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  • Fractious Cat Restraint

    30,830 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

    9,827 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

    11,183 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

    5,838 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

    16,350 Views - 11 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

    15,564 Views - 7 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...
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  • Porcupine Quills

    3,011 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

    7,441 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

    2,979 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

    18,391 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

    46,119 Views - 19 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

    6,968 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

    9,293 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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  • CPR (CPCR)

    15,428 Views - 6 Comments Ladan Mohammad-Zadeh, DVM, DACVECC, (RECOVER initiative contributor) walks viewers through the basics of CPR in this lecture, then heads to the hospital floor to demonstrate the hands on skills needed to...

    50 min 59 sec

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  • Canine Blood Donation

    6,733 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

    18,466 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

    12,253 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

    10,138 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

    8,794 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

    10,047 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

    23,168 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

    8,156 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

    12,595 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

    15,958 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

    10,104 Views - 5 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

    5,199 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

    10,614 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

    12,691 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

    9,609 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

    5,338 Views - 6 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

    9,887 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

    19,975 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 s...
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  • IV Catheter Placement

    30,364 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

    7,801 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

    8,026 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

    5,385 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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  • Creating a Training Program

    2,718 Views - 3 Comments Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS(ECC), and Monica Maxwell, SPHR, discuss the importance of creating a training program for your veterinary staff and give some tips to get started on this monumental...

    5 min 21 sec

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  • Anesthesia Leak Test

    18,809 Views - 5 Comments Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS(ECC), Demonstrates leak testing your anesthesia machine, which only takes a minute, and can save you valuable time during an anesthetic procedure. This should be performed before...

    1 min 32 sec

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  • Female Urinary Catheter: Canine

    15,169 Views - 8 Comments Mitchell Fults, DVM, a critical care resident, places a Foley urinary catheter in a female dog under the guidance of Lee Herold, DVM, DACVECC.

    5 min 2 sec

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  • Cystocentesis: Feline

    14,437 Views - 17 Comments Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS (ECC), shows you how to obtain a sterile urine sample from a cat via manual cystocentesis.

    2 min 9 sec

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  • Laryngeal Paralysis

    6,750 Views - 3 Comments Laryngeal paralysis can quickly develop into an emergency. In this video Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS (ECC), shows the classic signs of laryngeal paralysis to help all staff members to recognize it and educat...

    2 min 16 sec

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  • PCV/TS Reading

    13,830 Views - 14 Comments Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS (ECC), discusses measuring a packed cell volume and total solids is fast, inexpensive, and provides a great deal of information. Every staff member should be comfortable performin...

    3 min

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  • Medical Math - Urine Output

    9,644 Views - 4 Comments Calculating urine output in hospitalized patients is an important tool in guiding fluid therapy. In this video Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS (ECC), shows you how to calculate urine output ml/kg/hr in ml/kg/hr....

    1 min 40 sec

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  • ECG Interpretation

    18,214 Views - 18 Comments Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS(ECC), gives you the basic skills to begin interpreting dysrhythmias. Cardiac drug classes are discussed as well as when to give which drug for which dysrhythmia. Video from DoveLe...

    52 min 36 sec

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  • Emergency Triage

    21,115 Views - 12 Comments Emergencies are stressful enough without having to wonder when to do what. In this hour Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS(ECC), will guide you through how to recognize and organize emergency cases, getting started...

    56 min 56 sec

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  • Lateral Saphenous Injection: Canine

    8,347 Views - 2 Comments In this video Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS (ECC), shows you how to utilize the lateral saphenous vein in a dog to give an injection, in order to preserve cephalic veins for IV catheters.

    1 min 4 sec

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  • IM Injection: Canine

    25,776 Views - 8 Comments In this video Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS (ECC), shows you how to properly give an intramuscular injection in the epaxial muscles along the lumbar spine.

    56 sec

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  • Foot Bandage on a Dog

    9,474 Views - 6 Comments From broken toenails to large lacerations, dog feet see a lot of action. In this video Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS (ECC), walks you through how to apply a basic foot bandage on a dog.

    4 min 19 sec

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  • Corneal Foreign Body Removal

    3,967 Views - 4 Comments Under the advisement of a veterinary ophthalmologist, Lee Herold, DVM, DACVECC, takes a scalpel blade to an eyeball! A fluorescein stain follows the foreign body removal.

    2 min 2 sec

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  • Dog Eats Horse - An Unusual Cause of Intestinal Perforations

    8,738 Views - 3 Comments An eight-month-old, intact male Rottweiler presented to DoveLewis for weakness and vomiting of an uncertain length of time. The owners had been out of town for four days and the pet sitters did not notice...
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