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  • Tiny Talk - Hyperkalemia

    In this tiny talk, Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS (ECC), discusses hyperkalemia in dogs and cats. Reasons for hyperkalemia, clinical signs of, and treatment strategies are discussed.

    6 min 56 sec

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  • Buccal Mucosal Bleeding Time (BMBT)

    Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS (ECC), and assistant Sue Marcoe perform a buccal mucosal bleeding time (BMBT) test in a dog prior to an elective surgical procedure. This test measures platelet function and is es...

    4 min 16 sec

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  • Providing Top Notch Customer Service

    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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  • Have Dog, Will Travel

    It’s January 2nd and I know what you’re all thinking... It’s National Pet Travel Safety Day! Well, maybe not all of you were thinking that, but after rolling the idea around in my head for a minute I...
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  • Enteral Nutrition

    The fundamental question of why to feed critical patients has been confidently answered by studies in human patients demonstrating increases in infection rates, hospital stays, and antibiotic usage in pat...
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  • Safe Lifting

    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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  • Tiny Talk - Hypernatremia

    Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS(ECC), discusses hypernatremia in this tiny talk. Starting with a review of hypo and hypertonic solutions, she then moves to common causes, clinical signs, and treatment for elevat...

    7 min 47 sec

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  • Can't We All Just Get Along?

    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

    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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  • More Common Than Abuse

    Veterinarians have to keep everybody happy. We have to keep the patients happy so they won't bite or kick us, and because they are fuzzy widdle cuties who we love (in most cases). We have to keep c...
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  • Blood Cultures

    Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS (ECC), demonstrates the proper preparation and procedure for collecting blood cultures performed in a dog hospitalized for a fever of unknown origin.

    2 min 35 sec

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  • Allergic to Overnights

    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

    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

    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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  • Tiny Talk - Triage

    Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS(ECC), gives an overview of emergency triage both on the phone and in the lobby of your clinic. Want more information on emergency triage? Check out Megan’s full length RACE approv...

    10 min 38 sec

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  • Day by Day

    Hey Everybody! Guess who's back?! Back again. Stephen's back. Tell a friend! It has been a very busy last few months for me. I am touched by and excited about all the interest in my field and will do m...
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  • Emptying Garbage

    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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  • Tiny Talk - Chocolate Toxicity

    Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS(ECC), covers the basics of chocolate toxicity discussing toxic doses, clinical signs, and treatment plans for these patients. The holiday season is upon us, which means an in...

    8 min 31 sec

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  • Tremorogenic Mycotoxins

    Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS (ECC), discusses tremorgenic mycotoxins (in this case seen in a dog after ingesting garbage) and the emergency treatment of these patients prior to administering activated charcoa...

    2 min 17 sec

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  • Mushroom Toxicity

    A 4-year-old MN Border Collie presented to his primary veterinarian after a hike with his owners. During that hike, the dog suddenly started hallucinating, froze in place, and then began wildly runnin...
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  • Floor Cleaning Protocol

    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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  • Ebola Regrets

    Ebola. It’s crazy now right? First case diagnosed in the United States, US citizens flying back from relief work in Africa to get treated in the US, a nurse’s aide in Spain having “no...
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  • Xylitol Toxicity with Hepatic Necrosis

    Erika Loftin, DVM, DACVECC, discusses a case from the ICU involving a small dog that ingested a large quantity of gum containing xylitol. This dog suffered hepatic necrosis and his treatment and prognosis...

    3 min 26 sec

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  • Responsible Owners

    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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  • Blood Typing

    Sharlee Santos, CVT, demonstrates how to perform a blood typing procedure on a dog prior to administering a blood transfusion. In-house testing kits can identify the DEA 1.1 blood type.

    1 min 57 sec

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  • Myers-Briggs Thinking vs. Feeling

    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

    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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  • Insulin CRI Setup

    Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS (ECC), demonstrates the proper technique for preparing an Insulin CRI for patient use.

    3 min 47 sec

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  • Procrastinating about Procrastination

    Can I get a shout out from my fellow procrastinators? You know who you are. You’re probably surviving on coffee and Mountain Dew since you’re staying up all night every night this week to f...
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  • That Research and Exotics Guy

    That research and exotics guy, what’s he all about? Hey Everybody! I must say I am extremely excited to be asked to contribute to atdove.org and share my perspective and experiences. My background...
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  • Anesthesia Induction Box

    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

    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

    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!

    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

    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

    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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  • Respect

    “I don’t get no respect” -Rodney Dangerfield I value respect very highly. In order to get it from me it has to be earned, and in turn I feel that if I work hard I should be ab...
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  • “Investing” in Pets

    Every day at my job I see the amount of money clients are willing and able to spend on their pet (and often, limited to spending). The degree of pet care varies based on the client’s financial abili...
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  • Continuous Glucose Monitoring

    Here in the ICU at DoveLewis, we have the opportunity to treat many patients with diabetic ketoacidosis either due to newly diagnosed diabetes or disregulation of a previously diagnosed diabetic patient....
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  • Canine NG Tube Placement

    Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS (ECC), demonstrates how to place a nasogastric feeding tube in a large dog. Proper placement, testing, and securing the tube are covered.

    9 min 22 sec

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  • Where's Your Line?

    ­It’s Christmas Eve, maybe 2002 and my dog Jack is vomiting and lethargic. I am not a veterinary technician yet, just a confused and worried client. My regular vet tells me that she’s worried about Jack a...
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  • Antiseptic Solution Protocol

    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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  • Pyothorax

    Lee Herold, DVM, DACVECC, covers pyothorax causes, clinical signs, and treatment strategies in dogs and cats. This talk is specifically RACE-approved for DVM and technician CE credit.

    1 hour 20 min

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  • Syncope in a Cat

    Ladan Mohammad-Zadeh, DVM, DACVECC, discusses the diagnostic process, including ECG results, of a cat that presented to the emergency room suffering from syncope.

    1 min 32 sec

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  • Crash Cart Organization

    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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  • Advice for New Vet Techs

    I had a first yesterday. At work. For someone who has been in emergency/critical care for almost 15 years, I don’t get too many firsts anymore. It was an 18-year-old cat with laryngeal paralysis and the o...
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  • How I Learned When "Enough is Enough"

    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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  • I Feel Guilty When I'm Not Working

    I remember when I was eager for the open shifts to be posted so I could sign up for an extra one. When three days off in a row seemed excessive, I could fit in another shift. When I was happy to be interr...
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  • Presenting Estimates

    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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  • Major Crossmatch

    Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS (ECC), demonstrates how to perform a major crossmatch prior to administering a blood transfusion. By matching the recipient to a specific donor, you can significantly decrease the...

    10 min 48 sec

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