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    Shoulder Radiographs

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    Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS (ECC), demonstrates proper positioning and anatomical landmarks for shoulder radiographs in a dog, Alan Lipman, DVM, DACVR, then explains proper positioning and technique in the finished product. 

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    Hind Limb Radiographs

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    Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS (ECC), demonstrates proper positioning and anatomical landmarks for hind limb radiographs on a dog. Restraint aids are briefly discussed.

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    Scarier than Halloween: Medical Mistakes

    Views: 2,657 - Comments: 6

    Halloween is coming up pretty soon, and it got me thinking about being scared. It happens a lot to me because I am a WIMP when it comes to scary things: When I read a scary book at night I make the dog come to the bathroom...

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    Filling Prescriptions

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    Technician Assistant (TA) Manager, Amber Solomon, explains the information necessary for prescription labeling, and demonstrates how to fill a prescription. 

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    Front Limb Radiographs

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    Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS (ECC), demonstrates proper positioning and anatomical landmarks for front limb radiographs on a dog. Restraint aids are briefly discussed.

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    Little Things: Tips for Better Veterinary Client Service

    Views: 4,636 - Comments: 1

    In the peak hours of our emergency hospital (DoveLewis) the wait to see a doctor or get results for diagnostics can be long. Especially when there are multiple emergencies and urgent care visits pulling staff in every directi...

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    Seizures! What Do I Do?

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    Ladan Mohammad-Zadeh, DVM, DACVECC, talks about seizure disorders, and how to manage them in your hospital and with pet owners at home. This talk is specifically RACE-approved for one DVM or one Technician CE credit.

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    The Kindness of Strangers

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    It’s been well-documented, but I’ll say it again: I’m an introvert. While capable of talking to strangers, it wears me out. I also hate talking on the phone. I have a love/fear relationship with my phone. Texting has opened an ent...

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    Pelvic Radiographs

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    Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS (ECC), demonstrates proper positioning and anatomical landmarks for pelvis radiographs in a dog. Alan Lipman, DVM, DACVR, explains proper positioning and technique. 

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    The Little Things Matter. Be Proud of Your Work!

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    Every little thing we do's like magic Anything we do will not go wrong Every little thing we do's like magic Everywhere we go we're rockin' on Black Eyed Peas (Magic) When I read the topic suggestion for this month’s at...

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    Abdominal Radiographs

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    Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS(ECC), demonstrates proper positioning and anatomical landmarks for abdominal radiographs in a dog. Staff radiologist Alan Lipman explains proper positioning and technique. 

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    Why Good Client/Customer Service Matters

    Views: 2,489 - Comments: 8

    I’m coming off of a rough travel weekend doing some veterinary lectures in NYC. The roughness of the experience had nothing to do with why I was traveling, the weather, the traffic, the cab drivers, accidentally sleeping through m...

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    Feline Vaccines

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    Becky Smith, CVT, VTS (Clinical Practice), from Rose City Veterinary Hospital explains the AAHA/AAFP recommendations for core and non-core vaccines in cats. Initial kitten vaccines and the adult booster schedule are discussed.

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    Administering Activated Charcoal

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    Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS(ECC), gives tips for administering activated charcoal to a toxin ingestion patient.

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    Interview with VMD Technology

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    I recently had the pleasure of answering some interview questions for Dr. Caleb Frankel of VMD Technology about my career and how atdove.org came to be. Here are a few of those questions, and a link to the full article!How di...

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    Don’t Fear the Reefer - Marijuana Toxicity

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    Dietary indiscretion and resulting toxicities are some of the most common emergencies in veterinary medicine. Each class, and potentially each individual toxin, may present as a distinct set of clinical signs. Marijuana is one of...

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    Wound Clip and Clean

    Views: 10,369 - Comments: 7

    Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS(ECC), discusses proper technique for how to clip, clean, and flush minor wounds sustained by a dog after a dog fight. Wound irrigation solutions are briefly discussed.

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    Challenging Urethral Obstructions

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    Coby Richter, DVM, DACVS, gives a case-based presentation that covers ruptured urethras, ruptured bladders, stones that won’t budge and stones you know are there but cannot find.  This talk is specifically RACE-approved fo...

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    Crystalloids and Colloids

    Views: 9,217 - Comments: 2

    Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS (ECC), gives a brief overview of the difference between crystalloid and colloid fluids. Examples of each type of fluid are given, and reasons why each may be administered to a patient are discussed.

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    I Can Help! Veterinary Training and Planning

    Views: 2,656 - Comments: 2

    As veterinary managers go, I'm a PLANNER. While flying by the seat of my pants and treating unpredictable emergencies in the DoveLewis ER is fun, in every other area I need a PLAN. I like to set my expectations based on what I thi...

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    Appointment Flow

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    Brittany Carey and Henry Struzik, on location at Pearl Animal Hospital, describe the flow of appointments and delineation of duties. From obtaining a weight to basic history and vitals, defining these duties allows them to wo...

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    Client Communications and Triage

    Views: 9,949 - Comments: 5

    Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS(ECC), explains the importance of gaining owner trust during the triage process. By remembering to communicate with the client, technician value can be established and owner comfort increased while they wai...

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    Anticoagulant Rodenticide Toxicity

    Views: 4,535 - Comments: 1

    Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS(ECC), discusses a case of anticoagulant rodenticide toxicity seen in the ER. The emergency treatment before starting the dog on vitamin K therapy (the mainstay for this toxicity) is the focus of this discu...

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    Marijuana Toxicity

    Views: 5,475 - Comments: 1

    Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS (ECC), discusses the common clinical signs seen in Marijuana (THC) toxicity, and the common emergency treatments. This video highlights the ataxia and hyperesthesia often noted in these cases. 

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    Gross ER Veterinary Stuff

    Views: 4,380 - Comments: 16

    IVECCS is coming. It’s NEXT WEEK. It’s my favorite conference of the year, even when it’s in San Antonio (river walk again?). Because it’s 4 days of emergency nerds trying to one up each other with our stories. Stories of how many...

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    Bugs, Wounds, and You

    Views: 4,278 - Comments: 0

    Kristin Spring, CVT, VTS(ECC, Anes.), CVPP, spends this hour discussing different wound management and the role hospital staff plays in keeping these wounds clean and protected. This talk is specifically RACE-approved for one T...

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    Canine Vaccines

    Views: 9,914 - Comments: 4

    Becky Smith, CVT, VTS (Clinical Practice), from Rose City Veterinary Hospital explains the AAHA recommendations for core and non-core vaccines in dogs. Initial puppy vaccines and the adult booster schedule is discussed.

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    Veterinary Superstition

    Views: 4,016 - Comments: 5

    I don’t feel like a particularly superstitious person. Cracks in the sidewalk get stepped on, black cats walk around me all the time, and I don’t generally notice that any given Friday was the 13th day of a month until a couple of...

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    Medical Math – Metoclopramide CRI

    Views: 10,277 - Comments: 10

    Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS (ECC), walks you through how to calculate a metoclopramide CRI for any sized patient when adding the drug to their already running IV fluids. This calculation is used for adding any drug to fluids that are...

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    DOCTOR TO TREATMENT!

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    DOCTOR TO TREATMENT! That’s the phrase we hear over the pager several times a day at my hospital and it always gives my adrenals a good squeeze. It means that an emergency has come through the door that needs immediate at...

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    New Guest Blogger

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    I met Liz Hughston online almost two years ago and we had an instant connection. No, this is not an online dating story; this is a story of how atdove.org brought DoveLewis and Adobe Animal Hospital together. So sure, online...

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    Heartworm Testing

    Views: 8,834 - Comments: 6

    On location at Rose City Veterinary Hospital, Becky Smith CVT, VTS (Clinical Practice), discusses heartworm preventive medications in both cats and dogs, and also talks about the reasoning and importance of testing pets for heartw...

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    Vaginal Cytology - Canine

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    Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS (ECC), demonstrates how to obtain a vaginal cytology on a dog.

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    Administering Vaccines - Feline

    Views: 7,490 - Comments: 4

    Becky Smith, CVT, VTS (Clinical Practice), on location at Rose City Veterinary Hospital, explains the proper locations for, and administers vaccines to a cat.

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    Fitting E-Collars

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    Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS (ECC), demonstrates how to choose the correct length of e-collar and how to properly fit that e-collar to a patient. This video is for people new to working in veterinary medicine.

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    Vet Tech Education

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    I recently got back from a whirlwind week – two conferences in two cities in one week. I had a blast. The introvert in me is screaming for a day of silence, but the nerd in me is rejoicing! In Chicago at the AVMA conference I...

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    Administering Vaccines - Canine

    Views: 9,439 - Comments: 5

    Becky Smith CVT, VTS (Clinical Practice), on location at Rose City Veterinary Hospital, demonstrates the proper location of canine vaccines and administers vaccines to a puppy. Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS(ECC), plays a supporting rol...

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    Oral Medication Administration - Canine

    Views: 9,470 - Comments: 4

    Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS (ECC), demonstrates what's commonly called "pilling" a dog (giving oral medications).

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    Administering a Rabies Vaccine

    Views: 8,014 - Comments: 3

    Sarah Tauber, DVM, demonstrates administering a rabies vaccine to a cat.

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    Saline Agglutination Test

    Views: 11,159 - Comments: 2

    Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS (ECC), explains the reasoning and demonstrates the process of performing and interpreting a saline agglutination test.

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    Back to Basics - Technician Training

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    I went to tech school. I think I went to a pretty good program; we had lots of large and small animals on site and I got plenty of hands-on experience. I monitored anesthesia on multiple species, looked at endless poop and blood s...

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    New Client Orientation

    Views: 4,781 - Comments: 3

    On location at Pearl Animal Hospital, Henry Struzik explains the process for welcoming new clients or new patients to the practice. An emphasis on preventive care, dentistry, and creating good habits is discussed as well as conten...

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    Thoracic Trauma Following Coyote Attack

    Views: 9,216 - Comments: 1

    An eight-year-old spayed Yorkshire terrier was referred for continued care following an early morning coyote attack. She was ambulatory after being rescued by her owner, but had full-thickness bite wounds over both hemithoraces an...

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    Laryngeal Tie-Back (Post-Op)

    Views: 2,981 - Comments: 0

    After laryngeal tie-back surgery, patients need special attention and care to avoid complications such as aspiration pneumonia. Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS (ECC), talks about how to care for these patients, and why it's so important...

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    How It Feels to Treat Poison Victims

    Views: 1,723 - Comments: 5

    Over the July 4th weekend I saw a sickening post on Facebook. In the San Francisco area there were reports of meatballs containing strychnine being left along sidewalks and these were poisoning dogs. Even the best trained dogs can...

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    The Vet Tech Licensing Debate

    Views: 27,951 - Comments: 45

    I’m a little fired up. DISCLAIMER: Some of you might be offended by this blog. That is not my intention, but this is a touchy subject. I’m apologizing in advance. Please do not threaten my pets, my home, or anyo...

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    Isolation in the ICU

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    Rachel Kinney, CVT, VTS (ECC), discusses DoveLewis’ protocol for treating infectious disease patients (in this case kennel cough/pneumonia dependent on oxygen therapy) within the ICU. 

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    Why This Vet Tech Hates Fireworks

    Views: 1,579 - Comments: 7

    I. Hate. Fireworks. First of all? What do they represent? Bombs. Every 4th of July (and Cinco de Mayo and New Year’s Eve, and various and sundry random holidays) we celebrate by simulating explosions that, in the wars we...

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    Indwelling Chest Tube for Drainage and Lavage

    Views: 4,869 - Comments: 4

    Lee Herold, DVM, DACVECC, talks DoveLewis veterinary intern Glynis McCorkle through placing bilateral chest tubes in a cat diagnosed with pyothorax. Once the chest tube is placed, Dr. Herold explains thoracic lavage via the chest...

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    Vet Techs Talk: Life Lessons and Avoiding Career Burnout

    Views: 4,096 - Comments: 2

    In this chat I enlist the help of fellow tech nerd (and CaRVTA Registered Vet Tech of the Year!) Liz Hughston RVT, VTS (SAIM, ECC) to talk about the life (or lack thereof) of a veterinary professional. We chat about the characteri...

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