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

Communicating with clients—they really don't know squat about taking care of their pets (Proceedings)

CVC IN KANSAS CITY PROCEEDINGS - Aug 01, 2011

Veterinarians and their team members have been working for years to educate pet owners about the care their pets need in order for them to stay happy and healthy. Undoubtedly we've made some progress, but results from the recently released Bayer Veterinary Care Usage Study indicate we have a long way to go; many pet owners simply don't understand the need for what is generally accepted as routine care.

Anesthetic drugs: a review for technicians (Proceedings)

CVC IN KANSAS CITY PROCEEDINGS - Aug 01, 2011

Sedation and anesthesia is something that most of us administer and/or perform in practice on a daily basis. While we as technicians may not make the final decision on what drugs will be administered, we should be educated about the various drugs available and how each of them works alone and in combination with each other.

Feline idiopathic cystitis—a role for technicians (Proceedings)

CVC IN KANSAS CITY PROCEEDINGS - Aug 01, 2011

Feline lower urinary tract diseases are characterized by hematuria, pollakiuria, and dysuria, and are common problems encountered in feline practice. It is estimated that they affect over one half million cats in the United States annually.

Anesthesia for the geriatric patient (Proceedings)

CVC IN KANSAS CITY PROCEEDINGS - Aug 01, 2011

What is a geriatric patient? Geriatric patients are pets that have attained 75% of that species or breeds expected life span. Therefore, a 6 year old Yorkshire terrier would not be considered geriatric, but a 6 year old Irish wolfhound would fall under this definition.

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.