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    You Want Me to Put the Needle Where?

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    Ladan Mohammad-Zadeh, DVM, DACVECC, gives a RACE Approved lecture for veterinarians where she describes when and how to perform thoracocentesis, abdominocentesis, and pericardiocentesis in dogs and cats. This talk is specifical...

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    Canoeing Down the Ebola River

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    I am obsessed with the Ebola virus and I have been for years. I own books titled The Coming Plague and Level 4: Virus Hunters of the CDC. For Christmas two years ago my sister gave me the book Spillover about scary viruses that li...

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    Bottle Feeding Kittens

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    Rachel Kinney, CVT, VTS (ECC), demonstrates the proper technique for bottle feeding orphaned kittens, including how much to feed them and how to care for them after each feeding.

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    Site Update: New Training Plans!

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    Having pre-built and custom training plans available for our administrators will be the biggest addition to our website all year. On the Floor @Dove's new Training Plan feature ensures consistent training for each empl...

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    Giardia SNAP Test

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    Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS (ECC), demonstrates how to perform a giardia SNAP test on feces collected from a dog.

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    Canine Nail Trim

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    DoveLewis technician Rachel Kinney, CVT, VTS (ECC), explains how to perform a nail trim on a dog, mentioning both clear and opaque nails, and methods to stop bleeding if the blood vessel is inadvertently cut.

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    Respect

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    “I don’t get no respect” -Rodney Dangerfield I value respect very highly. In order to get it from me it has to be earned, and in turn I feel that if I work hard I should be able to earn your respect. T...

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    “Investing” in Pets

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    Every day at my job I see the amount of money clients are willing and able to spend on their pet (and often, limited to spending). The degree of pet care varies based on the client’s financial ability and their personal view...

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    Continuous Glucose Monitoring

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    Here in the ICU at DoveLewis, we have the opportunity to treat many patients with diabetic ketoacidosis either due to newly diagnosed diabetes or disregulation of a previously diagnosed diabetic patient. Previously diagnosed diabe...

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    Canine NG Tube Placement

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    Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS (ECC), demonstrates how to place a nasogastric feeding tube in a large dog. Proper placement, testing, and securing the tube are covered.

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    Where's Your Line?

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    ­It’s Christmas Eve, maybe 2002 and my dog Jack is vomiting and lethargic. I am not a veterinary technician yet, just a confused and worried client. My regular vet tells me that she’s worried about Jack and thinks he should be mon...

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    Antiseptic Solution Protocol

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    DoveLewis Technician Assistant, Sarah Hunter, describes the protocol for changing bottles of alcohol, scrub, and solution stored on the hospital floor.

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    Pyothorax

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    Lee Herold, DVM, DACVECC, covers pyothorax causes, clinical signs, and treatment strategies in dogs and cats. This talk is specifically RACE-approved for 1.5 DVM or 1.5 Technician CE credits.

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    Syncope in a Cat

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    Ladan Mohammad-Zadeh, DVM, DACVECC, discusses the diagnostic process, including ECG results, of a cat that presented to the emergency room suffering from syncope.

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    Crash Cart Organization

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    Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS (ECC), walks you through the crash cart organization at DoveLewis. She explains what items are kept where, and presents methods for putting together a crash cart for any practice. Download CPR Sheet

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    Advice for New Vet Techs

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    I had a first yesterday. At work. For someone who has been in emergency/critical care for almost 15 years, I don’t get too many firsts anymore. It was an 18-year-old cat with laryngeal paralysis and the owners elected to have a ti...

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    How I Learned When "Enough is Enough"

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    We have entered kitten season and with that comes trying to find foster families and homes. Luckily, the local county and private shelters do a great job with helping us out but there are still kittens that we need to find placeme...

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    I Feel Guilty When I'm Not Working

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    I remember when I was eager for the open shifts to be posted so I could sign up for an extra one. When three days off in a row seemed excessive, I could fit in another shift. When I was happy to be interrupted with a phone call as...

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    Presenting Estimates

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    Christy Michael, BVMS, discusses the best way to train non-veterinarian staff to present an estimate to clients.

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    Major Crossmatch

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    Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS (ECC), demonstrates how to perform a major crossmatch prior to administering a blood transfusion. By matching the recipient to a specific donor, you can significantly decrease the chances of a transfusion...

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    Feline Blood Donation

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    Jill Greene, CVT, demonstrates how to obtain a blood donation from a donor cat. Knowledge of this procedure is important for feline blood banking and transfusion medicine.

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    Urine Output

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    Let’s talk urine. More specifically, let’s talk measuring urine output. Are you doing it? And on which patients? If you are measuring urine output are you interpreting the results to be meaningful to your patient? Urine output mea...

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    Salmon Poisoning Disease

    Views: 3,823 - Comments: 2

    Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS(ECC), discusses Salmon Poisoning Disease, a rickettsial disease in the Pacific NW. How the disease is contracted, clinical signs, and treatment measures are discussed.

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    Addicted to Caregiving

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    I was never a cat person. I grew up with dogs and pocket pets. After being a Pharmacy Technician for a few years I decided that I wanted to finally fulfill my lifelong dream of working with animals and I started working for an ani...

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    Lavage in Surgery

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    Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS (ECC), discusses sterile lavage used in surgery including storage and use. 

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    Veterinary Survival Tip: Bad Smells & Gagging

    Views: 3,606 - Comments: 6

    The best advice I've ever received for working/surviving at a veterinary hospital is: Whatever smelly lotion is available, put a dab/smear right under your nostrils to cover the hideous smell of __(fill in the blank)__. La...

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    Pain is the Fifth Vital Sign

    Views: 8,168 - Comments: 1

    Kristin Spring, CVT, VTS(ECC, Anes.), CVPP, presents a lecture on monitoring pain, and treating pain as the fifth vital sign. Pain recognition and identification are discussed in detail. This talk is specifically RACE-approved...

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    Bearded Dragon Supportive Care

    Views: 5,520 - Comments: 5

    On location at Southwest Animal Hospital, Veterinary Assistant, Justin During, demonstrates how to give injections, intracoelomic fluids, and syringe feed a sick bearded dragon patient.

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    Dealing With Mistakes

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    I’m sure this comes as a surprise to many of you, but I am not perfect. Please read that first sentence with as much sarcasm as you can muster! Perfection is a far-off goal, something we all strive for in our jobs, but if you focu...

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    Simple Interrupted Suturing

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    Coby Richter, DVM, DACVS, demonstrates how to perform a simple interrupted suture pattern. Proper instrument holding and knot tying is discussed.

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    Vaccine Associated Sarcoma

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    Becky Smith, CVT, VTS (Clinical Practice Canine/Feline), discusses vaccine associated sarcoma in felines and the 3 2 1 Rule when making the decision to biopsy a lump at a vaccine site.

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    My Best Advice for Vet Techs? DON’T GIVE UP!

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    I'm in the treatment area of my very first veterinary job and I'm trying to place an IV catheter. Frustration is building as I poke and miss, poke and miss and then have to pass it off to a technician while I restrain. Later in th...

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    Maintaining the Sterile Field

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    Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS (ECC), discusses the sterile field in the surgery suite and how to properly pass items to a sterile surgeon maintaining the sterile field.

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    Oscillometric Blood Pressure

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    Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS (ECC), demonstrates how to obtain a blood pressure on a dog using an oscillometric blood pressure machine. Proper cuff size, machine limitations, and proper documentation are all discussed.

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    Tiny Talk – Anesthesia Ventilator

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    Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS(ECC), discusses the use of a ventilator for anesthetized patients. Benefits, tidal volume calculation, and patient monitoring concepts are covered.

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    Will You Be My Friend?

    Views: 2,266 - Comments: 5

    I have plenty of flaws. If management taught me anything, it’s that. My insecurities and personality quirks became painfully obvious and on display to the world when I started trying to lead other people and make big decisions....

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    Nutrition in the Critically Ill

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    Ladan Mohammad-Zadeh, DVM, DACVECC, reviews the metabolic processes of the ill patient and how they differ from a healthy patient.  Different modes of nutritional support will be outlined from enteral to parenteral, as well a...

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    How to Keep Members Engaged & Learning

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    Take full advantage of your atdove.org subscription by keeping staff consistently engaged and learning. Here are a few tips to help your team utilize atdove.org training: Show an interesting video or CE lecture in...

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    How to Show Appreciation to Colleagues

    Views: 3,784 - Comments: 4

    So let’s just get this out of the way: I think that almost every veterinary professional can agree that the best way to show your appreciation at a veterinary hospital is with food. It doesn’t matter if you are a doctor, tech, rec...

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    Avian Blood Draw

    Views: 7,545 - Comments: 2

    On location at Oswego Veterinary Hospital, Deb Ward, DVM, demonstrates how to draw blood from a bird using either the wing vein or right jugular vein.

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    Patient Warming in the ICU

    Views: 5,642 - Comments: 7

    Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS (ECC), discusses the different ways hospital staff can re-warm or keep patients warm while in the hospital.

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    Surgery of the Liver and Biliary System

    Views: 2,036 - Comments: 2

    Ashley Magee, DVM, DACVS, discusses different surgical techniques and the decision-making process when performing surgery on the liver and the biliary system. This talk is specifically RACE-approved for one DVM or one Technicia...

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    Canine Epidural

    Views: 8,265 - Comments: 1

    Coby Richter, DVM, DACVS, performs a single injection epidural in a dog prior to perianal surgery. Various methods for ensuring proper placement are discussed.

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    Journal Club

    Views: 2,442 - Comments: 0

    Lee Herold, DVM, DACVECC, does the reading work for you in this talk – she discusses the most clinically practical techniques and knowledge from recent veterinary journals. Topics include: urethral obstructions in cats, toxicology...

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    Heart Rate and Rhythm - Feline

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    Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS (ECC), discusses obtaining a heart rate on feline patients and the importance of listening for arrhythmias and checking pulses at the same time.

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    Monitoring Mucous Membranes - Feline

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    Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS (ECC), demonstrates how to examine mucous membrane color and measure capillary refill time in feline patients.

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    The Importance of Office Day

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    Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS (ECC), discusses the importance of dedicated office time for working hospital floor managers. She mentions ideas of how to fill that administrative time and how to communicate the importance to the rest of...

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    Corrected WBC Count

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    Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS (ECC), demonstrates how to calculate a corrected white blood cell count, which should be performed if more than five nucleated red blood cells are counted on a hand differential.

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    Why Do I Work at DoveLewis?

    Views: 2,331 - Comments: 4

    My work anniversary was earlier this week. My 14-year work anniversary. That’s a long time for a military kid who moved every three to four years growing up; I’m used to changing things up. So what is it about DoveLewis that made...

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    Open Gloving Technique

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    Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS (ECC), demonstrates how to don sterile gloves using an open gloving technique – meaning only the hands are sterile – to prepare for such procedures as placing a urinary catheter or central line.

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