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  • How DoveLewis Made Me Grinchy

    1,059 Views - 3 Comments The holidays approach. Every year they come. And every year I force myself to embrace them. A little history. I used to be that annoying holiday cheer person. I would not only listen to, but sing along...
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  • Another Q+A: Showing Emotion In Front of Owners

    1,097 Views - 8 Comments Q: Is showing emotion in front of owners good or bad? We have a lot of long-time clients, and we see their pets as babies, adults and geriatric patients. It is really difficult to not cr...
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  • Case Study: Anticoagulent Rodenticide Toxicity

    7,495 Views - 0 Comments A nine-year-old neutered male, 5.5kg Bichon Frise presented for evaluation with an initial complaint of decreased appetite, lethargy and potential oral hemorrhage noted after grooming. The dog had no sign...
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  • NG Tube in Surgery

    1,603 Views - 0 Comments Placing a nasogastric feeding tube in a patient when they’re already anesthetized is convenient, but presents certain challenges. Kristin Spring, CVT, VTS (ECC, Anes.), CVPP, walks through the process wit...

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  • Nitroglycerin Ointment

    1,674 Views - 0 Comments Ladan Mohammad-Zadeh, DVM, DACVECC, explains the conditions in which nitroglycerin ointment may be used, and demonstrates how to apply it to a patient.

    2 min 33 sec

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  • That One Time I Cried

    1,626 Views - 10 Comments I’m about to drop a bombshell. I used to HATE anesthesia and surgery. Hated it. Those who know and work closely with me know that I am the first person to volunteer to run anesthesia on a gnarly...
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  • PEG Tube Feeding

    2,352 Views - 0 Comments Rachel Renfro, CVT, VTS (ECC), demonstrates how to feed a cat through a percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy tube (PEG tube).

    5 min 58 sec

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  • Preparing IV Fluids

    7,924 Views - 2 Comments Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS (ECC), demonstrates how to prepare IV fluids for administration. Perfect for owners learning to administer SQ fluids or brand new hospital employees.

    2 min 28 sec

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  • Basic Physical Exam Feline

    5,142 Views - 5 Comments Sarah Tauber, DVM, demonstrates how to perform a basic physical exam on a cat.

    5 min 8 sec

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  • Hanging Leg Surgery Patient Prep

    5,584 Views - 3 Comments Ashley Magee, DVM, DACVS, describes how to prepare a patient for limb surgery using a hanging leg preparation technique.

    6 min 48 sec

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  • Abdominal Surgery Patient Prep

    6,947 Views - 12 Comments 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

    13,326 Views - 7 Comments 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

    1,197 Views - 2 Comments 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

    5,165 Views - 1 Comments 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

    3,905 Views - 3 Comments 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

    6,287 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

    2,157 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

    5,340 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

    2,548 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

    5,654 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

    843 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

    15,820 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

    2,523 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!

    3,405 Views - 8 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

    7,674 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

    3,812 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

    2,679 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

    7,794 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

    5,124 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

    5,535 Views - 5 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

    3,625 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

    2,543 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

    2,943 Views - 5 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

    3,886 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

    5,900 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

    9,553 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

    923 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

    9,488 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

    10,709 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

    3,897 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

    4,688 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

    6,394 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

    756 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

    4,444 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

    5,257 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

    1,029 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

    7,812 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

    6,530 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

    8,868 Views - 8 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

    3,293 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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