Never Stop Learning

This is a mantra here at atdove.org. It’s one of the main reasons for the development of this website and why I have spent the last 5 years working to create the videos and articles found here – because I believe so strongly that in order to stay...

But I Swear She’s Sick!

The rumors are true. In a momentary (that seems to have lasted a few weeks) lapse of judgement I made and followed through on the decision to add a puppy to my life. Losing Phoebe so quickly and without warning was quite shocking and although I...

In Memory Of…

I’ve been a technician working in emergency medicine for a long time. I have worked on some amazing patients and seen diseases and traumas and broken animals gleefully skip out the front door; proud of my team and our success. I have also seen...

Veterinary View of the Holidays

The memes have started: pancreatitis- turkey bone- foreign body removal- chocolate toxicity. It’s how we know the holiday season is upon us. Of course these memes are funny, because they are true. During the holidays, we see an increase in...

Present Tense

It’s a quiz on Facebook. It’s a plot point in every time travel movie. The thought of it might keep you awake at night. Do you want to know the day that you’ll die? Do you want to plan? Have time to travel? Spend all of your money? Say everything...

Are You Being Utilized?

I love giving lectures at veterinary conferences. Love it. I get the opportunity to talk about what I love, to share my passion with equally nerdy technicians, and I get to hear about medicine and cases in different hospitals around the country....

The Declaw Debate

The Oregon state legislature is voting this week on a bill that would almost outlaw declawing cats and debarking dogs. The reason I say almost is that there are a few exceptions to this bill.

Declawing a cat would be allowed if the cat’s...

Can vs. Should

Just because we can doesn’t mean we should…

Those words are heard in ICUs around the country – for animal and people alike. We have reached a point where medicine can do amazing things, but it may not always be working for us. Sometimes...

Somebody Has to Be the Adult

Somebody has to be the adult. This is one of my favorite phrases when teaching pet first aid classes to the animal loving public. It comes up in almost every preventive situation.

How to prevent heatstroke? Keep your dog inside during the...

Have Dog, Will Travel

It’s January 2nd and I know what you’re all thinking... It’s National Pet Travel Safety Day! Well, maybe not all of you were thinking that, but after rolling the idea around in my head for a minute I realized how often I travel with my dog,...

Can't We All Just Get Along?

I’m a fairly cynical person. It’s not a trait I’m necessarily proud of – while sarcasm is fun at cocktail parties it sometimes really poisons the genuinely good moments in life. Maybe it’s because I’m getting older, or maybe it’s because in this...

Ebola Regrets

Ebola. It’s crazy now right? First case diagnosed in the United States, US citizens flying back from relief work in Africa to get treated in the US, a nurse’s aide in Spain having “no idea” where she got it (uhhhh, that’s not an appropriate...

Responsible Owners

September is Responsible Dog Ownership Month. Awesome, right? A whole month where we can talk about preventive care and a good diet and grooming and exercising and loving these wonderful animals we share our homes with. But even amongst...

Procrastinating about Procrastination

Can I get a shout out from my fellow procrastinators? You know who you are. You’re probably surviving on coffee and Mountain Dew since you’re staying up all night every night this week to finish those conference proceedings or book chapters or...

Canoeing Down the Ebola River

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 live in animal...

Respect

“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. That’s how the world should...

Advice for New Vet Techs

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 tieback procedure...

I Feel Guilty When I'm Not Working

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 asking me to...

Dealing With Mistakes

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 focus too much on...

Will You Be My Friend?

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.

And...

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