Veterinary technicians | Firstline

Patient care for techs

Why Fear Free veterinary visits make your team happier

FIRSTLINE - Jan 23, 2015

Pets can—and should—be happy to see you at the clinic.

Fear Free veterinary tip: Teach fraidy cats to love their carriers

FIRSTLINE - Jan 07, 2015

No animal should live their life in fear—especially when it comes to normal life events, such as going to the veterinarian.

Fear Free tip: Embrace muzzle training

FIRSTLINE - Dec 01, 2014

For dogs that may show signs of aggression, pretraining them to a muzzle can reduce their stress during a veterinary visit.

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.

Client service for techs

Why Fear Free veterinary visits make your team happier

FIRSTLINE - Jan 23, 2015

Pets can—and should—be happy to see you at the clinic.

The wrong language can alienate veterinary clients

VETERINARY ECONOMICS - Jan 16, 2015

Don’t turn clients off—use these expert tips to perfect a positive approach during pet examinations.

A calamity of blood work errors

FIRSTLINE - Jan 12, 2015

A series of unfortunate events showed me how pet owners play a critical role in accurate blood work.

The heartworm toolkit

dvm360.com - Jan 06, 2015

This toolkit delivers team training, free client handouts, exam room education strategies and more, all designed to make it as easy as possible for veterinarians and their teams to discuss heartworm disease with clients and promote year-round prevention in dogs and cats. (With an educational grant provided by Merck Animal Health)

Free veterinary team training on preventing pet bites

FIRSTLINE - Dec 22, 2014

New from Firstline, we're happy to present our latest Team Meeting in a Box: Armor your team to prevent pet bites

Proceedings papers for techs

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.

Oral pathology—part 1 (Proceedings)

CVC IN KANSAS CITY PROCEEDINGS - Aug 01, 2011

It is important to be able to identify oral pathology and anomalies. It is equally important to correctly record the pathology on dental charts.

Pediatric anesthesia: what you didn't learn in kindergarten (Proceedings)

CVC IN KANSAS CITY PROCEEDINGS - Aug 01, 2011

What is a neonate or pediatric patient? Neonate patients are between 0 to 6 weeks of life and a pediatric patient is between 6 to 16 weeks of life.