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Wound Management

Spring 2020, Wound Management

Basic Principles of Wound Care

Michelle Jaeger BS, CVT, VTS (Surgery)

Michelle is the referral coordinator at the University of Illinois Veterinary Teaching Hospital, where she has worked for 14 years, 13 of which were as the soft tissue surgery technician. After obtaining a BS in Biology from the University of Illinois, she then obtained an AS in Veterinary Technology from Parkland Community College. In January 2013, she earned the VTS (Surgery) distinction. Michelle is the recertification committee chair for the Academy of Veterinary Surgical Technicians and a member of the Illinois State Veterinary Medical Association.

In veterinary medicine, wounds are common. Although they can be challenging, they can also be rewarding when managed properly by the veterinary team.

Featured, Summer 2019, Wound Management

Long-Term Nursing Care of a Self-Mutilating Moluccan Cockatoo

Jodi Berls CVA, LVT

Jodi Berls worked in another field for 25 years before heeding the call to veterinary medicine. Fascinated with birds and their welfare, she enrolled in Houston Community College’s Veterinary Paramedics Program in 2011. She achieved state-level certification as a Certified Veterinary Assistant (CVA) in 2013, then earned her Associate of Applied Science (AAS), veterinary technology, degree from Cedar Valley College, in Lancaster, Texas, and her license in 2016. Her passion for avian and exotic companion animals continues to grow, and she is particularly interested in maximizing the healing power of the hospital environment.

The challenge? A Moluccan cockatoo named Chula who had been engaging in self-mutilating behavior and hated being restrained. Here’s how a veterinary team helped her recover.

Wound Management

Principles of Wound Care & Bandaging Techniques

Jessica Bosco CVT | Matthew J. Ryan Veterinary Hospital, University of Pennsylvania

Jessica is a veterinary nurse at Matthew J. Ryan Veterinary Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. She is focused on the perioperative care of patients in the Soft Tissue Surgery Ward and assists the 8 surgeons/professors that are part of the ward’s team. Ms. Bosco graduated from Camden County College’s Animal Science Program with an Associate’s degree in allied health. She has worked in the veterinary field for 15 years.

This article was originally published in the January/February 2012 “Today’s Technician” column of Today’s Veterinary Practice. Today’s Veterinary Practice is the NAVC’s official, peer-reviewed journal for veterinarians. You can find the full list of “Today’s Technician” articles on the Today’s Veterinary Practice website. Wound care in veterinary medicine is an essential part of patient management …

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