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    The Art of Triage

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    In modern human healthcare systems, triage occurs at every level of care from an initial telephone contact to arrival at a health care facility. In this lecture, Staff Veterinarian Christy Michael reviews triage in the veterinary...

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    Professional Groups in Veterinary Medicine: Combating Compassion Fatigue and Burnout

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    Although there is a growing awareness of compassion fatigue and burnout in the field of veterinary medicine, most efforts have been focused individual self-care. In a field with widespread moral distress, where isolation only comp...

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    Tips for Organizing Staff Resources

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    Chances are at your clinic, you have about thirty important documents that live in ten different places. Seven of them haven’t been updated in the last three years, half were created by someone who doesn’t work there anymore, and...

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    Basic Microscope Setup

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    Microscopes are amazing pieces of equipment, but often overlooked in the day-to-day workload of managing patients and clients. If you’re looking for a refresher on how to get the most out of your slides, or are new to the field an...

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    Gavage Feeding in the Avian Species

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    There are a handful of unique considerations that you should take into account before gavage feeding an avian patient. And while it may seem intimidating, knowing a few tips ahead of time can help you prepare! Sarah Harris, CVT, V...

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    Triaging Blocked Cats

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    When an owner comes in concerned about their cat’s bathroom behavior, it’s important to have a few questions planned in advance. Learn from Sarah Harris, CVT, VTS(ECC) about triaging potential blocked cats and communication tips w...

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    Using an IV Fluid Warmer

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    Keeping patients warm is critical, especially in an emergency setting. While there are multiple ways to provide comfort in the clinic, knowing the specifics of each piece of equipment can ensure your animal patients are receiving...

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    Technician Hacks - Ways to Use Stockinette

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    Sometimes as technicians, you need to be creative! Sarah Harris, CVT,VTS (ECC) reviews a few ways that you can use stockinette in an unconventional way, to take the best care of your patients.

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    Parturition for Professionals

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    Whether through careful planning or by accident, often our pet owners find themselves with expectant pets. Learn from Veterinarian Christy Michael, BVMS, about some of the questions that have come across the phones at DoveLewis,...

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    2019 Year in Review

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    Another year of learning is in the books! Thanks so much for being a part of the atdove community and making 2019 great. Take a moment to look back on all you've accomplished this year, and what you hope to learn next! See you in...

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    Avian Catheterization

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    Vascular access can be extremely difficult in the avian species. Learn from DoveLewis Veterinary Technician Sarah Harris, CVT, VTS(ECC) about important considerations while working with these patients.

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    Marketing in a New World

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    Breaking into a new industry can be tough. And while you may not always (or ever) feel like you have a grasp on the world around you, taking the time to ask questions and learn from your team can make a big impact. Learn from...

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    How to Prevent Clogs in NG Tubes

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    Feeding tubes are incredibly important pieces of equipment as they help our patients get the nutrition and medication they need. Learn from Sarah Harris, CVT, VTS(ECC) about how to prevent clogs in NG tubes.

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    Oral Medication Administration: Feline

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    Enticing your patients to take their meds can be an all-day event. Creative disguises, fancy treats, you’ve probably tried it all. Learn from Technician Training Specialist Jessica Waters-Miller, CVT, about how to administer oral...

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    Preparing Heparin Flush

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    Having syringes prepared with heparin saline solution is a great way to prepare your team for the day ahead. Learn from Technician Training Specialist Jessica Waters-Miller, CVT, about using heparin solution in your hospital.

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    A Review of Real Cases

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    Review recent cases at DoveLewis and discuss a practical approach for imaging emergency and trauma patients. Learn key concepts and expert tips for high-quality image interpretation, which provides better diagnoses of acute illnes...

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    Brachycephalic Patients in Clinical Practice

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    Brachycephalics are some of the most popular breeds, so it’s important to recognize the risks that they face in a veterinary hospital. Becky Smith, CVT, VTS (Clinical Practice- Canine/Feline) reviews common concerns, handling tips...

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    Restraint Techniques for Brachycephalic Dogs

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    Brachycephalic dogs are some of the most common household breeds, including Pugs, Bulldogs, and Boston Terriers. Learn from Technician Assistant Manager Megan Urton, about ways to safely restrain and handle these breeds for minima...

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  • Article

    Triage Care of the Acute Abdomen

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    “Acute abdomen” in human medicine is defined as sudden and severe abdominal pain of unclear etiology. In veterinary medicine, it is typically a more general term used to describe a patient with any acute significant abdominal sign...

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    Reducing the Spread of Infectious Diseases

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    In the veterinary industry, we are exposed to many pathogens, often without even realizing it is happening. From there, we can expose our own pets, family members, and even strangers to the contaminants that come into our hospita...

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    Common Toxicities Seen in the ER

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    General approach to toxicities The initial approach to the intoxicated patient should focus on obtaining an accurate exposure history from the owner, along with a rapid physical exam assessment and initiation of stabilizing the...

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    Prepping for Avian Physical Exam and Restraint

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    When a client brings in their sick parakeet or an injured owl, are you prepared to handle them? Learn from Sarah Harris, CVT, VTS(ECC) about a few tips for handling birds and ensuring everyone’s safety.

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    Avian Anatomy Basics

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    We all know that anatomically, birds are different than cats and dogs. But how different? Sarah Harris, CVT, VTS (ECC) gives a practical overview of the main things to consider when treating the avian species in your clinic.

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    Troubleshooting an Oxygen Snyder Machine

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    When it’s a busy day on the floor, the last thing you want to deal with is malfunctioning equipment. Medical Equipment Specialist Catherine Raffaell walks through a common error that occurs in our Oxygen Snyder Units at DoveLewis,...

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    Reviewing Postoperative TPLO Radiographs

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    TPLO, or tibial-plateau-leveling osteotomy, is becoming a more common surgery for canine patients. After surgery, restricted movement is required to ensure quality healing. Learn from Surgeon Andrea Sundholm, DVM, DACVS-SA about w...

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    Rabbits: Recording Vitals and Giving IM Injections

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    Rabbits are commonly seen in a veterinary clinic for husbandry issues such as GI stasis. Learn from Portland Community Instructor Laura Harris, CVT, and DoveLewis Technician Jaime Harvey about how to gather important information a...

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    Ambu Bags Part 2: Set-Up and Patient Care

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    Ambu bags are really useful tools, but can be confusing to set up if you haven’t used them before. Learn a few tips and tricks from Critical Care Specialist Ladan Mohammad-Zadeh, DVM, DACVCECC.

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    Ambu Bags Part 1: Reviewing the Basics

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    There are unique parts and safety features of ambu bags that make them ideal for veterinary patients. Learn from Critical Care Specialist Ladan Mohammad-Zadeh, DVM, DACVECC, about which settings to keep on your radar.

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    Treating a Head Abscess Part 2: Wet-to-Dry Bandaging

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    After draining and flushing an abscess, there is still a lot of work to be done to ensure proper healing. Learn from Staff Veterinarian Lindsey McGuire, DVM, about packing an abscess with the wet-to-dry bandaging technique.

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    Treating a Head Abscess Part 1: Prep, Drain, Flush

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    An abscess can lead to patient discomfort and infections that requires ongoing medical treatments. Review how to prep and flush a large head abscess from Staff Veterinarian Lindsey McGuire, DVM.

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    Post-Surgery Suture Removal

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    Learn from DoveLewis Surgeon Andrea Sundholm, DVM, DACVS-SA about how to quickly finish the last step of a patients surgical care. In this video, review both continuous suture patterns and interrupted sutures.

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    Preparing Chlorhexidine Dilutions

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    Chlorhexidine is a great disinfectant, but needs to be used with care and at the correct dilution. Senior Technician Supervisor Sarah Harris, CVT, VTS(ECC) reviews how to make safe chlorhexidine dilutions, and the difference betwe...

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    A Generation of Changes in Veterinary Medicine

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    A lot has changed over the last 25 years in veterinary medicine- patient care, perscription drugs, and technology just to name a few. Sharon McDermaid, CVT, has been with DoveLewis for 25 years! And she has seen first hand ma...

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    Considerations for Scruffing Feline Patients

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    Scruffing used to be one of the most common ways to restraint feline patients. But that doesn’t mean it’s the best method! Learn from Staff Veterinarian Christy Michael, BVMS, about alternative methods for restraining, recognizing...

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    Red Rubber vs. Foley Catheters: Pros and Cons

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    When it comes to catheters, it can be helpful to know the pros and cons of each. Learn from Technician Manager Carolyn Tran, CVT, about a few of the differences between Red Rubber and Foley Catheters.

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    Labeling Kennel Cards

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    Kennel cards can call attention to important pieces of information, such as where a patient’s meds are, if they have a personal item, and when you may need protective gear. Learn from Technician Training Specialist Jessica Waters-...

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  • Article

    Severe Pedal Necrosis: When Bandage Management Goes Wrong

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    Bandages are commonly used in the management of injuries to the distal extremity in veterinary patients. Bandages offer many benefits for healing of wounds and other injuries to the limb; they provide support, decrease edema, main...

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    The Anorexic Cat: A Breakdown of Appetite Stimulants

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    We’ve all encountered the frustration that is the anorexic cat. It is possible to run a comprehensive diagnostic panel and still not understand why the patient is not eating. Add full body imaging and your client can easily spend...

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    My Journey to Vet School

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    Continuing education and training can have immense benefits on your longevity and happiness in your career. It impacts the patients you are working with today as well as the patients you will treat tomorrow. In this blog, Anthony...

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    Exam Tips for Handling Rabbits

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    Rabbits may be nervous in a clinic setting, so it’s important to know proper handling and restraint techniques. Learn from Portland Community College Instructor and Certified Veterinary Technician Laura Harris, and DoveLewis Certi...

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    Tube Placement and Care: A Step-by-step Guide

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    Placing and managing various tubes is an important part of a veterinary technician’s role in patient care, and knowing the proper procedures and most effective methods will ensure that you are offering the best possible treatment....

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    What Pet Loss Support Taught Me

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    I attended my first Pet Loss Support Group run by Enid Traisman, MSW, CT in December of 2018. I immediately felt the power of this community resource and felt validated in my own grief by the stories, lessons and experiences of th...

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    Replacing Soda Lime After CO2 Absorption

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    Soda lime, also known as Baralyme granules, are used to absorb CO2 from anesthesia machines or oxygen chambers. Bobbie Lucas, Surgery Assistant, reviews how, when, and why it’s important to change these on a regular basis.

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    Cryptorchidism in Dogs

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    Cryptorchid testicles occur when one or both testicles don’t descend normally. Learn from DoveLewis Surgeon Ashley Magee, DVM, DACVS about evaluating these patients and prepping for surgery.

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    PCC Veterinary Technology Program- A Lesson in Triage

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    Over the past few months, atdove.org and Portland Community College (PCC) have been teaming up to create new and unique content! PCC has a Veterinary Technology program where students can become certified to work in animal clinics...

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    Contrast Esophagram Review

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    There are two types of contrasts commonly used in veterinary medicine. Review the options and this case diagnosis with Veterinary Radiologist Alan Lipman, DVM, DACVR.

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    Tone and Volume for Your Client Conversations

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    In the 1970’s, Albert Mehrabian created a tool called the communication model. Within this model, he came up with the idea that only 7% of what is being communicated are the literal words. That means that according to his theory,...

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    Receiving Constructive Criticism

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    Being open to criticism, good or bad, is vital to being successful in any job. How else are you going to know what to improve on, how to grow, and areas may require more focus? When it comes to receiving criticism, it doesn’t a...

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    Feline Towel Restraint (aka Purrito)

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    Cat burrito, purrito, whatever you want to call it as long as it works! With some patients, less restraint can be more effective. Learn from Technician Assistant Amy Lacey, and staff cat Murray, about using a “purrito” method...

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    Diagnosis of Ischium Lesions

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    With Veterinary Radiologist Alan Lipman, DVM, DACVR, review a canine patient suffering from abdomen pain and the imagery that led to an effective diagnosis.

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