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  • Abdominal Surgery Patient Prep

    Surgery assistant at DoveLewis, Sue Marcoe, demonstrates how to clip and prepare a patient for abdominal surgery.

    5 min 19 sec

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  • Active Observation

    One of the ways to look at a profession is to identify key occupational skills that an individual needs to succeed in that profession. In an occupational skills study completed in 2009, four key skills we...
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  • The Other Side of the Exam Table

    Over the last month I’ve been entirely consumed by my year-old cat’s rapid progression down the FLUTD path of horrors. After four deobstructions and five hospitalizations, I agreed to have Dr. Magee (one...
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  • Lead II ECG Rhythm Strip

    Julie Ames, CVT, shows how to set up and obtain a Lead II ECG rhythm strip.

    1 min 19 sec

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  • Heat Stroke

    Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS (ECC), discusses heatstroke in an ICU patient and all of the organ systems affected by severe thermal injury.

    4 min 38 sec

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  • Doppler Blood Pressure

    Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS (ECC), explains how to obtain a Doppler blood pressure on a dog.

    5 min 24 sec

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  • Orogastric Tube

    Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS (ECC), demonstrates how to pass an orogastric tube on an anesthetized animal during abdominal surgery.

    1 min 49 sec

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  • Fluid Pump Basics

    Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS (ECC), shows the basics of using a fluid pump.

    1 min 36 sec

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  • Diagnostic Ultrasonography

    Jen Langevin, CVT, and Alan Lipman, DVM, DACVR, explain and demonstrate the basic abdominal ultrasound process, specifically the technician’s role and the specific organs examined by the radiologist....

    4 min 14 sec

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  • Blood Transfusion Basics

    Lee Herold, DVM, DACVECC, discusses blood types, blood components, and monitoring for transfusion reactions. This talk is specifically RACE-approved for DVM and technician CE credit.

    58 min 38 sec

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  • Blazing New Trails

    I’ve taken a half step away from management in the past month – surrendered my day to day floor management duties to the capable hands of the next wave of technician leadership at DoveLewis...
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  • Canine Stump Pyometra

    A one-year-old female spayed Labrador presented to the referring veterinarian for 24 hours of inappetence, polydipsia and diarrhea. She was adopted the day before from a rescue organization. The dog had b...
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  • Grape Toxicity

    Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS (ECC), discusses a case of grape toxicity and the process of dealing with grape ingestion in general.

    2 min 20 sec

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  • Take That Syringe Out of Your Mouth!

    Some habits are tough to quit. Chewing your fingernails, picking the olives off your pizza, incessant channel surfing - they can be challenging to stop. As safety manager for our hospital, I can now re...
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  • Fecal Float and Fecal Direct Smear Setup

    Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS(ECC), demonstrates how to obtain a fecal sample, set up a fecal float and direct fecal examination.

    3 min 51 sec

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  • Nebulization and Coupage

    Joanie Abrams, CVT, VTS (ECC), demonstrates the hows and discusses the whys of nebulizing and coupaging a patient.

    2 min 8 sec

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  • Patient Cooling

    Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS (ECC), discusses how to cool a patient with a very high body temperature. Instead of ice packs (which will cause vasoconstriction and trap hot blood in the patient’s core), cool w...

    1 min 42 sec

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  • Urinalysis Preparation

    Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS (ECC), shows you how to prepare for the three parts of a complete urinalysis: perform a dipstick test, specific gravity, and sediment exam.

    3 min 28 sec

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  • Basic Ear Cleaning

    Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS (ECC), explains and demonstrates how to perform a basic ear cleaning on a dog. 

    2 min 24 sec

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  • Ear Cytology

    Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS (ECC), demonstrates how to prepare a slide to examine ear exudate under a microscope.

    2 min 24 sec

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  • Feline NG Tube Placement

    Heidi Feltz, CVT, places a nasogastric feeding tube in a cat under the guidance of Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS(ECC). Placement, testing for correct positioning, and securing the tube are discussed.

    10 min 20 sec

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  • Chest Tube Aspiration

    Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS (ECC), shows how to manually evacuate a chest tube.

    4 min 6 sec

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  • Brachial Plexus Block

    Kristin Spring, CVT, VTS (ECC, Anes.), CVPP, discusses a brachial plexus block; how to set up and perform the block, and which nerves will be pain-free after the block is performed.

    2 min 54 sec

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  • Arterial Blood Draw

    Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS (ECC), demonstrates how to obtain an arterial blood sample for the dorsal pedal artery in a dog.

    3 min 45 sec

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  • Platelet Estimate

    Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS (ECC), demonstrates how to perform a platelet estimate from a blood smear.

    2 min 16 sec

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  • Demystifying the Anesthetic Ventilator

    Some of the most common questions I am asked involve the anesthetic ventilator. I hear everything from "How do I use it?" to "I am afraid of it," to "We have one, but no one knows how to use it."  Wh...
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  • The Bloods, Crips, and Basil

    I get to meet some very interesting people on my ER overnight shifts. I realize that my role is often that of an educator – but frequently I learn something from them. I recall one client....
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  • Handling Aggressive Dogs

    Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS (ECC), talks through restraining an unpredictable dog with a past history of aggression for an IV injection.

    2 min 43 sec

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  • Leptospirosis Isolation Protocol

    Leptospirosis is a zoonotic disease caused by a gram negative spirochete. Cases of Leptospirosis were historically found in sporting and working dogs with access to standing pools of water and open fields...
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  • Body Temperature - Canine

    Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS (ECC), demonstrates how to measure body temperature rectally on a dog.

    1 min 10 sec

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  • Respiratory Rate and Effort - Canine

    Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS(ECC), demonstrates how to examine a dog’s respiratory rate and effort, while paying close attention to the specific patient’s mentation, illness, and breed.

    2 min 52 sec

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  • Monitoring Mentation - Canine

    Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS (ECC), what mentation means, with emphasis on classifying patients as QAR (Quiet/Alert/Responsive), BAR (Bright/Alert/Responsive), and Dull/Depressed.

    1 min 28 sec

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  • Weekend With CRRT

    I love a challenge. Really, truly, seriously. I thrive when placed in situations where the stakes are high and the cost of failure, daunting. Often, I find myself approaching a challenge too far inside...
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  • Monitoring Mucous Membranes - Canine

    Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS (ECC), shows how to evaluate Mucous Membranes and CRT (Capillary Refill Time) in a dog.

    1 min 54 sec

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  • Heart Rate and Rhythm - Canine

    Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS (ECC), demonstrates how to measure heart rate, rhythm, and pulse quality on a dog.

    2 min 13 sec

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  • Cynical Training Stories

    Why is it that when you need to train a new employee, the flow of the hospital is NEVER ideal? As soon as I welcome a potential technician for a working interview or get that new tech on the floor for the...
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  • Canine Cephalic Vein Blood Collection

    Joanie Abrams, CVT, VTS (ECC), shows how to draw blood from a dog’s cephalic vein.

    1 min 46 sec

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  • Blood Collection Tubes

    Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS (ECC), discusses various blood collection tubes and what each is used for.

    2 min 32 sec

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  • Canine Jugular Venipuncture

    Jill Greene, CVT, demonstrates how to draw blood from a dog’s jugular vein. She explains why the circumstances are appropriate for drawing from the jugular instead of a peripheral vein.

    2 min 16 sec

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  • At Dawn They Sleep: Guide to Surviving Overnights

    As I stated in my previous blog, overnights are hard. Health problems and cancer are very prevalent among overnight workers, sadly, and it's been suggested that if you work overnights you shouldn'...
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  • Isolation Urine

    Rachel Renfro, CVT, VTS (ECC), discusses how to contain, but still accurately quantify urine output on a patient suspected to have Leptospirosis.

    3 min 39 sec

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  • Jackson Pratt Drain Use and Care

    Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS (ECC), discusses how to empty a Jackson Pratt drain and basic drain maintenance.

    2 min 45 sec

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  • Hepatic Lipidosis

    Ladan Mohammad-Zadeh, DVM, DACVECC, talks you though the cause, diagnosis and treatment of hepatic lipidosis in cats. Specific mention of both NG and esophagostomy feeding tubes is included. This tal...

    54 min 48 sec

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  • Anesthetic Complications

    During this hour of case studies, Kristin Spring, CVT, VTS(ECC, Anes.), CVPP, walks you through some of her toughest anesthetic cases. She explains the hows and whys of drug selection, monitorin...

    58 min 50 sec

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  • Shock

    Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS(ECC), discusses the different causes of shock in patients and how to recognize, treat, and monitor patients experiencing shock. This talk is specifically RACE-approved for te...

    50 min 5 sec

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  • Local Anesthesia for Techs

    Kristin Spring, CVT, VTS(ECC, Anes.), CVPP, walks you through simple and inexpensive local anesthesia procedures you can start using tomorrow to benefit your patients. Pain management is an important...

    1 hour 1 min

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  • DIC

    Lee Herold, DVM, DACVECC, teaches you about Disseminated Intravascular Coagulation: the pathophysiology, diagnosis, and treatment. Case studies are discussed to bring all of the information together....

    50 min

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  • Diabetes

    Lee Herold, DVM, DACVECC, discusses the basics of diabetes, insulin types, glucose curves, and gives great tips on educating clients to manage this disease at home. Diabetes management can be c...

    55 min 15 sec

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  • Common Toxicities

    Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS(ECC), discusses decontamination procedures for pets that have ingested toxins and also gives clinical signs and treatments for common toxicities. Toxin ingestions are commonp...

    1 hour 1 min

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  • Canine Parvovirus Infection

    A 17-week-old Coton de Tulear canine presented to DoveLewis with diarrhea, vomiting, lethargy and inappetence.  The diarrhea had started a few days prior upon being adopted from a breeding facility....
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