Winter 2018

Building Resiliency Through Our Story

According to the American Psychological Association, resilience is “the process of adapting well in the face of adversity, trauma, tragedy, threats, or significant sources of stress.” Essentially, it means “bouncing back” from difficult experiences.

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Tackling Pet Obesity: It’s Not Easy, But It’s the Best Work!

When I started my career as a veterinary technician, I had my hands full of “normal” work. I gave advice about food and prevention methods at the front desk. I made X-rays at the request of the veterinarian and used the microscope in the lab. My job included keeping animals alive that were under anesthesia ...

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A Word From the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America

Within our own profession lies confusion about the scope of duties of a CVT, RVT, LVT or LVMT. The names themselves cause confusion, but more importantly, state practice acts compound that confusion—if veterinary technicians are even mentioned. Credentialed Veterinary Technicians/Nurses play a vital role in patient care on a daily basis. While many VTs feel ...

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Winter Holiday Toxins for Pets

The winter holiday season holds an abundance of dangers for domestic pets that could result in toxicosis. This article focuses on decontamination and treatment for exposures to chocolate, grapes and raisins, and homemade playdough in dogs, as well as plants that can be toxic to both dogs and cats.

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Discospondylitis: An Overview

Discospondylitis is an infection of the vertebral endplates and associated intervertebral disk. The infection typically starts in the vertebral end plate, then spreads to the adjacent intervertebral disc. The blood supply within the vertebral endplates consists of capillary beds with reduced blood flow velocity. Pores in the end plate that normally allow for distribution of ...

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Equine Pythiosis: An Overview

Pythiosis is a noncontagious disease caused by Pythiosis insidiosum, a fungus-like, protozoan organism. Until recently, it was considered to be a threat only to horses living in tropical or subtropical environments; however, it has been seen in many other areas of the United States, such as Illinois, New York, and even Wisconsin.1 Although dogs, cats, ...

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Otitis Externa: Inflammation of the Ear Canal

Otitis externa is a common condition that is frequently seen in specialty dermatology clinics and small animal general practices.1,2 It is defined as inflammation of the ear canal with or without involvement of the pinna.1–3 Otitis is often considered a final diagnosis, but it is merely a clinical sign. The many factors that can contribute ...

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