I LOVE Respiratory Emergencies

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 day when there’s a...

Dealing with Personal Grief as a Veterinary Professional

Working where I work and doing what I do, I have a lot of experience with death. I’ve seen it go well. I’ve seen it go horribly awfully bad. I’ve seen people make decisions I agree with, and others I would never ever do for my own pets. As a...

Diarrhea and the Veterinary Technician

I think they plan it this way. I think the pets have a city-wide meeting and plot and plan to all eat the same desiccated cat poop, chew on the same squirrel carcass, roll in the same dead seagull on the coast, and then show up at DoveLewis...

The Client Connection

Ask a room full of veterinary professionals why they chose veterinary medicine over human medicine. You’ll get a smattering of answers “I want to help the animals”; “I fell in love with James Herriot as a child”; and then it comes out. “I don’t...

Pet Dental Health Month: I Hate Dentals

There are very specific reasons why I am in the emergency field. I’ve been at DoveLewis since I graduated from tech school. Because of that, people think that this is the only job I’ve had in the veterinary world. It’s not true! I worked at a...

Veterinary Life in Alaska - 144 Hours - The End

It’s day 5. My last day at Far Country Animal Hospital. In some ways it’s been a really long week, but I still can’t believe I’m done! Last night before leaving, one of the techs asked me if I’d be there in the morning because she had her first...

Veterinary Life in Alaska - 96 Hours

Bring it on Alaska. I’m ready. Day 4 started with… silence. That was the sound that greeted me when I turned on the shower this morning. Silence. Same thing at the sink. Oohhhhh noooooooo the pipes are frozen. I’m staying with Dr. Mike...

Veterinary Life in Alaska - 72 Hours

Day 3 of the Great Alaska Experience.

I’m able to recognize people and call them by the right name. I’m doing very well. Today one of the doctors at Far Country asked me what I expect from my doctors. I’ve had a lot of questions asked...

Veterinary Life in Alaska - 48 Hours

Captain’s Log: Stardate 29 January 2013

[It’s time to admit that I’ve never seen an entire episode of the original Star Trek. I don’t know what “stardate” means.]

Day 2 of the great Alaska...

Veterinary Life in Alaska - 24 Hours

This trip to Alaska is not just about me teaching. It’s about me learning. And after 24 hours in this state I have learned a couple things.

The cold really isn’t that bad.

17 below is cold, don’t get me wrong. But it’s manageable...

I'm a Believer... in Alternative Veterinary Medicine

I have taken my pets to a Woo Woo doctor. There. I said it. I realize that in this day and age people are much more open to Eastern ways (acupuncture, herbs, etc) but those of us trained in Western medicine can be “challenged” when it...

Was That a Moose?

I am going to Alaska. In two and a half weeks I am getting on a plane, and flying to Alaska. In January. You need to know something about me. I do not like extremes. One of the big reasons I live in Portland is because the weather here is not...

Holiday Bonuses

I’ve been in the professional world for a number of years now, and have been the lucky recipient of a few different bonuses. They have been in the form of gift cards, contributions to retirement, a nice dinner out, cash, chocolate, you name it....

Drawer of Shame

I’m a stress eater. I’ve finally come to terms with that. I have two forms of stress cravings – body stress (like after a weekend of overnights followed by an immediate switch to day mode) which leaves me wanting all things salty (Ramen is the...

How DoveLewis Made Me Grinchy

The holidays approach. Every year they come. And every year I force myself to embrace them. A little history. I used to be that annoying holiday cheer person. I would not only listen to, but sing along to Christmas music in the summer. Halloween...

That One Time I Cried

I’m about to drop a bombshell. I used to HATE anesthesia and surgery. Hated it. Those who know and work closely with me know that I am the first person to volunteer to run anesthesia on a gnarly surgery and revel in the sweating stressful moments...

Blazing New Trails

I’ve taken a half step away from management in the past month – surrendered my day to day floor management duties to the capable hands of the next wave of technician leadership at DoveLewis. Boy does it feel good.

I’ve been intimately (...

Cynical Training Stories

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 HAPPENS. It will...

Here's My Problem: Overnight Anticipation

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 morning, I...

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