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  • Major Crossmatch

    6,566 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

    4,436 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

    46,999 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

    2,270 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

    1,603 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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  • Lavage in Surgery

    4,332 Views - 7 Comments 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

    2,337 Views - 3 Comments 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

    4,963 Views - 1 Comments 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. This talk is s...

    57 min 16 sec

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  • Bearded Dragon Supportive Care

    3,136 Views - 5 Comments 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

    1,768 Views - 3 Comments 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

    5,558 Views - 0 Comments 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

    4,262 Views - 0 Comments 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!

    4,082 Views - 12 Comments 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

    7,845 Views - 0 Comments 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

    6,680 Views - 1 Comments 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

    5,546 Views - 4 Comments 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?

    1,496 Views - 5 Comments 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

    2,125 Views - 1 Comments 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

    1,369 Views - 0 Comments 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

    2,323 Views - 4 Comments 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

    4,781 Views - 2 Comments 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

    3,275 Views - 7 Comments 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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  • Surgery of the Liver and Biliary System

    1,148 Views - 2 Comments Ashley Magee, DVM, DACVS, discusses different surgical techniques and the decision-making process when performing surgery on the liver and the biliary system. This talk is specifically RACE-approved fo...

    59 min 40 sec

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  • Canine Epidural

    5,245 Views - 1 Comments 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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  • Journal Club

    1,429 Views - 0 Comments Lee Herold, DVM, DACVECC, does the reading work for you in this talk – she discusses the most clinically practical techniques and knowledge from recent veterinary journals. Topics include: urethral obstru...

    1 hour 1 min

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  • Heart Rate and Rhythm - Feline

    6,090 Views - 0 Comments 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

    5,750 Views - 0 Comments 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

    1,572 Views - 0 Comments 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

    9,215 Views - 0 Comments 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?

    1,526 Views - 4 Comments 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

    8,573 Views - 0 Comments 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

    3,043 Views - 4 Comments 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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  • Online Reputation Management

    2,130 Views - 2 Comments CEO of DoveLewis, Ron Morgan, and Monica Maxwell, SPHR, speak about how to navigate the world of online reviews and social media; covering posts from both your hospital staff and your clients. ...

    56 min 6 sec

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  • Hyperthermia: Fever and Heatstroke

    17,858 Views - 2 Comments 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

    3,614 Views - 1 Comments 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

    1,414 Views - 0 Comments 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

    4,111 Views - 1 Comments 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

    1,656 Views - 0 Comments 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

    1,867 Views - 0 Comments 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?

    1,306 Views - 2 Comments 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

    1,455 Views - 1 Comments 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

    1,679 Views - 1 Comments 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

    3,571 Views - 2 Comments 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

    1,769 Views - 0 Comments 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 - 6,435 Views - 11 Comments 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!

    1,739 Views - 2 Comments 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

    4,744 Views - 7 Comments 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

    10,819 Views - 2 Comments 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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  • Toxicities in the ER

    3,351 Views - 0 Comments Erika Loftin, DVM, DACVECC, discusses approach, diagnosis, decontamination and treatment plans in common toxicity cases. This talk is specifically RACE-approved for one DVM or one Technician CE credit....

    1 hour 4 min

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  • Educating Pet Owners About Veterinary Medicine

    1,428 Views - 1 Comments 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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