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  • New Client Orientation

    2,255 Views - 3 Comments On location at Pearl Animal Hospital, Henry Struzik explains the process for welcoming new clients or new patients to the practice. An emphasis on preventive care, dentistry, and creating good habits is d...

    1 min 40 sec

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  • Thoracic Trauma Following Coyote Attack

    5,064 Views - 1 Comments An eight-year-old spayed Yorkshire terrier was referred for continued care following an early morning coyote attack. She was ambulatory after being rescued by her owner, but had full-thickness bite wounds...
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  • Laryngeal Tie-Back (Post-Op)

    1,413 Views - 0 Comments After laryngeal tie-back surgery, patients need special attention and care to avoid complications such as aspiration pneumonia. Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS (ECC), talks about how to care for these patients,...

    2 min 48 sec

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  • How It Feels to Treat Poison Victims

    872 Views - 4 Comments Over the July 4th weekend I saw a sickening post on Facebook. In the San Francisco area there were reports of meatballs containing strychnine being left along sidewalks and these were poisoning dogs. Even...
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  • The Vet Tech Licensing Debate

    22,714 Views - 40 Comments I’m a little fired up. DISCLAIMER: Some of you might be offended by this blog. That is not my intention, but this is a touchy subject. I’m apologizing in advance. Please do not threaten...
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  • Isolation in the ICU

    1,922 Views - 0 Comments Rachel Kinney, CVT, VTS (ECC), discusses DoveLewis’ protocol for treating infectious disease patients (in this case kennel cough/pneumonia dependent on oxygen therapy) within the ICU. 

    3 min 25 sec

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  • Why This Vet Tech Hates Fireworks

    875 Views - 7 Comments I. Hate. Fireworks. First of all? What do they represent? Bombs. Every 4th of July (and Cinco de Mayo and New Year’s Eve, and various and sundry random holidays) we celebrate by simulating explos...
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  • Indwelling Chest Tube for Drainage and Lavage

    2,401 Views - 4 Comments Lee Herold, DVM, DACVECC, talks DoveLewis veterinary intern Glynis McCorkle through placing bilateral chest tubes in a cat diagnosed with pyothorax. Once the chest tube is placed, Dr. Herold explains thor...

    15 min 6 sec

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  • Vet Techs Talk: Life Lessons and Avoiding Career Burnout

    1,815 Views - 2 Comments 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

    3,437 Views - 1 Comments 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...

    1 min 40 sec

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  • Idiopathic Thrombocytopenia Purpura (ITP)

    5,018 Views - 2 Comments 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...

    3 min 35 sec

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  • How to Ace a Veterinary Job Interview

    12,478 Views - 3 Comments 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

    4,488 Views - 4 Comments 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

    10,375 Views - 10 Comments 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

    3,813 Views - 6 Comments 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...

    12 min 3 sec

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  • Medical Math - Fluid Pump Bolus

    5,044 Views - 2 Comments 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

    2,015 Views - 3 Comments 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

    3,916 Views - 2 Comments 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

    900 Views - 2 Comments 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

    3,184 Views - 7 Comments 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

    1,323 Views - 2 Comments 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

    879 Views - 0 Comments 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

    6,049 Views - 7 Comments 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)

    1,588 Views - 0 Comments 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

    2,964 Views - 3 Comments 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

    2,032 Views - 3 Comments 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

    5,677 Views - 0 Comments 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

    7,502 Views - 2 Comments 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

    1,587 Views - 4 Comments 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

    13,550 Views - 0 Comments 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

    4,062 Views - 1 Comments 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

    11,663 Views - 17 Comments 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

    4,466 Views - 1 Comments 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

    1,033 Views - 7 Comments 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

    12,478 Views - 20 Comments 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

    5,461 Views - 4 Comments 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?

    1,868 Views - 5 Comments 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

    1,529 Views - 14 Comments 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

    4,301 Views - 5 Comments 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

    3,895 Views - 13 Comments 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

    1,610 Views - 1 Comments 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

    2,326 Views - 3 Comments 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

    2,026 Views - 4 Comments 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

    2,739 Views - 2 Comments 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

    1,725 Views - 0 Comments 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

    2,795 Views - 4 Comments 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

    6,690 Views - 1 Comments 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

    1,259 Views - 5 Comments 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

    4,611 Views - 5 Comments 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

    12,106 Views - 9 Comments 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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