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Infectious Disease

Spring 2020, Infectious Disease

The Veterinary Nurse’s Role in Preventing Hospital-Acquired Infections

Meri Hall RVT, LATG, VTS (SAIM)

Meri is a graduate of Central Carolina Community College where she earned an Associate of Applied Science degree in Veterinary Medical Technology. She is a charter member of the Academy of Internal Medicine for Veterinary Technicians, as well as a member of the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America. She has contributed to a number of publications and presents at numerous veterinary conferences. Her special interests are the pathophysiology and transmission of infectious diseases.

Veterinary nurses are integral in preventing, managing, and controlling disease transmission in veterinary hospitals. From the moment a client calls about a potentially infectious pet, the veterinary nurse’s knowledge of the disease process and hospital protocols is key to making informed decisions about patient handling.

Continuing Education, Fall 2019, Infectious Disease

Leptospirosis in Dogs

Ashley DiPrete RVT, VTS (SAIM)

Ashley attended the veterinary technology program at the College of Southern Nevada and received her registered veterinary technician license in 2009. In 2016, she earned her veterinary technician specialty certification in small animal internal medicine. In 2019, she co-founded Internal Medicine for Pet Parents. She is currently the internal medicine department lead and the technician training supervisor at IronHorse VetCare in Dublin, California, as well as serving as president of the Academy of Internal Medicine for Veterinary Technicians in 2019. In her time off, Ashley enjoys kickboxing and wine tasting at local wineries. She is owned by 2 extraordinary kitties, Tito Bandito DiPrete-Ortiz and Vincenzo Stefano.

Clinical presentations of leptospirosis in dogs can vary, diagnosis is difficult, and the zoonotic potential is serious—here is how to treat leptospirosis in dogs and assist in prevention.

Featured, Summer 2019, Infectious Disease , Parasitology

The 3 Rs of Tick-Borne Diseases

Holly Morss LVT

Holly currently works in the diagnostic imaging department at Washington State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine. She also enjoys working the occasional Saturday at Lewiston Veterinary Clinic. She serves on the board of the Companion Animal Parasite Council (CAPC) and is a charter member of the Boehringer Ingelheim Tech Champion Team, which provides continuing education in the United States. Holly’s passion for teaching developed during her many years as an educator and administrator of veterinary technology programs in Minnesota, Utah, and Idaho. Holly spends any free time that she can find exploring the wilds of eastern Washington and the Idaho panhandle.

The veterinary medical team must use effective communication and education to ensure clients understand the threat of tick-borne disease and the best preventive methods.

Winter 2018, Infectious Disease

Discospondylitis in Dogs and Cats: Signalment, Diagnosis, and Treatment

Heather Anderson RVT, VTS (Neurology) | The Ohio State University Veterinary Medical Center | Columbus, Ohio

Heather Anderson works at The Ohio State University Veterinary Medical Center as a neurology/neurosurgery technician. She graduated with an associate’s degree in Veterinary Technology from Stautzenberger College in Ohio in 2003 and became a credentialed Veterinary Technician Specialist in 2016. She is a member of the Academy of Internal Medicine Veterinary Technicians and the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America and enjoys teaching neurology to her 4th-year veterinary students.

Veterinary technicians play a key role in the diagnosis, treatment, and management of discospondylitis in dogs and cats.

Infectious Disease

Assisting the Surgeon: Practical Strategies for Preventing Nosocomial Infections

Noah Jones RVT

Noah specializes in emergency and critical care practice. He has worked in private emergency/referral practice as well as in academia at the University of California–Davis Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital. Mr. Jones has a strong interest in infectious disease prevention and critical care nursing of infectious patients.

Veterinary health care teams must take precautions to minimize the risk of transferring pathogens between patients and maximize their ability to fight infection.

Infectious Disease , Preventive Medicine

Preventing Transmission of Infectious Disease Among Patients

Holly Morss LVT

Holly currently works in the diagnostic imaging department at Washington State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine. She also enjoys working the occasional Saturday at Lewiston Veterinary Clinic. She serves on the board of the Companion Animal Parasite Council (CAPC) and is a charter member of the Boehringer Ingelheim Tech Champion Team, which provides continuing education in the United States. Holly’s passion for teaching developed during her many years as an educator and administrator of veterinary technology programs in Minnesota, Utah, and Idaho. Holly spends any free time that she can find exploring the wilds of eastern Washington and the Idaho panhandle.

What would your reaction be if you went to see your physician for a routine physical examination and you were seated in the waiting room next to a typhoid patient? Imagine the typhoid patient entering examination room #3, where your doctor proceeds to examine him and the nurse collects diagnostic samples. Things at your physician’s …

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