January/February 2017 | Volume 2, Issue 1

What Moves You?, Consistent Change, by Karen Ellis

Consistent Change

For Karen Ellis, making and taking opportunities to change her career path is the secret to her success.

Puppies for the Holidays: Keeping Them Fear Free℠

Puppies for the Holidays: Keeping Them Fear Free℠

Inevitably, January brings new patients that were given as gifts for the holidays. Help your clients get their new puppies off to a good start in the family and at the clinic with advice on positive training techniques.

What Moves You? A Calming Touch

A Calming Touch

When the “regular” restraint techniques used at her clinic didn’t work for her, Summer Brooks knew there had to be a better way of handling patients—for them as well as for herself.

Many veterinary practices incorporate digital images of new patients when creating patient records. Veterinary practices also use digital imaging to document specific patient conditions and, increasingly, to obtain images in the radiology suite. Many practices take “before and after” images of patients undergoing dental procedures to provide visual evidence of treatment to clients. Photographs can be used to help explain concepts or disease conditions to pet owners, which may lead to increased client compliance. Digital images can also be used to share patient information during consultations with other veterinary professionals and to create an image library for teaching purposes.

Digital Microscopy

Adding digital microscopy to a veterinary practice can greatly enhance recordkeeping and serve as a valuable tool for client education. This article provides an overview of the benefits of this technology and some useful resources for learning more.

Sildenafil Exposure in a Dog

Ingestion of high doses of sildenafil, which is used in both human and veterinary medicine, can affect heart rate and blood pressure. This case report describes the mechanism of action of sildenafil, along with recognition and management of a typical case of sildenafil exposure.

The Antidote to Compassion Fatigue

Depression, burnout, and compassion fatigue are all too common concepts in veterinary medicine. But have you heard about compassion satisfaction? Read this article to learn more.

Xylitol: A Sweetener That Is Not So Sweet

Xylitol: A Sweetener That Is Not So Sweet

Since 2002, the annual number of cases of xylitol toxicosis reported to the ASPCA APCC has risen into the thousands. This article gives an overview of the signs, clinical effects, and management of this increasingly common toxicosis.

Ferret Dentistry: No Weaseling About It!

Ferret Dentistry: No Weaseling About It!

As with cats and dogs, periodontal disease in ferrets may go unnoticed by owners; therefore, many ferrets end up silently suffering from oral pain. Although it may be a challenging task, all ferrets need an annual oral examination, and ferret owners need education on oral care for their pet.

Keys to Successful High-Level Disinfection And Sterilization Processes

Today’s veterinary technicians are uniquely placed to make a difference in the lives of animal patients, in part by ensuring that proper protocols and procedures are in place to help prevent perioperative infections. Learn about the different types of disinfection and sterilization processes and when each is appropriate.

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