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  • Aftercare Paw Prints

    1,676 Views - 7 Comments Technician Assistant, Cecily Douglas, demonstrates how to make a set of ink paw prints as part of aftercare on deceased patients.

    3 min 16 sec

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  • Central Line Use and Care

    2,375 Views - 8 Comments Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS (ECC), discusses central line care and talks step by step of how to use a central line to obtain a blood sample.

    7 min 31 sec

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  • Esophagostomy Tube Care and Feeding

    3,020 Views - 3 Comments Rachel Renfro, CVT, VTS(ECC), walks you through proper esophagostomy tube maintenance, diet preparation, and how to feed through an esophagostomy tube.

    9 min 27 sec

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  • Icterus

    1,404 Views - 1 Comments Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS (ECC), shows how to recognize icterus in a dog and discusses common medical reasons for icterus.

    2 min 3 sec

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  • Hyperkalemia

    1,291 Views - 0 Comments Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS (ECC), discusses hyperkalemia in the context of urinary obstruction. Medications and management techniques are mentioned.

    2 min 17 sec

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  • Using Sterilization Pouches

    2,983 Views - 3 Comments Surgery Assistant at DoveLewis, Sarah Crisp, talks through how to sterilize instruments in single sterilization pouches.

    1 min 54 sec

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  • GDV - VPC

    2,813 Views - 2 Comments Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS (ECC), discusses ventricular premature contractions (VPCs) in a GDV case, including recognition and monitoring.

    1 min 37 sec

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  • GDV - Gastric Trocarization

    4,775 Views - 5 Comments Ladan Mohammad-Zadeh, DVM, DACVECC, demonstrates gastric trocarization in a patient presenting with GDV.

    3 min 38 sec

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  • GDV - Radiographs

    2,699 Views - 1 Comments Ladan Mohammad-Zadeh, DVM, DACVECC, interprets and discusses a right lateral radiograph taken on a patient presenting with GDV.

    2 min 17 sec

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  • GDV - Presentation

    2,346 Views - 3 Comments Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS (ECC), discusses the first steps of treating a patient with GDV when they present to the hospital.

    1 min 18 sec

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  • Deobstipation

    1,926 Views - 4 Comments Even after 24 hours of IV fluids, Susan Dugat, DVM, and Lee Herold, DVM, DACVECC, still have to put quite a bit of “muscle” into deobstipating this cat.

    3 min 57 sec

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  • Cage Aggression

    5,473 Views - 5 Comments Meredith Rose, CVT, VTS(ECC), demonstrates how to appropriately manage a dog that has severe cage aggression.

    2 min 36 sec

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  • Canine Endotracheal Intubation

    9,181 Views - 17 Comments Kristin Spring, CVT, VTS (ECC, Anes.), explains endotracheal tube selection, intubation, and how to check proper endotracheal tube placement.

    5 min 50 sec

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  • Compassion Fatigue

    5,178 Views - 6 Comments Did you know that caring too much can hurt? When veterinary staff members are exposed to others pain, they can succumb to symptoms associated with the secondary traumatic stress disorder now labeled compa...
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  • Critical Transport

    912 Views - 5 Comments Join the DoveLewis team as they travel across Portland to pick up and transport a critical patient back to the ICU.

    3 min 6 sec

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  • Fractious Cat Restraint

    12,875 Views - 30 Comments Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS (ECC), and Technician Assistant, Sarah Crisp, wrangle Max, a very grumpy cat who is in the ER for an exam and diagnostics. Megan gives some tips on handling aggressive and fractio...

    4 min 14 sec

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  • Use of a 3-Way Stopcock

    3,157 Views - 0 Comments Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS (ECC), uses water and food coloring to demonstrate how to properly use a 3-way stopcock.

    1 min 35 sec

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  • Open and Hand Off a Sterile Pack

    3,994 Views - 8 Comments Surgery assistant, Sarah Crisp, explains step-by-step how to open and hand off a sterile pack.

    1 min 46 sec

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  • Autotransfusion

    2,258 Views - 4 Comments Ladan Mohammad-Zadeh, DVM, DACVECC, discusses how to obtain blood for an auto-transfusion.Sometimes the best transfusion is one the patient provides for themselves.

    3 min 9 sec

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  • Wrapping Sterile Packs

    6,064 Views - 9 Comments Surgery Assistant at DoveLewis, Sarah Crisp, explains step-by-step how to wrap a surgical pack for steam sterilization.

    6 min

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  • Implementing Triage

    6,165 Views - 5 Comments Triage is the act of organizing patients into levels of importance. The worst patients should be seen first, the more stable patients can ‘wait their turn’. By using information given to you by the owner...
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  • Porcupine Quills

    1,225 Views - 2 Comments Ladan Mohammad-Zadeh, DVM, DACVECC, discusses a dramatic case of porcupine quill migration from the DoveLewis ICU.

    3 min 20 sec

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  • Zinc Toxicity

    3,028 Views - 2 Comments Find a penny pick it up…wise words to live by, unless you’re a dog. Some dogs (and cats!) can’t resist the shiny allure of pennies and if they happen to ingest pennies minted after 1982 they can pay the p...
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  • Pectus Excavatum

    952 Views - 6 Comments Pectus excavatum is a condition where the sternum is deformed and in severe cases can cause respiratory distress. Ashley Magee, DVM, DACVS, performs the splinting procedure to correct this deformity in a...

    6 min 1 sec

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  • Anesthesia Induction and Recovery

    7,276 Views - 15 Comments Kristin Spring, CVT, VTS (ECC, Anest.), talks through an anesthesia induction with propofol and anesthesia recovery. What are some common anesthesia induction drugs used in your hospital? Which ones do yo...

    6 min 15 sec

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  • Decreasing IV Catheter Problems

    23,715 Views - 17 Comments Placing peripheral catheters is something technicians do everyday. With this article I hope I can give you some new techniques on placing them aseptically which will help them run trouble free. These are...
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  • Plasma Transfusion

    2,815 Views - 10 Comments Plasma transfusions can be performed in any hospital. Our Blood Bank Director Jill Greene, CVT, shows you how to set up and monitor a patient receiving a plasma transfusion.

    4 min 3 sec

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  • Central Line - Seldinger Technique

    2,911 Views - 12 Comments Meredith Rose, CVT, VTS(ECC), talks Joanie Abrams, CVT, VTS(ECC), through her first central line placement. Patient prep, placement, confirmation, and care are discussed.

    18 min 24 sec

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  • Canine Blood Donation

    2,861 Views - 12 Comments Jill Greene, CVT, explains how in a pinch you can draw a blood donation from one dog and turn around and infuse it into a sick patient.

    7 min 1 sec

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  • Intestinal Evisceration

    7,666 Views - 3 Comments Intestinal evisceration injuries are devastating events due to trauma or dehiscence of surgical incisions. Often if the event is not recognized and treated immediately, exposed intestines are severely con...
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  • Medical Math - Drug Dosages

    4,424 Views - 11 Comments Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS (ECC), explains how to perform basic medical math to figure out how many ml of a drug to draw up and administer.

    3 min 45 sec

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  • Medical Math - Drug Percentages

    3,653 Views - 3 Comments Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS(ECC), explains how to convert a percentage solution into mg/ml to perform drug calculations.

    1 min 22 sec

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  • Wound Infusion Catheter

    3,676 Views - 13 Comments Many of our canine and feline patients experience trauma resulting in wounds that cause them severe pain. Often, we find it difficult to control the patient’s pain with the standard modalities such as opi...
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  • Hypothermia

    4,451 Views - 5 Comments One of the most inexpensive monitoring devices in any animal clinic or hospital is the trusty thermometer. It can give us valuable information in just a few seconds. There are three common types of thermo...
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  • Blood Draw Lateral Saphenous

    11,154 Views - 8 Comments Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS (ECC), walks you through obtaining a blood sample from the lateral saphenous vein in a dog. The lateral saphenous vein in dogs is an ideal spot for quick blood draws....

    2 min 5 sec

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  • Alternate Site IM Injection

    3,015 Views - 6 Comments Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS(ECC), explains this user requested video for alternate site IM injection. If the patient is positioned in such a way that the epaxial muscles are not available you can try this lo...

    59 sec

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  • Scrubbing In

    4,573 Views - 4 Comments Lee Herold, DVM, DACVECC, walks through proper technique for a surgical scrub, gowning and sterile closed gloving technique. This is a great review for staff members who infrequently scrub in for surgical...

    15 min 52 sec

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  • The Importance of Blood Typing

    7,496 Views - 4 Comments To say that transfusion medicine has an increasingly important role in the life support of critically ill patients is an under statement. The knowledge that veterinary professionals have on companion anim...
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  • Suture Basics

    3,578 Views - 3 Comments In this brief video Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS (ECC), explains how to decipher suture size and material.

    2 min 1 sec

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  • Pericardiocentesis

    1,803 Views - 3 Comments In this video Katherine Earl, DVM, walks you through performing a pericardiocentesis on a dog. Ultrasound use is demonstrated in this particular procedure.

    5 min 37 sec

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  • Directional Terms

    3,604 Views - 9 Comments Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS(ECC), summarizes the most common directional terms used in medical terminology.

    1 min 50 sec

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  • Thoracic Radiographs

    3,617 Views - 4 Comments Proper positioning is key to obtaining diagnostic radiographs. In this video, Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS (ECC), reviews proper thoracic radiograph positioning and safety.

    5 min 30 sec

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  • Organophosphate Toxicity

    3,637 Views - 1 Comments A six–year–old spayed female Golden Retriever was brought to DoveLewis with the presenting complaint of being poisoned. The dog was immediately triaged to the treatment floor for assessment. On physical e...
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  • Insulin Care and Use

    1,908 Views - 3 Comments When you look at amount to impact ratio, insulin packs a pretty powerful punch. In this video Lee Herold, DVM, DACVECC, reviews how to handle and inject insulin and is also a great tool for teaching clien...

    4 min 18 sec

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  • Esophagostomy Tube Placement

    4,149 Views - 4 Comments Nathan Bodnar, DVM, walks you through placing an esophagostomy tube in a cat. Esophagostomy tubes are a simple way to introduce nutrition to an anorexic animal or one recovering from oral trauma/surg...

    6 min 15 sec

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  • Practicing Safer Anesthesia

    6,727 Views - 11 Comments As technicians, some of us practice anesthesia as the core part of our job; for some of us it is just a small part of the many things we do. No matter how often we monitor anesthetized patients we should...
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  • IV Catheter Placement

    12,882 Views - 24 Comments Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS (ECC), walks you through how to place a cephalic intravenous catheter in a dog.

    5 min 3 sec

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  • Worms Gone Wild

    3,985 Views - 2 Comments A 7 ½ year old neutered male pit bull terrier was examined by his regular veterinarian for a 5 day history of a “swollen” abdomen. The abdominal distention had progressed during this time and was accompan...
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  • Blood Glucose via Ear Stick

    3,022 Views - 8 Comments Lee Herold, DVM, DACVECC, reviews blood glucose sampling using the ear stick method. This is beneficial for glucose curves in the hospital and for teaching owners to monitor their pet’s glucose levels at...

    3 min

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  • Respiratory Arrest

    1,726 Views - 3 Comments Ladan Mohammad-Zadeh, DVM, DACVECC, discusses an interesting case from the DoveLewis ICU. This dog suffered respiratory arrest shortly after presentation and was placed on short-term mechanical ventilatio...

    2 min 22 sec

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