Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS (ECC), uses water and food coloring to demonstrate how to properly use a 3-way stopcock.

Surgery assistant, Sarah Crisp, explains step-by-step how to open and hand off a sterile pack.

Surgery Assistant at DoveLewis, Sarah Crisp, explains step-by-step how to wrap a surgical pack for steam sterilization.

Placing peripheral catheters is something technicians do everyday. With this article I hope I can give you some new techniques on placing them aseptically which will help them run trouble free. These are techniques that will decrease the chance of insertion site infection, thrombophlebitis, catheter occlusions, fluids going subcutaneously and patients licking and chewing their catheters....

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.

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.


We get our hospital floor gloves from McKesson (Ansell Micro-Touch). Our generic surgical gloves are the Encore Sensi-Touch PF line.

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

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

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

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.