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    Interpreting PCV/TS

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    Performing a packed cell volume (PCV) and total solids is one of the easiest tests performed in a veterinary hospital. Almost all team members can perform a PCV/TS (total solids), but how many of them are comfortable interpret...

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    Staining a Blood Smear

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    Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS (ECC), demonstrates technique in staining a blood smear for microscopic evaluation.

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    Holiday Bonuses

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    I’ve been in the professional world for a number of years now, and have been the lucky recipient of a few different bonuses. They have been in the form of gift cards, contributions to retirement, a nice dinner out, cash,...

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    Blood Smear Preparation

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    Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS (ECC), demonstrates how to make a blood smear.

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    Blood Smear Differential and Morphology

    Views: 18,667 - Comments: 10

    Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS (ECC), talks through the steps of performing hand differentials including white blood cell identification, red blood cell morphology, and calculating absolute leukocyte values.

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    French and Gauge Sizes

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    Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS (ECC), talks about diameters of tubes and needles in terms of gauge and french sizes.

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    Site Update: Quiz Feature

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    Due to popular demand, we have added a super-useful new feature:When a member watches any video, they can now take a short quiz at the end! Once they pass the quiz they have the option to forward their proof of completion to their...

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    Applying Topical Spray

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    Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS (ECC), demonstrates how to apply topical spray to a dog.

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    Drawer of Shame

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    I’m a stress eater. I’ve finally come to terms with that. I have two forms of stress cravings – body stress (like after a weekend of overnights followed by an immediate switch to day mode) which leaves me wanting all things salty...

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    Thoracocentesis (Thoracentesis)

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    3rd year Critical Care Resident Mitch Fults, DVM, explains and performs a thoracocentesis (thoracentesis) on a dog.

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    PROJECT POTLUCK: Not Just A Social Stigma Anymore

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    Low morale may be an unwelcome guest in every workplace, but is undeniably present in most job places at some point or another. It can be a chore to boost morale, but can also be especially challenging in a critical care ER hos...

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    Butterfly Catheter Blood Draw

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    Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS (ECC), demonstrates how to obtain a blood sample from the lateral saphenous vein of a small dog using a butterfly catheter.

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    SNAP Test

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    Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS (ECC), shows how to perform a basic SNAP test. Refer to manufacturer’s specific test instructions for your kit, as each test varies slightly.

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    How DoveLewis Made Me Grinchy

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    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 to Christmas music in the...

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    Another Q+A: Showing Emotion In Front of Owners

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    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 cry when euthanizing a pet w...

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    Case Study: Anticoagulent Rodenticide Toxicity

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    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 significant medical history re...

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    NG Tube in Surgery

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    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 with one of her patients in a...

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    Nitroglycerin Ointment

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

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    That One Time I Cried

    Views: 3,837 - Comments: 10

    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 surgery and revel in the s...

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    PEG Tube Feeding

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    Rachel Renfro, CVT, VTS (ECC), demonstrates how to feed a cat through a percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy tube (PEG tube).

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    Preparing IV Fluids

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    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.

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    Basic Physical Exam Feline

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    Sarah Tauber, DVM, demonstrates how to perform a basic physical exam on a cat.

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    Hanging Leg Surgery Patient Prep

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    Ashley Magee, DVM, DACVS, describes how to prepare a patient for limb surgery using a hanging leg preparation technique.

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    Abdominal Surgery Patient Prep

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    Surgery assistant at DoveLewis, Sue Marcoe, demonstrates how to clip and prepare a patient for abdominal surgery.

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    Active Observation

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    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 were identified for successf...

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    The Other Side of the Exam Table

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    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 of our surgeons) perform a...

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    Lead II ECG Rhythm Strip

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    Julie Ames, CVT, shows how to set up and obtain a Lead II ECG rhythm strip.

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    Heat Stroke

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    Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS (ECC), discusses heatstroke in an ICU patient and all of the organ systems affected by severe thermal injury.

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    Doppler Blood Pressure

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    Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS (ECC), explains how to obtain a Doppler blood pressure on a dog.

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    Orogastric Tube

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    Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS (ECC), demonstrates how to pass an orogastric tube on an anesthetized animal during abdominal surgery.

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    Fluid Pump Basics

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    Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS (ECC), shows the basics of using a fluid pump.

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    Diagnostic Ultrasonography

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    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.

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    Blood Transfusion Basics

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    Lee Herold, DVM, DACVECC, discusses blood types, blood components, and monitoring for transfusion reactions. This talk is specifically RACE-approved for one DVM or one Technician CE credit.

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    Blazing New Trails

    Views: 1,942 - Comments: 5

    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. Boy does it feel good....

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    Canine Stump Pyometra

    Views: 27,815 - Comments: 1

    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 been spayed three weeks ear...

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    Grape Toxicity

    Views: 5,752 - Comments: 2

    Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS (ECC), discusses a case of grape toxicity and the process of dealing with grape ingestion in general.

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    Take That Syringe Out of Your Mouth!

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    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 recognize how tough it is to...

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    Fecal Float and Fecal Direct Smear Setup

    Views: 16,539 - Comments: 9

    Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS(ECC), demonstrates how to obtain a fecal sample, set up a fecal float and direct fecal examination.

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    Nebulization and Coupage

    Views: 7,805 - Comments: 2

    Joanie Abrams, CVT, VTS (ECC), demonstrates the hows and discusses the whys of nebulizing and coupaging a patient.

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    Patient Cooling

    Views: 6,399 - Comments: 6

    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 water and a fan are used....

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    Urinalysis Preparation

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    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.

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    Basic Ear Cleaning

    Views: 13,779 - Comments: 4

    Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS (ECC), explains and demonstrates how to perform a basic ear cleaning on a dog. 

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    Ear Cytology

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    Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS (ECC), demonstrates how to prepare a slide to examine ear exudate under a microscope.

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    Feline NG Tube Placement

    Views: 8,714 - Comments: 6

    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.

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    Chest Tube Aspiration

    Views: 6,545 - Comments: 6

    Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS (ECC), shows how to manually evacuate a chest tube.

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    Brachial Plexus Block

    Views: 6,649 - Comments: 5

    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.

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    Arterial Blood Draw

    Views: 9,781 - Comments: 13

    Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS (ECC), demonstrates how to obtain an arterial blood sample for the dorsal pedal artery in a dog.

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    Platelet Estimate

    Views: 12,924 - Comments: 3

    Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS (ECC), demonstrates how to perform a platelet estimate from a blood smear.

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    Demystifying the Anesthetic Ventilator

    Views: 18,626 - Comments: 2

    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."  What a shame! I am here to t...

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    The Bloods, Crips, and Basil

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    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. He was homeless. After I i...

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