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Winter 2020, Orthopedics

Osteoarthritis: When Age Is Not to Blame

Emi Kate Saito VMD, MSPH, MBA, DACVPM (Epidemiology)

Dr. Saito is a member of the Veterinary Affairs team at Banfield Pet Hospital’s headquarters in Vancouver, Wash. As senior manager of Veterinary Research Programs, Dr. Saito leverages Banfield’s electronic medical records to understand pet health trends and to improve patient outcomes by supporting Banfield’s Medical Quality program. She is an alumnus of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the University of Pennsylvania, Emory University, and the University of Colorado. Her broad career history includes laboratory research, small animal practice, and animal health surveillance.

As veterinary professionals, we know all too well that the signs of osteoarthritis (OA) can be missed or misinterpreted by pet owners. Many times, the subtler clinical signs associated with osteoarthritis are thought to be normal age-related changes. Because this leads to underdiagnosis of OA, we focused Banfield Pet Hospital’s 2019 State of Pet Health® Report on osteoarthritis, including how the condition is linked to excess weight.

Fall 2019, Orthopedics

Role of the Veterinary Surgical Nurse in the Care of Orthopedic Patients

Steven W. Frederick RVT, VTS (Surgery)

Steven is a registered veterinary technician at BluePearl Veterinary Partners in Sandy Springs, Georgia. He has been a surgical technician since 2007, and his practice has been limited to the orthopedics service since 2013. In 2014, Steven was admitted to the Academy of Veterinary Surgical Technicians (AVST), and he served as the president of the AVST during 2015–2018. Steven enjoys clinical research pertaining to veterinary surgery; topics of interest include stifle stabilization procedures, treatment and prevention of surgical site infections, and other orthopedic conditions. He and his boerboel, Bigwig, live north of Atlanta, Georgia.

Orthopedic surgery patients may require additional considerations compared with soft tissue surgery patients. These considerations include the need for coaptation, increased risk for infection, and use of supplemental modalities to enhance healing.

Summer 2019, Orthopedics

Improve Outcomes in Arthritic Pets

Rachel Beck CVT, PMP

Rachel Beck is a certified veterinary technician and credentialed project manager on the Veterinary Medical Programs team at Banfield Pet Hospital. She currently leads a team of project managers who specialize in implementation. Having been in the veterinary field for over 15 years, she has served roles both in hospitals and at Banfield’s central office. She is passionate about engaging the whole veterinary team in proactive health and wellness as well as about career pathing for paraprofessionals in the industry. She resides in Portland, Oregon, with her significant other and 2 cats.

Veterinary nurses who have conversations with clients about excess weight in pets improve the outcomes of treating osteoarthritis in these animals.

Continuing Education, Summer 2018, Orthopedics , Pain Management

Pain Management After Orthopedic Procedures

Cathy T. Mann RVT, VTS (Surgery) Surgery and Anesthesia Nurse, Veterinary Specialty Hospital of the Carolinas, Cary, NC

Cathy earned her Veterinary Technician Specialty (VTS) in Surgery in 2014 and serves as President Elect and Credentialing Committee member of the Academy of Veterinary Surgical Technicians. She has been a Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT) in North Carolina since graduating from Central Carolina Community College in 2003 and also holds a Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from Keene State College in Keene, NH.
Cathy works at all three locations of Veterinary Specialty Hospital in North Carolina. She has worked in the specialty surgical field since 2005 and has a particular interest in orthopedic and minimally invasive surgery.

Managing patient recovery from orthopedic surgery presents clients, veterinarians, and veterinary nurses with a diverse set of challenges. This article provides insight into the process including patient discharge, medications, bandage care, home care, rehabilitation, and nutrition.

July/Aug 2017, Orthopedics

Intervertebral Disc Herniation

Stephanie Gilliam RVT, BS, CCRP, VTS (Neurology) | University of Missouri Veterinary Health Center

Stephanie received her associate of applied science degree in veterinary technology from Jefferson College in Hillsboro, Missouri, in 2005. She began working at the University of Missouri Veterinary Health Center as the neurology/neurosurgery technician in 2007 and received her certification in canine rehabilitation from the University of Tennessee in 2008. She received her bachelor’s degree in veterinary technology from St. Petersburg College in 2011 and her Veterinary Technician Specialist credential in neurology in June 2013.

Stephanie is a deputy member with the proposed Academy of Physical Rehabilitation Veterinary Technicians as well as an adjunct clinical instructor with the Biomedical Sciences Online Program at the University of Missouri. She is pursuing her master’s degree in biomedical sciences with an emphasis in veterinary sciences.

Intervertebral disc herniation is the most common spinal disease in dogs. This article discusses the pathophysiology, signs, diagnosis, and treatment of this condition, as well as nursing care and rehabilitation.