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    Medical Math - Drug Percentages

    Views: 11,461 - Comments: 3

    Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS(ECC), explains how to convert a percentage solution into mg/ml to perform drug calculations.

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    Wound Infusion Catheter

    Views: 9,599 - Comments: 13

    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 opiate and non-steroidal anti...

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    Hypothermia

    Views: 10,863 - Comments: 5

    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 thermometers found in general pr...

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    Blood Draw Lateral Saphenous

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    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.

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    Alternate Site IM Injection

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    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 location for IM injection.

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    Scrubbing In

    Views: 13,729 - Comments: 5

    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 procedures.  ...

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    The Importance of Blood Typing

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    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 animal transfusion therapy has...

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    Suture Basics

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    In this brief video Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS (ECC), explains how to decipher suture size and material.

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    RadLand: Bobblehead

    Views: 4,548 - Comments: 2

    A six–month–old Chihuahua presented emergently for severe neck pain and reluctance to walk after playing vigorously at home. No neurologic deficits were reported at the time of examination. A ventrodorsal and lateral projection of...

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    Pericardiocentesis

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    In this video Katherine Earl, DVM, walks you through performing a pericardiocentesis on a dog. Ultrasound use is demonstrated in this particular procedure.

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    Directional Terms

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    Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS(ECC), summarizes the most common directional terms used in medical terminology.

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    Group Health Insurance

    Views: 3,599 - Comments: 0

    Who knew when you signed up for vet clinic management that you would be signing on for a multitude of fun tasks, like choosing the group health insurance for your associates and support staff? Choosing the right health insuranc...

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    Thoracic Radiographs

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    Proper positioning is key to obtaining diagnostic radiographs. In this video, Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS (ECC), reviews proper thoracic radiograph positioning and safety.

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    Organophosphate Toxicity

    Views: 10,412 - Comments: 1

    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 examination, she was found...

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    Insulin Care and Use

    Views: 5,845 - Comments: 6

    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 clients to do the same.

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    RadLand: Free Gas

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    A 14 y/o mixed–breed dog presented to DoveLewis laterally recumbent and hypotensive. A ventrodorsal and lateral radiograph of the abdomen was performed. The lateral radiograph is included. The lateral radiograph demonstrate...

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    Esophagostomy Tube Placement

    Views: 10,907 - Comments: 5

    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/surgery. NOTE: This cat is imm...

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    Are We Lifters or Leaners?

    Views: 11,049 - Comments: 9

    At DoveLewis, we do a lot of work trying to understand the different personality types we have on staff. We have done so much work with individuals and teams that we could have our own section on the Myers-Briggs website. W...

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    Practicing Safer Anesthesia

    Views: 21,952 - Comments: 11

    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 should always strive to do the be...

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    IV Catheter Placement

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    Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS (ECC), walks you through how to place a cephalic intravenous catheter in a dog.

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    Worms Gone Wild

    Views: 8,390 - Comments: 2

    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 accompanied by a poor appetite of...

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    Blood Glucose via Ear Stick

    Views: 8,915 - Comments: 9

    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 home.

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    Respiratory Arrest

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    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 ventilation. Basic considerations fo...

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    The Importance of Empowerment

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    Hospital Managers, Head Technicians, Shift Supervisors – all of these managers are making important decisions for employees. Or are they? Empowering your managers is an important step in creating a culture of trust between a...

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    Creating a Training Program

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    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 and occasionally ove...

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    Anesthesia Leak Test

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    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 every anesthetic procedure...

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    Utilizing Team Interviews

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    While team interviews are a valid and helpful way to choose a new employee there are some pitfalls and some rules to think about. Monica Maxwell, SPHR, and Marketing Manager, Tiffini Mueller, discuss team interviews and some...

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    RadLand: Hyporexia?

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    A 12-year-old female spayed Lhasa Apso presented with several days history of vomiting, diarrhea and hyporexia. Physical examination revealed a tense abdomen as well as cranial abdominal pain. Blood work was suggestive of dehydrat...

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    Female Urinary Catheter: Canine

    Views: 16,574 - Comments: 9

    Mitchell Fults, DVM, a critical care resident, places a Foley urinary catheter in a female dog under the guidance of Lee Herold, DVM, DACVECC.

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    Cystocentesis: Feline

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    Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS (ECC), shows you how to obtain a sterile urine sample from a cat via manual cystocentesis.

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    Laryngeal Paralysis

    Views: 7,658 - Comments: 3

    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 educate clients about it.

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    PCV/TS Reading

    Views: 15,270 - Comments: 15

    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 performing this, and this video wal...

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    RadLand: Coiled-Spring

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    A four-month-old female Shepherd mix presented with a two day history of vomiting multiple times daily. Abdominal palpation demonstrated a tense abdomen and a possible firm tubular structure in the region of the cranial abdomen. A...

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    Medical Math - Urine Output

    Views: 10,524 - Comments: 4

    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.

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    ECG Interpretation

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    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 DoveLewis patients on ECG monito...

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    Emergency Triage

    Views: 24,187 - Comments: 13

    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 with treatment and walks...

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    Spoon Splint: Canine

    Views: 8,071 - Comments: 1

    Used for anything from soft tissue injuries to bone fractures, spoon splints are common in veterinary hospitals. In this video Lee Herold, DVM, DACVECC, will walk you through proper placement of a spoon splint on a dog.

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    Lateral Saphenous Injection: Canine

    Views: 9,205 - Comments: 2

    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.

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    Recruiting 101

    Views: 13,541 - Comments: 1

    Managers often talk about hiring like it’s a game of craps. If you get a good employee, you hit the lottery, a bad one – tough luck. I actually think of the hiring process a lot more like dating than gambling. There are a lot fanc...

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    Performance Evaluations

    Views: 5,371 - Comments: 6

    Performance evaluations are easily one of the most dreaded practices of management, probably right after terminations and discussions about body odor. They are so dreaded, in fact, that I get emails at least weekly titled “Get Rid...

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    IM Injection: Canine

    Views: 27,723 - Comments: 9

    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.

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    Foot Bandage on a Dog

    Views: 10,546 - Comments: 6

    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.

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    Corneal Foreign Body Removal

    Views: 4,452 - Comments: 4

    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.

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    Does Your Practice Google?

    Views: 3,381 - Comments: 1

    Would you hire a Technician that bashed their former employer on Facebook? How about if they posted pictures of themselves taking body shots at a bar? Googling potential new members of your practice is quickly becoming a staple in...

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    Ehmer Sling: Canine

    Views: 7,857 - Comments: 6

    You may not need this very often; in fact, you probably forgot how to get started! Ehmer slings seem simple but looping a figure eight in the correct direction can be a challenge. Lee Herold, DVM, DACVECC, will walk you through pl...

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    Dog Eats Horse - An Unusual Cause of Intestinal Perforations

    Views: 9,576 - Comments: 3

    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 signs of illness. He had...

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    Ear Bandage Placement: Canine

    Views: 8,279 - Comments: 7

    We all know that ear wounds bleed a lot, and bleed often. To keep your hospital (and the client's home) from looking like a crime scene, an ear bandage is a must. Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS (ECC), walks you through placing an ear ba...

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    Every Technician a Teacher

    Views: 4,772 - Comments: 6

    As I reflect on my favorite parts of my job the aspect of teaching and training rises to the top. As technicians, we have opportunities to teach every day and those opportunities can lead to the greatest rewards. Taking the knowle...

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    Communication Breakdown

    Views: 9,867 - Comments: 6

    Client communication is one of the most important skills for the veterinary team. Even during emergency situations time must be taken to communicate well. This article from a seasoned ER DVM gives you tips of the trade to keep you...

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    Sebastian vs. the Climbing Tree

    Views: 2,803 - Comments: 4

    During an exuberant play session, Sebastian failed to complete an acrobatic jump onto a carpeted climbing tree and instead pulled the tree over. The vertical portion of the tree landed across his abdomen; pinning Sebastian to the...

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