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

5 tips to avoid getting bitten

FIRSTLINE - Jul 31, 2014

Take a minute to remember these safe pet handling tips.

Client service for techs

Video: 3 approaches for veterinary client communication show why one works

VETERINARY ECONOMICS - Jan 28, 2015

“Dr. Do-Right” is more successful than “Dr. Detail” and “Dr. Downer.”

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)

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.