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    Heart Rate and Rhythm - Canine

    Views: 16,889 - Comments: 6

    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: 2,819 - 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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    Taking Time Off

    Views: 1,802 - Comments: 1

    Coming back from vacation is SO hard - getting back into your routine, waking up to an alarm, not having a beer for breakfast… I’m just kidding (or am I?). Really though, the worst part for me is getting back to work and...

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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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    Surgeon Freak Out

    Views: 2,194 - Comments: 2

    Don't push me cause I'm close to the edge, I'm trying not to lose my head, ah huh-huh-huh, It's like a jungle sometimes, it makes me wonder, How I keep from going under Grandmaster Flash (The Message)...

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    Canine Jugular Venipuncture

    Views: 23,098 - Comments: 11

    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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    My Job in a Nutshell

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    My job consists of two main parts: auditing the charts of the patients currently in hospital and updating clients on their pet’s charges.  Here is a short (really, who wants to listen to auditing detailsssszzzzzz...

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    Giving Corrective Actions (Part 2)

    Views: 2,750 - Comments: 0

    Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS (ECC), and Monica Maxwell, SPHR, discuss corrective actions in a challenging case of technician management. This is the second part of the corrective actions process; see the first video for complete detai...

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    At Dawn They Sleep: Guide to Surviving Overnights

    Views: 7,336 - 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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    Jackson Pratt Drain Placement

    Views: 6,092 - Comments: 0

    Ashley Magee, DVM, DACVS, talks through placing Jackson Pratt drains in a patient with a septic abdomen.

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    Isolation Urine

    Views: 4,890 - Comments: 1

    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

    Views: 5,635 - Comments: 1

    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: 17,322 - 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: 12,098 - 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: 8,187 - 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 Mellitus - Pathophysiology and Initial Assessment

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    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: 10,644 - 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: 40,984 - 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: 3,887 - 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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    5 Tips for Hiring Veterinary Receptionists: 5/5

    Views: 1,970 - Comments: 3

    Tip #5: Foster an atmosphere of learning in hospital. This is vital for a successful on-boarding of a new hire, no matter what the position. A receptionist new to the industry will have many questions and will be presented wi...

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    5 Tips for Hiring Veterinary Receptionists: 4/5

    Views: 1,881 - Comments: 0

    Tip #4: New hires won’t remember everything shown to them in the “training” period (nobody could). Our new receptionists have 80 hours of focused training before they work on the floor by themselves during a shift. About 25-3...

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    5 Tips for Hiring Veterinary Receptionists: 3/5

    Views: 1,308 - Comments: 0

    Tip #3: You can’t teach and train for every possible situation. When a new hire is training there is so much to go over: check-in procedure, referral process, call-backs, common phone questions, absolute emergencies...

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    5 Tips for Hiring Receptionists: 2/5

    Views: 1,701 - Comments: 0

    Tip #2: Communication and compassion trump all. The applicant who is a solid, clear communicator and can discuss difficult topics in a professional and compassionate way always wins. Team members at the front desk must converse ab...

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    5 Tips for Hiring Receptionists: 1/5

    Views: 2,118 - Comments: 0

    Hiring a new receptionist into the hospital is always a huge investment of time and energy and even more so when the new hire is green to the veterinary industry but a fresh perspective can be an essential addition to the receptio...

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    Giving Corrective Actions

    Views: 3,755 - Comments: 2

    Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS(ECC), and Monica Maxwell, SPHR, discuss corrective actions in a challenging case of technician management.

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    Here's My Problem: Overnight Anticipation

    Views: 2,520 - 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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    Policies

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    Here’s a quote from our old employee manual: Employees are expected to be at work on time, stay until their workday ends, and to do the work assigned or requested of them. If an employee is unable to be at work on tim...

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    Pac-Man Foreign Body

    Views: 2,665 - Comments: 1

    In the midst of a heartbreaking weekend of fixable pets not getting fixed due to finances, this little ray of humor perked me up. A 5 year old Bulldog presented for 2 weeks of intermittent gastrointestinal signs. The radiograph...

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    Drinks After Work

    Views: 2,917 - 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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    Music In Surgery Suites: A Must

    Views: 1,707 - Comments: 7

    It's like that and that's the way it is Run DMC A silent surgical suite is not a good thing. While I don’t like listening to every fluid pump, EKG and ventilator alarming simultaneously throughout a procedu...

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    Welcome to Management

    Views: 1,645 - Comments: 4

    Welcome to management! Your priority is not to make friends or be liked. The sooner you accept that fact, the better off you’ll be. Knowing that, your number one priority is to help your staff grow and develop f...

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    Transfusion Medicine Myths

    Views: 13,591 - 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: 5,222 - 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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    Feline Neuter

    Views: 8,648 - Comments: 7

    Jenny Mitchell, DVM, and Carolyn Tran, CVT, perform a neuter on a cat.

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    Aftercare Paw Prints

    Views: 7,420 - 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: 10,931 - 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: 9,807 - Comments: 4

    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: 5,009 - 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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    The Reality of Medical Inventory

    Views: 6,849 - Comments: 5

    Many of us have experienced the frustration of dealing with the revolving door of drugs or inventory items that are in short supply, on backorder, or have been discontinued. Within the past two years we've seen this with drugs we...

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    Hyperkalemia

    Views: 4,561 - 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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    Hepatic Abscess: Radiograph Discussion

    Views: 1,711 - Comments: 0

    Alan Lipman, DVM, DACVR, discusses the diagnosis of a hepatic abscess on a patient presenting with abdominal pain and fever.

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    Using Sterilization Pouches

    Views: 13,656 - 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: 8,129 - 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: 16,614 - Comments: 9

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

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    GDV - Radiographs

    Views: 8,913 - 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: 7,575 - Comments: 4

    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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