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  • Basic Physical Exam Feline

    4,710 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

    4,970 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

    6,258 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

    12,115 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

    1,060 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

    4,674 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

    3,446 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

    5,508 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

    1,891 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

    4,783 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

    2,258 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

    4,964 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

    725 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

    13,877 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

    2,177 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!

    3,077 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

    6,863 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

    3,429 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

    2,212 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

    6,911 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

    4,576 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

    4,793 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

    3,120 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

    2,186 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

    2,560 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

    3,400 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

    5,144 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

    8,509 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

    799 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

    8,311 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

    9,329 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

    3,368 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

    4,088 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

    5,569 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

    653 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

    3,886 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

    4,610 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

    905 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

    6,941 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

    5,803 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

    7,915 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

    2,940 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

    1,939 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

    1,685 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

    2,624 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

    5,424 Views - 9 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

    2,870 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

    2,631 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

    2,734 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

    2,570 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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