Site Update: New Training Plans!

    Views: 2,348 - Comments: 3

    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 consistent training for each empl...

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    Giardia SNAP Test

    Views: 7,947 - Comments: 0

    Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS (ECC), demonstrates how to perform a giardia SNAP test on feces collected from a dog.

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    Canine Nail Trim

    Views: 13,127 - Comments: 3

    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 cut.

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    Antiseptic Solution Protocol

    Views: 7,270 - Comments: 11

    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

    Views: 9,649 - Comments: 6

    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. Download CPR Sheet

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    How I Learned When "Enough is Enough"

    Views: 2,637 - Comments: 6

    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 that we need to find placeme...

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    Presenting Estimates

    Views: 10,432 - Comments: 4

    Christy Michael, BVMS, discusses the best way to train non-veterinarian staff to present an estimate to clients.

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    Lavage in Surgery

    Views: 7,169 - Comments: 7

    Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS (ECC), discusses sterile lavage used in surgery including storage and use. 

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    Veterinary Survival Tip: Bad Smells & Gagging

    Views: 3,496 - Comments: 6

    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 __(fill in the blank)__. La...

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    Bearded Dragon Supportive Care

    Views: 5,254 - Comments: 5

    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.

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    Vaccine Associated Sarcoma

    Views: 6,623 - Comments: 0

    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.

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    Maintaining the Sterile Field

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    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.

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    Oscillometric Blood Pressure

    Views: 11,094 - Comments: 1

    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 discussed.

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    How to Keep Members Engaged & Learning

    Views: 1,990 - Comments: 0

    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 video or CE lecture in...

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    How to Show Appreciation to Colleagues

    Views: 3,666 - Comments: 4

    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 you are a doctor, tech, rec...

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    Patient Warming in the ICU

    Views: 5,434 - Comments: 7

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

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    Heart Rate and Rhythm - Feline

    Views: 10,595 - Comments: 0

    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.

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    Monitoring Mucous Membranes - Feline

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

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    Open Gloving Technique

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    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 catheter or central line.

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    Avian Beak Trim

    Views: 5,671 - Comments: 1

    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.

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    Your Favorite Content of 2013

    Views: 2,011 - Comments: 0

    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 the most popular videos, ar...

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    Avian Wing Trim

    Views: 6,369 - Comments: 1

    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.

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    Holiday Disclosure: I Was a Tree Killer

    Views: 2,592 - Comments: 1

    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 that made me stop. It’s b...

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    My Dog Ate Christmas

    Views: 2,785 - Comments: 1

    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 and a naughty dog......

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    Three Awesome Holiday Gifts From Clients

    Views: 2,154 - Comments: 1

    Our hospital doors at DoveLewis are open 365 days a year, 24 hours a day. The holidays are often some of our busiest times, and require a full staff. This means that our holidays are often spent away from family, friends and the t...

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    Holidays in Veterinary Hospitals

    Views: 2,517 - Comments: 2

    You hate it before you played it I already forgave ya J. Cole (Villematic) It's holiday time at DoveLewis Emergency Animal Hospital… My belly aches at the mere thought of how much chocolate and cookies I will consume in the...

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    Avian Husbandry

    Views: 5,423 - Comments: 2

    On location at Oswego Veterinary Hospital, Deb Ward, DVM, discusses avian husbandry. Appropriate diet, potential toxins and enrichment are mentioned.

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    Hate Veterinary Holidays? You Don't Have To!

    Views: 2,552 - Comments: 3

    Veterinary professionals hate the holidays. It’s true. And with good reason! Between the “Seasonal Sixteen” weight gain from all of the delicious treats our grateful clients and vendors bring us this time of year, and the generali...

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    Avian Restraint and Exam

    Views: 7,791 - Comments: 7

    On location at Oswego Veterinary Hospital, Deb Ward, DVM, and Stephanie Cooper, CVT, demonstrate and explain basic avian restraint and how to perform a physical exam.

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    Cleaning Surgical Instruments

    Views: 17,085 - Comments: 2

    It’s important to take good care of your expensive surgical instruments. In this video, Sarah Crisp demonstrates how to clean dirty surgical instruments. Initial scrubbing, ultrasonic cleaning and instrument lubrication are all di...

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    Feelings and Veterinary Jobs

    Views: 3,221 - Comments: 2

    Today’s blog isn’t going to run smoothly. These are just a few random thoughts on feelings and the veterinary workplace. Summary: Feelings suck. A few months ago at work a DVM started telling me all about this cute, cuddly...

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    When Veterinary Medicine Gets Personal

    Views: 2,565 - Comments: 1

    I’m standing at the treatment table, looking down at a 120 pound Bullmastiff. Her mucus membranes are pale, she is almost completely unconscious and barely breathing. Under normal circumstances, this is the kind of case that gets...

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