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Respiratory Medicine

Summer 2018, Respiratory Medicine

Common Upper Airway Conditions in Dogs and Cats

Ginny Nystrom BS, MPS, LVMT, VTS (Anesthesia/Analgesia) University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN

Ginny has been a credentialed technician since graduating from Fairmont State College in Fairmont, WV with an AAS in Veterinary technology and passing the national board exam in 2001. She later received her BS in Allied Health Administration from FSC in 2003. Since that time, she has spent the majority of her career in academia and specialty medicine; she received her VTS in Anesthesia and Analgesia in 2012 and a Masters degree in Strategic Leadership from East Tennessee State University in 2013. She is the president of the Tennessee Veterinary Technicians Association and is currently working hard along with many others on trying to get TN to be one of the first states to pass the “Registered Veterinary Nurse” legislation.

Anna Headrick BS, RVT, CVT Newtown Veterinary Specialists, Newtown, CT

Anna has been working in both academia and private practice since graduating with her AAS from Bel-Rea Institute in 2003 and then further completing her BS from Purdue University in 2006. While in academia she has focused a majority of her interests on canine physical therapy, wound healing and stem cell therapy. Anna currently spends her time working as an oncology technician at Newtown Veterinary Specialists in Newtown, Connecticut. In her down time she enjoys spending time on her family farm with her three children, husband, five dogs, one cat, and a variety of farm animals.

Upper respiratory conditions in companion animals are complex and require appropriate understanding in order to provide optimal prognosis. Patients with the upper airway conditions discussed in this article can have a good quality of life if the underlying condition is diagnosed and treated appropriately in the early stages of the disease.