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  • Vet Techs Talk: Life Lessons and Avoiding Career Burnout

    In this chat I enlist the help of fellow tech nerd (and CaRVTA Registered Vet Tech of the Year!) Liz Hughston RVT, VTS (SAIM, ECC) to talk about the life (or lack thereof) of a veterinary professional. We...
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  • Discharge Instructions

    On location at Pearl Animal Hospital, Henry Struzik, CVT, talks about the importance of discharge instructions. From “before and after” photos to written instructions, we learn the best way to make sure c...

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  • Idiopathic Thrombocytopenia Purpura (ITP)

    Idiopathic Thrombocytopenia Purpura (ITP) is often an immune-mediated disease causing uncontrolled bleeding in veterinary patients. Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS (ECC), discusses the common clinical signs of I...

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  • How to Ace a Veterinary Job Interview

    It’s no secret that the supply of veterinarians is outpacing demand. Any of us who took a basic economics class in college know the simple fact is that interviews for open DVM positions have sudd...
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  • Constant Rate Infusion (CRI) Preparation

    Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS (ECC), demonstrates the proper technique for preparing a constant rate infusion (CRI) of medication.

    1 min 51 sec

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  • Tips for Handling Small Dogs

    Nothing strikes fear in the hearts of the veterinary staff as when facing a snarling Chihuahua in the lobby. I know many of us would rather work with a large guard breed than a tiny ferocious one. However...
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  • Rabbit Anesthesia

    Mark Burgess, DVM, of Southwest Animal Clinic discusses anesthesia in rabbits. How to handle rabbits pre-anesthesia, what to be careful of during induction, and anesthesia monitoring techniques are mentio...

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  • Medical Math - Fluid Pump Bolus

    Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS (ECC), demonstrates how to perform the calculations necessary to set the rate and volume to be infused on a fluid pump when asked to administer a bolus to a patient over a set per...

    2 min 40 sec

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  • Microchip Implantation

    Kristin Spring, CVT, VTS (ECC, Anes.), CVPP, demonstrates how to implant a microchip into a cat. This video is useful for anyone who may be microchipping animals.

    1 min 46 sec

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  • Basic Avian Restraint

    Nathan Bodnar, DVM, demonstrates how to properly retrain a sick or injured bird for a basic physical exam. He highlights maintaining control of the head and feet.

    3 min 11 sec

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  • Pet Food Matters

    I will admit it. I’m a sucker for fads. It's not like I buy everything from late night infomercials but I’ve come close. I come by this trait honestly, my mom has a kitchen FULL of...
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  • Matched Unit Blood Transfusion

    Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS (ECC), discusses how to set up, start administering, and how to monitor a patient during a transfusion of a matched unit of blood.

    3 min 20 sec

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  • Three Tips for Hiring a Technician

    After years of interviewing for technician positions, both before I knew what I was doing and after (thank you Monica Maxwell!), I’ve learned a few things about selecting great candidates. 1...
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  • New Site Features for Efficient Team Training

    Did you know that On the Floor @Dove is constantly evolving to meet your veterinary training needs? In response to feedback and requests we received from our users, we've expanded our premium accou...
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  • Dexdomitor® (Dexmedetomidine) Procedure

    Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS(ECC), discusses using dexmedetomidine (Dexdomitor®) on a cat during a laceration repair, and the specific effects on the patient, reversal of the drug, and patient monitoring...

    4 min 34 sec

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  • Continuous Renal Replacement Therapy (CRRT)

    Lee Herold, DVM, DACVECC, discusses the concepts of veterinary CRRT (Continuous Renal Replacement Therapy). The basics of the machine and filter, anticoagulation therapy, and patient monitoring are discus...

    3 min 27 sec

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  • Top 10 Ways to Get Hired in Veterinary Medicine

    1. Be better than the other candidates. Write a cover letter and make it specific to the practice you want to work at. Do your homework and talk about why you want to work there.  2. Tailor...
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  • I LOVE Respiratory Emergencies

    I love cats choking on huge hairballs, I love cyanotic laryngeal paralysis dogs, and nothing makes me happier than a GIANT sucking chest wound. I might actually knock you over to participate in thoraco...
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  • Applying Ocular Medication

    Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS (ECC), explains and demonstrates how to administer ocular medication to a cat. This particular patient has an ulcer in his left eye, which is being treated with antibiotic drops e...

    1 min 37 sec

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  • Better Out Than In: Thoracocentesis for Pleural Effusion

    The presence of pleural effusion and subsequent presentation of the dyspneic patient is a common emergency in both the dog and cat. Unfortunately, the onset of clinical symptoms for pleural effusion is of...
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  • Veterinary Financial Coordinator Interview

    Financial Coordinator at DoveLewis, Amy O’Daly, discusses her job description, how it fits in to the flow of the hospital, and her tips for talking about money with clients. This video is helpful for anyo...

    2 min 25 sec

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  • Hypoadrenocorticism (Addison’s Disease) in Dogs

    Hypoadrenocorticism (HA) is a deficiency of the adrenal cortex to produce mineralocorticoids and glucocorticoids. Aldosterone is responsible for potassium excretion, sodium retention and water reabsorptio...
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  • Checking Pulses in Dogs

    Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS (ECC), demonstrates the most common locations for palpating pulses in dogs.

    2 min 5 sec

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  • Canine and Feline CPR for Veterinary Staff

    Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS(ECC), presents the DoveLewis yearly canine/feline CPR staff training, starting with updated information from the RECOVER initiative and then practicing CPR with various staff memb...

    50 min 26 sec

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  • Checking Pulses in Cats

    Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS (ECC), demonstrates the most common locations to palpate pulses on a cat.

    1 min 39 sec

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  • Max and My Grief

    If you’ve seen our Fractious Cat video, then you’ve met my oldest cat Max, who really has been fired from four vet offices in his fifteen years of life. This week Max was diagno...
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  • Medical Math - Calculating Fluid Additives

    Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS (ECC), demonstrates how to calculate the amount of drug to add to a full and partially full bag of IV fluids.

    3 min 13 sec

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  • Medical Math - Calculating Drug Doses by Weight

    Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS (ECC), demonstrates how to calculate the amount of drug to be given to a patient when the order is written in mg/kg.

    3 min 33 sec

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  • What Causes My Compassion Fatigue?

    After being a veterinary technician for over 10 years, I’ve discovered there are many more ways to become compassion fatigued in the field than I ever thought. I’m sure many people may thin...
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  • Dealing with Personal Grief as a Veterinary Professional

    Working where I work and doing what I do, I have a lot of experience with death. I’ve seen it go well. I’ve seen it go horribly awfully bad. I’ve seen people make decisions I agree wi...
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  • The Value in Veterinary Sympathy Cards

    Often during pet loss support groups, clients mention how deeply they appreciated receiving a condolence card from their veterinary clinic after the loss of their pet. This thoughtful act validates tha...
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  • Coccygeal Block

    Christy Michael, BVMS, demonstrates how to perform a coccygeal block on a cat, ideal pain management for cats suffering from a urethral obstruction.

    4 min 20 sec

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  • Tiny Talk - Mushroom Toxicity

    Megan Brashear, CVT ,VTS (ECC), explains the types of mushrooms toxic to dogs, their presenting symptoms, and some cases we've seen at our hospital. This Tiny Talk topic was voted on by our atdove.org...

    19 min 31 sec

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  • Constant Communication for Our Clients

    At DoveLewis we live and work in a 24-hour world where clients arrive at all hours, and they’re in a variety of mental and emotional states. This helps keep us on our toes but always dealing with...
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  • Continuous Thoracic Suction

    Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS (ECC), demonstrates how to set up a Thora-Seal™ and attach it to a patient to provide continuous thoracic drainage and suction.

    6 min 3 sec

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  • Emergency Thoracocentesis

    Meredith Rose, CVT, VTS (ECC), and Ladan Mohammad-Zadeh, DVM, DACVECC, discuss an ER case in which a dog presented in severe respiratory distress and needed an emergency thoracocentesis performed....

    1 min 42 sec

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  • Albuterol Toxicity

    Ladan Mohammad-Zadeh, DVM, DACVECC, explains albuterol toxicity; the clinical signs, treatment and monitoring of these patients.

    1 min 16 sec

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  • Diarrhea and the Veterinary Technician

    I think they plan it this way. I think the pets have a city-wide meeting and plot and plan to all eat the same desiccated cat poop, chew on the same squirrel carcass, roll in the same dead seagull on the...
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  • Pyrethrins: Fact or Fiction

    Pyrethrins are a plague visited upon our planet by cat hating celestial beings in an attempt to eradicate their very existence. Fiction. Pyrethrin is a naturally occurring insecticide that comes from th...
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  • Licking Our Wounds: E-Collars and Client Compliance

    Recently I’ve had a few cases of "E-collar failure" in post-op. Sure, the E-collar was sent home. ON the pet. Yes, its use was explained and justified. Yes, instructions were typed...
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  • Urinary Catheter Discussion

    Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS (ECC), explains the differences in common urinary catheter varieties, and how they serve specific patient needs.

    6 min 29 sec

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  • Medical Math - Preparing Dextrose Solutions

    Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS (ECC), talks through how to perform the calculations necessary to create dextrose solutions.

    2 min 14 sec

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  • Medical Math - Converting Pounds to Kilograms

    Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS (ECC), demonstrates how to calculate a patients weight from pounds to kilograms, and from kilograms to pounds.

    1 min 32 sec

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  • Basic Canine Restraint

    Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS (ECC), and Kristin Spring, CVT, VTS(ECC, Anes.), CVPP, demonstrate basic techniques for restraining dogs for common procedures.

    4 min 22 sec

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  • Basic Feline Restraint

    Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS (ECC), and Kristin Spring, CVT, VTS(ECC, Anes.), CVPP, demonstrate common restraint techniques for cats.

    2 min 35 sec

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  • The Client Connection

    Ask a room full of veterinary professionals why they chose veterinary medicine over human medicine. You’ll get a smattering of answers “I want to help the animals”; “I fell in l...
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  • Feline Dental Radiographs

    Lisa Davis, CVT, VTS (Dentistry), demonstrates positioning and how to perform full mouth dental radiographs on a cat.

    13 min 30 sec

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  • Mandibular and Infraorbital Block (Local Anesthesia)

    Lisa Davis, CVT, VTS (Dentistry) demonstrates how to perform a mandibular block and an infraorbital block to provide regional anesthesia during dental extractions.

    4 min 39 sec

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  • Sharpening Dental Instruments

    Lisa Davis, CVT, VTS (Dentistry), explains the whys and hows of sharpening dental instruments.

    11 min 2 sec

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  • Anesthesia for Dental Procedures

    It’s February!  A whole month full of hearts, flowers, pink and red hand-made cards, sugary stomach aches, tarter and halitosis.  I am not referring to an awkward conversation you need to have w...
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