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    Basic Ear Cleaning

    Views: 14,224 - 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: 9,015 - 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

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

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    Brachial Plexus Block

    Views: 6,813 - 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

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    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

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

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    Demystifying the Anesthetic Ventilator

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    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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    Handling Aggressive Dogs

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    Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS (ECC), talks through restraining an unpredictable dog with a past history of aggression for an IV injection.

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    The Good, Bad and Ugly

    Views: 2,959 - Comments: 1

    Monica Maxwell, SPHR, and Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS(ECC), discuss case summaries of employee management. This talk is specifically RACE-approved for one DVM or one Technician CE credit. This course has been approved by th...

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    Leptospirosis Isolation Protocol

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    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 frequented by rodents. Th...

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    Body Temperature - Canine

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    Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS (ECC), demonstrates how to measure body temperature rectally on a dog.

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    Respiratory Rate and Effort - Canine

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    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.

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    Monitoring Mentation - Canine

    Views: 14,400 - Comments: 2

    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.

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    Weekend With CRRT

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    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 my own head, not recogniz...

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    Monitoring Mucous Membranes - Canine

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    Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS (ECC), shows how to evaluate Mucous Membranes and CRT (Capillary Refill Time) in a dog.

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    Heart Rate and Rhythm - Canine

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    Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS (ECC), demonstrates how to measure heart rate, rhythm, and pulse quality on a dog.

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    Cynical Training Stories

    Views: 2,558 - Comments: 2

    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 their first shift, NOTHING HA...

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    Canine Cephalic Vein Blood Collection

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    Joanie Abrams, CVT, VTS (ECC), shows how to draw blood from a dog’s cephalic vein.

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    Blood Collection Tubes

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    Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS (ECC), discusses various blood collection tubes and what each is used for.

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    Canine Jugular Venipuncture

    Views: 20,423 - Comments: 10

    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.

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    At Dawn They Sleep: Guide to Surviving Overnights

    Views: 6,398 - Comments: 17

    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't work them for long perio...

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    Isolation Urine

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    Rachel Renfro, CVT, VTS (ECC), discusses how to contain, but still accurately quantify urine output on a patient suspected to have Leptospirosis.

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    Jackson Pratt Drain Use and Care

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    Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS (ECC), discusses how to empty a Jackson Pratt drain and basic drain maintenance.

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    Hepatic Lipidosis

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    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 talk is specifically RACE-appro...

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    Anesthetic Complications

    Views: 15,223 - Comments: 11

    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, monitoring, and emergencies during...

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    Shock Talk

    Views: 10,293 - Comments: 6

    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 one Technician CE credit.

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    Local Anesthesia for Techs

    Views: 7,060 - Comments: 2

    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 facet of any treatment pl...

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    DIC

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    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. This talk is specifically R...

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    Lifters and Leaners

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    CEO of DoveLewis, Ron Morgan, discusses employee engagement and managing lifters and leaners in your practice. This talk is specifically RACE-approved for one DVM or one Technician CE credit. This course has been approve...

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    Diabetes

    Views: 7,059 - Comments: 3

    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 challenging for veterinarians and...

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    Common Toxicities

    Views: 9,075 - Comments: 8

    Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS(ECC), discusses decontamination procedures for pets that have ingested toxins and also gives clinical signs and treatments for common toxicities. Toxin ingestions are commonplace in veterinary medicin...

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    Canine Parvovirus Infection

    Views: 39,838 - Comments: 6

    A 17-week-old Coton de Tulear canine presented to DoveLewis with diarrhea, vomiting, lethargy and inappetence.  The diarrhea had started a few days prior upon being adopted from a breeding facility.  He was seen by his p...

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    Why I Like Overnights

    Views: 3,422 - Comments: 4

    Do I like overnights? Does anyone like overnights? Maybe a few masochistic vampires out there can truly answer yes but the truth is that working graveyard is tough. It is unnatural and completely socially alienating. Though I...

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    Here's My Problem: Overnight Anticipation

    Views: 2,292 - Comments: 0

    I have to work an overnight shift tonight. It’s a mid-week overnight shift, surrounded by days of meetings and office work. My favorite. In my outside-of-work life I LOVE anticipation, but as I forced myself to sleep in this...

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    Drinks After Work

    Views: 2,611 - Comments: 2

    Many shifts leave me feeling like a weary soldier of the ER/ICU, and (more often than not) the Grim Reaper. These times call for a drink. I envy those of you that can meet for so-called "happy hour", the late sunlight...

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    Transfusion Medicine Myths

    Views: 12,751 - Comments: 8

    Transfusion medicine has greatly evolved since the discovery of canine blood groups in 1910. Today, there are about a half dozen erythrocyte antigens that are clinically significant in canines, the most important of which are...

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    Feline Hypothermia

    Views: 4,661 - Comments: 2

    Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS(ECC), discusses the reasoning and importance of warming cold (<97 degrees F) cats before administering large quantities of IV fluids.

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    Aftercare Paw Prints

    Views: 6,430 - Comments: 7

    Technician Assistant, Cecily Douglas, demonstrates how to make a set of ink paw prints as part of aftercare on deceased patients.

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    Central Line Use and Care

    Views: 9,808 - Comments: 8

    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.

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    Esophagostomy Tube Care and Feeding

    Views: 8,608 - Comments: 3

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

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    Icterus

    Views: 4,437 - Comments: 1

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

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    Hyperkalemia

    Views: 4,040 - Comments: 0

    Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS (ECC), discusses hyperkalemia in the context of urinary obstruction. Medications and management techniques are mentioned.

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    Using Sterilization Pouches

    Views: 11,665 - Comments: 3

    Surgery Assistant at DoveLewis, Sarah Crisp, talks through how to sterilize instruments in single sterilization pouches.

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    GDV - VPC

    Views: 7,417 - Comments: 2

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

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    GDV - Gastric Trocarization

    Views: 15,149 - Comments: 9

    Ladan Mohammad-Zadeh, DVM, DACVECC, demonstrates gastric trocarization in a patient presenting with GDV.

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    GDV - Radiographs

    Views: 7,661 - Comments: 1

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

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    GDV - Presentation

    Views: 6,810 - Comments: 3

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

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    Deobstipation

    Views: 6,688 - Comments: 6

    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.

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