March/April 2017

A Technician’s Role in the Treatment of Demodex Patients
March/April 2017, Dermatology

A Technician’s Role in the Treatment of Demodex Patients

Missy Streicher AAS, CVT | Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine

Missy graduated from the Veterinary Technology program at Portland Community College in Portland, Oregon, and worked in small animal general practice until finding a fulfilling career working at a private dermatology practice in 2000. Since 2006, she has been the dermatology technician at the Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine. Missy is one of 8 technicians recognized as an Organizing Committee Member of the Academy of Dermatology Veterinary Technicians, which was recognized by NAVTA in 2015.

Diagnosis of demodicosis depends on identifying Demodex mites in dermal samples. Read this article for tips on how to obtain and analyze diagnostic samples.

Body Cavity Centesis: Techniques for the Pleural, Abdominal, and Pericardial Cavities
March/April 2017, Internal Medicine

Body Cavity Centesis: Techniques for the Pleural, Abdominal, and Pericardial Cavities

H. Edward Durham, Jr CVT, LATG, VTS (Cardiology)

Ed is Lead Anesthesia Veterinary Technician at Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine. He has worked with cardiology patients for most of his veterinary technical career. As a charter member of the Academy of Internal Medicine for Veterinary Technicians and the academy’s Director at Large for Cardiology for 12 years, he led the effort to create specialization for veterinary technicians in veterinary cardiology. He was the first veterinary technician to receive certification as a Veterinary Technician Specialist in Cardiology. He is the author/editor of Cardiology for Veterinary Technicians and Nurses and more than a dozen peer-reviewed articles, as well as an international speaker and educator on the subject of veterinary cardiology.

Body cavity centesis is a valuable and effective treatment for removal of large effusions. Although veterinarians generally perform centesis, it is important for veterinary technicians to be knowledgeable about the techniques used to properly prepare, assist with, and monitor these patients.

March/April 2017, Pain Management

Pain Management and Becoming a Patient Advocate

Jody Nugent-Deal RVT, VTS (Anesthesia/Analgesia, Clinical Practice – Exotic Companion Animal) | University of California, Davis Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital

Jody has worked at the University of California, Davis Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital since 1999. Currently, she is the supervisor of the Small Animal Anesthesia Department. She is also the executive secretary, appeals committee chair, and a founding member of the Academy of Veterinary Technicians in Clinical Practice as well as a Member at Large for the Academy of Veterinary Technicians in Anesthesia and Analgesia.

Jody has lectured throughout North America on anesthesia and exotic animal topics and has published numerous articles and book chapters. She is an instructor for VSPN and VetMedTeam and an adjunct professor for the Penn Foster Veterinary Technician Program. Her special interests are anesthesia, analgesia, pain management, and critical care in exotics, dogs, and cats.

In Jody’s spare time, she loves to read, visit the ocean, run, and road and mountain bike.

Information on pain management and assessment in veterinary patients has grown tremendously. This article provides an overview of common pharmaceuticals as well as advanced multimodal techniques to help veterinary technicians realize their role as patient advocates in minimizing pain.

March/April 2017, Emergency Medicine/Critical Care

Pediatric Emergencies

Louise O’Dwyer MBA, BSc (Hons), VTS (Anesthesia, ECC), Dip.AVN (Medical & Surgical), RVN | Vets Now United Kingdom

Louise has contributed to more than 35 books, journal articles, and book chapters, and lectures worldwide on all aspects of anesthesia, emergency and critical care, surgery, and infection control. After 15 years working at PetMedics in Manchester, England, as Head Nurse and then Clinical Director, in October 2015, she moved to Vets Now to take up the position of Clinical Support Manager.

Louise’s interests include all aspects of emergency care, particularly trauma, as well as anesthesia, surgical nursing, infection control, and wound management. In 2016, Louise was delighted to receive the prestigious Bruce Vivash Jones Veterinary Nurse Award, which recognizes outstanding contributions to the advancement of small animal veterinary nursing, as well as the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons Golden Jubilee Award for exceptional contribution to veterinary nursing. Louise is the President-Elect for the Academy of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Technicians.

Trish Farry CVN, VTS (ECC, Anesthesia/Analgesia), Cert.TAA, GCHEd | University of Queensland Queensland, Australia

Trish Farry is an Australian certified nurse with specialist qualifications in emergency/critical care and anesthesia/analgesia. She is an associate lecturer and clinical instructor in anesthesia at the School of Veterinary Science at The University of Queensland, where she also co-coordinates the final year of the Bachelor of Veterinary Technology program. Her areas of teaching include emergency medicine, anesthesia, analgesia, and clinical practices for undergraduate veterinary and veterinary technology students. She has been President of the Academy of Emergency and Critical Care Technicians as well as a board member of the Academy of Veterinary Technician Anesthetists and the International Veterinary Academy of Pain Management.

Neonatal and pediatric patients differ significantly from their adult counterparts. Veterinary nurses and technicians must understand these patients’ unique physiologic differences and how they affect diagnosis and treatment of emergencies.

Radiographic Positioning: Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes, Part 2
March/April 2017, Radiology/Imaging

Radiographic Positioning: Head, Shoulders, Knees, & Toes, Part 2

Liane K. Shaw BS, RVT | Purdue University

Liane grew up in Valparaiso, Indiana, on a small hobby farm with horses, goats, pigs, chickens, geese, cats, a dog, and one duck named Daffy. A 10-year member of 4-H, she followed her passion for animals by applying to the veterinary technology program at Purdue University, where she earned not only an associate’s degree, but also a bachelor’s in applied science, with a minor in organizational leadership and supervision.

After working as a supervisor in private practice for 6 years, Liane returned to Purdue to pursue her love of teaching. In the past 9 years as Purdue’s Diagnostic Imaging Instructional Technologist, she has completely remodeled the diagnostic imaging curriculum to include many labs for a more hands-on approach. In 2011, she received a Teaching Excellence award from Purdue University and Elanco Animal Health. In 2013, she spoke at Purdue’s fall conference on the topic of dental radiography.

Liane stays busy by spending the evenings outside with her husband and two sons on their 22-acre farm in Attica, Indiana, which is home to horses, dogs, cats, and a donkey!

Jeannine E. Henry BA, RVT | Purdue University

Jeannine was born and raised in Logansport, Indiana, where she welcomed any opportunity to spend time with animals. In 2005, she earned a bachelor’s degree in English, in pursuit of her passion for reading and writing, but soon realized that something was missing from her life: her love for animals. While working at a private practice, she was introduced to the role of veterinary technician. She graduated from Purdue with an associate’s degree in veterinary technology in 2007.

One month after graduation, Jeannine accepted a position at Purdue University as a Versatech, a position created to fill gaps in various departments all over the hospital, including diagnostic imaging. This was how she discovered her love for radiology. She has now been working in diagnostic imaging for
6 years and is PennHIP certified.

In her spare time, Jeannine enjoys reading, writing, cooking, and spending time with her husband, son, two dogs, and adopted blood donor cat. She hopes to combine her love for animals and writing in the future to pursue a career in journalism for the veterinary medicine profession.

This second of two articles on radiographic positioning provides an overview of proper patient restraint as well as techniques to obtain good-quality radiographs of the stifles, pelvis, and phalanges.

NAVC just completed its 2017 Conference—the last one with that name—in its new home, the Orange County Convention Center (OCCC). Of all the NAVC Conferences I have attended, this one was the most amazing.
March/April 2017, Personal/Professional Development

If You Missed It…

Lynne Johnson-Harris LVT, RVT | Editor in Chief

Ms. Johnson-Harris has been involved with the NAVC as a speaker and moderator since 1990. She was the first veterinary technician to serve as an elected Board member of the NAVC serving the Board from 2003 to 2015. Ms Johnson-Harris was also the first veterinary technician to serve as the President of the NAVC (2013-2014). Along with being the Editor in Chief of Today’s Veterinary Nurse journal, Ms. Johnson-Harris is the NAVC Specialty Programs manager and works as the practice manager working along side her husband, Dr. Jerry Harris at Hinckley Animal Hospital.

This year, the NAVC Conference settled into a new home. Next year, it settles into a new name! Find out what happened this year and how the NAVC is already looking to the future.

Cantharidin Toxicosis from Blister Beetles in Horses
March/April 2017, Equine Medicine , Toxicology

Cantharidin Toxicosis from Blister Beetles in Horses

MaryEllen Malysiak BS, CVT | ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center | Urbana, Illinois

MaryEllen earned her bachelor’s degree in science at the University of Illinois in Animal Sciences. She then went back to school at Parkland College and became a certified veterinary technician. She has been an active member of the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center since May of 2011. Outside of work, MaryEllen enjoys spending time with her off-the-track thoroughbred horse, Parker, and volunteering with her Pet Partners–registered dog, Ruby.

Blister beetles, also known as Spanish fly, contain a toxic substance called cantharidin that can severely injure or kill horses. Learn the signs of cantharidin toxicosis and preventive measures for owners.

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