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    Canine Vaccines

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    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: 4,251 - 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: 11,079 - 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!

    Views: 2,585 - Comments: 7

    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

    Views: 1,931 - Comments: 3

    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

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    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: 8,325 - 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: 10,491 - 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: 10,632 - 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: 8,693 - Comments: 3

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

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    Saline Agglutination Test

    Views: 11,823 - Comments: 3

    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

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    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

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    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)

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    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

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    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: 28,561 - 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: 1,678 - 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: 5,230 - 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: 4,503 - 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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    Discharge Instructions

    Views: 8,587 - Comments: 1

    On location at Pearl Animal Hospital, Henry Struzik, CVT, talks about the importance of discharge instructions. From “before and after” photos to written instructions, we learn the best way to make sure client compliance happens w...

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    Idiopathic Thrombocytopenia Purpura (ITP)

    Views: 8,703 - Comments: 2

    Idiopathic Thrombocytopenia Purpura (ITP) is often an immune-mediated disease causing uncontrolled bleeding in veterinary patients. Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS (ECC), discusses the common clinical signs of ITP and some of the treatme...

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    How to Ace a Veterinary Job Interview

    Views: 16,566 - Comments: 3

    It’s no secret that the supply of veterinarians is outpacing demand. Any of us who took a basic economics class in college know the simple fact is that interviews for open DVM positions have suddenly become mini rose cere...

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    Constant Rate Infusion (CRI) Preparation

    Views: 9,341 - Comments: 4

    Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS (ECC), demonstrates the proper technique for preparing a constant rate infusion (CRI) of medication.

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    Tips for Handling Small Dogs

    Views: 24,579 - Comments: 16

    Nothing strikes fear in the hearts of the veterinary staff as when facing a snarling Chihuahua in the lobby. I know many of us would rather work with a large guard breed than a tiny ferocious one. However, these small dogs are ver...

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    Rabbit Anesthesia

    Views: 8,342 - Comments: 6

    Mark Burgess, DVM, of Southwest Animal Clinic discusses anesthesia in rabbits. How to handle rabbits pre-anesthesia, what to be careful of during induction, and anesthesia monitoring techniques are mentioned.

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    Medical Math - Fluid Pump Bolus

    Views: 12,226 - Comments: 4

    Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS (ECC), demonstrates how to perform the calculations necessary to set the rate and volume to be infused on a fluid pump when asked to administer a bolus to a patient over a set period of time.

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    Microchip Implantation

    Views: 5,157 - Comments: 3

    Kristin Spring, CVT, VTS (ECC, Anes.), CVPP, demonstrates how to implant a microchip into a cat. This video is useful for anyone who may be microchipping animals.

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    Basic Avian Restraint

    Views: 9,866 - Comments: 2

    Nathan Bodnar, DVM, demonstrates how to properly retrain a sick or injured bird for a basic physical exam. He highlights maintaining control of the head and feet.

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    Pet Food Matters

    Views: 2,529 - Comments: 2

    I will admit it. I’m a sucker for fads. It's not like I buy everything from late night infomercials but I’ve come close. I come by this trait honestly, my mom has a kitchen FULL of "As Seen on TV" gadg...

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    Matched Unit Blood Transfusion

    Views: 7,446 - Comments: 7

    Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS (ECC), discusses how to set up, start administering, and how to monitor a patient during a transfusion of a matched unit of blood.

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    Three Tips for Hiring a Technician

    Views: 2,874 - Comments: 2

    After years of interviewing for technician positions, both before I knew what I was doing and after (thank you Monica Maxwell!), I’ve learned a few things about selecting great candidates. 1. It’s not always about th...

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    New Site Features for Efficient Team Training

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    Did you know that On the Floor @Dove is constantly evolving to meet your veterinary training needs? In response to feedback and requests we received from our users, we've expanded our premium account features to include:...

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    Dexdomitor® (Dexmedetomidine) Procedure

    Views: 12,852 - Comments: 11

    Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS(ECC), discusses using dexmedetomidine (Dexdomitor®) on a cat during a laceration repair, and the specific effects on the patient, reversal of the drug, and patient monitoring involved.

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    Continuous Renal Replacement Therapy (CRRT)

    Views: 4,232 - Comments: 0

    Lee Herold, DVM, DACVECC, discusses the concepts of veterinary CRRT (Continuous Renal Replacement Therapy). The basics of the machine and filter, anticoagulation therapy, and patient monitoring are discussed as well as managing th...

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    Top 10 Ways to Get Hired in Veterinary Medicine

    Views: 5,244 - Comments: 3

    1. Be better than the other candidates. Write a cover letter and make it specific to the practice you want to work at. Do your homework and talk about why you want to work there.  2. Tailor your resume to the job pos...

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    I LOVE Respiratory Emergencies

    Views: 4,310 - Comments: 3

    I love cats choking on huge hairballs, I love cyanotic laryngeal paralysis dogs, and nothing makes me happier than a GIANT sucking chest wound. I might actually knock you over to participate in thoracocentesis. I long for the d...

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    Applying Ocular Medication - Feline

    Views: 12,110 - Comments: 3

    Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS (ECC), explains and demonstrates how to administer ocular medication to a cat. This particular patient has an ulcer in his left eye, which is being treated with antibiotic drops every four hours.

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    Better Out Than In: Thoracocentesis for Pleural Effusion

    Views: 15,716 - Comments: 2

    The presence of pleural effusion and subsequent presentation of the dyspneic patient is a common emergency in both the dog and cat. Unfortunately, the onset of clinical symptoms for pleural effusion is often so severe and acute th...

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    Veterinary Financial Coordinator Interview

    Views: 3,422 - Comments: 4

    Financial Coordinator at DoveLewis, Amy O’Daly, discusses her job description, how it fits in to the flow of the hospital, and her tips for talking about money with clients. This video is helpful for anyone responsible for discuss...

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    Hypoadrenocorticism (Addison’s Disease) in Dogs

    Views: 19,723 - Comments: 0

    Hypoadrenocorticism (HA) is a deficiency of the adrenal cortex to produce mineralocorticoids and glucocorticoids. Aldosterone is responsible for potassium excretion, sodium retention and water reabsorption. Cortisol has a cataboli...

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    Checking Pulses in Dogs

    Views: 11,080 - Comments: 1

    Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS (ECC), demonstrates the most common locations for palpating pulses in dogs.

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    Canine and Feline CPR for Veterinary Staff

    Views: 27,182 - Comments: 19

    Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS(ECC), presents the DoveLewis yearly canine/feline CPR staff training, starting with updated information from the RECOVER initiative and then practicing CPR with various staff members.The most important asp...

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    Checking Pulses in Cats

    Views: 12,089 - Comments: 1

    Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS (ECC), demonstrates the most common locations to palpate pulses on a cat.

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    Max and My Grief

    Views: 2,490 - Comments: 8

    If you’ve seen our Fractious Cat video, then you’ve met my oldest cat Max, who really has been fired from four vet offices in his fifteen years of life. This week Max was diagnosed with a brain tumor. Wh...

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    Medical Math - Calculating Fluid Additives

    Views: 24,878 - Comments: 21

    Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS (ECC), demonstrates how to calculate the amount of drug to add to a full and partially full bag of IV fluids.

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