Veterinary technicians | Firstline

Patient care for techs

Fear Free tip: Getting a pet to the veterinarian

FIRSTLINE - Oct 01, 2014

Teach pet owners to choose the right crate and prepare their pets to travel

Vet tech's confession: "I was bitten"

FIRSTLINE - Jul 31, 2014

A cat bite took me by surprise—and taught me some important lessons.

5 tips to avoid getting bitten

FIRSTLINE - Jul 31, 2014

Take a minute to remember these safe pet handling tips.

Veterinary teams talk frankly about getting bitten

FIRSTLINE - Jul 31, 2014

It's the dirty little secret in veterinary practices: animal bites.

Team safety: The peril of pet bites in veterinary practice

FIRSTLINE - Jul 30, 2014

More than 80 percent of team members say they've been bitten at work, according to a 2014 Firstline study. And when team members brush off the bite or blame themselves, the results can be dire.

Client service for techs

Video: An update on the AAFP's Cat Friendly Practice initiative

Dec 16, 2014

Dr. Elizabeth Colleran gives us the scoop on how the cat friendly initiative has gone thus far and what's ahead.

ICYMI: The top 10 stories from Firstline in 2014

FIRSTLINE - Dec 15, 2014

Check out this countdown of the 10 most-read articles of the year, including texts from your veterinary clinic cat, 15 things you'd never say in practice and more.

Work up two case studies—and learn how a client thinking ahead could change the outcome (Sponsored by Veterinary Pet Insurance)

CUSTOM VETERINARY MEDIA - Nov 07, 2014

Move through the rooms of a virtual veterinary practice and help your team work through a canine emergency or a feline illness. These interactive cases show how having a pet insurance policy in place could influence client decisions and alter the outcome.

Fear Free tip: Put a leash on pets’ fear

FIRSTLINE - Nov 01, 2014

Use these leash tips to help pet owners get dogs to your practice in comfort.

The spay & neuter toolkit

dvm360.com - Oct 02, 2014

Articles, tips, handouts, videos and tools all designed to make it easy to discuss veterinary care for pets with your team and clients.

Proceedings papers for techs

A technician's role in the ophthalmic examination (Proceedings)

CVC IN KANSAS CITY PROCEEDINGS - Aug 01, 2011

What makes up the eye?

Don't eat that! Toxicities in cats (Proceedings)

CVC IN KANSAS CITY PROCEEDINGS - Aug 01, 2011

Cats are great patients because they are less likely to ingest large amounts of bad stuff just because. However, their unique metabolism presents other challenges as it contributes to the toxicities that we do see in cats and changes, often lowering, the toxic dose we can expect. Also, substances that are safe in other species can be deadly in cats.

Anesthetizing neurologic patients (Proceedings)

CVC IN KANSAS CITY PROCEEDINGS - Aug 01, 2011

Whether you are faced with anesthetizing a patient with the potential of increased intracranial pressure (ICP) or a patient with a spinal cord injury, there are special anesthetic considerations that should be made. Each patient should be thoroughly evaluated and an appropriate anesthetic protocol should be formulated.

Restraint, physical examination and venipuncture techniques in reptiles (Proceedings)

CVC IN KANSAS CITY PROCEEDINGS - Aug 01, 2011

Most snakes can be easily captured directly out of the carrier or cage they are in. If the snake is aggressive, it may be necessary to use a towel along with leather gloves to safely capture it. In these cases, it is easiest to gently toss the towel over the snake and find the head.

Pain management for dental patients (Proceedings)

CVC IN KANSAS CITY PROCEEDINGS - Aug 01, 2011

Pain management is more than the latest popular terminology. It is an important part of veterinary dentistry. Many of the procedures performed on animals are painful and it is our duty as technicians to ensure that our patients are as comfortable as possible.