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  • Doppler Blood Pressure

    4,735 Views - 2 Comments 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

    1,619 Views - 3 Comments 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

    4,112 Views - 1 Comments Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS (ECC), shows the basics of using a fluid pump.

    1 min 36 sec

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  • Diagnostic Ultrasonography

    1,909 Views - 0 Comments 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

    4,150 Views - 12 Comments 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

    607 Views - 5 Comments 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

    11,778 Views - 1 Comments 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

    1,820 Views - 2 Comments 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!

    2,751 Views - 7 Comments 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

    6,040 Views - 9 Comments 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

    3,052 Views - 1 Comments 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

    1,891 Views - 6 Comments 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

    5,782 Views - 8 Comments 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

    3,822 Views - 2 Comments 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

    4,021 Views - 4 Comments 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

    2,604 Views - 6 Comments 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

    1,855 Views - 6 Comments Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS (ECC), shows how to manually evacuate a chest tube.

    4 min 6 sec

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  • Brachial Plexus Block

    2,146 Views - 3 Comments 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

    2,808 Views - 11 Comments 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

    4,473 Views - 3 Comments 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

    7,475 Views - 2 Comments 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

    689 Views - 3 Comments 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

    7,132 Views - 12 Comments 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

    8,111 Views - 2 Comments 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

    2,921 Views - 1 Comments 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

    3,459 Views - 0 Comments 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

    4,633 Views - 2 Comments 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

    556 Views - 2 Comments 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

    3,360 Views - 1 Comments 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

    4,050 Views - 6 Comments 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

    794 Views - 2 Comments 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

    5,984 Views - 2 Comments 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

    4,956 Views - 4 Comments 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

    6,776 Views - 6 Comments 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

    2,642 Views - 17 Comments 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

    1,649 Views - 1 Comments 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

    1,390 Views - 1 Comments 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

    2,301 Views - 0 Comments 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

    4,531 Views - 8 Comments 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

    2,408 Views - 4 Comments 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

    2,263 Views - 2 Comments 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

    2,352 Views - 0 Comments 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

    2,151 Views - 3 Comments 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

    2,796 Views - 6 Comments 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

    28,364 Views - 6 Comments 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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  • Why I Like Overnights

    1,293 Views - 4 Comments Do I like overnights? Does anyone like overnights? Maybe a few masochistic vampires out there can truly answer yes but the truth is that working graveyard is tough. It is unnatural and completely soc...
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  • Here's My Problem: Overnight Anticipation

    625 Views - 0 Comments I have to work an overnight shift tonight. It’s a mid-week overnight shift, surrounded by days of meetings and office work. My favorite. In my outside-of-work life I LOVE anticipation, but as I force...
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  • Drinks After Work

    733 Views - 2 Comments Many shifts leave me feeling like a weary soldier of the ER/ICU, and (more often than not) the Grim Reaper. These times call for a drink. I envy those of you that can meet for so-called "happy hou...
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  • Transfusion Medicine Myths

    4,728 Views - 8 Comments Transfusion medicine has greatly evolved since the discovery of canine blood groups in 1910. Today, there are about a half dozen erythrocyte antigens that are clinically significant in canines, the mo...
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  • Feline Hypothermia

    1,421 Views - 2 Comments Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS(ECC), discusses the reasoning and importance of warming cold (<97 degrees F) cats before administering large quantities of IV fluids.

    2 min

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