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  • Feline Blood Donation

    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

    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

    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

    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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  • Lavage in Surgery

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

    1 min 46 sec

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  • Veterinary Survival Tip: Bad Smells & Gagging

    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 __(fil...
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  • Pain is the Fifth Vital Sign

    Kristin Spring, CVT, VTS(ECC, Anes.), CVPP, presents a lecture on monitoring pain, and treating pain as the fifth vital sign. Pain recognition and identification are discussed in detail.

    57 min 16 sec

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  • Bearded Dragon Supportive Care

    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.

    4 min 59 sec

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  • Dealing With Mistakes

    I’m sure this comes as a surprise to many of you, but I am not perfect. Please read that first sentence with as much sarcasm as you can muster! Perfection is a far-off goal, something we all strive for in...
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  • Simple Interrupted Suturing

    Coby Richter, DVM, DACVS, demonstrates how to perform a simple interrupted suture pattern. Proper instrument holding and knot tying is discussed.

    4 min 5 sec

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  • Vaccine Associated Sarcoma

    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.

    1 min 48 sec

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  • My Best Advice for Vet Techs? DON’T GIVE UP!

    I'm in the treatment area of my very first veterinary job and I'm trying to place an IV catheter. Frustration is building as I poke and miss, poke and miss and then have to pass it off to a technician whi...
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  • Maintaining the Sterile Field

    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.

    2 min 13 sec

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  • Oscillometric Blood Pressure

    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...

    3 min 51 sec

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  • Tiny Talk – Anesthesia Ventilator

    Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS(ECC), discusses the use of a ventilator for anesthetized patients. Benefits, tidal volume calculation, and patient monitoring concepts are covered.

    9 min 45 sec

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  • Will You Be My Friend?

    I have plenty of flaws. If management taught me anything, it’s that. My insecurities and personality quirks became painfully obvious and on display to the world when I started trying to lead other people...
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  • Nutrition in the Critically Ill

    Ladan Mohammad-Zadeh, DVM, DACVECC, reviews the metabolic processes of the ill patient and how they differ from a healthy patient.  Different modes of nutritional support will be outlined from entera...

    50 min 9 sec

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  • How to Keep Members Engaged & Learning

    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 vide...
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  • How to Show Appreciation to Colleagues

    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 y...
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  • Avian Blood Draw

    On location at Oswego Veterinary Hospital, Deb Ward, DVM, demonstrates how to draw blood from a bird using either the wing vein or right jugular vein.

    3 min 3 sec

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  • Patient Warming in the ICU

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

    2 min 22 sec

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  • Canine Epidural

    Coby Richter, DVM, DACVS, performs a single injection epidural in a dog prior to perianal surgery. Various methods for ensuring proper placement are discussed.

    9 min 40 sec

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  • Heart Rate and Rhythm - Feline

    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.

    1 min 46 sec

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  • Monitoring Mucous Membranes - Feline

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

    1 min 42 sec

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  • The Importance of Office Day

    Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS (ECC), discusses the importance of dedicated office time for working hospital floor managers. She mentions ideas of how to fill that administrative time and how to communicate the...

    2 min 25 sec

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  • Corrected WBC Count

    Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS (ECC), demonstrates how to calculate a corrected white blood cell count, which should be performed if more than five nucleated red blood cells are counted on a hand differential....

    1 min 55 sec

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  • Why Do I Work at DoveLewis?

    My work anniversary was earlier this week. My 14-year work anniversary. That’s a long time for a military kid who moved every three to four years growing up; I’m used to changing things up. So what is it...
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  • Open Gloving Technique

    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 cathe...

    2 min 39 sec

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  • Malignant Hyperthermia

    Lee Herold, DVM, DACVECC, discusses a case of malignant hyperthermia seen in a patient in the ICU. Triggers of the disorder and treatment options are discussed.

    3 min 10 sec

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  • Hyperthermia: Fever and Heatstroke

    The term hyperthermia is defined as an elevation of normal core body temperature. This is due to an imbalance between heat production and heat loss. The central nervous system, specifically the hypothalam...
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  • Avian Beak Trim

    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.

    1 min 29 sec

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  • Your Favorite Content of 2013

    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 t...
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  • Avian Wing Trim

    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.

    2 min

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  • Holiday Disclosure: I Was a Tree Killer

    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...
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  • My Dog Ate Christmas

    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...
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  • What Are Fridays Like at DoveLewis?

    It’s just another crazy Friday here at the DoveLewis. Our amazing anesthesia technician Kristin Spring is out sick, the ICU is filling up, and ER is rocking like only the ER can rock when there’s one rece...
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  • Three Awesome Holiday Gifts From Clients

    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...
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  • Holidays in Veterinary Hospitals

    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 coo...
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  • Avian Husbandry

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

    3 min 32 sec

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  • Veterinary Professionals and Grief Resilience

    Last night I lost sleep over a dog I never knew when he was alive. We all have those cases where the pet was awesome or the clients were stellar or some combination of those attributes. Then when the case...
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  • Medical Math - Titratable CRI

    Length: 307 - Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS(ECC), walks through the calculations necessary to create a titratable medication CRI. These calculations will allow you to create a CRI where 1ml/hr = 1mcg/kg/hr (or 1mcg/kg/min)...

    5 min 7 sec

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  • Hate Veterinary Holidays? You Don't Have To!

    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...
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  • Avian Restraint and Exam

    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.

    6 min 34 sec

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  • Cleaning Surgical Instruments

    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 instrum...

    4 min 18 sec

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  • Educating Pet Owners About Veterinary Medicine

    ABC's 20/20 recently ran a story about the "secret world" of veterinary medicine. "The majority of veterinarians are money grubbing, no-ethics witch doctors who will recommend useless tests and procedu...
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  • Clotting Tests

    Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS (ECC), discusses the different tests that may be performed on a bleeding patient. Physical signs of bleeding, platelet count, prothrombin time (PT) and activated partial thrombopl...

    4 min 23 sec

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  • Avian Intramuscular Injection

    Nathan Bodnar, DVM, demonstrates how to administer an intramuscular injection in a bird. In this video he gives an injection of pain medication and antibiotics to a duck. 

    1 min 12 sec

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  • Feelings and Veterinary Jobs

    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 a...
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  • When Veterinary Medicine Gets Personal

    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 t...
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  • Making Sense of Nutritional Trends

    As a clinician in a facility where vomiting and diarrhea top the list of presenting complaints, I find myself asking most clients “what does your pet eat?” It seems that more frequently the client will re...
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