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Patient care for techs

Team member roles identified in new 2015 AAHA/AAFP Pain Management Guidelines for Dogs and Cats

DVM360 MAGAZINE - Mar 07, 2015

Here’s a closer look at some of the team-specific recommendations in the new guidelines by veterinary team member role.

Fear-Free veterinary visit tip: Just breathe!

FIRSTLINE - Mar 04, 2015

A calmer client means a calmer pet.

Veterinary dental tip: Create a safer gag

FIRSTLINE - Feb 12, 2015

Instead of reaching for that spring-loaded mouth gag, use these easy steps make your own gentler gag.

Dental corner: To gag or not to gag—that is the question

FIRSTLINE - Feb 11, 2015

Why you should trade your spring-loaded mouth gag for a gentler solution—especially for cats.

Wellness plans: What's your role?

FIRSTLINE - Feb 06, 2015

Some pet owners are still confused about health or wellness plans. Some believe it’s a form of insurance or that it covers everything their pet needs while they’re enrolled. The answer lies in good communication.

Client service for techs

Vetcetera: Wonder Woman and the exam room

dvm360.com - Apr 17, 2015

How can a fictional superhero inform your veterinary clinic demeanor? Hint: It starts with your posture.

Front Desk Disasters, Episode 3: Dude looks like a lady

FIRSTLINE - Mar 23, 2015

Everyone's favorite receptionist is at it again. Would you handle this situation differently?

10 ways to cope with grumpy pet owners

FIRSTLINE - Mar 11, 2015

Use these tips to cope with cranky clients and find better ways to communicate for better pet health.

Phone fun: Nightmare on line 1

FIRSTLINE - Mar 10, 2015

Sometimes veterinary client conversations take a horrifying turn. Here’s help to take control of these discussions.

Team member roles identified in new 2015 AAHA/AAFP Pain Management Guidelines for Dogs and Cats

DVM360 MAGAZINE - Mar 07, 2015

Here’s a closer look at some of the team-specific recommendations in the new guidelines by veterinary team member role.

Proceedings papers for techs

Nursing techniques and diagnostic procedures for exotic animals (Proceedings)

CVC IN KANSAS CITY PROCEEDINGS - Aug 01, 2011

Rigid endoscopy can be performed in many reptiles by passing the endoscope through the oral cavity and into the stomach. Endoscopy is primarily used to obtain gastric biopsies or to retrieve foreign bodies from the stomach.

Wound management (Proceedings)

CVC IN KANSAS CITY PROCEEDINGS - Aug 01, 2011

Dogs and cats are very commonly presented for management of acute or chronic wounds in veterinary practice. The goal of wound management is to accelerate the healing process and not to interfere with it.

Anesthesia for small exotic mammals (Proceedings)

CVC IN KANSAS CITY PROCEEDINGS - Aug 01, 2011

Exotic small mammals (formally known as pocket pets) are challenging creatures to work with. When working with dogs and cats, it is usually easy to place an intravenous catheter, intubate, provide fluid therapy, hook up an ECG, place a blood pressure cuff, and keep track of the core body temperature.

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.

Oral pathology—part 2 (Proceedings)

CVC IN KANSAS CITY PROCEEDINGS - Aug 01, 2011

In the previous lecture, the importance of being able to identify periodontal indices was discussed as well as the importance of correctly recording that pathology on dental charts.