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Patient care for techs

Ask Shawn: We're too rushed and compliance is suffering

FIRSTLINE - Jun 25, 2015

The pitfalls of trying to be everything to everyone in your veterinary clinic.

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.

Client service for techs

Ask Shawn: We're too rushed and compliance is suffering

FIRSTLINE - Jun 25, 2015

The pitfalls of trying to be everything to everyone in your veterinary clinic.

The flea control toolkit

dvm360.com - Jun 25, 2015

This toolkit delivers articles, tips, handouts, videos and tools all designed to make it as easy as possible to discuss flea control with your team and clients. (With an educational grant provided by Merck)

Client handout: If you've been infested

VETERINARY ECONOMICS - Jun 22, 2015

Tell your pet owners not to panic and follow these tips to handle a dreaded flea infestation.

Filling in the knowledge gaps: A client handout about fleas

VETERINARY ECONOMICS - Jun 19, 2015

Don’t let clients jump to conclusions when it comes to fleas. Give them these handouts to clear up any confusion.

Want pet owners to say “yes” to recommendations? Try this.

FIRSTLINE - Jun 11, 2015

Help clients do the best they can for their pets.

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.