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  • Hemocytometer White Blood Cell Count

    3,159 Views - 0 Comments Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS(ECC), demonstrates how to perform a manual white blood cell count using a hemocytometer. This procedure is infrequently used due to the technology available to many hospitals, but...

    8 min 47 sec

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  • Is There a Cure for When You’re a Workaholic?

    2,308 Views - 5 Comments Is there a cure when you’re a workaholic? I am a workaholic. I come from a long line of focused, hardworking people who lived their lives with determined energy. And honestly, for many of my ancestors...
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  • Respiratory Distress: Emergency Treatment

    9,064 Views - 2 Comments Everyone who works in medicine of any kind understands that a patient’s airway and breathing are critical to their survival. If a patient does not have a patent airway or properly functioning respiratory...
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  • Never Stop Learning

    3,744 Views - 8 Comments This is a mantra here at atdove.org. It’s one of the main reasons for the development of this website and why I have spent the last 5 years working to create the videos and articles found here – because I...
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  • Removing a Needle from a Cat’s Soft Palate

    4,526 Views - 1 Comments Ladan Mohammad-Zadeh, DVM, DACVECC, shows radiographs of a cat with a sewing needle lodged in her tongue and soft palate, and then demonstrates her strategy for removing the needle safely.

    4 min 51 sec

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  • Spring Weather Preparedness

    3,259 Views - 0 Comments Spring Has Sprung! Watch Out for Wild Weather! Tornadoes, lightning, floods, rip currents and early season heat - spring dangers rampage across the United States throughout March, April and May. And th...
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  • Getting Started with Dental Charting

    5,214 Views - 4 Comments Becky Smith, CVT, VTS (Clinical Practice), of Rose City Veterinary Hospital discusses the importance of dental charting, how to get started with dental charting in your practice, and the different abnorma...

    1 hour 3 min

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  • Client Call Backs

    3,370 Views - 4 Comments Joanie Abrams, CVT, VTS(ECC), discusses how client call backs are performed at the hospital and our philosophy for follow up in the ER.

    1 min 2 sec

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  • How We Keep Our Dogs From Barking

    5,079 Views - 4 Comments We’ve been doing yoga, coloring sheets, having healthy snacks, and taking extra time for ourselves because it’s self-care month at DoveLewis. But there’s one topic that’s got us al...
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  • My Fear of Wellness Month

    2,107 Views - 6 Comments Let’s start with the basics: I’m new to my employer and have been with the company for 90 days. I’ve been put in charge of spearheading Wellness and Self Care Month for our 115 employees. Now the compl...
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  • Fractured Canine Root Canal

    3,241 Views - 0 Comments VCA Raleigh Hills Dental Center’s Rebecca Martin, DVM, performs a root canal on a fractured canine. The process of performing a root canal is covered as well as reasoning behind each decision made along t...

    16 min 33 sec

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  • Are You Taking Dental Radiographs?

    2,347 Views - 1 Comments It’s dental month so let’s talk about a touchy subject. Dental radiographs,  YES, you need to be taking them. Dentistry is kind of the red headed stepchild in veterinary medicine; it gets less attent...
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  • Hemoabdomen in the ICU

    4,657 Views - 5 Comments Ladan Mohammad-Zadeh, DVM, DACVECC, discusses the medical treatments of a dog that presented to the ER with an acute hemoabdomen. Stabilization prior to surgery, anesthesia, and post-operative stabil...

    4 min 24 sec

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  • But I Swear She’s Sick!

    3,559 Views - 7 Comments The rumors are true. In a momentary (that seems to have lasted a few weeks) lapse of judgement I made and followed through on the decision to add a puppy to my life. Losing Phoebe so quickly and without w...
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  • ETCO2: What Every Technician Should Know

    Length: 67 - 9,351 Views - 19 Comments Chantal Faraudo, CVT, CVPP, provides a practical overview to using end-tidal CO2 monitoring in practice. She covers different types of equipment, what ETCO2 is telling us, how to troubleshoot problems wit...

    1 hour 3 min

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  • Albuterol Administration

    3,940 Views - 2 Comments Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS(ECC), demonstrates how to administer inhaled medication (in this case, albuterol) to a cat that has been diagnosed with asthma.  

    1 min 25 sec

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  • Root Canal Discussion

    2,481 Views - 0 Comments Rebecca Martin, DVM, from VCA Dental Center Raleigh Hills discusses a case about a dog presenting with a fractured canine tooth. Dr. Martin shows and talks through the radiographs of this tooth and descri...

    3 min 6 sec

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  • Skin Cytology

    4,907 Views - 3 Comments Veterinary Dermatologist, Jon Plant, DVM, DACVD, of SkinVet in Portland demonstrates multiple methods of obtaining samples for skin cytology looking for bacterial contamination of the skin.

    3 min 2 sec

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  • In Memory Of…

    1,983 Views - 13 Comments I’ve been a technician working in emergency medicine for a long time. I have worked on some amazing patients and seen diseases and traumas and broken animals gleefully skip out the front door; proud of my...
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  • Wellness Program

    2,707 Views - 1 Comments DoveLewis Wellness Program coordinators Enid Traisman, CT, MSW, and Josey Kinnaman, CVT, discuss the staff benefits of a coordinated hospital wellness program and the steps DoveLewis has taken to improve...

    3 min 54 sec

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  • Veterinary View of the Holidays

    2,239 Views - 1 Comments The memes have started: pancreatitis- turkey bone- foreign body removal- chocolate toxicity. It’s how we know the holiday season is upon us. Of course these memes are funny, because they are true. During...
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  • Tiny Talk - ETCO2 in Anesthesia

    5,831 Views - 1 Comments In this Tiny Talk, Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS (ECC), discusses end tidal CO2 and why it is important to monitor in anesthetized patients. Understanding what that value means to the patient and tips for keep...

    5 min 6 sec

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  • Feline Bladder Palpation

    5,963 Views - 0 Comments Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS (ECC), demonstrates how to palpate a bladder in cats. This skill is useful for potential urinary obstructions as well as prior to cystocentesis.

    3 min 9 sec

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  • Art Therapy

    2,362 Views - 0 Comments Enid Traisman, CT, MSW, discusses the benefits of art therapy to veterinary staff, and describes how DoveLewis has instituted art therapy for employees.

    2 min 25 sec

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  • Clotting Times

    3,915 Views - 3 Comments Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS (ECC), demonstrates how to obtain blood to perform a PT and aPTT bedside clotting tests in a dog.

    4 min 3 sec

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  • Tiny Talk – GDV The First 15 Minutes

    5,101 Views - 3 Comments Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS (ECC), talks about gastric dilatation volvulus and how to approach these patients in the first few minutes of their arrival at the hospital. Shock, perfusion, pain management, and...

    9 min 42 sec

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  • Present Tense

    1,985 Views - 10 Comments It’s a quiz on Facebook. It’s a plot point in every time travel movie. The thought of it might keep you awake at night. Do you want to know the day that you’ll die? Do you want to plan? Have time to trave...
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  • Burette Use

    5,066 Views - 10 Comments Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS (ECC), discusses the advantages of using a burette in the ICU and how to add medications to a burette for patient administration.

    3 min 1 sec

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  • Cleaning Exam Rooms

    5,878 Views - 6 Comments DoveLewis technician assistant, Amy Lacey, describes the procedure for cleaning an exam room before the next patient arrives.

    2 min 24 sec

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  • Are You Being Utilized?

    1,872 Views - 4 Comments I love giving lectures at veterinary conferences. Love it. I get the opportunity to talk about what I love, to share my passion with equally nerdy technicians, and I get to hear about medicine and cases i...
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  • Anesthesia in Brachycephalics

    5,868 Views - 3 Comments Kristin Spring, CVT, VTS (ECC, Anes.), discusses the special considerations for anesthesia in brachycephalic breeds. Differences in pre-operative and post-operative monitoring are covered.

    2 min 24 sec

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  • Vaccines: Why Are We Vaccinating

    6,134 Views - 1 Comments Becky Smith, CVT, VTS(Clinical Practice), from Rose City Veterinary Hospital, discusses the herd health immunity importance behind vaccines for dogs and cats. AAHA and AAFP core and non-core vaccines and...

    1 hour 50 sec

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  • Activated Clotting Time

    Length: 346 - 3,823 Views - 4 Comments Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS(ECC), demonstrates how to perform an activated clotting time test. With the current backorder of in-house PT/aPTT tests, veterinary staff may be called on to perform this test mor...

    5 min 46 sec

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  • The Declaw Debate

    5,562 Views - 3 Comments The Oregon state legislature is voting this week on a bill that would almost outlaw declawing cats and debarking dogs. The reason I say almost is that there are a few exceptions to this bill. Declawi...
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  • Just Me and the Cats

    1,577 Views - 0 Comments Growing up, my siblings and I were animal lovers but never had many pets. We had to relocate often due to my dad’s Coast Guard career, and my parents were understandably wary of adding animals to our very...
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  • End Tidal C02: Worth the Investment?

    6,971 Views - 4 Comments If I were to take away all of your fancy anesthesia monitoring equipment save ONE monitoring parameter, which would you choose to keep? Between heart rate/ECG, ETC02, Sp02, blood pressure (non-invasive...
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  • Urinary Catheter in a Male Dog

    6,506 Views - 4 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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  • Why I Left Nursing

    6,458 Views - 6 Comments Having an RN at the end of my name gave me everything I wanted. I completed nursing school at 26 years of age after completing a master’s degree in Trumpet Performance at USC. I had two babies 11 months a...
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  • Cleaning Kennels

    6,543 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

    1,726 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

    1,631 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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  • Tiny Talk - Hypokalemia

    2,424 Views - 0 Comments Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS(ECC), discusses hypokalemia in dogs and cats. Common causes, clinical signs, treatment, and patient monitoring are covered.

    4 min 26 sec

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  • Tiny Talk – Heart Rate and Anesthesia

    6,992 Views - 3 Comments Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS(ECC), discusses the common causes of tachycardia and bradycardia under anesthesia. By emphasizing the big picture, she discusses ways the anesthetist can determine the cause and b...

    8 min 41 sec

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  • Critical Thinking in Critical Care

    6,325 Views - 2 Comments The intensive care unit (ICU) is literally where life and death decisions are made. I have seen firsthand, over the past 12 years working in the ICU, how important critical thinking is to providing premie...
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  • Pulse Oximetry (SpO2)

    7,275 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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  • Feline Acne

    2,492 Views - 0 Comments Ladan Mohammad-Zadeh, DVM, DACVECC, discusses feline acne in a cat. While not usually considered an emergency, it can prove painful to the cat and distressing to the owner. Diagnosing true feline acne as...

    6 min 52 sec

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  • There's an Opossum in My Bed!

    1,404 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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  • Tiny Talk - Hyponatremia

    Length: 437 - 2,187 Views - 0 Comments Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS(ECC), covers the basics of hyponatremia in dogs and cats. Common causes, clinical signs, treatment, and monitoring are covered.

    7 min 17 sec

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  • Can vs. Should

    1,646 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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  • Think Positive

    1,458 Views - 0 Comments Daily affirmations were not invented by Saturday Night Live's Stuart Smalley, but this character played by comedian Al Franken popularized - though undoubtedly also mocked - the idea of affirmation...
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