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

The spay & neuter toolkit

dvm360 - 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.

Create a blueprint for your veterinarian-pet-client relationship

VETERINARY ECONOMICS - Oct 01, 2014

Sketching out a plan for your relationship with the pet and the owner helps create a lasting bond.

Case study: 4 lessons from a departing veterinary client

DVM360 MAGAZINE - Sep 01, 2014

The 'Mikes' of the veterinary world don't leave in a cloud of drama but quietly, thinking no one will miss them.

Why I hate discounted exams—and love free vaccines

VETERINARY ECONOMICS - Aug 20, 2014

Use your prices to show clients you value your veterinary staff's time and knowledge.

dvm360 Leadership Challenge: Fear Free

DVM360 MAGAZINE - Aug 04, 2014

Your complete resource to what some call a revolution that will forever change veterinary medicine.

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.