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  • Can't We All Just Get Along?

    2,722 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

    5,593 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....

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  • More Common Than Abuse

    2,267 Views - 1 Comments 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

    3,075 Views - 4 Comments 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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  • Acute Kidney Injury

    2,448 Views - 3 Comments Erika Loftin, DVM, DACVECC, gives an in-depth lecture about acute kidney injury. After a review of renal physiology, diagnostics, patient assessment, treatment modalities, drug pharmacology, and patient m...

    1 hour 8 min

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  • Allergic to Overnights

    1,562 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

    2,564 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

    4,701 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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  • Tiny Talk - Triage

    5,839 Views - 0 Comments 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

    1,469 Views - 4 Comments 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

    3,514 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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  • Tiny Talk - Chocolate Toxicity

    3,242 Views - 0 Comments 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

    2,742 Views - 0 Comments 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

    4,114 Views - 0 Comments 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

    4,450 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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  • Ebola Regrets

    1,042 Views - 10 Comments 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

    2,537 Views - 0 Comments 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

    1,882 Views - 5 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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  • Blood Typing

    4,561 Views - 0 Comments 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

    3,724 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

    4,414 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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  • Insulin CRI Setup

    4,592 Views - 4 Comments 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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  • Fever of Unknown Origin

    1,825 Views - 2 Comments Erika Loftin, DVM, DACVECC, gives a RACE approved lecture on the clinical signs, diagnostic considerations, and treatment strategies for veterinary patients suffering from a fever of unknown origin. Th...

    1 hour 17 min

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  • Procrastinating about Procrastination

    983 Views - 3 Comments 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

    1,408 Views - 5 Comments 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

    5,885 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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  • You Want Me to Put the Needle Where?

    1,648 Views - 0 Comments Ladan Mohammad-Zadeh, DVM, DACVECC, gives a RACE Approved lecture for veterinarians where she describes when and how to perform thoracocentesis, abdominocentesis, and pericardiocentesis in dogs and cats....

    1 hour 3 min

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  • Canoeing Down the Ebola River

    1,458 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

    4,518 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!

    1,544 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

    5,100 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

    7,194 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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  • Respect

    1,428 Views - 6 Comments “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

    1,731 Views - 1 Comments 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

    7,804 Views - 0 Comments 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

    5,118 Views - 4 Comments 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?

    1,100 Views - 1 Comments ­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

    4,139 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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  • Pyothorax

    4,203 Views - 0 Comments Lee Herold, DVM, DACVECC, covers pyothorax causes, clinical signs, and treatment strategies in dogs and cats. This talk is specifically RACE-approved for one DVM or one Technician CE credit.

    1 hour 20 min

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  • Syncope in a Cat

    2,523 Views - 5 Comments 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

    5,608 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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  • Advice for New Vet Techs

    5,335 Views - 23 Comments 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"

    1,355 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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  • I Feel Guilty When I'm Not Working

    2,471 Views - 5 Comments 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

    6,509 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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  • Major Crossmatch

    6,086 Views - 9 Comments 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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  • Feline Blood Donation

    4,125 Views - 2 Comments Jill Greene, CVT, demonstrates how to obtain a blood donation from a donor cat. Knowledge of this procedure is important for feline blood banking and transfusion medicine.

    4 min 54 sec

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  • Urine Output

    45,914 Views - 3 Comments Let’s talk urine. More specifically, let’s talk measuring urine output. Are you doing it? And on which patients? If you are measuring urine output are you interpreting the results to be meaningful to your...
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  • Salmon Poisoning Disease

    2,091 Views - 0 Comments Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS(ECC), discusses Salmon Poisoning Disease, a rickettsial disease in the Pacific NW. How the disease is contracted, clinical signs, and treatment measures are discussed....

    3 min 7 sec

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  • Addicted to Caregiving

    1,489 Views - 9 Comments I was never a cat person. I grew up with dogs and pocket pets. After being a Pharmacy Technician for a few years I decided that I wanted to finally fulfill my lifelong dream of working with animals and I...
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