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Urology & Renal Medicine

Winter 2022, Urology & Renal Medicine

“Why Does My Cat Have Trouble Urinating?”

Paula Plummer LVT, VTS (ECC, SAIM) | Texas A&M University

Paula has been at Texas A&M University since 2007, first working in the small animal intensive care unit and then moving to the feline internal medicine service in 2011. She graduated from Murray State College in Tishomingo, Oklahoma, and has been a registered veterinary technician since 2000. In 2011, she earned her veterinary technician specialty in emergency and critical care, and in 2014, she earned her second specialty in small animal internal medicine. Paula is also involved in teaching technicians in online programs and as a guest lecturer and lab instructor at local, regional, and national continuing education symposiums. When she is not working, Paula enjoys spending time with her husband and furry 4-legged family.

This series will help veterinary nurses understand the most effective way to guide clients through common questions, with key communication tips along the way.

Winter 2022, Urology & Renal Medicine

Subcutaneous Ureteral Bypass as a Treatment Option for Urolithiasis in Cats

Julie Commons RVT, VTS (SAIM)

Julie earned her AAS from Columbus State Community College and her BS from Purdue University; both degrees are in veterinary technology. She joined the internal medicine service at Purdue University in 2003 and quickly developed a passion for the urinary tract and minimally invasive procedures. She achieved her VTS in small animal internal medicine in 2013 and in 2016 became the Nephrology/Urology Technologist in Purdue’s College of Veterinary Medicine Veterinary Hospital with the addition of the hemodialysis service. She participates in clinical instruction of both DVM and veterinary nursing students and lectures within the Veterinary Nursing Program. 

The SUB is an exciting option for treatment of obstructive upper urinary tract disease in cats, and it continues to get better through adaptations to decrease complication rates and improve long-term patient comfort. 

Summer 2020, Urology & Renal Medicine

Predictive Power

Jennifer Klein MBA, LVT

Jen began her career as a licensed veterinary technician in southern Maine. After a productive career as a small animal LVT, she joined the corporate side of animal health, working for 25+ years in various roles including operations, R&D, product design, development, and marketing. After 21 years with IDEXX, she ran her own consulting business for several years before joining Antech as vice president of marketing and corporate affairs. Jen has had many pets over the years, including a rescue sonoran gopher snake, and is currently searching for the perfect addition to her pet family after recently saying goodbye to her rescue basset hound, MonaB.

AI could be the future of veterinary medicine. Read about how Antech is introducing RenalTech, a predictive platform for CKD in cats.

Fall 2018, Urology & Renal Medicine

A Complicated, Multidrug-Resistant UTI

Laura George DHECVN, DAVN (Small Animal), CVNECC, VTS (SAIM), RVN Dick White Referrals, Suffolk, UK

Katmandu was a 9-year-old spayed female Bengal cat with a history of chronic kidney disease. Despite aggressive treatment and very dedicated clients, Katmandu’s multidrug-resistant UTI relapsed. Read her case report.

Fall 2018, Urology & Renal Medicine

Pandora Syndrome

Michelle Borchardt RVT UC Davis Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital, Davis, California

Practicing Cat Friendly The articles presented by the American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP) focus on feline-specific information on cats’ unique behaviors; diagnosis and evaluation of disease and conditions; better approaches and techniques for cats; and strategies to decrease stress associated with the veterinary visit for cats, caregivers, and your team. The discovery that the …

Winter 2018, Urology & Renal Medicine

Peritoneal Dialysis Following Urethral Obstruction and Acute Kidney Injury

Courtney Waxman BAS, CVT, RVT, VTS (ECC)

Courtney has worked in emergency and specialty veterinary practice for almost 15 years. Her areas of special interest include CPR, mechanical ventilation, one-on-one case management, critical care nursing, critical thinking, and technician/nurse training. She currently works as an instructor for Purdue University’s Veterinary Nursing Distance Learning Program and in the veterinary teaching hospital’s intensive care unit. She lectures nationally and internationally on topics relating to emergency and critical care and has been published in several veterinary technician/nursing journals. In 2019, Courtney was awarded New Educator of the Year by the Association of Veterinary Technician Educators.

What began as a routine condition and progressed to a dedicated, one-on-one nursing case, the case report outlines the importance of a thorough workup in managing a patient’s whole disease process and demonstrates the many aspects of renal care, management, and complications.

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May/June 2016, Urology & Renal Medicine

Urethral Obstruction in Male Cats

Courtney Beiter RVT, VTS (Anesthesia and Analgesia) | The Ohio State University Veterinary Medical Center

Courtney works at The Ohio State University Veterinary Medical Center in the Small Animal Emergency and Critical Care department. She graduated from Columbus State Community College in 2006 and obtained her VTS in Anesthesia and Analgesia in 2005. Courtney has several publications to her credit. She enjoys spending her free time with her husband and two daughters.

Urethral obstruction is a relatively common and potentially life-threatening emergency. Prompt, appropriate treatment and supportive care can give patients a good prognosis.

The Ins and Outs of Managing Feline Chronic Kidney Disease
Jan/Feb 2016, Urology & Renal Medicine

The Ins and Outs of Managing Feline Chronic Kidney Disease

Melanie Codi LVT, CVT, VTS (Nutrition) | Cornell University | Veterinary Specialists | Stamford, CT

Melanie obtained her veterinary technology degree from SUNY Ulster in 2008 and has been in specialty practices for the past 9 years, working in emergency/critical care and with boarded veterinary nutritionists. In 2011, she decided to obtain her veterinary technician specialist credential in nutrition; she felt that nutrition is often overlooked in general practice, critical care, and disease management. Melanie is an active member of the American Academy of Veterinary Nutrition and the committee of the Pet Nutrition Alliance. She lectures to owners as well as veterinary professionals on many topics.

Managing chronic kidney disease in cats can be a daunting task and is often frustrating for owners as well as veterinary practitioners and technicians.