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  • Veterinary Life in Alaska - 72 Hours

    1,108 Views - 1 Comments Day 3 of the Great Alaska Experience. I’m able to recognize people and call them by the right name. I’m doing very well. Today one of the doctors at Far Country asked me what I expect from my doctors....
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  • Veterinary Life in Alaska - 48 Hours

    1,011 Views - 0 Comments Captain’s Log: Stardate 29 January 2013 [It’s time to admit that I’ve never seen an entire episode of the original Star Trek. I don’t know what “stardate” means.]...
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  • Veterinary Life in Alaska - 24 Hours

    1,300 Views - 2 Comments This trip to Alaska is not just about me teaching. It’s about me learning. And after 24 hours in this state I have learned a couple things. The cold really isn’t that bad. 17 below is cold, don’t...
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  • I'm a Believer... in Alternative Veterinary Medicine

    1,741 Views - 3 Comments I have taken my pets to a Woo Woo doctor. There. I said it. I realize that in this day and age people are much more open to Eastern ways (acupuncture, herbs, etc) but those of us trained in Western medici...
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  • Isolation Protocol

    8,372 Views - 4 Comments Isolation protocol can get confusing, so Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS (ECC), walks through the DoveLewis isolation protocol for dealing with patients with communicable diseases.

    4 min 38 sec

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  • Subcutaneous Fluids

    9,105 Views - 3 Comments Joanie Abrams, CVT, VTS (ECC), demonstrates how to set up for and administer subcutaneous fluids to a cat. This video is great for showing clients how to do this for their pets.

    7 min 28 sec

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  • Checklists: A Tool to Improve Function

    9,291 Views - 7 Comments Many of the tasks we perform daily in veterinary medicine are systematic--we perform physical exams in the same sequence every time, we chart notes in a SOAP format, we generate diagnostic and therapeutic...
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  • Basic Enema

    11,731 Views - 10 Comments Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS (ECC), demonstrates how to administer a warm water/lubricant enema to one lucky little dog.

    2 min 10 sec

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  • Holiday Bonuses

    1,515 Views - 4 Comments I’ve been in the professional world for a number of years now, and have been the lucky recipient of a few different bonuses. They have been in the form of gift cards, contributions to retirement,...
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  • Blood Smear Preparation

    11,167 Views - 3 Comments Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS (ECC), demonstrates how to make a blood smear.

    1 min 11 sec

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  • French and Gauge Sizes

    4,976 Views - 2 Comments Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS (ECC), talks about diameters of tubes and needles in terms of gauge and french sizes.

    1 min 53 sec

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  • Site Update: Quiz Feature

    597 Views - 2 Comments Due to popular demand, we have added a super-useful new feature:When a member watches any video, they can now take a short quiz at the end! Once they pass the quiz they have the option to forward their pr...
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  • Applying Topical Spray

    4,257 Views - 0 Comments Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS (ECC), demonstrates how to apply topical spray to a dog.

    1 min 10 sec

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  • Improving the Patient Experience

    5,731 Views - 0 Comments As clinical staff, veterinary technicians are often challenged to fill a diverse range of roles in providing care to their patients. We receive extensive training and continuing education to hone ou...
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  • Butterfly Catheter Blood Draw

    10,020 Views - 5 Comments Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS (ECC), demonstrates how to obtain a blood sample from the lateral saphenous vein of a small dog using a butterfly catheter.

    1 min 34 sec

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  • SNAP Test

    8,439 Views - 2 Comments Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS (ECC), shows how to perform a basic SNAP test. Refer to manufacturer’s specific test instructions for your kit, as each test varies slightly.

    2 min 34 sec

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  • Preparing IV Fluids

    12,903 Views - 2 Comments Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS (ECC), demonstrates how to prepare IV fluids for administration. Perfect for owners learning to administer SQ fluids or brand new hospital employees.

    2 min 28 sec

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  • Hanging Leg Surgery Patient Prep

    9,666 Views - 3 Comments Ashley Magee, DVM, DACVS, describes how to prepare a patient for limb surgery using a hanging leg preparation technique.

    6 min 48 sec

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  • Abdominal Surgery Patient Prep

    12,589 Views - 12 Comments Surgery assistant at DoveLewis, Sue Marcoe, demonstrates how to clip and prepare a patient for abdominal surgery.

    5 min 19 sec

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  • The Other Side of the Exam Table

    1,944 Views - 2 Comments Over the last month I’ve been entirely consumed by my year-old cat’s rapid progression down the FLUTD path of horrors. After four deobstructions and five hospitalizations, I agreed to have Dr. Magee (one...
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  • Doppler Blood Pressure

    11,494 Views - 2 Comments Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS (ECC), explains how to obtain a Doppler blood pressure on a dog.

    5 min 24 sec

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  • Fluid Pump Basics

    9,229 Views - 1 Comments Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS (ECC), shows the basics of using a fluid pump.

    1 min 36 sec

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  • Diagnostic Ultrasonography

    4,152 Views - 0 Comments Jen Langevin, CVT, and Alan Lipman, DVM, DACVR, explain and demonstrate the basic abdominal ultrasound process, specifically the technician’s role and the specific organs examined by the radiologist....

    4 min 14 sec

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  • Grape Toxicity

    4,362 Views - 2 Comments Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS (ECC), discusses a case of grape toxicity and the process of dealing with grape ingestion in general.

    2 min 20 sec

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  • Take That Syringe Out of Your Mouth!

    5,011 Views - 8 Comments Some habits are tough to quit. Chewing your fingernails, picking the olives off your pizza, incessant channel surfing - they can be challenging to stop. As safety manager for our hospital, I can now re...
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  • Patient Cooling

    4,720 Views - 6 Comments Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS (ECC), discusses how to cool a patient with a very high body temperature. Instead of ice packs (which will cause vasoconstriction and trap hot blood in the patient’s core), cool w...

    1 min 42 sec

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  • Urinalysis Preparation

    13,272 Views - 8 Comments Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS (ECC), shows you how to prepare for the three parts of a complete urinalysis: perform a dipstick test, specific gravity, and sediment exam.

    3 min 28 sec

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  • Basic Ear Cleaning

    9,956 Views - 2 Comments Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS (ECC), explains and demonstrates how to perform a basic ear cleaning on a dog. 

    2 min 24 sec

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  • Handling Aggressive Dogs

    18,471 Views - 15 Comments Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS (ECC), talks through restraining an unpredictable dog with a past history of aggression for an IV injection.

    2 min 43 sec

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  • Body Temperature - Canine

    7,767 Views - 1 Comments Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS (ECC), demonstrates how to measure body temperature rectally on a dog.

    1 min 10 sec

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  • Respiratory Rate and Effort - Canine

    9,369 Views - 0 Comments Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS(ECC), demonstrates how to examine a dog’s respiratory rate and effort, while paying close attention to the specific patient’s mentation, illness, and breed.

    2 min 52 sec

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  • Monitoring Mentation - Canine

    10,966 Views - 2 Comments Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS (ECC), what mentation means, with emphasis on classifying patients as QAR (Quiet/Alert/Responsive), BAR (Bright/Alert/Responsive), and Dull/Depressed.

    1 min 28 sec

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  • Monitoring Mucous Membranes - Canine

    8,705 Views - 1 Comments Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS (ECC), shows how to evaluate Mucous Membranes and CRT (Capillary Refill Time) in a dog.

    1 min 54 sec

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  • Heart Rate and Rhythm - Canine

    10,379 Views - 6 Comments Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS (ECC), demonstrates how to measure heart rate, rhythm, and pulse quality on a dog.

    2 min 13 sec

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  • Canine Cephalic Vein Blood Collection

    13,847 Views - 2 Comments Joanie Abrams, CVT, VTS (ECC), shows how to draw blood from a dog’s cephalic vein.

    1 min 46 sec

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  • Blood Collection Tubes

    11,813 Views - 4 Comments Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS (ECC), discusses various blood collection tubes and what each is used for.

    2 min 32 sec

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  • Canine Jugular Venipuncture

    15,225 Views - 8 Comments Jill Greene, CVT, demonstrates how to draw blood from a dog’s jugular vein. She explains why the circumstances are appropriate for drawing from the jugular instead of a peripheral vein.

    2 min 16 sec

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  • At Dawn They Sleep: Guide to Surviving Overnights

    4,775 Views - 17 Comments As I stated in my previous blog, overnights are hard. Health problems and cancer are very prevalent among overnight workers, sadly, and it's been suggested that if you work overnights you shouldn'...
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  • Why I Like Overnights

    2,457 Views - 4 Comments Do I like overnights? Does anyone like overnights? Maybe a few masochistic vampires out there can truly answer yes but the truth is that working graveyard is tough. It is unnatural and completely soc...
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  • Here's My Problem: Overnight Anticipation

    1,650 Views - 0 Comments I have to work an overnight shift tonight. It’s a mid-week overnight shift, surrounded by days of meetings and office work. My favorite. In my outside-of-work life I LOVE anticipation, but as I force...
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  • Drinks After Work

    1,830 Views - 2 Comments Many shifts leave me feeling like a weary soldier of the ER/ICU, and (more often than not) the Grim Reaper. These times call for a drink. I envy those of you that can meet for so-called "happy hou...
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  • Aftercare Paw Prints

    4,345 Views - 7 Comments Technician Assistant, Cecily Douglas, demonstrates how to make a set of ink paw prints as part of aftercare on deceased patients.

    3 min 16 sec

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  • The Reality of Medical Inventory

    5,070 Views - 5 Comments Many of us have experienced the frustration of dealing with the revolving door of drugs or inventory items that are in short supply, on backorder, or have been discontinued. Within the past two years we'v...
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  • Using Sterilization Pouches

    8,126 Views - 3 Comments Surgery Assistant at DoveLewis, Sarah Crisp, talks through how to sterilize instruments in single sterilization pouches.

    1 min 54 sec

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  • Cage Aggression

    14,565 Views - 6 Comments Meredith Rose, CVT, VTS(ECC), demonstrates how to appropriately manage a dog that has severe cage aggression.

    2 min 36 sec

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  • Compassion Fatigue

    10,836 Views - 8 Comments Did you know that caring too much can hurt? When veterinary staff members are exposed to others pain, they can succumb to symptoms associated with the secondary traumatic stress disorder now labeled...
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  • Fractious Cat Restraint

    28,068 Views - 30 Comments Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS (ECC), and Technician Assistant, Sarah Crisp, wrangle Max, a very grumpy cat who is in the ER for an exam and diagnostics. Megan gives some tips on handling aggressive and fractio...

    4 min 14 sec

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  • Use of a 3-Way Stopcock

    8,830 Views - 0 Comments Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS (ECC), uses water and food coloring to demonstrate how to properly use a 3-way stopcock.

    1 min 35 sec

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  • Open and Hand Off a Sterile Pack

    9,819 Views - 8 Comments Surgery assistant, Sarah Crisp, explains step-by-step how to open and hand off a sterile pack.

    1 min 46 sec

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  • Wrapping Sterile Packs

    14,479 Views - 11 Comments Surgery Assistant at DoveLewis, Sarah Crisp, explains step-by-step how to wrap a surgical pack for steam sterilization.

    6 min

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